Thursday, 11 July 2019 10:27

OPPO Reno Z promises 'luxury for less' with new A$499 model


At $499, you miss out on wireless charging, an IP water resistance rating, the fastest Qualcomm processors, optical zooms and more, but OPPO is still seeking to offer what it says are "unbeatable features at an affordable price".

OPPO has announced it has launched its newest addition to its Reno Series, the Reno Z, which "offers Aussies luxury for less, offering a number of innovative features they know and love from the Reno Series".

We're told "the new device elevates photography and mobile entertainment capabilities, exceeding expectations of smartphones in its price bracket".

So, what standout features do you get for the money?

Well, when premium flagships sell for $1500 and go through to $2500 and beyond, you have to choose your standout features carefully, and it looks like OPPO has done us that.

OPPO proudly boasts its Reno Z offers "innovative features including a 48MP rear camera, an immersive 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 92%, the new and improved Ultra Night Mode 2.0 for captivating nighttime photography, and VOOC 3.0 to dramatically increase the speed of the last trickle charge".

The screen has a "water drop" notch for the camera, an in-screen fingerprint reader, Dolby Atmos-capable stereo speakers, a 32MP front camera, 4035mAh battery and more as you'll see below.

Michael Tran, managing director of OPPO Australia, said: "The Reno 5G and Reno 10x Zoom are transforming smartphone technology and raising consumer expectations of what’s possible in a device.

"The Reno Z provides Aussies with game-changing power and the most immersive audio-visual experience available, making it one of the best devices in its price bracket.

“Making premium accessible is, and always will be a priority at OPPO. The Reno Z does just that, taking a number of impressive features from across the Reno Series and making them accessible to Aussies, no matter their budget.”

So, what is more detail on the features? Here it is in OPPO's own words:

Camera capability to rival the best

"The Reno Z comes equipped with an impressive Sony IMX 586 48MP Rear Camera to deliver super high resolution and colour accuracy in your photos. Video performance is also enhanced through the device’s EIS image stabilisation technology and 4K video capability.

"Let your selfies stand out with the 32MP ultra-high definition front camera, equipped with OPPO’s custom selfie optimisation algorithm which targets back-lit scenarios to transform your images."

Instantly capture the night in stunning depth and clarity

"The Reno Z also comes equipped with Ultra Night Mode 2.0, with a 48MP super HD lens that supports 4-in-1 resolution focus technology. Its 1/2.0'' ultra-large sensors and f/1.7 ultra-large aperture combine with Multi-Frame noise reduction technology (MFNR) and HDR software algorithms to protect you from over-exposure, capturing stunning detail in low-light conditions.

"With the powerful AI chip to run its AI noise-reduction algorithm, the Reno Z further minimises shutter speed for night photography without leaving the default camera mode, paving the way for fast and crisp photos. Dazzle Colour Mode also intelligently recognises changing scenarios to optimise brightness and colour, with pixel-level colour restoration ensuring vivid images every time, even at night."

New artistic portraits

"With a large aperture, the Reno Z makes taking professional quality portrait photos effortless, offering five stylish bokeh settings to choose from. Based on in-depth study and analysis, these styles' bokeh intensity, colour and lighting settings have been fine-tuned to match a wide range of tastes."

Luxury at first glance

"The Reno Z offers a truly immersive experience, with its 6.4-inch AMOLED screen and 92% screen-to-body ratio. The camera is concealed within the 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 surface, and sports a cleverly designed O-Dot anti-abrasion structure and radian shape designed to fit comfortably in your hand.

"The hidden fingerprint unlock boasts an upgraded recognition structure combined with more efficient AI algorithm to enable even faster and more accurate unlocking. The Reno Z is available in two captivating gradient colour finishes - Aurora Purple and Jet Black."

Premium performance without compromises

"Packed with 128GB ROM and 8GB RAM, the Reno Z will allow you to stream, game, download and chat without hitting a limit.

"The new and improved VOOC 3.0 uses the latest VFC flash charge algorithm to dramatically increase the speed of trickle-charging. Coupled with the device’s 4035mAh battery, this means your phone will be able to charge faster and last longer.

"To complete the package, the device uses Dolby Atmos to deliver premier cinema sound quality to your smartphone. The Reno Z’s stereo speakers use the phone’s receiver as a secondary speaker to achieve a full stereo effect, resulting in a powerful, moving and immersive audio experience."

ColorOS 6

"The latest generation of ColorOS based on Android 9.0 introduced Smart Riding Mode, Swipe-up Gesture Navigation and Smart Assistant."

Be at the top of your game with Game Boost 2.0

"The Reno Series is engineered with gamers in mind, which is why we've added further optimisations for deeper enhancements to your phone's performance.

"With an upgraded version that tackles latency and control issues and analyses touch control and refresh rate, mobile gaming has never been so smooth. For instance, playing Arena of Valor using Game Boost increased touch performance by 42.6%."

Frame Boost: real-time optimisation

"The Frame Boost system can analyse your mobile performance status in real-time while you game. Whenever it predicts lag, it adjusts your frame rate and stability to prioritise a first-class gaming experience."

Touch Boost: faster response time

"Touch Boost assesses touch events to accelerate response time accordingly. The result? Visibly faster responsiveness that can make the difference between winning and losing. Using Touch Boost, screen touch performance increased by 42.5% and screen slide performance increased by 24.0%."

Full speed ahead with game apace

"Every game and every player is different, and Game Space recognises that. Manage individual game performance settings, notifications and connectivity to personalise your experience and maximise your score."

Pricing & availability

So, we know the Reno Z retails for $499 in Australia, coming in separate Aurora Purple & Jet Black colours, with availability from JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys and MobileCiti from 11 July. The Reno Z website also says this model is available from the Woolworths Mobile online store.

