In the smartphone world, there are definitely some new things around the photo. After Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer Oppo has also set up a periscopic zoom system, capable of taking photos with an x6 or hybrid x10 optical zoom.
At 799 euros, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has the advantage of displaying a “reasonable” price, given its remarkable characteristics. Snapdragon 855 processor, 8 GB of RAM, triple camera module… this is a high-end ultra-complete smartphone, capable of rivaling Galaxy S10 (from 909 euros), Huawei P30 Pro (from 899 euros) , despite a falling price) or other OnePlus 7 Pro. We reviewed it.
A smartphone as giant as it is original
It would be logical that this Reno 10x Zoom is aesthetically identical to the classic Reno, but this is not the case. By its size, the smartphone is clearly distinguished from the models currently found on the market (between 5.8 and 6.2 inches). It thus has a huge 6.6 inch AMOLED screen, which places it … on the verge of “too big”. In particular, the weight of the Reno 10x Zoom (212 grams) makes it a real monster, not necessarily suitable for all hands.
It is all the more regrettable that despite its obvious reading comfort, the huge screen of the Reno 10x Zoom does not offer anything exceptional in terms of performance. Our laboratory has measured a maximum brightness of 444 cd / m, which is much lower than the 600-700 cd / m2 that is generally found on high-end smartphones. Comparing it to that of the Oppo Find X from last year, we notice that the result of the latter was already very average (438 cd / m2), which confirms that Oppo has not worked enough on its copy on this point. The color fidelity (with a Delta E of 4.39 by default and 3.15 in soft mode) is, for its part satisfactory, without being exceptional.
Fortunately, the screen of the Reno 10x Zoom has other qualities such as its infinite contrast thanks to OLED technology but above all its aspect entirely edge to edge. The Reno 10x Zoom has no unsightly borders or even notches or punches thanks to an ingenious mechanism. Indeed, the 16 MP front camera and the rear flash are hidden in a pop-up in the shape of a shark fin, which is raised automatically when necessary. It’s original, but also (strangely) very cool.
On the back, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is just as attractive. The brand has made the aesthetic choice to integrate the triple camera module into the chassis, which allows it to avoid any protuberance. This decision is so rare in 2019 that we can only applaud it. Unfortunately, it also has a sad consequence: the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has a back as slippery as that of Find X. On a table even very slightly inclined, the mobile will eventually fall to the ground after several minutes. However, the brand had the good idea to integrate a tiny ceramic ball on the back of the case to avoid this kind of scenario. Unfortunately, this is not enough.
If a USB-C port and stereo speakers are available, Oppo skips a jack. Too bad.
Like many high-end smartphones today, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is very enduring. During its passage in our laboratory, the mobile had to face three trying reviews. The most important of these is obviously that of versatile autonomy, in which our scenario reproduces “daily” use for a smartphone until the battery runs out. The Reno 10x Zoom is very strong here … and reaches 3:21 p.m. It’s just excellent. In video streaming, we were able to watch series for 13:29 before reaching extinction. Finally, in communication, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom exceeds 30 hours, no need to tell you that you can phone for a long time.
Goodbye ultra-fast charging
With the Find X, Oppo revolutionized charging on a smartphone. It took 34 minutes to recover 100% of the battery life, a record to date unmatched. So we expected a lot from the Reno 10x, which we already imagined going under the half hour mark.
Unfortunately, Oppo decided not to integrate SuperVOOC technology into its new mobile… which is content with VOOC fast charging. It therefore takes 1 hour 25 minutes to recover 100% autonomy, which is fast without being exceptional. There is no wireless charging either.
Power under the hood
Who says high-end smartphone says quality components. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is no exception to this rule and comes equipped with a Snapdragon 855 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of expandable storage. Power is therefore there, the mobile is extremely fluid and performs all tasks without ever balking.
To authenticate yourself on the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, facial recognition is unfortunately not offered … the fault of the shark fin. The brand puts on an extremely fast optical fingerprint sensor under the screen. Identical to that of the OnePlus 7 Pro (OnePlus and Oppo are cousins), its only flaw is that it is not permanently active. On an off screen, you must first wake up the mobile before placing your finger.
ColorOS: the surprise improvement
Hell, that’s how we described ColorOS a few days ago. The overlay used by Oppo has the reputation of being a pale copy of iOS, extremely complicated to use. We did not have good memories of this during our reviews of the brand’s previous mobiles.
Since there are only fools who do not change their minds, know that our opinion on ColorOS has evolved with the Reno 10x Zoom. Admittedly, the system still presents a sacred number of inconsistencies (the screen remains on when the smartphone is charging, notifications appear several times in a row or do not appear at all, the Always-on-display is limited to the ‘time …) but the user experience has improved significantly. The navigation is faster, the menus are a little more refined and ColorOS succeeds better (finally!) In copying iOS than in the past. Although not our favorite overlay, ColorOS 6 is no longer as disabling as it used to be.
Zoom x10 AND ultra wide angle: versatility in the spotlight
On the back of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, there is therefore a triple camera module as indicated above. It is composed of a 48 Mpix wide angle camera (f / 1.7), an 8 Mpix ultra wide angle (f / 2.2) and a 13 Mpix periscopic telephoto lens (f / 3.0). The latter is obviously the most interesting of them since it offers an optical zoom x6, hybrid x10 and digital x60. This is an offer similar to that of the Huawei P30 Pro.
The smartphone’s zoom is (almost) up to its promises. If the optical partition (x6) borders on perfection, the x10 is a little more disappointing … the fault of poor optical stabilization. The photos are therefore sometimes missed and we regret having zoomed as much. It must still be recognized that the smartphone also very often equals the quality of the P30 Pro. For a mobile, having such a zoom level is something magical.
At night, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom hits the bull’s eye. Where the zoom of the P30 Pro disappointed in the absence of light, that of Oppo sometimes succeeds the unimaginable, thanks – no doubt – to its larger aperture (f / 3.4 for the P30 pro). Admittedly, it is not perfect, but it is still very correct. What immortalize memories of evenings impossible to obtain with other mobiles.
On the digital zoom side, however, we are more disappointed. It is possible to obtain good quality images, but the foot is then more than recommended. The smartphone still suffers from its optical stabilization problem, which is often unclear.
Overall, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is a good photo smartphone. The white balance and colorimetry are constant at wide and ultra wide angles, which proves that the brand has a certain know-how. The overall quality still remains below that of a P30 Pro or a Pixel 3, due to a few approximations. Appearance of bright halos, missed contours … In short, it is not perfect but it is still worthy of the high end.
Anyway, we appreciate the extreme versatility of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom in photo. The brand keeps its promise and lets us think that the periscopic zoom has a bright future ahead of it.