However, we are comparing 2019 and 2018 technology so you would expect the OPPO to be better.

5G

We did finally get a 5G signal in Surry Hills. Before we report the best signals, let’s just say that we had a wild range of signal strengths in a 5-minute period.

The OPPO Reno got 450/65Mbps download/upload.

For comparison the LG V50 ThinQ 5G got 452/30Mbps (dual screen) and 462/46.5 in single screen. We can only suggest that the clip-on dual screen may impede 5G signals slightly.

Operating system

OS Android: 9 Pie
UI: Colour OS 6
Eligible for Android Q Beta
Google Assistant and Lens

Android Pie has loads of features, including AI, to learn about your use and adapt the phone to it. In the test week, we started to see minor improvements, especially in the adaptive brightness setting. OPPO adds its own AI overlays like the optional AI Ice Box Intelligently analyses app usage over two weeks.

OPPO uses its own Color OS 6 (details here) user interface and while it gets better and is a lighter touch with every iteration – you still need to learn where some things are. In the past, it has been an iPhone work-alike, but now it is more back to its Android roots.

OPPO Reno 5G Color OS 6

The change is due to Apple iPhone’s steady market share decline in China and OPPO needing to match Huawei’s EMUI (much more Android-like) – that is a good thing.

Both companies need a User Experience for the Asian market who cannot access Google services or apps. But wait for it – Reno now has an App Draw (missing from all earlier Color OS). There is also a Theme Store. Oh, and it supports App cloning (two versions of the same app running in different accounts).

OPPO pre-loads Google Apps neatly in a Google Folder. Apart from OPPO’s more highly developed Camera and Photos app, you are not stuck with clone apps. Google Assistant activates on a short press of the power key.

Interestingly you can join the Android Q Beta program (some conditions apply) and run pure Android Q Beta. Is this a sign of things to come?

Build

Colours Ocean Green (frosty, semi-iridescent)
Jet Black (Glossy black)
Build Aluminium Alloy frame offers some grip
Gorilla Glass 5 with curved sides (more scratch resistant)
Slippery – use the grippy bumper case provided
Dimensions 162 x 77.2 x 9.3 x 215g
IP Rating None

It is very well-made. An exceptional looking- ocean green, notch-less AMOLED and the shark fin is a real feature.

OPPO Reno 5G colours and sharkfin

What’s missing

Missing FM Radio
IR blaster
IP rating
Wireless and reverse charging

Unless you are a Qi wireless charging addict, then none of the above are deal breakers.

Camera: OPPO Reno 5G and 4G 10X

It has a tri-camera setup with the works.

Rear Camera 1
Primary
MP: 48MP (26mm wide)
Sony IMX586 Exmor RS, ½”, Quad Bayer colour filter array, backlit and stacked
Pixel Size: 0.8 µm at 48MP (for high brightness) or 1.6 µm, 4-in-1 pixel binning 12MP
Lens: 6 glass
Aperture: f/1.7
ISO: 100-6400
FOV: ?°
HDR: Yes
Stabilisation: Both ball-bearing OIS and gyro-EIS
Focus type: Phase detection AF, Laser focus, contrast detection autofocus
Zoom: Digital
AI scene recognition
Flash type: Dual LED as part of the shark fin pop-up
Saved images: RAW or JPEG
Video: 8.29MP, [email protected] with mono/stereo recording
Google Lens: Yes
Features: Continuous shooting; Touch focus; face detection; AI screen mode
Rear Camera 2 8MP 16mm ultrawide
F/2.2
120° FOV
Rear Camera 3 13MP 160mm telephoto (saves images as 12MP)
Sensor: Samsung S5K3M5
1.0 um
F/3.0
Laser/PDAF, OIS
5X Optical and 10X Hybrid Zoom and 60X ludicrous zoom
Selfie 1 Motorised pop-up shark fin
16MP
Sensor: Sony IMX471 (also pixel bins to 4MP)
26mm focal length
1.0 um
F/2.0
Fixed focus
EIS
ISO 100-1600
Video 2MP, [email protected]
Face unlock
79.3° FOV
LED flash

Why the detail?

This is an interesting camera setup.

  • 48MP with OIS/EIS that can pixel-bin for superb low light shots – in fact, it will default to 12MP for all but high ambient light shots.
  • 8MP ultrawide is for both depth sensing as well as those impossible ‘Grand Canyon’ vistas.
  • 13MP ‘Periscope’ telephoto with OIS for rock-solid long-distance shots and the 5X Optical Zoom with up to 60X hybrid zoom. OPPO claim it is lossless zoom to 10X, and I tend to agree.

These lenses work seamlessly together, and the camera decides what combination or lens you need.