Last updated on April 26th, 2019 at 05:09 am

The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom has already been announced in China which officially be available on 10th of May with prices starting from CNY3,999, or about £465/$600/€530.

This has now been followed up with the official EU launch and this included the OPPO Reno 5G which is the first 5G phone to launch in Europe (in conjunction with the Swiss 5G rollout).

In the UK, OPPO has announced EE as its 5G launch partner and this promises to be one of the most exciting phones of the year, combining its unique pop-out camera, 10x zoom, and affordable pricing.

There is no word on availability or exact pricing yet, in particular, the 5G model. With that, it most certainly won't launch in the UK until the 5G switch on happens. With the other phones, it is likely to be at least the 10th of May coinciding with the Chinese availability. I would expect the pricing of the 10x Zoom to be higher than the Chinese price, due to tax and other logistics, I would guess at least £550. The 5G version will be even more expensive.

The 5G and 10x Zoom edition both feature the new 10x Hybrid Zoom which is similar to the system on the Huawei P30 Pro. The triple-camera solution consists of a 48MP HD primary lens + 8MP Ultra-Wide Angle + 13MP Telephoto. All three cameras operate in tandem to maximise their respective advantages and optimise image quality at various zoom ranges to achieve the 10x Hybrid Zoom. Besides, the Reno 10x Zoom uses dual optical image stabilisation (OIS) for the main camera to ensure high-quality photos at any given moment.

The primary lens of the Reno series features the Sony IMX586 sensor, with a 48MP ultra-pixel camera, 4-in-1 resolution focusing in low-light scenarios, a F1.7 large aperture, and a laser detection auto focus. The OPPO Reno series comes with a 16MP front camera, with an F2.0 aperture and uses a customised algorithm to correct light effects to adjust to every skin colour and make your selfies look more natural, especially in low-light conditions.

With the Ultra Night Mode 2.0, the Reno series can leverage AI, HDR, and multi-frame noise reduction to achieve effects such as noise reduction, handheld stabilisation, highlight suppression, and dynamic range, to enable users to achieve the level of brightness and details that normally exceed the limits of human eyes. A key feature is face protection. When you take a night portrait, the camera can automatically distinguish a human face from the background, and offer special protection for the portrait, ensuring that the skin colour is ruddy and making the portrait more appealing/

The Reno series stands out with its unique pivot rising camera, combining design, functionality and technology. This innovation hides the front camera, earpiece and flashlights inside the pivot structure to allow a beautiful simplified full screen. It only takes 0.8 seconds to complete the entire pivot rising and display the front camera at an 11-degree angle, perfectly integrating elegance and agility into the dynamic rising process.

The pivot rising structure has passed strict quality testing standards and can be used for more than 200,000 times successfully. If the camera is opened roughly 100 times per day, the structure remains operational over 5 years of usage. Furthermore, the drop protection mechanism can sense in real time when the phone is in free-fall, and will automatically retract the camera to prevent any damage.

The OPPO Reno 5G and Reno 10x Zoom feature a 6.6-inch OLED screen (6.4-inch screen for Reno), with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and an extremely thin bezel. Thanks to the pop-up camera the phones achieve a completely notch-less screen-to-body ratio of up to 93.1%. To create this new panoramic screen, OPPO’s R&D teams went beyond our previous waterdrop design and pushed the boundaries to provide users with stunning visuals and the best viewing experience while watching videos, playing games or taking photos.

The front screens use the latest 6th generation of the Corning Gorilla Glass while the back glass has the 5th generation.

The Reno 5G and 10x Zoom are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, which is the first System on Chip (SOC) from Qualcomm able to be paired with a 5G modem. The Reno model is powered by the Snapdragon 710 chipset and ensures a smooth experience with a top-level hardware configuration.

All the devices will come with multiple specifications with a base of 6GB RAm/128GB storage then 6/8GB RAM with 256GB storage options. The flagship models can expand the storage using a MicroSD card.

The 10x Zoom and 5G feature a large 4065 mAh battery. The smaller Reno uses 3765 mAh. The phones will feature VOOC flash charge 3.0.

The 10x zoom models lack a 3.5mm jack while SD710 Reno does have one.

The OPPO Reno series runs with ColorOS 6, a new custom UI based on Android P (Android 9.0) featuring a brand new visual design using gradient colours to create a light, elegant and more natural transitions. ColorOS 6 also improves the Smart and Game Assistant, the Navigation Bar and the Smart System management which intelligently stops the apps that haven’t been used for a while to optimise the battery life.

All versions benefit from two new gradient colours:  Ocean Green and Jet Black. The Reno series unified design delivers a naturally sleek and seamless silhouette, with a smooth surface against the back cover for a premium look. In addition, it also introduces the first gloss dual-side chemical polishing to eliminate the difference in thickness and uses nano-polishing to ensure a smooth finish, successfully creating a perfect transition from glossy to matte.