We set out to compare OPPO Reno2 vs OPPO Reno2 F, two of the latest mid-range smartphones from Chinese smartphone maker, OPPO Mobile. They are identical in a number of ways but also different in a number of others.
As you will also find out, if you did not already know, they are not in the same price bracket. Still, a comparison can help you decide between the two smartphones.
At first glance, the two phones are exactly alike – two slabs with clean, unobstructed edge-to-edge AMOLED displays without a notch or punch hole. If you look closer though, you will find that the Reno2 (the more affordable of the two) has a bigger chin.
OPPO Reno2 vs OPPO Reno2 F: A Quick Glance
Even when you flip them over and have a look at their back sides, they are almost exactly alike save for a few differences in camera lens arrangements. They both have quad cameras at the back and there is no fingerprint scanner at the back.
The most glaring visual differences kick in when you attempt to take a selfie and the motorized selfie cameras extend out from the top of the phones.
The Reno2 has a motorized shark fin selfie camera, while the Reno2 has a motorized pop-up selfie camera.
OPPO Reno2 vs OPPO Reno2 F: Quick Specs Comparison
First up is our quick comparison table so you can view the similarities and distinguishing differences of the two devices at a glance.
|OPPO Reno2||OPPO Reno2 F|
|6.5 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels, AMOLED display.||6.5 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels, AMOLED display|
|Gorilla Glass 6 protection front, Gorilla Glass 5 on the back||Gorilla Glass 5 protection|
|Mono speaker||Mono speaker|
|Octa-core, Snapdragon 730 (8 nm), 2.2 GHz||Octa-core, Helio P70 (12 nm), 2.1 GHz|
|16MP motorized shark fin selfie camera||16MP motorized pop-up selfie camera|
|48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP rear quad camera with dual LED flash||48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear quad camera with dual LED flash|
|256 GB internal storage + shared microSD slot, up to 256GB||128 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot, up to 256 GB|
|8 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|4000 mAh battery + 20W (VOOC Flash Charge 3.0) fast charging||4000 mAh battery + 20W (VOOC Flash Charge 3.0) quick charging|
Both devices share some similarities: they both run ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9, screen size and type is exactly the same, and both screens have no obstructions. They both have a quad camera setup at the back. Both have under-display fingerprint scanner. Both of them have OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge 3.0, which does 20W fast charging. They also both have the same battery capacity.
OPPO Reno2 vs OPPO Reno2 F: Cameras
We are able to deliver authoritative verdicts on the cameras of these two devices, as we were able to test them out side-by-side.
The selfie cameras on both are 16MP shooters, but the results tend to come out slightly different. From the photos we shot, the selfie camera of the Reno2 delivers better details but the photos from the Reno2 F are punchier and more vibrant. Have a look:
Because of this, the Reno2 handles lowlight photos better, extracting as much light as possible from the environment.
As for the rear quad cameras, the results are true to the specs sheets: Reno2 wins hands down as the better of the two cameras.
OPPO Reno2 vs OPPO Reno2 F: Conclusions
This comparison review is not exactly about which phone is the better of the two. There is no question about the fact that the Reno2 is more powerful, has more storage capacity, has a better camera, and has a bigger WOW factor, thanks to the motorized shark fin selfie camera.
Both of these OPPO phones are good value for money. It is more about pointing out the differences between the two phones. Even if you can afford either of them, knowing whether the more affordable model is enough for your needs can be an important thing.
One area where the Reno2 F has an edge is the presence of a dedicated microSD card slot. If that is important to you, then the more affordable of these two OPPO phones is what you want. It is a decent performer and it will be money well spent.
But if you want twice the storage, a more powerful processor and better camera, as well as the cool factor, spending extra ₦50,000 to buy the Reno2 will sound more appealing to you.
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