Monday, 28 September 2020 11:47

OPPO levels up low light photo and video capabilities of new Reno4 series, hopes to light up sales

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If the photos and videos your smartphone can take need a reno, then OPPO wants you to skip the DIY at Bunnings and check out the new Reno4 5G and Reno4 Z 5G with a "new standard for low light mobile photography and videography".

Stating that it's new phones are "lit" and let you see "beyond the light", OPPO's newest Reno4 series smartphones are the easy way to rip and replace your old smartphone with a brand new one.

Of course, every smartphone maker seems to be launching new models at the moment, with a range of features at a range of price points, with OPPO stating its new Reno4 5G, at $799, and its new Reno4 Z 5G, at $599, are all about "offering Aussies premium technology and enhanced camera capabilities, at affordable price points".

OPPO boasts that the Reno series "is famed for its technological innovations and unique design, and the latest series iterations stay true to this ethos" with the two new aforementioned models.

It says it is "incorporating hot-in-demand flagship features such as innovative camera modes, fast charge and high-end displays at mid-range price points", while the series steps up and sets "a new standard for low light mobile photography and videography".

So, what do the new models offer?

In short, the Reno4 5G "introduces Ultra Night Video, a 48MP tri-cam setup, 32MP + 2MP holepunch front camera, 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charge, and 6.4”AMOLED FHD+ display, all contained within a 7.8mm ultra slim body".

Meanwhile, the Reno4 Z 5G "keeps things wallet-friendly with a 120Hz LCD display, 48MP Ultra Wide Angle quadcamera, 16MP + 2MP holepunch front camera, and 18W fast charge, offering a whole lot for less".

Both devices in the Reno4 Series feature 8GB RAM plus 128GB storage, 4,000mAh battery, and run ColorOS 7.2 on Android Q, which is Android 10.

And what are these new "Cinematic Camera Capabilities"?

OPPO states that it "continues to push the boundaries of smartphone photography and videography, with the Reno4 Series honing in on perfecting low light mobile video and stills through a range of upgraded camera features. The Reno4 Series features Ultra Night Video and Ultra Steady Video 3.0, allowing users to shoot high quality, smooth video content in a variety of settings including low light conditions".

Ultra Steady Video 3.0 is on both the rear and front camera set ups. With three varying elements:

  • Ultra Steady Video: EIS in the main camera allows users to shoot smoother and steadier video in everyday situations.
  • Ultra Steady Pro: Crops images taken by the wider angle camera to offset violent vibrations. This makes it possible to take a steady shot with the wider angle lens.

Front Camera Steady Video:

  • The new ultra steady video in the front camera, allows for super steady selfie videos to be shot.

For the aspiring filmmakers out there, OPPO says the "Cinematic Mode on the Reno4 5G will make shooting long form video a breeze. When shooting in Cinematic Mode, the phone will switch to the 21:9 landscape mode by default. Users are given a range of options to control, such as exposure value (EV), white balance (WB) ISO and more. This mode gives the user more control when shooting and brings professional videography elements to the palm of your hand".

Naturally, no matter the scene or the challenge, OPPO paints the perfect photo-ready picture when it states "the Reno4 Series allows users to shoot perfectly smooth video, every time".

OPPO Australia MD Michael Tran said: “Our Reno Series continues to redefine what is possible with a smartphone and making industry-leading technologies accessible to all. Packed full of the latest features, state-of-the-art camera technology and processing power, we’re continuing to deliver our users with premium devices and experiences for less.

“Both devices are 5G enabled, showcasing OPPO’s continued commitment to being at the forefront of 5G technology in Australia. At OPPO, the customer is at the centre of everything we do and if 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that we’re relying on our smartphones more than ever, so we’re delighted to be adding another two 5G enabled phones to market.”

The promise of "Spec-tacular Performance"

Here we're told the Reno4 5G "features 65W SuperVOOC 2.0, so users can keep shooting and watching for longer, charging the 4000mAh battery to 60% in just 15 minutes.

"Taking this one step further, ColorOS 7.2 introduces Super Power Saving Mode, giving users more control over what apps are running to help conserve power. When the battery is at 5% or 10% a battery usage alert will pop-up to direct users to Super Power Saving Mode. Users can choose up to 6 apps at present to keep running in the background and not have to worry about the phone dying.

