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OPPO Reno 10x review
Posted on 27-Aug-2019 19:58 by M Freitas | Filed under: Reviews

OPPO Reno 10x review

The OPPO Reno 10x is that kind of smartphone that is fully-featured and yet not many people hear about. 


We are talking about the latest OPPO smartphone, the next in a series of devices the company have been creating that pushes the boundaries of photography and performance, a 6.6 inch screen package running their own version of Android 9 smartphone with a very large battery, plenty of memory (8 GB) and 256 GB storage (with UFS 2.1 technology for fast IO operations). 


The combination of a SM8150 processor with the Adreno 640 GPU makes this a very fast smartphone, with apps launching quickly and app switching a breeze, while maintaining a long battery life. And thanks to the SuperVOOC 3.0 charging technology, you just need a few minutes to charge your phone with enough power that will last a long time.


In terms of design, the OPPO Reno 10x is really easy on the eyes with it matte finish - the Ocean Green colour scheme is particularly nice. The camera lens positioning on the back is also well balanced, creating a symmetrical and pleasant back panel. You will also note the "camera bump" is gone, with a flat glass covering the lenses. To help protect the glass from scratches and to make it a central focal point OPPO added a dot to the back, just below the camera lenses. This is all a moot point if you use the included phone case, which adds a layer of protection - albeit a bit bulky.


Another interesting design decision is the lack of a visible front camera. Gone is the tear drop or notch. There's nothing to see there - at 93.1% coverage the screen is almost entirely available for use. Instead OPPO designed a pivot structure on top of the phone, that opens up when the front camera (16MP F2.0) is activated (either for facial recognition unlock or for one of any communication apps that might need the front camera). The "fin" comes up silently and instantly, in less than a second - 0.8 second to be exact.


Talking security, the OPPO Reno 10x also features an under the screen fingerpriter reader, which works really fast - although I think is positioned too low on the screen. 


With so much power, temperature management is something smartphone manufacturers need to be conscious about. Cooling is another feature that OPPO put some thought into and the OPPO Reno 10x include three different cooling techniques: a gel, graphite layers and copper pipes. The company says it can reduce device temperatures by up 13%. You can certainly feel it when using the device for long time - the all glass body doesn't feel as hot as some other devices.


The native operating system ColorOS 6 is an Android 9 port and comes with specifically designed features such as HyperBoost (a task manager that priotises apps and system), Game Assistant (full screen in-game notification management) as well as notification priority management and gesture navigation. A really cool feature is the ability to have some messaging apps notify you while a full screen app is in the foreground - and allow you to use a small floating window to reply to messages instead of having to leave the main app.


The main camera offers a 10x hybrid zoom 16-160 mm thanks to the combination of information from three different sensors (48MP F1.7 + 8MP F2.2 + 13MP F3.0). And thanks to a ball-bearing image stabilisation system the camera can take good quality photos even when the zoom is fully extended. It is also especially tuned for night time photography.


Innovation continues on the screen as well. OPPO is using a new AMOLED material that not only can show the full DCI-P3 colour space (an RGB colour space), it also saves 8% power in the process. This means you can get pretty good picture for your movies, TV series or gaming in general. 


Compared to a similar sized smartphone from a competitor (the Huawei P30 Pro), the OPPO Reno 10x was actually a few grams heavier and a couple of millimetres thicker - but the price difference tips the balance towards the OPPO when it comes to that. 


Overall I think people need to pay more attention to OPPO devices.


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