OPPO Reno2 Z – the $599 smartphone you have been waiting for
5.0Overall Score
Name: OPPO Reno2 Z
Price (RRP): $599
Manufacturer: OPPO

The OPPO Reno2 Z is the $599 smartphone you have been waiting for – a massive 6.5-inch AMOLED; tonnes of power with an MT Helio P90 and 8/128/micro-SD; 4000mAh VOOC 3.0 fast charge battery; and a 48MP quad rear camera.

Add to that the impeccable OPPO quality and the OPPO Reno2 Z  offers some of the best features and value we have seen at that price.

And if you don’t want to spend $599 on the OPPO Reno2 Z then the $499 OPPO Reno Z scored 4.9-out-of-5 in GadgetGuy’s review ‘OPPO Reno Z – as satisfying and cheap as hot chips – mmmm’. This review has one of our highest readerships ever, and OPPO says it has been Australia’s most popular mass-market phone.

So what more does the Reno2 Z have over the Reno Z? In the camera department, it has the same 48MP, Sony IMX586 primary camera replete with gyro/electronic stabilisation. It ups the 5MP camera to 8MP, 119° wide-angle and adds 2 x 2MP cameras – one a mono and one a portrait lens (bokeh). The Selfie camera becomes a pop-up and drops from 32MP (pixel binned to 8MP) to 16MP (not binned).

Oh, and it adds the much-missed micro-SD slot (to 256GB).

OPPO Reno2 Z CPH1951, 8/128GB/microSD, Dual Sim, Piano Black

Australian website here

Price: $599 from JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks and Woolworths Mobile. Avoid online merchants as you generally get a version not certified for Australia.

In the box

  • OPPO Reno2 Z
  • VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 5V/4A (20W)
  • OPPO Cable type (USB-C to a special cable with a green USB-A insert)
  • 3.5 mm earbuds and mic
  • Faux leather Bumper case
  • Pre-fitted screen protector
  • Mobile Muster recycle information

The first impression – OPPO Reno2 Z is elegant

If the ‘OPPOulent’ box is anything to go by – then it is a perfect ‘under the Xmas tree’ gift.

OPPO has been a little boring this time offering Luminous Black and Sky White. But in true OPPO style call this a “Twilight Mist’ finish, and it is elegant, rather than outrageous. And you probably should use the faux leather bumper case anyway.

OPPO Reno2 Z white
OPPO Reno2 Z black

The 6.5-inch AMOLED screen is gorgeous with a 91.1% STBR (huge) and an under-glass fingerprint sensor – so it is uninterrupted by a notch or O-hole. The selfie camera is a popup with illumination lights either side! On the rear, the now famous ‘nub’ (perfect for obsessive fidgeters) protects the four camera lenses.

And the words ‘OPPO – Designed for Reno’ in a gentle swipe at ‘Leica designed for Huawei’. I like it.

Screen

  • 6.5-inch, 2340 x 1080, 401ppi, 91.1% STBR, 19.5:9, AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5
  • 430 nits (typical), infinite contrast, HDR10, 97% NTSC (95% sRGB)
  • AOD, excellent daylight readability

This is an amazing screen for the price – we can only assume that because OPPO buys so many from Samsung, it gets mates rates!

It has Auto brightness that works well so leave it on (most are too aggressive towards battery saving, but AMOLED is energy efficient to start with). Colours can be adjusted from cool to warm – default produces the best sRGB gamut.

Summary: AMOLED is the king, and this notch-less display beats all comers at this price.

Performance

  • MediaTek MT6779 Helio P90 12nm, 2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55
  • 8GB LPDDR4X and 128GB UFS 2.1 (104GB free) and micro-SD to 256GB

The MT Helio P90 12nm is a good chip for mid-market smartphones. The closest rival is the Qualcomm SD730 or SD710 that the OPPO R17 Pro uses.