Over six months since the launch of the Reno 5 (and Reno5-F) and exactly one year after the unveiling of the Reno4, OPPO Kenya finally introduced the Reno6 5G in the local market at the beginning of September.
Billed as the brand’s flagship smartphone for this market for the remainder of the year, meaning that unlike its predecessor – Reno 5 which came with the less-pricier version in the Reno 5-F – there will be no other version of the Reno 6 5G being unveiled in this market.
Reno6 5G is unique and different from the other models in the Reno series in quite a number of ways.
Specs and features:
|Name and overview||OPPO Reno6 5G (CPH2251)
· Bokeh Flare Portrait
· MediaTek Dimensity 900
· 65W SuperVOOC 2.0
· OPPO Reno Glow and Ultra-slim Retro Design
|Size and Weight
|· Height: About 156.8mm
· Width: About 72.1mm
· Thickness: About 7.59mm
· Weight: About 182g
|Memory||· 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM
· RAM Type: LPDDR4X @ 2133 MHz, 2 x 16 bits
· External Memory: Not supported
· USB Version: USB 2.0USB
· OTG: Supported (Reverse charging supported)
|Screen and display||· Size: 6.4‘’
· Screen Ratio: 91.7%
· Resolution: FHD+ (1080 × 2400)
· Refresh Rate: Maximum: 90 Hz / Options: 90 Hz or 60 Hz
· Touch Sampling Rate: Maximum: 180 Hz
· Panel: AMOLED (Rigid screen)
· 64MP Main Camera: f/1.7; FOV 81°; 6P lens; AF supported; closed-loop focus motor
· 8MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera: f/2.2; FOV 120°; 5P lens; FF
· 2MP Macro Camera: f/2.4; FOV 89°; 3P lens; FF
· 32MP (f/2.4); FOV 85°; lens: 5P, FF
· Maximum size: 6936 x 9248 (64MP)
Photo sizes in different aspect ratios:
· 3468 x 4624 (4:3)
· 3468 x 3468 (1:1)
· 2080 x 4624 (full screen)
· 2608 x 4624 (16:9)
· 4896 x 6528 (4:3)
· 4896 x 4896 (1:1)
· 2944 x 6528 (Full)
· 3680 x 6528 (16:9)
· Rear camera supports up to 4K (30 fps), 1080P@60 fps/30 fps, 720P@60 fps/30 fps.
· 1080P/720P@30 fps, default: 1080P@30 fps
|Processor||· CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 900
· CPU Speed: 8 cores with a maximum frequency of 2.4 GHz (2 big cores + 6 little cores)
|Battery||· 4300 mAh/16.64 Wh (Typical)
· Fast Charge: Supports SuperVOOC 2.0, SuperVOOC, VOOC 3.0,
|Biometrics||· In-Display Fingerprint scanner
· Face Unlock
|Sensors||· Geomagnetic sensor
· Color temperature sensor
· On screen proximity sensor
· On screen optical sensor
· Gravity sensor
|Connectivity||· WLAN: Wi-Fi; Wi-Fi Display and Wi-Fi tethering; 2×2 MIMO and MU-MIMO
· USB Interface: USB Type-C
· Earphone Jack: Type-C earphone
· NFC: Supports Android Beam, UICC / Multi-function NFC: Supports HCE and NFC-SIM
|Operating System||· ColorOS 11.3 (based on Android 11)|
|Location technology and Navigation||· GNSS: Supports Navigation Satellite System, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo positioning systems
· Maps: Support Google Map and other third-party map apps
|In the Box||· Phone
· USB Cable
· SIM Ejector Tool
· Protective Case
· Quick Start Guide
· Safety Guide
Let’s begin by first looking at the design of the device.
Available in two colour variants – Aurora and Stellar Black – and retailing from Kshs 60,000 at various online outlets including Kilimall, Jumia, Skygarden and Masoko, differs in terms of design and build from the Reno 4 and Reno 5.
Reno 6 5G is heavier (weighing 182g) when compared to the Reno 5 which weighed just 171g but slimmer (with a thickness of just 7.59mm) while Reno 5 is slightly bulkier at 7.8mm in thickness.
Instead of the rounded curves on the edges that we had become accustomed to in the two immediate Reno models – that is Reno 4 and Reno 5 – the Reno 6 5G comes in a block-shaped metallic body. Tis gives the Reno 6 5G a comfortable and firm feel on the palm and a premium look.
Buttons and accessory connectors
Away from its curves and edges, the Reno 6 5G is also markedly different from the previous models in the Reno series when it comes to the position and location of various and posts.
On the right, there’s the Power Key which also doubles up as the Screen Lock Button. This means that the Finger Print button is located elsewhere, independently. This is the only button on the right side of the body.
Below, at the bottom, we have the Speakers, the Type-C USB port (both for charging the phone as well as connecting the USB microphone to the device). Having the USB microphone indicates that OPPO has done away with the previous Jack-pin microphones and slots, even though we’re not sure where they’ll make a comeback in upcoming models.
Still at the bottom of the Reno 6 5G, we have the main microphone (for voice calls) and the Nano SIM card tray (which has top and bottom slots for SIM cards unlike previous models where the slots were arranged in a linear formation). It’s worth noting that the Reno 6 5G comes with no external memory card, meaning that you’ve to make do with the 128GB of internal storage capacity, which to us is more than sufficient any way.
To the left of the device, the only button here is the volume button. At the top, we’ve the Receiver, the Front (or Selfie) Camera located towards the top-left corner, the sub microphone, and finally, the Proximity and Light Sensor, on the right-hand corner.
Overall, and before we can highlight the camera and videography features and specs as well as other functionalities embedded in the Reno 6 5G, we can confidently admit here that a lot of thought and innovation went into the design of OPPO’s new flagship in the Reno series.
And this is what Muthoni Wachira, Head of Projects and PR OPPO Kenya, meant when she said that: “The design of OPPO’s Reno series is a reflection of style and taste. Reno6 5G comes with a unique color – Aurora, in addition to the ever-popular black. The newly upgraded Reno glow gives the phone a fresh new look and energetic shine when viewed from different angles. The Reno6 5G not only looks great but also has a comfortable grip with an ultra-slim and light body.”