Mmm, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (with its pizza-slice selfie camera) is a tasty treat


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These days, you can get some brilliant phones just a couple of steps below flagship devices. Phones that are worth giving a try if you’re a frequent phone swapper. Phones like the $750 Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.

Now, if you don’t remember this phone, it’s the one with the pizza-slice selfie camera. Yes, rather than having a notch holding the front camera, Oppo has cleverly hidden it inside the phone.

It works like this:

Other things to note on the phone are three rear cameras (a 48MP main, 13MP telephoto, and 8MP wide angle) and, as the device’s name suggests, a 10x zoom. For clarity, it’s a hybrid zoom, meaning it works with a mix of optical and digital techniques.

And yes, it’s pretty cheeky of Oppo to name this version the 10x Zoom, and imply that magnification is all optical.

Lol, so talk to me

The other key points are its massive 6.6″ AMOLED display, and Snapdragon 855 processor. We’ve covered many of the specs and features in our hands-on piece here, so rather do that over all that again, this piece is going to focus more on what I’ve learned using the phone over the past couple of months.Oppo Reno 10x zoom front

You can see the in-display fingerprint scanner there, which works like a dream.

Got it! So tell me about the pizza-slice selfie camera

Of course. There were two main concerns about this: the time it takes to pop-up, and durability.

Throughout my time with the device, I wasn’t too put off with the selfie–camera‘s rising time. I’d say it takes between 0.5 and 1 second for the camera‘s image to appear on screen. That’s definitely slower than a phone with an embedded front-facing camera, but I never found it detrimental.

This is especially true because of the pay-off.

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom’s screen (a 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution) is absolutely gorgeous, and the fact the screen is uninterrupted is, well, magnificent. When you’ve grown used to the notch, having a completely unbroken, rectangular screen feels likes a luxury. A glorious luxury that’s well worth waiting slightly longer to take a selfie for.

On top of that, I’ve impressed a lot of people with the way the pizza-slice selfie camera appears from inside the phone. That’s worth a couple of extra points.

Oppo Reno rear photo