Today OPPO has launched the Reno Z in the UK which will come in two colours, Jet Black and Aurora Purple priced from £299.00 RRP at Carephone Warehouse and will be available on EE with a variety of contracts.
While it uses the Reno branding this is very much a different phone from the Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.
Mediatek Chipset Helio P90
This is a curious release as a lot of the specification is very impressive, bordering on a flagship spec phone. However, OPPO has eschewed from the popular Qualcomm chipset and decided to use an option from Mediatek.
Mediatek is traditionally used in budget phones, and while they are perfectly decent chips for day to day use, they generally can't compete with Qualcomm, though they are priced accordingly.
The Mediatek MT6779 Helio P90 is slightly different, as it sits at the top of the Mediatek range utilizing an Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU and a PowerVR GM9446 which is fabricated on the 12nm process.
In comparison, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 which you might find on a phone at this price uses a 2x Kryo 360 (A75) @ 2.2GHz 6x Kryo 360 (A55) @ 1.7GHz but this is fabricated on a 10nm process.
So on paper, there is not that much difference between the two devices, but the Helio P90 will likely help keep the costs down.
Moving on from chipset the rear of the phone has a powerful 48MP snapper, joined by a 5MP depth sensor – which is used to add artificial background blur to portrait shots. The front camera is 32MP, making it a great choice selfies.
The screen is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display which runs at 1080 x 2340 and uses a small notch to give a 85.3% screen-to-body ratio.
Memory options include 128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM or 128 GB, 8 GB RAM though expect the £299 model to be 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
There is an impressive 4035 mAh battery which can be charged up quickly using 20W VOOC 3.0.
So if you are on the lookout for an affordable phone with multi-day battery and some impressive photo cababilities then the Reno Z could be worth checking out.
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Full Press Release
24th July 2019, London, UK– Leading smartphone brand OPPO released the newest edition to the Reno series today, the Reno Z, complete with a 6.4-inch waterdrop-style notch display, 48MP+5MP dual-camera, 32MP selfie camera and new Hidden Fingerprint Unlock.
The Reno Z is packed with 128GB ROM to meet your every need for storage space, from running games and apps to keeping your full library of photos, videos and entertainment on hand. With up to 8GM RAM, you can stream, game and chat without ever hitting a limit.
Available in two gradient colours – the Jet Black and Aurora Purple priced from £299.00 RRP – can be purchased in-store and online with Carphone Warehouse. The Jet Black edition is also available through EE on a selection of pay monthly price plans. This includes a 4GB per month data plan which comes with unlimited calls and texts for a one-off £30 upfront fee and just £26 a month.
Elevated photography with 48MP main camera
The Reno Z features a dual-camera setup at the back carrying a 48MP primary sensor and 5MP depth sensor. The 48MP camera features a 1/2-inch Sony IMX586 sensor, a F1.7 aperture, and 6P lens, which makes it easy for anyone to capture day and night shots. The all-new Ultra Night Mode 2.0 elevates the clarity and brightness of images through composite multi-frame noise reduction and multi-frame HDR technology. This allows the Reno Z to process faces and backgrounds separately to optimise skin-tone effects.
Capture every detail for the perfect portrait using the rear camera and selfie mode: The enhanced front camera packs an impressive 32MP sensor, a F2.0 aperture and 5P lens. With a standard 80-degree wide angle, Reno Z can easily help you take wider selfies – and the 32MP selfie camera also supports OPPO Portrait Mode 2.0 for added quality.
Concealment and symmetrical design
The Reno Z comes with a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED Waterdrop Screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 92%. In addition, the Reno Z features an in-display Hidden Fingerprint Unlock with new lighting system and AI fingerprint image recognition algorithm. fingerprint-unlocking success rate has been improved by 20-30% compared to the previous generation.
For the back design, the Reno Z has focused on symmetry, aligning multiple elements on the vertical axis, including rear cameras and text. The rear cameras are also located beneath the bulge-free back panel.
The Reno Z is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P90 12nm processor and is equipped with a 4GB LPDDR4x system memory, with up to 128GB UFS 2.1 Flash storage memory to offer more storage space for users. Reno Z is supported with a 4,035mAh battery and VOOC 3.0, complete with a new charging algorithm to shorten the charging process.
The hardware also means smooth gaming experience, made possible by GameBoost 2.0 game optimisation that includes both FrameBoost and TouchBoost. FrameBoost predicts the reduction of frames in advance to free up any jams to further enhance gameplay performance. TouchBoost dramatically increases the response speed of the touchscreen, reducing touch retardation. In addition, the OPPO Reno Z also features Game Space (Gaming Assistant), preventing users from being disturbed by other applications, offering a more immersive gaming experience.
ColorOS 6 features a brand-new borderless design
In terms of its operating system, The Reno Z also features the new ColorOS 6, utilising a borderless design language to create a sense of space by optimising the UI layout and removing redundant segmentation lines. The system uses lightweight, elegant, and progressive colors to make shading more natural. The new fonts and animation allow ColorOS 6 to provide consumers with an even more immersive experience on a full-screen phone.