"The Reno4 5G is configured with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G integrapted 5G chip and supports dual-mode networking. 5G+Wi-Fi dual-channel network supports both simultaneously to achieve the fast speed possible and to reduce latency. Movies can be downloaded in just ten seconds with a 5G signal, so the commute to work just got better".

There's also the promise of "Distinctive Design"

"The Reno4 5G has a 7.8mm Ultra Slim Body and a 6.4” AMOLED FHD+ screen and weighs just 183g, paving the way for a new era of ultra slim 5G devices. Whilst the Reno4Z 5G boasts a 6.5” FHD+LCD screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

"Design and unique aesthetic is as important as ever to the Reno Series and these devices continue that notion. The Reno4 5G ranges in Space Black and Galactic Blue, while you can find the Reno4 Z 5G in either Ink Black or Dew White.

"The Reno4 Series are the first smartphones to feature a frosted glass back, making for heightened comfort whilst holding and a truly distinctive visual that demands to stand out".

Pricing and availability

The Reno4 5G has a RRP of $799

  • Colour: Galactic Blue and Space Black

The Reno4 Z 5G has a RRP of $599

  • Colour: Dew White and Ink Black

Neither phone is yet listed on Oppo Australia's site, but its global site lists the Oppo Reno4, which is presumably very similar to the Reno4 5G model. You can see the Reno4 4G details here

Pre-orders start on September 28, with the on-sale detail being October 12.

Pre-orders are available at JB Hi-Fi, MobileCiti, Bing Lee, Amazon and Woolworths. They'll also be available at Officeworks, but no pre-orders are available at that retailer.

Pre-order promotion:

The Reno4 5G

  • Pre-order the Reno4 5G at JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee, Woolworths or MobileCiti and receive OPPO Enco W31 True Wireless Earphones (RRP $199) free.

The Reno4 Z 5G

  • Pre-order the Reno4 Z 5G at JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee, Woolworths or MobileCiti and receive OPPO Enco W11 True Wireless Earphones (RRP $149) free.

OPPO Reno4 5G Specs:

Device Name
Reno4 5G

Model Code
CPH2091

Colour
Galactic Blue / Space Black

Chipset (make/ model)
Qualcomm 765G

Dimensions
159.3x74x7.8mm

Operating System/ ColorOS
Android 10 / ColorOS 7.2

Display

Screen Size (inches)/ Pixels
6.4" AMOLED, 1080x2400

Screen Refresh Rate
60Hz

PPI
409

Aspect Ratio
20:9

Max Brightness
normal:430nit, HBM:600nit

Memory
System Memory (RAM)
8GB

Internal Memory (ROM)
128GB

Camera

Rear Camera Setup
48MP(f/1.7) + 8MP(f/2.2) + 2MP(f/2.4)

Rear Camera Sensor
48MP(IMX586) + 8MP(Hi-846) + 2MP(GC2375)

Rear Camera Sensor Size
48MP(1/2'') + 8MP(1/4'') + 2MP(1/5'')

Rear Camera Field of View
48MP(79.5°) + 8MP(119°) + 2MP(88.8°)

Rear Camera Zoom Type
10x Digital

Rear Camera Video Mode
1080P@60fps, 4k@30fps

Front Camera Setup
32MP(f/2.4) + 2MP(f/2.4)

Front Camera Sensor
32MP(IMX616) + 2MP(GC02MOB)

Front Camera Field of View
32MP(80.4°) + 2MP(78.3°)

Front Primary Camera Video Mode
1080@30fps

Flash
LED

Network

GPRS
Class12, Speed up to 85.6Kbps

EDGE
Class12, Speed up to 236.8Kbps

HSDPA Category
CAT24

HSUPA Category
CAT6

2G Bands/ Frequencies
850/900/1800/1900

3G Bands/ Frequencies
1/2/4/5/6/8/19

4G Bands/ Frequencies
1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/32/66 and 34/38/39/40/41/42

