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Oppo Reno4 Z 5G Review by joshrdd: 12:39am On Dec 22, 2020
Oppo just announced the first three of the Reno5 family, and it's likely going to be a large family. How do we know? Well, there are a total of eight Reno4s in our database, and it's one of them that we'll be presenting to you today - the Reno4 Z 5G.

The most affordable of the 5G-enabled 4th-gen Renos, the Z 5G retails for €300 - that's less than half the Reno4 Pro 5G's official asking price and roughly two-thirds of the Reno4 5G's price tag.

The Reno4 Z 5G is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 800 chipset instead of the Snapdragon 765Gs in the other two. Still, it's not really grounds for concern - a close relative to that SoC, the 800U we got to see recently, performed admirably. Another moderately polarizing bit could be the 6.57-inch LCD. The OLED lovers might scoff at the choice of panel technology, but this one does come with a 120Hz refresh rate. Which brings us to the next point - a 4,000mAh battery with a 120Hz LCD? Sounds a little troubling, but we'll see about that.

Three proper cameras and three sort-of cameras made their way to the Reno4 Z 5G. There's a 48MP primary unit on the back, joined by an 8MP ultra-wide, and then you get a 2MP macro module and a 2MP unit for depth sensing. Another one of those is keeping company to the 16MP selfie camera in a pill-shaped cutout in the display's top left corner.
For the 4 Z 5G, Oppo chose the usual Reno presentation - a teal sleeve holds the white cardboard box. The contents are fairly standard, too, though the 18W adapter is a bit on the lower end of the power spectrum - it's certainly no 65W SuperVOOC 2.0. If you can put a positive spin on that, it would be that the USB-A-to-C cable isn't proprietary, unlike on the higher-wattage systems.Also included is a set of earbuds with a 3.5mm plug - the Reno4 Z 5G is nicely old-school in this respect, unlike the other 2 5G-capable Reno4s. You'll find one more useful accessory in the bundle is a protective case, a transparent silicone one.

The Reno4 Z 5G has one of the more distinct rear camera assemblies around - four modules arranged in a raised up square is nothing new, but the diagonal bump that joins two of those is something unique to this Reno (and to its A92s alter-ego, of course).That design accent has its roots in the hardware, as only these two diagonally opposed cameras are actual cameras with any thickness requirements - the other two are small 2MP units with limited practical application. They do make for a nice symmetrical design; we'll give them that.

Less appealing is the page of text written on the opposite end of the back panel - a simple Oppo logo would have been easier on the eyes. To be fair, we're not entirely sure what part of those are mandated by which regulatory body where, so Oppo may not have had all that much of a choice.

While it's anything but a cheap phone with its price tag of around €300, the Reno4 Z 5G sits at the lower end of the company's portfolio. Befitting its position then, it gets a rear panel made of plastic. Come to think of it, only the twice as expensive Reno4 Pro 5G gets glass on its back out of all the Reno4s, so the Z 5G isn't treated unfairly.

Our review unit is in the Dew White colorway but white it very rarely is. Most of the time the pearlescent back returns some hue of pink or pale blue at you, depending on how light hits it. Look at it closely, and you'll see layers of very fine striped patterns interweaving below the surface.

The surface itself is frosted, so it's not the smudge magnet that glossy backs can be. On the flipside, it's remarkably slippery so if you're the clumsier type, snap on the included case to gain some extra grip.

There's one more color scheme called Ink Black. We don't know how it looks in person, but the photos we've seen don't present it overly inky.

The frame, too, is made of plastic but is finished to a high-gloss shine with the slightest hint of rose gold. It's rounded and slippery in its own way, so picking up the Reno off a table isn't the easiest of tasks.

The phone relies on a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. A fairly standard choice for LCD-equipped phones as of late, it's embedded in the power button, placed in a chiseled area on the right side of the handset. It is located a little bit above the midpoint, it's easily reachable with both a right thumb and left index finger and works equally well with either, so it's not discriminatory against smartphone-lefties.On the opposite side is a pair of volume buttons, discrete ones, that have very positive click action. Further up, towards the top of the left side, is the card slot. The Reno will take one or two nano SIMs in its card tray and zero microSD cards - its storage is non-expandable.

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Re: Oppo Reno4 Z 5G Review by bennyefosa19: 7:27am On Sep 30, 2021
oppo has been coming out with interesting devices these days. Seems like the Oppo Reno 6 5G is getting quite popular these days. I like that strong dimensity 900 chipset that it has, along with the cameras.

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