OPPO Reno Z has become Australia’s most popular mass-market phone and at $499, why not? The OPPO Reno2 Z adds a quad camera and more storage but at a cost of $100 more.
We have not
reviewed the OPPO Reno2 Z yet so we can’t comment on what the quad-camera adds.
It has the same 48MP, Sony IMX586 primary camera replete with hybrid optical
and electronic stabilisation. It ups the 5MP camera to 8MP, 119° wide-angle and
adds two x 2MP cameras – one a mono and one a portrait lens (bokeh). The Selfie
camera becomes a pop-up and drops from 32MP to 16MP.
Processor wise the OPPO Reno2 Z and Reno Z use the MediaTek Helio P90, Storage increases to 256GB and the much-missed microSD slot returns supporting an additional 256GB.
OPPO Reno2 Z – new camera and AI
An all-new Ultra Dark Mode, your “Night Goggles” using
multi-frame noise reduction (takes a bracket of shots and combines for the best
pixels) and NPU acceleration. We suspect that is where the 2MP mono lens comes
in adding more detail and capturing light. It also allows for mono images.
The 119° Ultrawide is becoming trendy and allows you to capture
those wide holiday vistas as well as group shots.
Portrait uses the 2MP camera to define the foreground and
background better, and for HDR.
There is also
a new AI Beauty mode (the old one was excellent) that supports up to four faces
in a shot.
video mode improves stability at up to 60fps.
selfie pop-up means no screen notch or O-hole and has a new bokeh effect on
still and video.
OPPO has added SOLOOP – an on-phone smart video editor that
automatically adds music to match with the timing and transitions of your
Most of these features are part of Color OS 6.1 which we
assume will roll out to OPPO Reno Z owners.
OPPO has always had a superior build quality to the average
Chinese phone and has Gorilla Glass 5 front and back. The pop-up camera has
free-fall protection. The screen is now 6.5-inch AMOLED.
Add to that a next-gen 3.0 under-glass fingerprint sensor
that is faster than the already fast Reno Z.
The 4000mAh battery has VOOC 3.0 fast charge for 51% in 30 minutes.
It also supports standard USB-C PD charging (as now mandated by Google).
OPPO Reno Z
OPPO Reno Z (reviewed here)
is a current model remains a serious choice for the price. It scored
4.9-out-of-5 – amazing specs for a <$500 phone.
OPPO Reno2 Z (website here)
has improved camera functionality, an extra 128GB of storage and the much-missed
micro-SD slot. The official model for Australia is CPH1951AU.
It is available in Luminous Black and Sky White from JB Hi-Fi,
The Good Guys, Officeworks and Woolworths Mobile.