[REVIEW] OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – It Looks Good From the Outside

OPPO releasing the new OPPO Reno6 series smartphones in a couple of days and one of them is the OPPO Reno6 Z 5G which I had a FastView video of the device;

Here’s a more detailed review of the new OPPO Reno6 Z 5G and check out what’s new.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – Design

The OPPO Reno6 Z comes in two colour options; Black and Aurora which I have right now. It is called aurora because it shifts colors at different angles. Additionally, it also has a metal kind matte finish not only add grip but also reduce fingerprint smudge.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G

There is a 3.5mm audio combo jack at the bottom alongside the USB C port and a single down-firing speaker. Power button located on the left which volume rocker buttons and SIM card tray can be found on the left. The SIM tray offers a dual 5G SIM while keeping a space for a dedicated microSD card.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G SIM

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – Display

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G AMOLED

The 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel with only a 60Hz refresh rate. An optical fingerprint scanner is found underneath the display which is fast and accurate, but I did find the scanner placed oddly low which isn’t ergonomic to use.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G Fingerprint Scanner

The screen does look pretty good with great contrast like other AMOLED panels. Do take note, this is a midrange AMOLED display that doesn’t have HDR capability but it still looks better than any others IPS panel.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – Camera

Featuring triple camera setup; a 64-megapixels f/1.7 aperture main camera, an 8-megapixels ultrawide, and a fixed focus 2-megapixels macro camera. One of the highlights of the OPPO Reno series smartphone is the camera with the help of AI algorithm software.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G Camera

The main camera does perform very well with great sharpness and the wide aperture able to capture the depth of field between object or portrait and the background. The dynamic range is good as well in a well-lit environment. As for the ultrawide, it’s a little let down with obvious noise and inconsistent white balance, likely a software update could iron the issue. Lowlight does struggle even with night mode with a lot of artefacts unless you shoot in Tripod Mode.

Personally, I’m not a selfie person and the OPPO Reno6 has this Bokeh Flare Portrait features that look pretty nice. Here are some photo samples;

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – Performance

Not a performance chip by any means but it’s an ok SoC that offers good power efficiency and decent gaming performance. The MediaTek Dimentisty 800U is a 7nm process Octa-core processor with the supports of 5G modem.

Paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is more than enough. The new ColorOS 11.1 even include RAM Expansion features that can virtually allocate up to 5GB of the internal storage as RAM. I did few synthetic benchmark tests, the RAM Expansion doesn’t make a significant improvement result on both AnTuTu and GeekBench 5.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – ColorOS 11.1

Running on its latest ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11, the UI is clean and highly customizable. It even included some handy features like Air Gesture and One-hand Mode which I would use occasionally.

There are great amount of bloatware pre-installed and some can’t be uninstalled. Overall it’s a good UI.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – Battery

A 4,310 mAh battery capacity is just decent offering about 6 hours of screen-on-time and can be topped up from 0% to 100% in less than 1 hour with its proprietary 30W OPPO VOOC Flash Charge.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – Verdict

There’s no official pricing for the OPPO Reno6 Z 5G by the time I published this review. By looking at the specifications and features it offered, if the OPPO Reno6 Z 5G is priced below RM 1,300, you can consider adding to your list if you are eyeing a sub RM 1,500 smartphone. Overall the OPPO Reno series smartphones do look trendy and cool.

Since OnePlus now merged with OPPO, how I wish the OxygenOS could be used on the OPPO smartphones.

Let’s see what’s the actual pricing and promo they are offering on the launch tomorrow.

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