Oppo launched its flagship smartphone, the Oppo Reno – and its big, powerful sibling, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom – to a fair amount of fanfare this year. But for anyone finding these flagships a bit too pricey for their taste, Oppo has now announced a mid-range model called the Oppo Reno Z.
The Oppo Reno Z functions as an affordable version of the Oppo Reno. Oppo doesn't necessarily link the two in its announcement, but take a close look and you can see that the Reno Z has a lot in common with its pre-existing siblings.
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The Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno Z both have the same holographic design on the back, creating a stylish texture – and you can pick up the Reno Z in black or purple.
The rear of the phone has a powerful 48MP snapper, joined by a 5MP depth sensor – which is used to add artificial background blur to portrait shots. The front camera is 32MP, making it a great choice selfies.
The screen is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, broken by a small 'tear-drop' notch that houses the front-facing camera. The Reno Z also has an in-screen fingerprint sensor, which is rare for a handset at this price.
Other features that may appeal to you include a whopping 4,035mAh battery, 128GB on-board memory, and Oppo's signature VOOC fast-charge.
So what's the sacrifice for the low price? Well, you're getting a middling Mediatek Helio P90 chipset processor, and only 4GB of RAM – though we wouldn't expect much more in a relatively affordable phone.
All in all, the Oppo Reno Z seems like a downgraded version of the Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom – but it doesn't seem to have been downgraded all that much compared to its low price point.
You can pick up the Oppo Reno Z for £299 from EE and Carphone Warehouse. That's a really low price for, what seems on paper to be, a great phone.
However we haven't tested the handset out yet, so consider waiting for our full review in the coming weeks before purchasing the device.
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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.