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Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

While Oppo isn’t a household name in the US, it’s one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers worldwide. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (starting 3,999 yuan, approximately $567) is one of the company’s latest offerings, with an array of cool features at a very attractive price. True to its name, it offers terrific camera performance, particularly for macro photography. For less money, however, the Xiaomi Mi 9 delivers a similar overall experience, earning our Editors’ Choice.

Design, Display, and Audio

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom features an all-glass body with an aluminum frame and is available in black, green, or pink. It measures 6.38 by 3.04 by 0.37 inches (HWD) and comes in at a hefty 7.60 ounces, but the weight is well distributed, making it easy to hold for long periods of time.

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On the front you’ll find a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with almost imperceptible bezels thanks to the pop-up selfie camera. Resolution comes in at 2,340 by 1,080, for 387 pixels per inch. While the display is solid, color accuracy is a little cool and it’s difficult to see in direct sunlight.

The one major drawback to the Reno 10x Zoom’s design is its lack of an IP rating, which means it offers no formal degree of durability. And due to the unique selfie cam it might be difficult to find a water-resistant case, though we strongly recommend you do.

Audio is surprisingly strong. Thanks to stereo speakers with a peak volume of 93dB, the Reno is loud enough to fill a room and actually sounds good doing so. Even at the highest volume setting, audio clear and there’s a hint of bass. You can also connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones for private listening.

Cameras

As mentioned earlier, camera quality is excellent on the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. On the back you’ll find a triple camera stack with a 48MP primary lens with an f/1.7 aperture, a secondary 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture, and a third 13MP telephoto lens with a narrower f/3.0 aperture.

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Images taken with the primary lens are crisp, with strong detail and color accuracy. The ultra-wide sensor performs similarly, without the warped edges we’ve seen on many phones with similar lenses. The telephoto lens uses a periscope to capture excellent macro photos that compare with the Huawei P30 Pro. And while there have been arguments as to whether the telephoto lens offers true 10x zoom, we found it does an excellent job with macro photography as long as you use a tripod or have a very steady hand.

Low-light photos are stunning on the 10x Zoom as well, showing background details often lost on comparably priced phones. The telephoto lens does reasonably well here, though its narrow aperture makes it better for daylight photography.

On the front of the phone you’ll find a 16MP pop-up camera with an f/2.0 aperture. It performs equally well in every lighting scenario—all of our test shots look crisp, with excellent foreground and background detail. Portrait mode is also solid, with clearly defined subjects and natural background blurring.

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Hardware and Benchmarks

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor powers the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. There’s versions with 6GB and 8GB of RAM, with 128GB and 256GB of storage respectively. If you need more storage, a microSD card slot allows you to add up to an additional 256GB.

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Benchmark scores on the 10x Zoom are solid. On PCMark, a suite of tests that emulate everyday smartphone tasks, the phone scored 8,883. That outpaces the Huawei P30 Pro (7,729), but falls a little behind the OnePlus 7 Pro (9,874) and the Xiaomi Mi 9 (8,932). Results on the Ludashi benchmark are similar, with the Reno coming in at 352,923 compared with the P30 Pro’s 326,620, the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 359,913, and the Mi 9’s 349,490.

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In terms of AI performance, the 10x Zoom is a powerhouse. It scored 25,811 on AI Benchmark, a suite of tests that require the phone to identify common images using the processor. The 10x Zoom outpaced nearly all the current crop of Chinese flagships with the exception of the ZTE Axon Pro 10 5G (27,274) and the Vivo IQOO (26,161).

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Battery capacity comes in at 4,065mAh. In our battery drain test, which streams video over Wi-Fi at full brightness, the 10x Zoom lasted for 10 hours and 51 minutes. That’s less than the Xiaomi Mi 9 (11 hours, 52 minutes), but will still give all but the heaviest users a full day’s charge with room to spare. If you do find yourself running low, the phone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology, though you can’t charge it wirelessly.

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Software and Special Features

The Reno 10x Zoom ships with Android 9.0 Pie with Oppo’s custom ColorOS 6 skin. Since the phone is meant for the Chinese market, it runs a custom suite to replace Google’s standard apps and services, as well as a handful of Oppo apps for smart home integration and gaming. There are also several preinstalled popular apps that can be easily uninstalled if you want to free up storage space.

At first glance, ColorOS seems refined and intuitive, but actually proved to be a bit frustrating. Screen transitions have a slight delay, for example, and several of the Oppo apps would freeze intermittently in testing.

Game Space is the best software addition here. It improves the overall gaming experience by optimizing frame rates and response time. It also takes advantage of the phone’s multiple cooling technologies to improve battery life and performance during long gameplay sessions.

Conclusions

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom offers a lot to like for the price, from excellent battery life to terrific camera performance. If you’re interested in macro photography on your smartphone, it’s definitely worth a look. If you’d prefer to spend less, however, the Xiaomi Mi 9 delivers a very comparable experience for significantly less money, and is our Editors’ Choice.



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