Oppo Reno 2Z quick review: Stunning design, four cameras and a lot of potential

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 6, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 12:59 IST Oppo Reno 2Z is now on sale in India priced at Rs 29,990.HIGHLIGHTSOppo Reno 2Z is now on sale in India priced at Rs 29,990.It features a 48MP quad camera setup and premium glass design.Reno 2Z is powered by a Helio P90 SoC and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging.Oppo launched the Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2Z and Reno 2F in India recently as its first set of phones to come with quad cameras. The interesting thing about the Reno 2-series phones is how similar they are to each other despite the differences in pricing. Oppo has tried to maintain a singular design philosophy that can be brought to not only its premium phones but also to the more affordable products. The Oppo Reno 2Z is proof of that as it brings almost the same look and feel of the more premium Reno 2, but at a more affordable price point.The Oppo Reno 2Z has been launched at a price of Rs 29,990, which isn’t really affordable in the traditional sense of the word. However, the company has tried to justify the pricing by offering premium materials on the Reno 2Z. It sports a stunning glass design, notchless AMOLED display and a 48MP quad camera setup, among other things.The Reno 2Z is now on sale in India, so we decided to offer our first impressions on the device to help you decide whether you should buy it or not.As we said earlier, the Reno 2Z is nearly identical to the Reno 2 from a design perspective. And this great, because the Reno 2 is easily one of the best-looking phones in the market right now. So, the Reno 2Z also gets Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. The glass on the back is curved around the sides to offer a comfortable in-hand feel. It is a glossy panel that comes in some very attractive colours like Luminous Black and Sky White.advertisementI spoke about how the Luminous Black is by far one of my favorite colours on a smartphone this year when I checked out the Reno 2, and my feelings about the colour remains the same with the Reno 2Z as well. The Luminous black colours is stunning as it offers a deep black colour on the back and the frame along with a blue halo effect around the edges of the glass and around the center Oppo strip that glows like an LED light at certain angles under light.What I also admire about the design of the Reno 2-series is how Oppo has placed the quad rear cameras under the glass, so there’s no camera bump. It is one smooth and seamless glass panel with only a tiny green-coloured O-Dot bump that slightly lifts the rear panel when keeping in on a flat surface to avoid scratches on the cameras.The Reno 2Z offers a large display, but the body is still comfortable enough to hold in one hand. The buttons on the side of the frame are easy to reach. The Reno 2Z also features an optical in-display fingerprint sensor that is snappy at unlocking the device in the limited time that I tried it. There’s also a Type-C port on the bottom alongside a single speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Coming to the display, the Reno 2Z gets a similar notchless AMOLED screen as seen on the Reno 2. It features a 6.53-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The bezels on the top and sides are extremely thin and almost non-existent. There is a chin that looks slightly thicker than the chin on the Reno 2.The Reno 2Z’s display look attractive with vibrant colours that look rich and lively on screen. In my brief interaction with the device, I felt that the brightness levels are good and so are viewing angles. With an AMOLED panel, you can expect colours to look saturated and deep black levels. In our full review, we will talk about the quality of the display while watching videos and playing games.Since the Reno 2Z doesn’t offer a notch of any kind, the selfie camera has been moved to a pop-up mechanism. The 2Z doesn’t get the same shark-fin rising camera design as the Reno 2. Instead, it gets a traditional vertical pop-up camera that shoots up straight. It also lights up every time it rises or descends, which looks nice.Under the hood, the Oppo Reno 2Z is powered by a MediaTek Helio P90 chipset which is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The RAM and storage should be plenty to keep you happy. The Helio P90 SoC was launched late last year and competes against the Snapdragon 710 mid-range chipset from Qualcomm. It is a 2.2GHz processor and is produced on a 12nm process.advertisementOut of the box, the Reno 2Z feels snappy and easy to use. Apps open quickly and browsing through the UI was smooth. In our in-depth review, we plan to test the Reno 2Z intensively to see how the phone performs day-to-day on heavy usage and gaming performance. ColorOS 6.1 based on Android Pie can be found out of the box, which brings attractive wallpapers and gradient themes but also its fair share of preloaded apps and bloatware. The USP of the Reno 2Z is its 48MP quad camera setup, which is almost similar to the Reno 2. It gets the same primary sensor i.e 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 with EIS support as the Reno 2. However, instead of a telephoto lens, the Reno 2Z gets a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The quad camera system also includes an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel mono lens. Camera features on the Reno 2Z also include Ultra Dark Mode, Ultra Steady Video, Dazzle Color, HDR and more.With a quad camera setup, Oppo is offering users the ability to shoot in various modes and perspectives. Other companies like Relame and Xioami have also been introducing quad camera phones off late at affordable prices so the competition is tough for Oppo. But based on a few images captured, the Reno 2Z’s 48MP camera system looks to impress.Lastly, the Reno 2Z packs a 4,000mAh battery which should be enough for a full-day usage. We can only know for sure after using the device extensively over the next few days. It also supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which we know by experience will charge the device up in about 80 minutes.Overall, the Oppo Reno 2Z looks as stunning as the Reno 2, but at a more attractive price point. You can find phones from Realme and Redmi that are priced much lower while offering similar 48MP cameras, but the Reno 2Z’s charm lies in its unique design language and packaging. Stay tuned to our in-depth review of the Reno 2 and Reno 2Z to find out whether they are truly worth their price.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno 2Z now on sale in India: Price, specs and where to buyALSO READ | Oppo Reno 2 quick review: Stunning looks and a lot of camerasGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow OppoFollow Oppo Reno 2Z Next Oppo Reno 2Z quick review: Stunning design, four cameras and a lot of potentialOppo Reno 2Z is now on sale in India and here are our first impressions of the phone’s design, 48MP quad camera setup and Helio P90 SoC.advertisementlast_img read more