OPPO goes to town with Reno Z

Reno Z header

The OPPO Reno 5G and 4G (10X Zoom) variants are among GadgetGuy’s top picks earning 4.9-out-of-5 for the innovative shark fin pop-up camera and highly competitive pricing – bang for buck. Now it has come out with a bargain Reno – the Reno Z that brings some of the Reno pedigree to a $499 phone.

To be fair the Reno Z does not have the Reno 4 or 5G (GadgetGuy review here) cute shark fin pop-up camera, nor the Qualcomm SD855 processor (MediaTek Helio P90 instead) but it does have 8/128GB, a 48+5MP rear camera, 32MP selfie, 6.4-inch AMOLED tear drop screen (92% S-T-B-R), and a huge 4000mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge 3.

The Reno Z – at least on paper, looks like a top contender in the hugely competitive mass-market ($200-499) segment.

GadgetGuy will review this soon.

Reno Z screen

OPPO Reno Z specifications – Model CPH1979

CPU MTK Helio P90 and 9XM-HP8 GPU
RAM/Storage 8/128GB (no micro-SD support)
Screen 6.4-inch, 2340 x 1080, 402ppi, AMOLED with 92% S-T-B-R, Gorilla Glass 5
Security Under glass fingerprint sensor
Camera Rear 48MP, f/1.7, [email protected], No OIS, EIS for 1K/720p, 10X digital zoom, HDR, Ultra Night Mode, Sony IMX 586, 0.8um (pixel binned effectively to 12MP 1.6um)
Camera Rear 5MP, f/2.3 depth camera
Camera Selfie 32MP, f/2.0
LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/18/19/20/26/28/29/40/41, 600/150Mbps
SIM Dual
COMMS Wi-fi AC, BT 5.0, GPS, NFC
Battery 4035mAh, VOOC 3.0 fast charge
Sound 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos (for earphones)
Size/Colour 157.3 x 74.9 x 9.1mm x 186g in Aurora Purple and Jet Black
OS Android 9 and ColorOS 6
Price/Retailers $499 from JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys, Woolworths Mobile, Vodafone

48MP camera

While the figure is impressive and it is the same sensor as the Reno 5G and 4G 10x zoom, the reality is that it defaults to a pixel binning 12MP camera in all but the brightest light. There is nothing wrong with that – the majority of high MP cameras do that including Google’s Pixel series.

Reno Z pixel binning

Michael Tran, Managing Director of OPPO Australia, said

The Reno 5G and Reno 10x Zoom are transforming smartphone technology and raising consumer expectations of what’s possible in a device. The Reno Z provides Aussies with game-changing power and the most immersive audio-visual experience available. Making premium accessible will always be a priority at OPPO. The Reno Z does just that, taking a number of impressive features from across the Reno Series and making them accessible to Aussies, no matter their budget.”