Oppo has just announced the first three of the Reno5 family and will probably be a big world. It is one of them that we will present to you today – the Reno4 Z 5G.
The most affordable of the 5G-enabled 4th generation Renos, the Z 5G retails for € 300 – that’s less than half the official asking price of the Reno4 Pro 5G and about two-thirds the cost of the Reno4 5G.
Still, it’s not a cause for concern – a close relative of that SoC, the 800 U we saw recently, performed admirably. Another bit of moderate polarization could be the 6.57-inch LCD. OLED lovers may scoff at panel technology choice, but it comeswith a 120Hz refresh rate.
Three suitable cameras and three types of cameras arrived at the Reno4 Z 5G. There is a 48 MP primary unit at the rear, followed by an 8 MP ultra-wide, and then you get a 2 MP macro module and a 2 MP depth detection unit. Another is to keep company with the 16 MP selfie camera in a pill-shaped cutout in the upper left corner of the screen.
Oppo Reno4 Z 5G unboxing
For the 4 Z 5G, Oppo chose Reno’s usual presentation – a teal sleeve holding the white cardboard box. The content is pretty standard, too, although the 18 W adapters are a little bit at the bottom end of the power spectrum – it’s certainly not a 65 W SuperVOOC 2.0. If you can put that on a bright spot, it’s that the USB- A-to-C is not proprietary, unlike high power systems.
Also included is a set of headphones with a 3.5 mm plug – the Reno4 Z 5G is very old-school in that respect, unlike the other 2 Reno4s with a 5G capacity. You will find another useful accessory in the package is a protective case, one made of transparent silicone.
The Reno4 Z 5G contains unique rear camera sets around – four modules arranged in a raised square is nothing new, but the diagonal protrusion that joins two of them together is unique to this Reno (and its alter-ego A92s, it is clear).
This design accent has its roots in the hardware. These two diagonally opposed cameras are real cameras with any thickness requirements – the other two are small 2 MP units with limited practical application. They make a beautifully symmetrical design; we will give it to them.
Our unit of analysis is in the Dew White color, but white is rarely. Most of the time, the pearly back returns a pink or light blue tint to you, depending on how the light hits you. Look closely, and you will see layers of skinny striped patterns intertwining below the surface.
The surface itself is matte, so it’s not the smudge magnet that the shiny back can be. On the other hand, it is remarkably slippery, so if you are the clumsiest type, fit the included case to gain a little extra grip.
The frame is also made of plastic, but its finish is high-gloss with a rose gold light touch. It’s rounded and slippery in its way, so picking up the Rhine from a table isn’t the most straightforward task.
The phone depends on a capacitive fingerprint reader mounted on the side for biometric authentication. A reasonably common choice for phones equipped with LCD lately is built into the on / off button, placed in a chiseled area on the device’s right side.
It is located just above the midpoint. It is easily accessible with the right thumb and the left index finger and works equally well with any of them, so it is not discriminatory against left-handed smartphones.
On the opposite side is a pair of discrete volume buttons that have a very positive click action. Higher up, towards the top on the left, is the card slot. The Reno will have one or two nano SIMs in its card tray and no microSD cards – its storage is not expandable.
At the top, a single pinhole suggests a secondary microphone.
The 6.57-inch screen lights up at the front (spoiler, not too brightly). The chin is slightly more prominent than what we’ve gotten used to lately – LCD controllers used to be to blame for that when the frameless craze started, and this is an LCD, after all.