Over in India, smartphone maker Oppo
is releasing its new "Reno2" series (stylized without a space), with a global launch planned sometime later. According to Oppo, the Reno2 models are about "unleashing creativity." It aims to accomplish that by giving users access to a quad-camera configuration with a 5X Hybrid Zoom.
According to Oppo, the Hybrid Zoom feature allows users to get up and close personal with a subject. Oppo also touts an Ultra Dark Mode for taking clear shots at night, "even under nearly-no-light conditions." That would be a boon if true, considering low-light performance is something smartphone cameras have traditionally struggled with, albeit with a some standout models (like Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
"Inheriting the already rich creative spirit of the Reno Series, this latest iteration presents our users with even more creative possibilities, empowering them to discover new perspectives," said Charles Wong, CEO of OPPO India. "Its advanced camera technology performs superbly in a range of environments and scenarios, from vast landscapes to confined alleyways, or sun-kissed beaches to dim, moonless nights."
The four cameras consist of a 48MP main lens, 13MP telephoto lens, 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP mono lens.
The Reno2 features a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 2400x1080 resolution, and a 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio, according to Oppo. There are also two other models, the Reno2 Z and Reno 2 F, both with a "slightly smaller 6.5-inch" display, Oppo says, which leads to me believe those the display size is rounded. Or Oppo could be referring to the resolution, as both sport a 2340x1080 res.
While rear camera performance is a point of focus, Oppo also points to its front-facing Shark Fin pop-up camera
on the Reno2 (the other two models each get a regular pop-up style camera). According to Oppo, it is the first pop-up front camera to support Bokeh effects in videos, which means it can keep the subject in focus while blurring the background.
730G processor (octa-core) powers the Reno2, and a MediaTek P90 SoC sits inside the two other variants. Other features include up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage. And for the first time in an Oppo phone, there is an NPU accelerator to "speed up the AI algorithm of night mode shooting."
The Reno2 will sell for Rs. 36,990 (around $515 in US currency), while the Reno2 Z and Reno2 F will sell for Rs. 29,990 (around $418). it's not clear when these new phones will be available other territories.