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Sahil Gupta is the founder and editor of warpcore. He has spent his entire career in mainstream media including stints at Gadgets 360, BGR India, India Today and more recently the Times of India Group where he led international franchise publications like Gizmodo India, PCMag India, TechRadar India and TechSpot India. Apart from having deep insight into consumer electronics trends and tech, he's also a music aficionado and pioneered the concept of thematic indie music events in New Delhi, India's capital. warpcore is a culmination of his career which has been spent on the intersection of technology and music.

The thing about smartphones is that they are not only functional tools but they have become an integral fashion statement for a lot of people. What you use is a reflection of who you are as a person. That’s the psyche Apple has piggybacked on for more than 12 years with the iPhone. Even today as Android smartphones have come a long way, long time, Apple loyalists don’t stick to the iPhone because they like it, but they stick to it because it is an iPhone. What brought the iPhone to this zenith was design first; function came as the years went by. And that’s the motif Oppo is trying to tow on as it reinvents its brand towards people who want something cool but that’s not the usual Apple or Samsung. That’s where the Reno kicks in, and one needs to give due credit as it is now perhaps the chicest phone you can get. 

What’s warped

  • Oppo’s new design language for the Reno is classy, subtle and innovative. It uses a combination of unique colours like turquoise, a matte finish and a metal lining on the back embossed in a glossy finish touching upon the triple camera system making it a halo of the phone. 
  • One of the things that makes the Reno so catchy is that the phone that it is big and meaty with just no ungainly parts coming out like a camera bump. This is a big feat considering the periscope zoom system with 6x optical zoom making this highly impressive. 
  • Flagship phones need damn good screens and that’s what the Oppo Reno gets with its OLED panel which has Gorilla Glass 6 and stunning viewing angles apart from good colour reproduction. This makes the phone delight to watch movies on or play games on. 
  • Like all flagship phones today, this phone uses the new Qualcomm 855 processor with tons of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The performance as you’d imagine is top class with it also doubling as a great gaming rig for games like PUBG and Asphalt 9. 
  • The polish in the little things separates a flagship from a mid-range or budget flagship phone. In the case of the Reno, Oppo gets you a brilliant haptic feedback motor which could be the same as the OnePlus 7 Pro which makes this a delightful phone to use. 
  • Oppo has gone all out on the cameras on this phone. The cameras on the Reno aren’t just innovative, they are actually amongst the best cameras you can get on a phone outside of the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro, right alongside or slightly better than the OnePlus 7 Pro. 
  • The huge size of the phone allows it to pack a pretty large 3,765mAh battery which charges at rapid clip using Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 20W charger that comes with the package. The phone would last you on an average around a day but it can be charged very fast within 90 minutes. 
  • The selfie camera is a different trick altogether with its shark-fin slide up mechanism, it doesn’t just look cool, it is the embodiment of cool. At the same time, this camera takes good selfies and definitely doesn’t feel as flimsy as the pop-up camera.

What’s not

  • What breaks the experience is the software, While Oppo has come a long way with the responsiveness of Color OS, it still leaves a lot to be desired for a phone that costs in the Rs 50,000 ballpark. It an arcane aesthetic and it is just loaded with unnecessary apps.
  • The phone is also quite bulky for its own good. It is a double-edged sword, but the reality is that this phone is likely to be too large for a number of people. People who like large phones may also not like it due to the fact that its battery isn’t in the realm of the Huawei P30 Pro. 

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