Oppo Reno 2 revealed, but it's not really a successor to the original

The Oppo Reno 2Z and Reno 2
The Oppo Reno 2Z and Reno 2 (Image credit: Future)

At a London event Oppo just launched the Oppo Reno 2 and Reno 2Z, its newest generation of Reno smartphones. Are they huge improvements on the earlier Oppo Reno and Reno 10x Zoom? Spec-wise, these are actually less impressive.

The Reno series itself launched earlier in 2019, and has since been joined by the Oppo Reno Z. The new Reno 2 has now replaced the original Reno, while the Reno 2Z sits just below it.

The Oppo Reno 2 keeps the iconic design of the previous generation of devices, with the 'shark-fin' pop-up segment that houses the front-facing camera, but it has an extra rear camera (a 2MP 'Mono Portrait' camera for improved portrait shots), a weaker processor, and a lower cost at £449 (around $575, AU$850).

It's the Oppo Reno 2Z that's a little different. It has similar specs for the most part, but has an even weaker chipset than the Reno 2, and a rectangular pop-up segment, doing away with the shark-fin design. It's also more affordable than the Reno 2, available at £329 (around $420, AU$620) in the UK.

These two smartphones were launched alongside Oppo's Enco Q1 wireless headphones, that pack noise-cancelling tech with roughly 20 hours of battery and an bright orange design. These will be available for £109 ($140, AU$210).

Both the Oppo Reno 2 and Reno 2Z will be available from October 18 from a range of retailers in the UK, and Oppo's website. A release date for the Enco Q1 earphones hasn't been stated yet and we don't know if the phones will come to Australia or the US.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.