5G Bands/ Frequencies
n1/3/5/7/8/20/28 and n77/78/38/40/41

LTE Category DL
CAT18

LTE Category UL
(Rel12 or later) -CAT13

CA Maximum Transmission

Bandwidth Combination Set
80MHz

Maximum CA support
4CA/DL & 2CA/UL

DL Modulation schemes supported
256QAM

UL Modulation schemes supported
64QAM

LTE TM9 capable
Yes

Connectivity

NFC
Yes

IrDa (infrared)
No

Bluetooth
BT5.1

BT Hotspot
Yes

Wi-Fi (bands, *a/b/g/n/ac)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Wi-Fi Hotspot
Yes

VPN
Yes

Wi-Fi Direct
Yes

Wi-Fi Display
Yes

DLNA
Yes

WPS
Yes

SIM

Dual SIM
Yes (Open Channel)

Power Management

Battery Size/ Type
4020mAh

GSM Talk Time
11hrs

GSM Standby Time
350hrs

UMTS Talk Time
9hrs

UMTS Standby Time
350hrs

LTE Talk Time
9hrs

LTE Standby Time
350hrs

Charger details
10V6.5A, 65W

 

OPPO Reno4 Z 5G Specs:

Device Name
OPPO Reno4 Z

Model Code
CPH2065

Colour
Ink Black / Dew White

Chipset (make/ model)
MTK MT6873 (5G-A/ Dimensity 800 series)

Dimensions
163.8x75.5x8.1mm

Operating System/ ColorOS
Android 10 / ColorOS 7.1

Display

Screen Size (inches)/ Pixels
6.5" LTPS LCD, 1080x2400

Screen Refresh Rate
120Hz

PPI
401

Aspect Ratio
20:9

Max Brightness
480 nit

Memory

System Memory (RAM)
8GB

Internal Memory (ROM)
128GB

Camera

Rear Camera Setup
"48MP(f/1.7) + 8MP(f/2.2) + 2MP(f/2.4) + 2MP(f/2.4)"

Rear Camera Sensor
"48MP(OV48B) + 8MP(Hi846) + 2MP(GC02M0B) + 2MP(GC02M0B)"

Rear Camera Sensor Size
"1/2''/0.8 um + 1/4''/1.12 um + 1/5''/1.75 um + 1/5''/1.75 um"

Rear Camera Field of View
48MP(79°) + 8MP(119°) + 2MP(88.8°) + 2MP(88.8°)

Rear Camera Zoom Type
10x Digital

Rear Camera Video Mode
4K/1080P/720P@30fps>

Front Camera Setup
16MP(f/2.0) + 2MP(f/2.4)

Front Camera Sensor
16MP(S5K3P9SP04) + 2MP(GC02M0B)

Front Camera Field of View
16MP(79.3°) + 2MP(78.3°)

Front Primary Camera Video Mode
720P/1080P@30fps>

Flash
LED

Network

GPRS
Class12, Speed up to 85.6Kbps

EDGE
Class12, Speed up to 236.8Kbps

HSDPA
Category CAT24

HSUPA
CategoryCAT6

2G Bands/ Frequencies
850/900/1800/1900

3G Bands/ Frequencies
1/2/4/5/6/8/19

4G Bands/ Frequencies
1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/66 and 38/39/40/41

5G Bands/ Frequencies
n1/3/5/7/8/20/28 and n77/78/38/40/41

LTE Category DL
CAT18

LTE Category UL
(Rel12 or later) CAT13

CA Maximum Transmission

Bandwidth Combination Set
80MHz

Maximum CA support
4CA/DL & 2CA/UL

DL Modulation schemes supported
256QAM

UL Modulation schemes supported
256QAM

LTE TM9 capable
Yes

Connectivity

NFC
Yes

IrDa (infrared)
No

Bluetooth
BT5.1

BT Hotspot
Yes

Wi-Fi (bands, *a/b/g/n/ac)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Wi-Fi Hotspot
Yes

VPN
Yes

Wi-Fi Direct
Yes

Wi-Fi Display
Yes

DLNA
Yes

WPS
Yes

SIM

Dual SIM
Yes (Open Channel)

Power Management

Battery Size/ Type
3890/4000mAh(Min/Typ) Li-Ion

GSM Talk Time
11hrs

GSM Standby Time
350hrs

UMTS Talk Time
9hrs

UMTS Standby Time
350hrs

LTE Talk Time
9hrs

LTE Standby Time
350hrs

Charger details
9V2A, 18W


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