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OPPO Reno 10x Zoom First Impressions: Reasons why it could be a flagship killer

Oppo Reno series was announced in India yesterday and it will go on sale starting from June 7. The OPPO Reno 10x zoom is the premium phone between the two and comes with flagship-level features like Snapdragon 855 processor, triple rear cameras, and glass design. Its another highlight is the 10x hybrid zoom support in the rear camera.

With such specs and shark fin rising camera design, the Oppo Reno 10x zoom edition becomes a little bit costly and the base model starts at Rs 39,990. It is costlier than OnePlus 7 but cheaper than 7 Pro. So, this also comes in a flagship killer category.

We spent some time with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom before the launch and here are our first impressions. We tell you five reasons why this could also be a flagship killer.

First Impressions

1. Unique Design

Oppo Reno 10x sports a premium looking glass body. We have the Forest Green color variant with us that looks impressive as it is not too glossy and the gradient effect is also subtle. It also has a plus point that it doesn’t attract many fingerprints.

Another good thing that I like about the back design is that it does not have a camera bump. The rear camera lenses are placed under the glass. Moreover, the back also has Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Up front, the screen has no notch and very thin bezels which offers more viewing space. The unique thing in design is its front camera. This new pop-up mechanism from OPPO is known as Shark Fin Rising Camera.

Oppo has experimented with this new rising style on Reno which looks innovative. It takes about 0.8 seconds to close. It is neatly implemented but durability could still be an issue. However, the company says it has been tested for over 200000 times and in case the phone falls, it automatically closes.

2. Impressive Display

The AMOLED screen with 6.6-inches size and a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels is really a sweet thing offered by OPPO. Daylight visibility and viewing angles are also good. Moreover, it has more screen space with 19.5:9 aspect ratio which looks pretty immersive. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and sports an in-display fingerprint sensor as well.

3. 10x Zoom

The major highlight of the Reno 10x edition is that it comes with 10x zoom support on the back camera. This also can offer up to 60x digital zoom. Until now, Huawei P30 Pro’s camera offered a 10x hybrid zoom and up to 50x digital zoom.

Now, this much zoom option on the mobile phone camera seems like an interesting feature. In our initial testing, apart from some stability issue even with dual OIS, it clicks clear shots with that zoom. We will try out this feature more and will also do a comparison with P30 Pro in our full review.

4. 48MP Camera

This could be another USP of the smartphone- the 48MP primary camera with Sony IMX 586 sensor. You can click 48MP as well as 12MP resolution images. It has an f/1.7 aperture lens and also supports new Ultra Night Mode 2.0 for better photos in low-light.

The secondary camera is 8MP Ultra Wide Angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, while there is a third 13MP periscope telephoto lens with f/3.0 aperture. The camera clicks good pictures in all lighting conditions. The front camera is a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture that also clicks some impressive selfies.

5. Flagship Level Performance

Under the hood, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom gets the latest Snapdragon 855 processor that is coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

The company has also focused a lot on the gaming front and it has introduced some features such as Game Boost 2.0 mode for gamers. We also played PUBG and Asphalt 9 in our initial testing and the experience was great.

On the software front, the smartphone runs on the latest Android 9 Pie with company’s own ColorOS 6.0. The company has improved its user interface and OPPO Reno will be one of the first devices to receive Android Q update.

It gets power from a 4065mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. There is a hybrid SIM card slot and other connectivity features are Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C, NFC, and 3.5mm audio jack.


Oppo Reno 10x Zoom looks great on papers with the flagship level specifications. Further, the shark fin rising camera design is another thing that could add more value to it, at least for some users. The 10x zoom is definitely an interesting feature to try. All these things make OPPO Reno an innovative flagship phone and since its less pricey than OnePlus 7 Pro, it could prove to be a flagship killer.


Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.