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(Pocket-lint) - Towards the end of April 2019 we saw Oppo's plan for world domination in its Reno series - including the 10x Zoom and 5G models - and now it has added another string to its bow: the Oppo Reno Z.

The Z adds to the existing Reno trio providing a more lightweight build quality and affordable option for the series. It's arriving quite a lot later than the other Reno phones, but that makes sense, letting the flagships lead the way. 

The Reno Z doesn't shy away from offering a compelling specification though, with the same fullHD+ resolution 6.4-inch AMOLED display as the standard Reno handset. 

This big screen on the front is certainly impressive for a mid-range phone and takes up 92 per cent of the available front surface area, completely dominating your view with its edge-to-edge design. 

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It also provides a dual rear camera setup - including the primary 48-megapixel rear camera, as found on the main handset - for a photography focus with background blur 'bokeh' software smarts.

Of course, the 48-megapixel sensor combines four pixels into one giving you a 12-megapixel image in auto mode, while the f/1.7 aperture should mean decent low light performance too. 

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The front-facing camera is a 32-megapixel unit, which is actually an upgrade compared to the rest of the Reno series. With its 80-degree wide angle capabilities, it'll mean being able to fit more scenery into your selfies too. 

Where the Reno Z appears to differ most is with internal spec, with an octa-core MediaTek Helio P90 processor keeping everything ticking over. Now, that's no weakling when it comes to power - but we have found in some previous MediaTek Helio-powered phones, that performance isn't quite as consistent or smooth as the Snapdragon variants.

Joining this P90 processor is 4GB RAM, which is more than enough in this segment of the market, as is the generous 128GB of storage space.

Then there's the 4,035mAh battery, which not only gives you enough power to get through the busiest days, but also charges pretty quickly using the 20W VOOC charging technology. 

All of this is used to run the ColorOS operating system, based on Android Pie. Like the other Renos, it's ColorOS 6, and that comes with some significant visual upgrades compared to its previous iteration. Mainly, this means you now get the choice to have an app drawer. 

All in all, it seems like this could be a very capable phone indeed, and one that attempts to offer at least some features you'd expect to find in a flagship phone. And this all in a device that costs just £299. 

It's available to purchase from EE and Carphone Warehouse in two colours: Jet Black and Aurora Purple. With the former being an exclusive through EE. 

Writing by Cam Bunton and Mike Lowe. Originally published on 14 May 2019.