The OPPO Reno only launched a few months ago, but they are already refreshing the line-up. Some marketing materials show the phone as 20x Zoom, which implied the same technology as the 10x Zoom Edition.

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The phone does technically have 20x zoom but this is digital. What you really have is an LED flash assisted quad-camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary lens with 5-axis OIS, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, an ultrawide lens of 8-megapixel and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. All of this allows you to achieve a 5x hybrid zoom and 3x optical zoom. That’s quite impressive for an upper-midrange phone – dependant on price.

Just like the older Reno, this retains the impressive shark-fin pop up selfie camera, and this house a 16-megapixel lens.

The camera specification has had the most impressive boost, the last phone had a single 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 lens combined with a depth sensor.

The phone has had a decent processor bump from the ageing Snapdragon 710 to the new gaming orientated Snapdragon 730G which is then combined with 8GB of RAM.

The phone has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with no notches, the screen runs at 1080 x 2400 pixels. That’s a minor increase of 0.1 inches from the last phone, and a tiny increase from the  1080 x 2340 pixel resolution.

The OPPO Reno2 comes with a native storage of 128 GB. The Android 9 Pie OS along with ColorOS 6.0.1 runs on the device. A microSD card can be added through a shared SIM slot on the device. The previous device has no microSD card, and the base config was 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.

You get plenty of battery with 4,000mAh and support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Again there has been an improvement here, with the older Reno having a 3765 mAh battery.

The other features that are available on the device include dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack.

Overall, this looks like an exceptionally well-specced phone, but it is largely dependent on price. The current Reno sells on Amazon for between £348.68 and £449.99. If this sells for over £500 they are edging a little too close to flagship territory though not many affordable flagships have a great camera specification (OnePlus 7), so this would have to be a consideration.

There are also two other variants launched with it, the Reno2 Z with a Mediatek P90 system on chip and the Reno2 F with a Mediatek P70

OPPO will also be launching a new flagship Reno Ace, it is currently expected that this will be an upgrade of the 10X Zoom but with  Snapdragon 855+, a 90Hz display and it will come with better fast charging technology.