It’s an interesting year for smartphone-based photography. Nokia offered 6 cameras on the PureView 9, and Huawei proudly presented Leica powered camera which includes an 8MP periscope sensor with 5X Zoom on their P30 series. With the Reno 10X Zoom, OPPO is going all-in as their flagship phone is equipped with a camera setup which includes a 48 MP main camera and a 15MP periscope camera with 10X Hybrid zoom technology.
Certainly its camera setup is not the only innovation featured; the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom also has the first Pivot Rising motorised selfie camera module, a high screen-to-body ratio display, and also the latest versions of the company’s VOOC Flash Charge technology and Hyper Boost optimisation for mobile games. Let’s find out if OPPO’s latest innovative offering could bring the fight to its competitors in the market.
Pivoting Into The Right Direction
There’s not much to write home about when it comes to the Reno 10X’s design, with the exception of its notchless all-screen display which is complemented by its Pivot Rising front camera module that hides almost seamless on its top when not in use. What sets it apart from a typical pop-up camera is the Pivot Rising gimmick where the module itself appears as a shark fin-like shape, which is actually aesthetically pleasing - unlike the blocky modules that we’re already familiar with in other phones. The Pivot Rising front camera features a drop sensor which automatically retracts it from taking any damage during falls.
The OPPO Reno 10X Zoom that we’ve received was the Ocean Green variant, and in my opinion, this colour made the phone look really dull. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll get to the phone design in a bit but if you’re planning to pick this phone up, I’d recommend the other colour variants instead. These include Jet Black, Mist Pink, and the recently introduced Sunset Rose.
Typical features such as volume rockers and lock buttons are indeed present on the Reno 10X, but it’s yet another smartphone that sadly decided to exclude a 3.5mm headphone jack. For wired connectivity and charging, the phone uses USB Type-C.
As expected from a flagship tier-ed phone from the likes of OPPO, the Reno 10X is a powerhouse. It’s equipped with a Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage, and running on Android 9.0 Pie. From general use to mobile gaming, the Reno 10X will have no issues whatsoever running applications individually or during multitasking. If that’s not enough for you, the phone also features a Hyper Boost function which further optimises your phone to the game you’re playing for an even smoother gaming experience.
It packs a 6.6-inch AMOLED screen with 1080 x 2340 pixels which is very sufficient for all your smartphone visual needs. Sure, its fullscreen aspect ratio is still not fully supported by most games or video services just yet, but it does its job well to display them nicely with vivid colours and optimal brightness. For the security conscious, the Reno 10X features an under-screen fingerprint scanner which works fine, but like any other phones with that feature, we highly recommend saving multiple personal fingerprint profiles for a smoother access.
To keep the phone running all of these features is a 4,065mAh battery. It’s not an overkill like the 5,000mAh found on the Huawei Mate 20 X, but it’s sufficient enough to keep the Reno 10X up and running for an entire day. Even more so if you keep heavy usage to a minimum. As with other recent OPPO smartphones, the Reno 10X features the company’s VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge technology to juice up the battery enough within a short period of time. No wireless charging support, sadly.
Where’s the “U” in Color?
While I’ve no issues with the hardware, I’m just going to come clean and admit that I’m just not a fan of the ColorOS. The UI itself runs smooth on the Reno 10X but its actual interface, in terms of functionality and design, is just unimpressive. The gesture controls is a hit or miss, especially when it comes to switching windows. By right, you’re supposed to hold down on the bottom of the screen and swipe up to reveal the multiple windows that you’ve opened. However, it rarely registers the gesture correctly whenever I attempt to access it which is quite frustrating. The bloadware found on the phone itself is pretty obnoxious and will eventually find itself popping up in your notifications unnecessarily.
Ever since the Reno was announced, the thing that got me excited was its camera which I’ve been looking forward to ever since. To cut the story short, I really enjoyed using the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom’s camera. Heck, I even wrote a separate review article regarding it so if you wish to find out more about the camera and its features in terms of photography, please give that review a read as well.
Done? Good. As much as I gave the Reno 10X’s camera a lot of credit, there are some aspects of it that are far from perfect. With such camera setup and hardware, you’re not wrong to expect the phone to be able to record 4K, which it actually doesn’t. The Reno 10X could only capture up to only 2K resolution with up to 60 frames per second. That said, video recording on this phone is actually pretty good and its Optical Stabilisation System (OIS) is one of the best around. Lastly, the video recorder does not engage the telephoto lens when you zoom into objects while recording. Instead, it crops into the main 48MP sensor which is quite a letdown.
With the amount of hardware and features that the Reno 10X is packing, it’s a no brainer that it fits in the premium range of flagship phones. If you don’t mind the MYR 3,399 price tag, you’ll surely appreciate what this phone has to offer in terms of performance and camera technology. Hands down, the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom is a solid recommendation to shutterbugs who are seeking an alternative to Huawei’s P30 series when it comes down to mobile-based photography.