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Embrace the Innovation with OPPO Reno 10x Zoom

OPPO's sibling firm Vivo debuted the technology in 2018

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The handset, OPPO RENO 10X features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. IANS

Chinese handset maker OPPO, which has been known to be experimental with its smartphone designs has just launched its flagship smartphone Reno 10x Zoom with several innovations such as the shark-fin pop-up selfie camera.

The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. OPPO’s sibling firm Vivo debuted the technology in 2018.

The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom comes in two variants — 6GB RAM+128GB internal storage variant and 8GB RAM+256GB configuration that cost Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990, respectively.

We tested the Ocean Green coloured premium variant with 8GB RAM+256GB storage that costs Rs 49,990 for a week. Here’s how it fared during our review.

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Chinese handset maker OPPO, which has been known to be experimental with its smartphone designs has just launched its flagship smartphone Reno 10x Zoom. Wikimedia Commons

The handset has a layer of protective Corning Gorilla Glass that rendered a sophisticated matte look which was minimalistic yet stunning.

The handset features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges.

The matte finish ensured that the smartphone does not retain fingerprint marks.

Along with a 48MP primary sensor, there is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 13MP lens 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom at the back.

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Placed right at the centre of the rear, the triple cameras sit flush with the smartphone in a vertical set-up, thus, making the phone less wobbly. The flash is located at the rear of the shark-fin pop up camera.

The primary camera worked very well in dark lighting and the images were neither grainy nor disintegrated. The launch time of the camera app was also quick.

The notchless display offered an immersive experience; it was bright, sharp and had vivid colours. The almost bezel-less display performed well under direct sunlight too.

However, its rival in the same price range, OnePlus 7 Pro scores better with fluid AMOLED display and a refresh rate of 90Hz.

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The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. Wikimedia Commons

The left edge of Reno 10x Zoom sports volume rockers while the right edge houses a single power button.

The dual SIM tray is located on the bottom of the smartphone while a type-c charging port sits next to the stereo speaker.

This new pop-up camera is definitely one of the biggest USPs of the Reno 10x Zoom. However, it raised with a low mechanical sound.

The phone’s facial recognition was as snappy as its in-screen fingerprint sensor.

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The selfie camera took beautiful and sharp images.

Just like its competition — OnePlus 7 Pro, the Reno 10x Zoom is powered by the top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that ensured performance was superfast even during multi-tasking and gaming.

OPPO outpaced OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery with a 4,065mAh battery in the Reno 10x Zoom. The hefty battery lasted almost an entire day on a single charge.

OPPO’s in-house VOOC fast charging technology quickly charged the smartphone in less than an hour.

The device runs OPPO’s own ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie, which quite looked like a rip off of iOS.

There was a pair of fancy colour coordinated type-c earphones bundled in the box which is not-so-common these days.

OPPO has not advertised the phone to be water and dust protected. Other downsides include no support for expandable memory.

In addition, it was impossible to charge and use the earphones simultaneously as there was no separate headphone jack.

Despite being a performance powerhouse, the device lacked wireless charging.

Conclusion: The stunning look and innovative design language of OPPO Reno 10x Zoom has the potential to take on its competition OnePlus 7 Pro in the sub-Rs 50,000 price segment in India. (IANS)

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OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition: Tiny Tweaks to Excellence!

The smartphone features a triple-rear camera that uses 48-MP primary unit with an f/1.6 aperture and optical stabilisation (OIS), 8-MP telephoto

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After using OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition smartphone for around a week, here is how it feels. Flickr

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has earned a distinct space in India with its 7T series and for those who want to own a super-premium version, the company has 7T Pro McLaren Edition on offer for Rs 58,999 – exactly the same price that will get you a brand new iPhone 11.

This is the second special edition to be born from the partnership between OnePlus and automotive brand McLaren.

The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is similar to OnePlus 7T Pro except the stunning back design along with a bumped up RAM and storage (12GB and 256GB).

After using OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition smartphone for around a week, here is how it feels.

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This is the second special edition to be born from the partnership between OnePlus and automotive brand McLaren. Pixabay

The smartphone features a triple-rear camera that uses 48-MP primary unit with an f/1.6 aperture and optical stabilisation (OIS), 8-MP telephoto with f/2.4 lens, 3x optical zoom range and OIS, and 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle with f/2.2 lens.

The triple cameras are versatile and if you love taking photos, you can’t say no to this device. Daytime shots or good lights images look well detailed.

However, the low-light performance is something that makes the device stand out in the crowd. The Portrait Mode is superb to share low-light photos on social media.

It sports 16-MP camera for selfies with an f/2.0 aperture which, surprisingly, captured great details.

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What’s more, the low-light performance on the front camera which is normally not that good in most premium phones was excellent on 7T Pro McLaren Edition.

The device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. The Snapdragon 855 plus comes with Kryo 485 CPU clocked at up to 2.96GHz. It offers almost 4.2 per cent improvement in terms of CPU performance compared to the 2.84Ghz of the Snapdragon 855.

With this processor, the smartphone performed exceptionally good without any glitches.

During the review, we used the phone for regular usage including surfing Internet, streaming or social media but the real differentiator is gaming.

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The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is similar to OnePlus 7T Pro except the stunning back design along with a bumped up RAM and storage (12GB and 256GB). Pixabay

After playing ‘Battle Royale Games’ with the best graphic settings, the device performed better than any other phone we used.

The phone houses 4080mAh battery with “30W Warp Charge 30T” support. With heavy usage, the battery lasted for a day while with the moderate daily tasks, it lasted for nearly two days.

In terms of design, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren looks similar to the original 7T Pro but carries a McLaren design touch.

On the bottom edge of the smartphone are the SIM tray, USB-C port and a single speaker while the top of the smartphone houses a pop-up camera.

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The design of the phone looks similar to the 6T McLaren Edition. The device features a Papaya Orange streak on the bottom half edge of the rear panel with the McLaren logo printed along OnePlus logo.

The triple cameras are vertically placed at the back of the phone surrounded by the Papaya Orange streak. The phone comes with a McLaren software theme installed, which adds special wallpaper and icons.

The device comes with a hard plastic case with a rubberized texture. The back has a carbon fiber pattern around the sides.

In terms of display, it features 6.67-inch Quad HD+Optic AMOLED display with curved edges with 90Hz refresh rate.

Conclusion: The OnePlus 7T McLaren Edition was to be pitted against Google Pixel 4 series. Since Google has decided not to launch Pixel 4 in India, this will help OnePlus 7T McLaren Edition gain more ground.

Go for a premium look and massive storage at a price that won’t pinch you. (IANS)