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OPPO Reno2 Unboxing and First Impressions

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OPPO targets the premium midrange market with the OPPO Reno2. It has almost flagship level specs and top of the line features especially the cameras. Before we go deeper on our review, let’s unbox this first and share our first impressions with it.

OPPO Reno2 specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Adreno 618 graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 6.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Rear Cameras
    • 48 MP, f/1.7, PDAF, OIS
    • 13MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
    • 2 MP f/2.4 B/W
  • 16MP f/2.0 motorized pop up front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display), USB Type C
  • Sensor – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • 4,000 mAh battery 20W fast battery charging
  • Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.1
  • Price: Php 28,990

What’s inside the box

  • OPPO Reno2 unit
  • USB Type C cable
  • VOOC fast charger
  • Earphones
  • Free case
  • SIM Card ejector tool

HARDWARE

We do love this Sunset Pink color of the OPPO Reno2. Its eye catchy especially if a guy like myself is using it. Matte finish seems to the choice of finish of many smartphones these days which we like. Although, it may be matte, it is very slippery so I suggest you put on that cute pink case included in the box.

Touring around the phone, we do love the rear camera flushed in to the body. No camera hump! There is also a headphone jack, USB Type C port and a speaker at the bottom. Volume rocker on the left and power button on the right. No triple card slots here but instead the SIM 2 is a hybrid slot for the microSD.

Still our concern is the pop up mechanism of the camera. Only time can tell about its durability. Other than that, the OPPO Reno2 seems to be a very solid phone.

The display is a 6.5-inch AMOLED display. It is surprisingly bright with punchy colors. Since the selfie camera is hidden and pops up when you need it, you get a notchless full viewing experience. We have yet to test its display quality and sunlight legibility for our full review.

SOFTWARE

The OPPO Reno2 is running ColorOS 6.1 over Android 9.0 Pie. ColorOS 6 get a major design change as compared to its previous version. You can now choose to use the standard mode in which all apps are on the homescreen ala-iOS or having an app drawer which makes it more Android. Icons has been changed as they are more simple and flat. Settings and menus are easier to understand. We only hope OPPO could dedicate more time on upgrading their phones to the latest Android version once it is available.

FIRST CAMERA SAMPLES

We have four cameras at the rear. Leading the pack is a 48MP main sensor with OIS and PDAF, a 13MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom, an 8MP ultrwide lens and a 2MP monochrome sensor. The 2MP sensor works with the other three cameras to add more detail to the photos.

All our first photos are taken in auto mode. Check it out.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The OPPO Reno2 is fine, solid premium midrange offering. If you want a premium smartphone but can’t afford those phones around 50K, the OPPO Reno2 is the next best thing. It offers great camera and video experience, premium build, AMOLED punchy display and decent battery life (which we have to fully test on our full review). If you have Php 28,990 we give our solid recommendation. If not, you can check out the OPPO Reno2 F which we will review very soon.