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Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Test: a resolutely premium smartphone

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Belonging to the same parent company as OnePlus and Realme, Oppo is trying to gain positions in an already saturated market. After offering the Oppo Reno, the company is back with an improved version that hopes to compete with the top of the range from Huawei and OnePlus: the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. Offered for €799 when it comes out, is the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom worth its price and is it a reference among Android smartphones? This is what we will see in this test.

Design and handling of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

We receive the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom in a sober white box. There is the brand name and model name as well as some elements of the back of the phone in relief: the three photo sensors and the vertical band where the brand name is written.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Inside, it’s classic: in addition to the smartphone, there’s a Type-C USB charging cable, a mains plug, headphones (also in Type-C USB, because the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom doesn’t have a Jack plug), a protective film and a shell.

Once out of the box, the first thing that catches the eye is the 6.6-inch screen of the smartphone: no buttons and especially no notches. Oppo tells us that the screen occupies 93.1% of the front panel of the device. To propose such a ratio, Oppo therefore chose to place the front photo sensor in a motorized structure similar to the fin of a shark that lifts when necessary, i.e. to make a selfie or to unlock the screen using facial recognition. Note that in the event of a fall, the aileron closes by itself to protect itself and displays an alert on the screen.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Oppo offers us an AMOLED Quad HD+ screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. It is very well made with shimmering colours without being in excess. It would be criticized for going a little too far into blue, but a quick adjustment in the device options can correct this defect.

When you take it in hand, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is surprisingly heavy. With 215 grams on the scale, the device is a little heavier than its direct competitors (192 grams for the Huawei P30 Pro for example), a little thicker too and this can be felt. Not that this is a bad point, the handling is pleasant and you definitely have the impression of having a premium product in your hands. This impression is reinforced by its brushed glass back, which is very pleasant to the touch, but makes the phone a little slippery. On the positive side, the back of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom does not seem too prone to fingerprints.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Still on the smartphone’s back, Oppo added a small metal ball just below the three photo sensors. Why? Why? Thanks to it, when you place the phone on a smooth surface, the photo sensors are slightly raised, which prevents scratches.

On the left side, there are the volume knobs while an on/off and unlock button is on the right side. The SIM card drawer is placed just next to the Type-C USB port, which is itself right next to the speaker. By taking it in hand, the buttons fall quite naturally on the fingers even if it will depend on the size of the user’s hands.

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is available in two colours: ocean green and jet black.

ColorOS brings pep to Android

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom comes with Android 9 and an overlay called ColorOS in version 6.0. The latter brings, in its own way, some iOS touches in the ergonomics and organization of the menus, keys that have not always appealed to users. For example, ColorOS originally offered applications only on the home screen. A recent update saw the drawer arrive for the great pleasure of a fringe of users.

ColorOS
ColorOS

So yes, the ColorOS experience is intriguing, but far from being bad. Most of the features of Android are included and Oppo has added a touch of acidity that may or may not appeal. The software overlay adapts some native Android features such as the “battery” menu or notification management with varying degrees of success. However, the user experience is hampered by some approximate translations that give the impression of having an imperfect copy of Android in your hands.

Fortunately, some good ideas are emerging from ColorOS such as the smart assistant that picks up in your contacts or emails to display the most important information or the application cloning tool that allows you to have several accounts open on the same service like Instagram or Snapchat.

ColorOS
ColorOS

During our test, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom was updated with new features: parental control and digital well-being.

To unlock his phone, Oppo offers us several options. If there is no physical button, a fingerprint sensor is placed under the screen. After setting up, the system is efficient: when you pick up the phone, a fingerprint appears to show you where to place your finger. In use, the unlocking is then very fast.

Alternatively, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has facial recognition via its motorized front camera. Thus, to unlock your screen, you have to wait for the front photo sensor to reveal itself before it detects the face. If facial recognition works perfectly, it takes a few hundredths of a second more than a smartphone that has its sensor on the screen. Fortunately, this is a detail that is easily forgotten on a daily basis because the unlocking is so fast.

A versatile camera

You will probably have guessed it by its name: the Oppo 10x Zoom also relies on its photo capabilities, especially with its hybrid 10x zoom. At the rear, there is a triple photo sensor with a 48 megapixel main sensor from Sony supported by an 8 megapixel wide-angle lens and a 13 megapixel telephoto lens. To avoid excessive shaking, all this equipment is supported by a double optical stabilization that, on paper, would allow sharp images even when using the zoom.

In use, the Oppo 10x Zoom does quite well. By day, the images have a good color rendering that can be improved with the “Color Dazzle” option that slightly boosts colors without overdoing it. “Color Dazzle” is not to be confused with the HDR mode, also available, which also offers a very light rendering. The latter two can be combined, but this results in photos where some elements are too saturated.

