Hot on the heels of the Reno2, it is expected that OPPO will launch the Reno Ace in the UK in the near future. On the 24th of October, the successfully filed the trademark application in the EU and UK for the Reno Ace via the FastTrack process.
Similar to previous OPPO releases, the Reno Ace has already been launch in China back on the 10th of October and comes with an impressive specification that is very similar to the superb Realme X2 Pro.
While this adopts the Reno name, it deviates from what has become the signature Reno style, with its show-stopping shark fin pop up. Slightly disappointingly this uses a dewdrop notch on its 6.5-inch 1080 x 2400 pixel AMOLED display, however, it makes up for this with the 90Hz refresh rate with a sampling rate of 135Hz. This is then powered by the latest Snapdragon 855+ chipset with an octa-core CPU design consisting of 1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485 and then the Adreno 640 GPU.
The notch hides a 16MP selfie camera, and there is an under-display fingerprint scanner and dual firing speakers. At the back, there is a 48MP Sony IMX586 main shooter, 13MP telephoto camera with 5x hybrid zoom, 8MP ultrawide unit and a 2MP monochrome sensor.
The base configuration of this starts off higher than the Realme X2 Pro, and this comes with 8GB/128GB as standard and that includes the new super speedy UFS3.0 storage. You can also upgrade the storage via microSD giving it a bit of an advantage over the Realme.
One thing this phone does do, that nothing on the market can come close to is its charge speed. This uses the new 65W SuperVOOC Flash Charge which can go for 0% to 100% in 30mins. I have used 50W on the Realme X2 Pro and the OPPO RX17 Pro and it is absolutely ridiculous how fast your phone charges, admittedly it is rare that I ever need to charge my phone so fast, but when you are on holiday or working away and have limited downtime it can be a blessing, saving you lugging around a huge battery pack. This also has a 400mAh battery which is plenty of juice to see you through a full day or more under regular conditions.
The big question is how will they price this against the Realme X2 Pro. I would expect it to cost more than the slightly lower specced Oppo Reno2 which costs £439, and it will absolutely cost more than the X2 Pro which is 449-Euros/£390 for the model with the closest spec.
In China, the company also lifted covers off its “Gundam Edition” variant and Unicorn Gamepad C1 and there is no sign of them on the trademark database if they ever will register them. The Gundam edition is only supposed to have 30,000 units and features a very impressive design, but only has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, unlike Huawei and others, there is not much of a premium price for this with them only charging £45 extra. I would be inclined to say the Gundam edition is not going to show up.
The Unicorn Gamepad C1 is perhaps more interesting, I was a big fan of the Black Shark 2 thanks to its controllers made specifically for the phone. The controller uses Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to the smartphone and features a four-way joystick, four circular buttons and two shoulder buttons. The gaming accessory has an extendable design and it is capable of accommodating smartphones ranging between 110 and 160 mm in length. It then has a built-in 4D linear vibration motor which will provide for an immersive gaming experience by giving haptic feedback. The Gamepad C1 Unicorn supports has quick charge mode, due to which, 5 minutes of charging can provide up to 3 hours of gaming time. To fully replenish the built-in battery, it will take 3 hours with 40 hours of playtime.
In China, it will cost 300 Yuan so an affordable £35, before you add all the taxes and import fees the UK incurs. At launch, it will only work on the Reno Ace, but it should work on any Android device, and it is claimed to work with iOS too.