In the age of the notch, hole-punch cutout, and slider mechanism, it’s not uncommon for companies to stand out. What Oppo has done with its latest flagship, the Reno, is stand out. But in a pretty questionable way.
The new smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer has a slider at the top. That’s fine, but it’s how it’s designed that’s raising eyebrows. As you can see, it has a sort of weird wedge-shaped slider that reveals the selfie camera. It doesn’t come with any fancy Face ID tech or anything, it’s just a 16MP selfie camera and flash that reveal themselves when you trigger the selfie shooter in the camera app.
I don’t know if weird is the proper term, because this is just plain strange. I can imaging case manufacturers having small strokes trying to make the most protective solution for the Reno possible. There’s a good chance they’ll have to leave a good chunk of a cutout at the top edge of the case for the camera to work. And if things aren’t lined up properly, well, you can imagine what might happen next.
Moving on from the shark-fin pop-out, the Reno has proper flagship specs. It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ OLED display, an in-display fingerprint reader, a Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of expandable storage, and a 4,065mAh battery with Super VOOC 3.0 fast charging. A less powerful version will come with a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 3,700mAh cell, and 18W fast charging.
In terms of cameras, this is another area where Oppo strays away from the pack. On the back, you get a main 48MP camera, a secondary 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a third 13MP 10x optical zoom camera, similar to what’s on the Huawei P30 Pro. With the lens, you get a physical zoom that won’t lose detail when you crop in, unlike digital zoom. This will result in crisper and cleaner shots for when you want to punch in a bit.
Oppo says the new Reno will start at 2,999 yuan, or around $450. It’ll go up to 4,799 yuan (about $710) for the Reno 10x Zoom Edition with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Launch and other pricing information will be revealed during an event on April 24th in Zurich.