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Eglise Paris
Eglise Paris

Color Dazzle disabled on the left and enabled on the right

Tronc d'arbre
Tronc d'arbre

Without Color Dazzle on the left, with Color Dazzle on the right

Parc
Parc
Parc

Basic image on the left, with ColorDazzle in the middle, with Color Dazzle and HDR on the right

Outdoors and during the day, the smartphone produces its best results: sharp and sharp images, but that’s also what you expect from a device at this price.

The ultra-wide-angle sensor is a real asset when it comes to taking a picture and you don’t have to step back much. It should be noted that this mode does not adapt to all situations and may slightly deform the edges of the plates.

Parc et lac

Photo taken with the main sensor

Parc et lac

Picture taken with wide angle mode

At night, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom performs well in Night Mode 2.0, even if the camera struggles with light rendering. There is also a lot of noise on the pictures.

maison nuit
maison mode nuit activé
Without night mode on the left, with night mode on the right

The photo application is rather well thought out: it allows you to easily use the zoom with a simple press on “1x” (which then becomes “2x”, “6x” and “10x”). Suddenly, to the left or right, you switch to video mode or portrait mode and a menu on the left welcomes the other modes, those that will generally be less used. As the editor suggests, stabilization does its job well in general, but is a little struggling when it comes to using the x10 zoom. It is not uncommon to notice some tremors that make the shot unusable. The camera obviously offers a portrait mode that provides a successful Bokeh rendering. The software part succeeds, overall, in diverting the subject well.

Autoroute
Autoroute Zoom x2

Autoroute Zoom x6
Autoroute Zoom x10

From left to right and top to bottom: Zoom x1, x2, x6 and x10

Portrait
Mode portrait

Classic mode on the left, portrait mode on the right (photos taken with the front sensor)

At the front, the retractable camera features a 16 megapixel sensor with its own flash. Nothing to say, the photo quality is as good as with the rear sensors.

In video, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom allows you to make videos in 4K at 60 fps. We had high expectations of video stabilization and it is really very good. As you walk, tremors are reduced and there is no jolting. No overheating problem to declare even when filming in 4K which is excellent.

Video shot in 1080p at 30fps

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has it in its stomach!

Under the hood, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is equipped with a Snapdragon 855 with a Qualcomm Adreno 640 graphics chip, the top of the range for Android devices today. This shock combination is backed by 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage space.

On a daily basis, the device shows exemplary fluidity, which is not surprising. Even on long game sessions on gourmet titles, the device didn’t flinch. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom also has a games area where you can add your applications and adapt the camera’s performance (power saving mode, balanced mode or competition mode).

Espace de jeu
Espace de jeu Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

On the AnTuTu Benchmark test, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom scores 356951 and is ranked 9th among the most powerful smartphones, just after the Mi 9T Pro. It was overtaken by several competitors carrying Snapdragon 855+, the improved version of the Snapdragon 855. On 3D Mark, our device obtains 5471 in the Sling Shot Extreme (Open GL) test.

AnTuTu Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Sling Shot Extreme

The results of two tests with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Bad luck, Jack!

Unlike the Reno, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom does not require a jack jack, but offers stereo speakers that are well made. The sound quality is good and the device does not lack power when the volume is turned up. We will still avoid going that far, because we then find ourselves confronted with a sound that is sometimes saturated. The device also offers an immersive audio mode thanks to Dolby Atmos.

A significant battery for the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is available with a generous 4065 mAh battery. Depending on usage, you can reach one and a half or two full days without having to go through the recharge box. Moreover, if you start from an empty battery, it will take you about 1h30 to fully recharge the device thanks to the VOOC 3.0 charge. On the other hand, do not rely on wireless charging, which is not available on the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.

Our opinion on the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom undeniably has many qualities: a beautiful screen without notches, excellent range, very good performance and cameras that do well.

The problem is that many competitors do as well and sometimes for less. Because you still have to pay 799€ to buy this Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.

Moreover, ColorOS is an overlayer that is not unanimously accepted and Oppo has not integrated wireless charging on its phone, whereas it has become common on high-end devices.

Despite everything, this Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is a beautiful device that demonstrates the brand’s know-how. There is no doubt that the next smartphones should raise the bar even higher and demonstrate that Oppo is a serious competitor in the mobile market.

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Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Data Sheet

OS Android 9 – ColorOS 6
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 at 2.84GHz
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB
Storage 256 GB
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11b, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 802.11g, Wi-Fi 802.11n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
GSM bands
850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz Mhz
NFC Yes
Rear camera Triple sensor: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP (10x Hybrid Zoom, Dual OIS, Night Mode 2.0, 4K video at 60 FPS)
Front camera 16Mpx sensor with flash
Wireless charging
No
Screen 6.6 inch, AMOLED with 2340 x 1080 px screen resolution – 387 ppi resolution
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Battery pack 4065 mAh – not removable
Ports USB Type-C port
Sensors Gyrometer, brightness, proximity, accelerometer, compass, laser focus
Material Glass
Weight 215 grams
Dimensions 162 x 77.2 x 9.3 mm
Colours Jet Black / Ocean Green

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