Here is the OPPO Reno Z Spec Sheet:

Device Name


Device model number


Colour variants

Jet Black & Aurora Purple

SIM type (Standard mini/Micro)


Inbox Contents

Handset x1
VOOC Charger x1
Type-C USB Cable x1
Important Info. Booklet with Warranty Card x1
Quick Guide x1
SIM Card Tool x1
Pre-Applied Screen Protector x1
Back Cover x1

Calling & Messaging

Predictive text messaging – Yes
Picture messaging (MMS) – Yes
Video messaging (MMS) – Yes
ISP Email (POP/IMAP) – Yes
*Basic MS Exchange Email wireless sync – Yes
**Enhanced MS Exchange Email wireless sync – No
Voice dialling – Yes
Bluetooth voice dialling – Yes
Visual voicemail capable – No
Dual SIM – Yes
HD Voice capable – Yes
HD Voice enabled – Yes
Hearing aid compatibility – NO
Hands-free speaker phone – Yes


Size and type – 6.4”, AMOLED
Resolution – 2340*1080
Colours – 16.7M Colours

Hardware, Software and Memory

OS type and version – ColorOS V6.0 based on Android9
Support for OTA updates – Yes
Main processor type/speed MHz – MTK MT6779V / CPU:2.2GHz*2+2GHz*6
Graphics processor type/speed MHz – MTK MT6779V
System memory (RAM) – 8GB
On-board user memory (total & est user avail) – 128GB
Expandable memory type – NA
Maximum Expandable Memory – NA
Secondary noise cancellation mic – Yes
Digital compass – Yes
Sensors – GPS, AGPS, BeiDou, E-compass, G-sensor, Gyro-meter, Light and Proximity Sensor
Supported languages – 62, English, Simplified Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, and many other foreign languages (Tamil will be available after OTA update)


Web browser (direct to Internet) – Chrome,HTML5,Flash
FM Radio (is headset antenna reqd.) – Yes
Pre installed content – Yes
Application store/s – Google Play Store
Headset jack size/type – 3.5mm earphone set


Main camera resolution (e.g. 2MP) – 48MP/F1.7 + 5M/F2.4
Secondary (front facing) camera resolution – 32 MP, f/2.0
Video capable (max resolution/fps) – 720P/1080P/[email protected], [email protected]
Optical Image Stabilisation – Digital
Digital zoom by X times – 10x digital Zoom
Optical zoom by X times – 10x digital Zoom
Flash type (dual tone/front and rear facing) – Rear


GPS – Yes
A-GPS – Yes
Maps application – Yes
Navigation turn-by-turn spoken word – Maps(Google)


2G bands – 850/900/1800/1900MHz
EDGE (up to 200kbps) – 236.8kbps
Vodafone compatible for 2G – Yes

3G bands – 850(5/6/19)/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
3G data (up to 384kbps) – 384kbps
3G broadband downlink (X Mbps) – 42Mbps
3G broadband uplink (X Mbps) – 11.4Mbps
Vodafone compatible for 3G – Yes
Telecom compatible for 3G – Yes

LTE bands – LTE FDD:B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/18/19/20/26/28
LTE downlink (X Mbps) – Cat 12 600Mbps
LTE uplink (X Mbps) - Cat13 150Mbps
Support for (CA) Carrier Aggregation – Depends on network:

1)UL CA:B1C, B3C, B7C, B38C, B40C, B41C
2)DL CA:CA_1C, CA_3C, CA_7C, CA_38C, CA_41C, CA_40C, CA_1A-1A, CA_3A-3A, CA_7A-7A, CA_1A-3A, CA_1A-5A, CA_1A-8A, CA_1A-20A, CA_1A-28A, CA_3A-5A, CA_3A-7A, CA_3A-8A, CA_3A-20A, CA_3A-28A, CA_7A-8A, CA_7A-20A, CA_7A-28A, CA_3A-41A, CA_8A-41A, CA_28A-41A, CA_3A-38A, CA_8A-38A, CA_28A-38A, CA_3A-40A, CA_5A-40A, CA_8A-40A, CA_28A-40A, CA_1A-18A, CA_1A-19A, CA_1A-26A, CA_3A-19A, CA_1A-1A-3A, CA_1A-1A-5A, CA_1A-1A-28A, CA_1A-3C, CA_1C-3A, CA_1C-8A, CA_1A-3A-3A, CA_1A-3A-5A, CA_1A-3A-7A, CA_1A-3A-8A, CA_1A-3A-19A, CA_1A-3A-20A, CA_1A-3A-28A, CA_3A-3A-7A, CA_3A-3A-8A, CA_3A-3A-20A, CA_3A-7A-7A, CA_3A-7C, CA_3C-5A, CA_3C-7A, CA_3C-8A, CA_3C-20A, CA_3C-28A, CA_3A-7A-8A, CA_3A-7A-20A, CA_3A-7A-28A, CA_7A-7A-8A, CA_7C-20A, CA_7C-28A, CA_3A-3A-41A, CA_20A-38C, CA_3C-38A, CA_3A-40C, CA_5A-40C, CA_28A-40C, CA_3A-5A-40A, CA_3A-8A-40A, CA_40D

VoLTE Capable – No

Bluetooth version – 5.0

Wi-Fi bands – 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac

Wi-Fi sharing (Hotspot for other devices) – Yes
Wi-Fi Direct – Yes
VoWiFi Capable – Yes
DLNA – Yes
NFC – Yes
USB connector size and USB version – Type C 2.0

Technical specifications

Manufacturer – OPPO
Device size (h x w x d)mm – about 157.3*74.9*9.1mm
Weight (grams) – about 186 g
Charge time – About 1.3 hours
Battery capacity – 3950/4035mAh Li-Polymer Battery(Min/Typ)


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