Oppo Reno specs, news and release date: Everything you need to know about Oppo's new flagship series

Oppo’s Reno flagship phone has been rumoured for a while – at first it seemed like it was a series of handsets under a sub-brand (a bit like Honor is to Huawei), then it seemed like it was a single flagship handset. 

And now we know the truth – Reno is the name for a three-handset line-up, which will extend to a fourth in some territories. 

The handsets are: 

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom – the top-end 6.6-inch phone with 10x zoom and Snapdragon 855
Oppo Reno 5G – the same as the 10x Zoom but with a 5G modem
Oppo Reno – A 6.4-inch version with Snapdragon 710 
Oppo Reno Lite – A strongly rumoured cheaper version that probably won’t come to all areas. 

The Reno also provides a good indication as to what we can expect from the upcoming OnePlus 7 as well – OnePlus and Oppo are sister companies (we’re expecting the standard OnePlus 7 to retain the teardrop notch while the OnePlus 7 Pro will have a pop-up camera similar to Oppo’s F11 Pro). 

Release date and price
Global launch on 24 April
Reno Lite also expected
5G handset set to land in the UK

The Reno and Reno 10x Zoom Edition have launched in China, while the Oppo Reno 5G has been announced for Switzerland (we’re very hopeful this will come to the UK, possibly on EE).

The global launch takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 24 April in Zurich. We’ll be in attendance and we’re expecting to find out which handsets will come to the UK as well as details of which networks will stock the devices. 

There have also been at least a handful of rumours around the Reno Lite, so we believe we’ll hear more about the Lite version at that stage. 

Prices for the handsets in China are set at 2,999 yuan (around £341, $446) for the standard Reno and 10x Zoom Edition 3,999 yuan (around £455, $595) for the premium 10x Zoom Edition. Expect higher UK pricing than these straight conversions.

We are expecting the standard Oppo Reno to hit the 499 Euro price point, but this may mean a £550 UK price. The 10x Zoom model may be 799 Euros according to rumour. We’ll find out for sure at the launch event. 

Specs and display
10x Zoom and 5G have Snapdragon 855
‘Standard’ Reno has Snapdragon 710
128 or 256GB storage

The 6.6-inch 10x Zoom Edition boasts Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 855 – it’s the premium handset. The Oppo Reno 5G has the same core specs but also comes with Qualcomm’s X55 modem, too.

The ‘standard’ Reno is slightly smaller at 6.4-inches and has a Snapdragon 710 instead of the top-end 855. It doesn’t have the 10x hybrid zoom, but it does have a 5x optical zoom. We’re hearing that its resolution is set at 1,080 x 2,340 and that the display will be protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6.

All the handsets have Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and USB-C-based Super VOOC 3.0 flash charging (superfast charging) tech for the 4,065mAh battery. The high-end handsets don’t appear to have 3.5mm headphone jacks but the standard Reno and Reno Lite do. 

The Reno comes in 128 and 256GB variants with either 6 or 8GB of memory – you’ll get 8GB if you buy the 10x Zoom or 5G versions.

As with other Oppo phones, there’s an in-display fingerprint reader. It must be said that the big disadvantage of having no front-facing notch is that there’s no Face ID-style unlock tech. 

All the handsets appear to come in four colours, green, black, pink and purple. The exact names of those colours is still to be confirmed. 

Software-wise, the phones will run Oppo’s ColorOS 6 running on top of Android 9.0 Pie. 

Camera
10x hybrid zoom for higher-end models
Triple cameras all round except for Lite
Time of Flight cameras, too

The higher-end phones boast the 10x zoom previewed to us at Mobile World Congress (MWC). The standard Reno doesn’t have the 10x hybrid zoom and therefore is only capable of 5x. 

The Reno handsets come with a 48-megapixel primary lens. There’s also a 20MP secondary zoom lens and a ToF (Time of Flight) 3D camera as well. Expect 4K video recording, too. 

Each phone also has a pop-up front 16 megapixel camera. We were expecting it to be similar to the recent F11 Pro, although that looks set to come to the OnePlus 7 Pro instead. The Oppo Reno range has a wedge-shaped camera pop-up that’s almost as big as the top of the entire phone. 

We’re expecting the Reno Lite to come with a dual-camera instead of the triple setup.

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