+ Wednesday October 16th, 2019

Oppo has today quietly announced the launch of its latest smartphone, the Oppo Reno2 Z. With a stylish design, the new phone continues the heritage of the Reno series, and is bound to be popular, with new camera features including ultra dark mode, ultra wide angle, bokeh effect video and ultra steady video.

The Reno2 Z features Oppo’s first quad-camera setup, with a 48MP main camera, 8MP wide angle camera, 2MP mono camera and 2MP dedicated portrait lens. The Reno2 Z also includes Oppo’s 5X Hybrid Zoom bringing long distance photos to your pocket.

Furthermore, the quad-camera setup has enabled Oppo to launch its new night mode – Ultra Dark Mode. Ultra Dark Mode lets users clearly capture clear night scenes, even in cases where the ambient brightness is less than 1 lux. It only takes 2-2.5 seconds to capture an entire dark scene, making it one of the fastest night shooters on the market. Oppo has achieved this through its application of NPU to speed up the AI algorithm of night mode shooting (NPU Accelerator refers to the optimisation of the operation of Neural Network Processing).

The Reno2 Z also enhances Oppo’s Ultra Wide Angle capabilities, with its 119° wide angle lens, giving you a much larger field of view.

For those who love taking portrait shots, the upgrades to the inclusion of a Mono lens and upgrades to the Portrait lens have given users up to 7 different portrait modes and an adjustable Bokeh HDR mode.

The Bokeh effect also works on the 16MP pop-up selfie camera, further enhancing selfies and really making the subject pop. And, for the first time, the bokeh effect is also available when shooting video content from the front-facing camera.

All of this sits in a package with a 6.5-inch E1 AMOLED display, without a notch thanks to the Reno2 Z popup camera. There’s also a 4,000 mAh battery, MTK P90 processor and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage.

At this price, the Reno2 Z sits below the premium price-point of Oppo’s Reno 5G and Reno 10X Zoom, but offers great functionality for a very affordable price. This, in an already hot mid-range market where there’s huge competition for your dollars.

At launch, Oppo2 Z will run ColorOS 6.1 based on Android Pie 9.0, and is available now in Luminous Black and Sky White for $599, in JB HiFi, The Good Guys and OfficeWorks. Next week, it will also be available from Officeworks, Woolworths, Wireless 1, Mobileciti, Telechoice and Catch.

 

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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