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OPPO Reno 2 first impressions and hands-on: Shark fin phone and a pip

OPPO Reno 2 first impressions and hands-on: Shark fin phone and a pip

Today we're taking a quick first-impressions sort of look at OPPO Reno 2, a smartphone with a shark fin. This device has a 6.5-inch full-frontal-coverage display with a front-facing camera that pops up sideways on a swivel - like a shark fin. The phone won't likely appear on store shelves at your local mobile data carrier here in the USA, but you COULD potentially buy this phone if you had the will to do so, even if you live well outside the device's intended market - so let's take a peek.

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OPPO SuperVOOC boasts of super fast wired and wireless charging speeds

OPPO SuperVOOC boasts of super fast wired and wireless charging speeds

For all their power and capabilities, smartphones are severely limited by their batteries that, in turn, dictate how long they can remain useful in a day. Battery technology hasn't exactly progressed as fast as other components and, until the day it does, both consumers and manufacturers are at the mercy of band-aid solutions like power banks and fast charging. The latter is especially important for users that don't want to carry bulky banks but also want as little downtime as possible. To that end, OPPO is announcing three new flash charge technologies to alleviate the pain of hugging walls.

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OPPO Reno 2 revealed with Z and F models to battle OnePlus, Xiaomi

OPPO Reno 2 revealed with Z and F models to battle OnePlus, Xiaomi

Today the OPPO Reno2 (or Reno 2, if you prefer) was revealed in several iterations. This smartphone has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display (16.5cm) with 2400 x 1080 pixels, a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1-percent, and a motorized pop-up front-facing camera. There's also a collection of four cameras on the back of each of the different OPPO Reno 2 models - 48MP & 8MP & 13MP & 2MP and a dual LED flash in the mix. If these specs seem familiar to you, you're not alone!

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Android 10 release dates and phone list

Android 10 release dates and phone list

A report today suggests Google's next OS update for smartphones called Android 10, or Android Q, will be released in the first week of September. This schedule fits with the phone list that's already been in play for the Android Beta program for the software that's just reached its final Beta earlier this month. All the Google Pixel phones are on the list, that's almost a given, but what other devices will get Android 10 right away?

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OPPO Reno 2 to double-down with 20x zoom, more shark fin

OPPO Reno 2 to double-down with 20x zoom, more shark fin

The first OPPO Reno took us by surprise earlier this year with a set of cameras and first-ever features in a smartphone. That was April - in May they announced an OPPO Reno Z, and here in August they've already got an OPPO Reno 2. The first version had three iterations: OPPO Reno, Reno 5G, and Reno 10X Zoom. This newest version will have a look very similar to that of the original, only this time it'll have twice the zoom.

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OPPO “Waterfall Screen” phone teased by company VP

OPPO “Waterfall Screen” phone teased by company VP

How far will manufacturers go to get that 100% screen to body ratio? Some have employed popup cameras to reduce top bezels while others like Samsung have cut holes in the screen itself. OPPO, on the other hand, is adopting a number of designs and technologies and its latest is going to be another head turner. OPPO vice-president Brian Shen took to Weibo to show off a phone bearing what's being dubbed the "waterfall screen", which is basically a screen whose sides almost fall off over the edge, disappearing from view.

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Oppo and Vivo just revealed a genius WiFi feature

Oppo and Vivo just revealed a genius WiFi feature

In the constant struggle to stand out in a sea of other smartphones from a variety of different manufacturers, Oppo and Vivo are both looking to make your smartphone's WiFi connection more reliable. Both companies (which are subsidiaries of BBK Electronics) have revealed that their flagship phones will both use Dual WiFi. Today, we got to see it in action thanks to a pair of videos those companies uploaded to Weibo.

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OPPO Reno Teardown reveals a lot of surprises

OPPO Reno Teardown reveals a lot of surprises

Smartphones have almost become boring affairs when it came to teardowns but not in a good way. Most of them tout increased durability and ruggedness but all of those are at the expense of easy repairability. Then along came popup cameras on smartphones that made opening them up slightly more exciting. JerryRigEverything gave the new OPPO Reno the usual teardown treatment and discovered with quite a few surprises inside.

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OPPO Reno redeems the brand’s durability test reputation

OPPO Reno redeems the brand’s durability test reputation

Smartphones these days have become nearly all-glass affairs which may be good for durability. Some, however, have decided to introduce certain features that may compromise structural integrity a bit. The biggest culprit in that regard is the "popup camera" design that the likes of OPPO, Vivo, and ASUS have employed. After practically destroying the OPPO Find X, JerryRigEverything is putting its spiritual successor, the OPPO Reno, through the same tests to see if the company has learned its lessons.

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Oppo under-screen camera smartphone revealed

Oppo under-screen camera smartphone revealed

Oppo promised an under-screen camera and the smartphone-maker has delivered, with the hidden lens tech debuting alongside a new MeshTalk calling system. The camera is embedded into the display, allowing you to take a selfie while doing without a screen notch, pop-out camera, or some other fudge to mask the lens.

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OPPO teases in-screen front camera for this week’s big event

OPPO teases in-screen front camera for this week’s big event

"How can front cameras evolve when the full screen era comes?" That is the question that OPPO asked no one in particular over on Weibo. Over the years, it has tried different ways of answering that, from rotating cameras to elevating ones. This week, the Chinese OEM is going to attempt what is probably the most daring and riskiest design of all: putting the camera in the display without any hole.

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OPPO in-display camera could debut next week

OPPO in-display camera could debut next week

Despite having been around for almost two years now, notches still prove to be a controversial topic. Even more so punch-hole designs like Samsung's Infinity-O screens. When it comes to bezel-less displays without cutouts, the holy grail is to have the camera under the display. Samsung was rumored to be working on such a technology but now it seems that its Chinese competitors will beat it to the punch, with OPPO blazing the trail as early as next week.

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