OPPO Reno 2F Review

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Oppo, unveiled the Reno 2F in Kenya barely 2 months ago. The device’s pop-up front camera drifts from the shark-fin design of Oppo Reno 2 and comes with 128GB of storage expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.

Design

The Reno 2F comes in two colors, Lake Green and Sky white and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on the back. You can easily mistake it for the Reno 2 due to their similarity. Comparable to the Reno 2, the Reno 2F’s cameras are stacked vertically on the center and has a full-screen notch-less display on the front.

As I said earlier, Reno 2F drifts away from the shark-fin design of both Reno and Reno 2 devices. I still feel like Oppo could have done much better with its pop-up camera on the Reno 2F. The light effects of the camera can be changed into several colors.

 The device has the volume button on the left, and on the right side, you will find the dual Sim tray and power button highlighted with a green strip. At the bottom of the Reno 2F you will find the 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone and USB type C port.

Display

The Reno 2F is equipped with a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, and a resolution of 2340 x 1080. There is no notch thereby giving you a full view when watching content from the phone. the device is quite manageable under the exposure of direct sunlight.

When it comes to sound, surprisingly, there is no distortion when you set the maximum volume. However, I do recommend using earphones for a great listening experience.

Operating System

The Reno 2F has ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie as its operating system. App arrangement is similar; users have the choice of the standard mode or a drawer mode. The Smart Sidebar feature is also present, and it sits on the right side of the screen as a slim grey bar. Your usual Google apps come with the 2F out of the box as well as all the Oppo applications. Also, some third-party applications are also included in the device.

Camera

The Reno 2F can shoot up to 1080p at 30fps. Quality isn’t the best, but stabilization is indeed present. The Reno 2F boasts a quad-rear camera setup comprised of a 48MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP monochrome, and 2MP depth lenses. Located inside the pop-up mechanism is a 16MP shooter.

There aren’t really any stand-out selfies taken with the phone. As for the rear cameras, the colors come out a little more saturated than real life. The dynamic range is good as well, and contrast is decent too. In ultra-wide mode, the colors turn slightly colder than the images taken with the primary camera. Low light shots give us pictures with a ton of noise, but in Night Mode, there’s less noise and overall more balanced. In portrait mode, subject-background separation is similar to selfies in the way that it’s a hit or miss, depending on the lighting.

Performance

The Reno 2F executed basic tasks well, be it be taking photos, browsing social media, navigation, messaging, and the like. When it comes to gaming, however, frame drops happened from time to time. Even so, it’s not bad enough to ruin the gaming experience.

An in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock recognition are the 2F’s biometrics options. They’re both quick, but there’s a slight delay with the face unlock. You would need to wait for the camera module to pop-up first before it can scan your face and unlock the device.

Connectivity and Battery Life

4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, are the connectivity options that can be found in the Reno 2F. Like the Reno 2, the 2F has a gyroscope sensor, allowing AR-based apps and games to be used without issues. The 2F is a 4,000mAh cell with 20W VOOC 3.0 Flash Charging support.

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