Oppo has just announced its Reno flagship phone series and, while the standard Reno device has Huawei's P30 in its sights, here we're looking at the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, the more advanced handset that demands to be compared with the Huawei P30 Pro.
Here we've compared the Reno 10x Zoom with the P30 Pro to help you decide which might be the right flagship phone choice for you.
Coincidentally, the specs for the Reno 5G phone are the same as these but with the addition of Qualcomm's X55 5G-capable modem. The standard Oppo Reno handset is significantly different, however.
- Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: 799 Euros
- P30 Pro: From £899
The 128GB Oppo Reno 10x Zoom starts at 799 Euros but we don't yet have a UK price for the handset - we reckon it'll be £699 or £749 though when it is announced in the Summer. Huawei's P30 Pro starts at £899 or 999 Euros (it's an extra £100 for the 256GB model and £200 for the 512GB model). Clearly then, the Reno 10x zoom undercuts the P30 Pro by some margin.
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- Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: 162 x 77.2 x 9.3 mm, 210g
- P30 Pro: 158 x 73.4 x 8.41mm, 192g
The Oppo Reno series comes with two colour choices - ocean green and jet black. The P30 Pro on the other hand, comes in several colours - Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl White and Black.
Both the Oppo Reno and P30 Pro opt for a vertical camera arrangement, but while the P30 Pro's is on the left-side, the Reno's is central.
The P30 Pro is IP68 water and dust resistant and has a glass back made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with no bump for the camera housing.
Both these devices offer almost total screen coverage of the front of the device. The Huawei P30 Pro has a water drop notch at the top of the display, while the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom opts for a "shark fin" pop-up camera. Both solutions house the front camera and the Reno's fin also has a flash.
- Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: 6.6-inch, AMOLED, 1,080 x 2,340 pixels, 19.5:9, 387ppi
- P30 Pro: 6.47-inch, OLED, 1,440 x 2,160 19.5:9, 398ppi
In terms of size, the P30 Pro is 6.47-inches, while the Oppo handset ups the ante at 6.6-inches. Both have the same aspect ratio of 15:5:9 although the P30 Pro's screen is a little more pixel dense.
The P30 Pro remarkably uses the screen as a speaker and has a dual-curved display - the Reno is flatter, with no curve to the display, and it features Corning Gorilla Glass 6. As we mentioned, the P30 Pro's display has a notch, while Reno doesn't thanks to the pop-up front camera.
The P30 Pro offers mobile HDR support on the display, but we don't yet know if the Oppo does this.
- Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: Triple rear (48MP, 13MP, 8MP), 16MP front
- P30 Pro: Quad rear (40MP, 20MP, 8MP), 32MP front
The Reno 10x Zoom has three camera lenses – a 48 megapixel primary, 8 megapixel ultra-wide and 13 megapixel telephoto. The primary lens uses Sony’s IMX586 sensor, a f1.7 aperture and there’s also dual-optical image stabilisation.
As we mentioned, the pop-up houses the 16 megapixel (f2.0) front camera and a flash and earpiece. Excitingly it also
The P30 Pro has a 40-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.6 aperture, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and an 8-megapixel zoom lens with an f/3.4 aperture. There's also a Time of Flight sensor for depth. The P30 Pro offers 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom.
Both phones offer dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and 4K 60fps video recording.
Oppo has also added a new version of its Ultra Night Mode tech to Reno (2.0) so it’ll be interesting to compare that to Huawei's night mode when we come to review the phone in the coming days.
- Oppo Reno 10x zoom: 128 or 256GB, 8GB RAM, 4,065mAh battery
- P30 Pro: Kirin 980, 128GB storage, 8GB RAM, 4200mAh battery
The Opoo Reno 10x zoom comes in 128 and 256GB versions with 8GB of memory. It has a microSD card slot for expansion.
The P30 Pro comes with 8GB of RAM and three storage options of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. It offers expanded storage through Huawei's Nano Memory card up to 256GB.
In terms of battery, Huawei's P30 Pro has a slightly bigger 4,200mAh capacity than the Reno's 4,065mAh. The P30 Pro also has wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. The Oppo Reno series doesn't have wireless charging. Instead, Oppo prefers to talk about its fast VOOC Flash Charge tech set at 20W, although it hasn't said how long the handset takes to charge.
Each of the devices has an in-display fingerprint sensor.
- Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: Android 9 with ColorOS 6.0
- P30 Pro: Android 9 with EMUI 9.1
The Huawei P30 Pro runs on Android Pie with Huawei's EMUI 9.1 software over the top, while the Reno series runs on Android Pie with ColourOS 6.0 over the top.
EMUI has improved significantly over recent generations and it'll be interesting to see whether the same is true of ColorOS when it comes to our review compared to the experience on previous devices.
The Oppo Reno 10x zoom is a fine new entrant to the market, but it's clear that Huawei is a little ahead with the P30 Pro in terms of basic specs. It's slightly better in several areas, such as the wireless charging support (although Oppo's VOOC is preferable for speed) and more pixel-dense display.
However, the Oppo handset is significantly cheaper and so will be a very compelling option for many providing it is supported by UK networks. If you want something a little different, the Oppo does have that fantastic zoom, the innovative shark fin and a really very nice design. We can't wait to give it a full review.