Oppo Reno Z review
Amazing photography and beautiful design
Our Oppo Reno Z review takes a look at an amazing new Android smartphone. The beautifully crafted chassis, waterdrop display, and fantastic photography features make this Oppo phone worthy of your next smartphone upgrade choice.
The Oppo Reno Z has a 6.4-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 you get a superb view whether you are on web pages or using the phone in landscape mode. The longer display means you see more lines on the page or get a widescreen view when watching movies. The waterdrop display uses a small notch to house the selfie camera. The smaller notch and slim bezels give the appearance of an almost all-screen phone.
Gradient colour finish
Oppo has paid attention to every detail on the Reno Z including the chassis. The phone has been finished with a colour gradient so the hue intensifies as you move down the device. Oppo says they have taken inspiration for these colour finishes from the "natural poetry of light and darkness".
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The Oppo Reno Z is currently available in Aurora Purple or Jet Black. The phone weighs in at 186g and measuring 9.1mm thick. This may seem quite thick compared to other premium phones but that extra thickness has been used to create a smooth back. Instead of a large protrusion for the camera bump, there is simply a small dot, designed to protect against abrasion.
The phone has the Mediatek MT6779 Helo P90 (12nm) processor under the hood. The 6GB RAM delivers an impressive performance when paired with that high-end processor. You can easily run multiple apps, stream TV and chat with friends without experiencing any hiccups. The Oppo Reno Z is available in two memory options: 128GB or 256GB.
Phone Set Up
Hidden fingerprint unlock
The Oppo Reno Z uses the latest technology for the fingerprint sensor by placing it under the display. Using an improved recognition structure and AI algorithm, the sensor is faster and more accurate.
There is no microSD card slot so you will need to consider which model variant you go for. While 128GB is sufficient memory for most users, 256GB should be considered if you like to keep lots of your photos and videos on your phone.
Oppo has put the focus on gaming in their Reno series of phones. The Reno Z includes Game Boost 2.0 with Frame by Frame Optimisation. Deeper enhancements for phone performance when gaming takes the action to another level. You can choose this mode when you want to immerse yourself into gaming. The feature will improve the screen refresh rate and touch control performance. It will also tackle latency issues by stopping background apps to focus power on the game you are playing.
The Oppo Reno Z has Android 9 onboard and with this you of apps you will know and love such as Chrome, Maps, and YouTube. Oppo has overlaid their own user interface to improve the user experience further. ColorOS 6 includes lots of great features to improve how you interact with the phone.
Some of the top features of ColorOS 6 include:
New and improved design - Oppo has gone with the idea of a borderless design for their UI. A new interface and redesigned icons give you a fresh and new look. Different font sizes and background colours allow you to customise the phone in a number of ways.
Hyper Boost - this feature will boost phone performance when needed. Game Boost, System Boost, and APP Boost will take the phone to the next level.
Game Assistant - this handy assistant will instantly change settings and mute some phone features when you start playing games. You can choose to read and reply to messages while in the game or stop incoming notifications while you immerse yourself into the game.
Riding Mode - you can mute all notifications automatically if the phone senses you are driving or riding a bike. This feature will make sure nothing comes through to distract you as you travel.
Notifications bar - you can customise the notifications bar to show incoming notifications that you are interested in and not show anything that you don't feel is important.
Navigation Gesture - simple swipe, flick or drag your finger across the screen to perform different navigations. Go to the Home menu, view open apps or switch between shortcuts all with simple gestures.
The Oppo Reno Z redefines entertainment with immersive audio to take you into the movie action. The stereo speakers use the receiver as a secondary speaker for full stereo sound. Dolby Atmos delivers cinema-like sound when watching videos while also creating a powerful sound for earphones.
Camera & Video
The rear 48-megapixel camera uses the Sony IMX 586 sensor to capture images and videos that are simply stunning. High resolution and accurate colour capture create images that are beautiful and instantly share-worthy. With EIS Image Stabilisation and 4K video, capturing live action is clear and smooth
Ultra Night Mode 2.0
The Super HD lens on the back of the Oppo Reno Z supports 4-in-1 technology. With the ultra-large sensor and f/1.7 aperture, you can capture more of the available light for crisp and clearly detailed night shots. MFNR (Multi-Frame Noise Reduction) and HDR algorithms protect the image from over-exposure to ensure every detail remains clear. The AI feature further reduces noise by minimising the shutter speed.
Some of the camera features on the Oppo Reno Z include:
Dazzle Colour Mode - changing scenarios are recognised and brightness levels are optimised. Colours are restored at the pixel level to ensure they look bright while remaining natural.
Artistic Portrait - take professional-level portraits with 5 different bokeh settings. HSL technology automatically balances facial features.
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32MP selfie camera
The Oppo Reno Z has an impressive 32-megapixel lens on the front for taking selfies or group shots. The Ultra-high-definition lens creates natural and beautiful looking selfies, You can use the Beauty Modes and AI algorithms to smooth out skin, add makeup or increase backlighting for dramatic effect.
There is a 4,035mAh battery on board the Oppo Reno Z and it comes with the new and improved VOOC 3.0 Using the latest VFC flash charge algorithm, charging speed is dramatically increased. The advanced charging features also handles the heat of recharging and disperses it safely.
Written by: Carmel Brown