OPPO recently launched its Reno2 smartphone with a quad-camera setup in the Indian market. The device has arrived as the top-end model in the second iteration of the Reno series. It houses 20x zoom, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor and an in-display fingerprint sensor as well. With such specifications, the device is expected to turn quite a few heads. However, does it take on the similarly priced OnePlus 7 (Review) which features the more powerful Snapdragon 855 SoC? Let us compare the two devices in detail and decide:
OPPO Reno2 vs OnePlus 7: price compared
With 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, the OPPO Reno2 is priced at Rs 36,990. On the other hand, OnePlus 7 offers 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of internal storage. The device is priced at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, while the 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage variant costs Rs 37,999. In this case, OnePlus 7 clearly wins the price war against the OPPO Reno2. However, one should keep in mind that the latest offering by OPPO has a quad-camera set up and shark fin pop-up selfie camera that the OnePlus offering lacks.
OPPO Reno2 vs OnePlus 7: specifications compared
Design and Display
In terms of design, the OPPO Reno2 looks elegant with a shark fin selfie camera and gradient finish on the back. The rear panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and it covers the whole vertical quad-camera module efficiently. On the front, we do not see a notch thanks to the pop-up camera. The Reno2 comes in two shades – Luminous Black and Ocean Blue. The 3D curved body of the device is in league with the latest trends, and its inbuilt sensors protect the selfie camera by retracting it when the phone falls. Instead of a physical fingerprint reader, the device houses an in-display scanner. The OnePlus 7 features a more staid design. It houses a waterdrop notch on top for the selfie camera, and its rear panel is made of curved glass. The glossy back panel houses a vertical dual camera setup with the company’s logo at the centre. An in-display fingerprint sensor is also included in the package. It comes in two colours – Black and Red.
The display on OPPO Reno 2 is a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel covered with Gorilla Glass 6 for protection. It sports a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and E3 sunlight screen technology which ensures sufficient brightness outdoors. As mentioned above, the device lacks a notch and features a G3 optical under-display fingerprint reader. OnePlus 7 sports a slightly smaller 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with full HD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch on the top. It also includes a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection and an in-display fingerprint reader for security. Both the devices have their own advantages, but for those who love full-screen phones, the OPPO Reno2 is the winner.
Hardware and OS
The OPPO Reno2 comes loaded with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor. The SoC is coupled with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Additionally, Hyper Boost 2.0, Touch Boost 2.0, Frame Boost 2.0 and Engine Boost 1.0 are included to aid the gaming performance. On the other hand, we have the OnePlus 7 with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset. It even offers more in terms of options as it comes in two variants – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. To assist in file transfers, the phone features UFS 3.0 storage, just like its Pro variant.
While OPPO gained points in display and design, the OnePlus 7 offers a superior processor and more variants in the same price range. On the software front, OPPO’s Reno2 comes with ColorOS 6.0 on top of Android Pie. OnePlus 7 also runs Android Pie but it has OxygenOS on top. The OS is known for pushing timely updates and providing the best of stock Android with useful extras. In this section, the OnePlus 7 is clearly the winner with its more powerful processor and cleaner interface.
The biggest USP of OPPO Reno2 is its quad-camera setup. With a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.7 aperture and OIS, the configuration is aided by an 8MP 116-degree wide-angle lens, 13MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and Auto Focus, and a 2MP mono lens with Portrait Mode 2.0. For selfie enthusiasts, the device is equipped with a 16MP sensor. The phone further features 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom for shooting subjects at a distance. The Ultra Dark mode helps in capturing shots in low-light effectively, while the Ultra Macro Shot assists in taking crisp close-up shots. AI Beauty Mode, HDR and Portrait mode are also included in the package while the Ultra Steady feature helps in shooting stable videos. The phone is also capable of capturing videos in bokeh mode while Background Noise Reduction and Audio Zoom help in making human voices clearer and amplifying the sound in recorded videos, respectively.
OnePlus 7 features a dual rear camera setup with the same Sony IMX586 48MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.7. The sensor is aided by a 5MP depth sensor for portrait mode shots. On the front, this phone houses a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor. The device features 2x digital zoom and AI-enhanced camera setup that comes with OIS, EIS, HDR, PDAF, Nightscape Mode and 4K video recording.
While the OnePlus 7 offers capable cameras, the Reno2 might manage to sway users with its quad camera setup.
OPPO Reno2 comes with a 4,000mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology and USB Type-C. The OnePlus competitor features a 3,700mAh unit with 20W Fast Charging and support for USB Type-C. However, an important difference between the two devices is the 3.5mm headphone jack. While OPPO Reno2 comes equipped with one, the OnePlus 7 lacks it. This might mean a deal-breaker for some audiophiles.
The OnePlus 7 will satisfy users looking for a powerful smartphone with an uncluttered interface. The OPPO Reno2, on the other hand, would satisfy those who want a loaded camera setup, trendy design and bigger battery.