OPPO Reno 10X Zoom Edition: Huawei P30 Pro’s new rival that could have an even better camera

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Oppo Reno: 48 megapixel camera, 10x zoom and a shark’s fin selfie cam

OPPO has officially announced the all-new Reno 10X Zoom Edition smartphone with 10X lossless zoom and Snapdragon 855 SoC

OPPO unveiled its new Reno series of smartphones at an event held in China on the 10th of April. Out of the models announced at the event, the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom Edition is the most dominant, with the 10x optical zoom periscope style camera as the highlight.

This phone is an ideal rival of all the most costly flagships smartphone out there like the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the Huawei P30 Pro.

OPPO Reno will come in three variants; the Reno Standard Edition, Reno 10x Zoom Edition and Reno 5G.

The standard Reno comes with a 6.4-inch display that has essentially non-existent bezels surrounding it. OPPO has achieved the futuristic aesthetic of the hardware by incorporating a pop-up selfie camera at its top.

Unlike the firm’s Find X flagship that has a symmetrical panel that emerges and houses its front-facing camera and 3D face scanning system, Reno instead opts for a wedge-style camera that displays its 16-megapixel front snapper.

The standard Reno is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor and not the manufacturer’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 chipset. Reno comes with a dual-camera system on its rear that comprise of a 48-megapixel main sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The OPPO device is available in four gradient finishes; fog sea green, extreme night black, nebula purple and pink mist.

While the standard Reno is certainly an appealing device, the 10x Zoom Edition is much more likely to be a staunch rival of the P30 Pro thanks to its increased functionality.

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For starters, OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition comes with a larger 6.6-inch display that similarly has incredibly small borders surrounding it. Powering the hardware is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor, meaning the device should offer faster performance than the standard variant.

The more premium hardware also comes with hefty 4,065mAh battery that should deliver all-day life for Android fans. It is worth noting the standard Reno boasts a 3,765mAh pack. One of the most appealing features about the Reno 10x Zoom Edition is, as the name suggests, its camera system.

OPPO Reno Shark fin pop-up Selfie Cam

The Chinese hardware comes with a 48-megapixel main sensor that is accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor and a 13-megapixel zooming lens. Just like the P30 Pro, the Reno’s telephoto sensor takes advantage of a periscope-style system that allows it to deliver a 5-times optical zoom and a 10-times hybrid zoom. Such technology is incredibly similar to Huawei’s new flagship and could radically challenge it for the title of best zoom ever offered on a smartphone.

Videographers will also be pleased to hear the OPPO Reno is capable of recording clips in 4K at up to 60-frames-per-second, a feature already present on the likes of the Galaxy S10 and iPhone Xs. Whereas, the P30 Pro is not capable of recording at the same smooth frame rate.

While sitting tight for the OPPO Reno’s worldwide release which is a European launch event on April 24 in Zurich, we compared the OPPO Reno smartphone with the most vital handsets that you can get all around the globe, the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10+.

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OPPO Reno 10X Zoom Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei P30 Pro specifications 

All the three phones are powered by different processors. The OPPO Reno 10X Zoom Edition uses the Snapdragon 855 chipset, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is powered by the Exynos 9820, and the Huawei P30 Pro houses the Kirin 980 processor.

The OPPO Reno 10X Zoom Edition has an all-screen display with no notches or holes. Instead, it uses a new type of pop-up mechanism for the selfie camera, which is called the Shark Fin module. It gets a 6.65-inch full-HD+ display that’s protected with Gorilla Glass 6. The display also houses an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy S10+ resorts to a hole in the display setup with a 6.4-inch panel and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The Huawei P30 Pro has a tiny teardrop notch on the 6.47-inch AMOLED FHD+ display, and also gets an in-display fingerprint sensor. The P30 Pro has a better rear fascia, compared to the Galaxy S10+, but the OPPO Reno beats them all in terms of design.

When it comes to the camera department, both the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition and the Huawei P30 Pro feature a periscope-style 10x lossless zoom sensor. The Reno model gets a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor with 160mm of focal length. The main sensor features hybrid OIS and can record 4K videos at 60fps. The phone gets a 16-megapixel sensor on the Shark Fin pop-up camera module.

The Huawei P30 Pro also houses a periscope sensor at the back, but it has a lower resolution of 8-megapixels. There’s a primary 40-megapixel SuperSpectrum sensor, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor. The front notch houses a 32-megapixel unit for selfies.

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On the Galaxy S10+, you will find a triple rear camera setup. The main camera is a 12-megapixel dual-aperture sensor, which is paired to a 16-megapixel ultra-wide and a 12-megapixel telephoto unit. When it comes to zooming, the OPPO Reno and the Huawei P30 Pro are the winners. The Galaxy S10+ gets dual-front facing cameras, with 10-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors. 

In terms of battery and software, the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom edition features a 4,065mAh battery, which is smaller than what you get on the P30 Pro and the Galaxy S10+. The Reno 10x does support VOOC 3.0 fast charging though.

The Galaxy S10+ has a 4,100mAh battery, whereas the Huawei P30 Pro houses a huge 4,250mAh unit. Both the Samsung and Huawei phones support fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. All devices run the latest version of Android, with their respective UIs on top.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom price begins from $600, while for the P30 Pro and S10+, both are priced at around $1000 for the 128GB variants.