Oppo Reno4 Z 5G review a good smartphone with 5G connectivity
Oppo Reno 4Z price in Pakistan is 52,000
A smartphone with 5G connectivity and efficient components – this is how the Oppo Reno4 Z 5G can be summarized. However, is there anything about it that sets it apart from other devices in the ever-growing segment? Checking!
Oppo Remo4 Z 5G – as the name suggests – is a representative of the Reno4 line, that is, the flagship series of devices from the Chinese brand. This is a non-flagship model, rather it balances somewhere on the border of the middle and upper price segment. But, on paper, however, it has a lot to offer.
What are we talking about? First of all, about 5G network connectivity, the feature is slowly gaining popularity and becoming a more valuable addition. We also have a 120Hz display and a very efficient MediaTek Dimensity 800 system.
What’s in the box?
In the box with the Oppo Reno4 Z 5G, in addition to the smartphone itself, we traditionally find documentation, a clip for the SIM card tray, as well as a USB-C cable, an 18W charger, a silicone case and headphones.
Design and appearance
Oppo’s smartphones are mostly attractive, but often secondary in design. The tested model is no exception, the Reno4 Z 5G is focused on simplicity. The device looks aesthetically pleasing, does not stand out from the crowd and does not cause any “wow” emotions. On the front is a large display with rounded corners, a thin black bezel, and a dual camera opening in the upper left corner. The back is a little more interesting.
The most prominent feature is the module in the upper left corner with four cameras, although two lenses protrude above the rest. It looks good, although not practical, because it protrudes beyond the body. However, I like the coating on the back, which tries to mimic frosted glass. It’s a shame that it collects a lot of fingerprints. The sides of the Oppo Reno4 Z 5G are surrounded by a narrow bezel – gold in the case of the white variant I tested.
The edges are rounded, so the design is sleek. The only interesting element at the top of the device is the microphone. On the right, there is a power button integrated with the fingerprint scanner. On the left are the volume keys and a tray for two nanoSIM cards. At the bottom we find the speaker, 3.5mm jack, USB-C port and microphone.
Gorilla Glass 3 on the front, plastic on the back and sides – these are all body materials in the case of the Reno4 Z. Not premium, on the other hand, the fit of the elements is not satisfactory, and overall it makes an impression. Oppo Reno4 Z is a relatively large smartphone with a 6.57-inch screen.
Means that working with one hand is likely to be quite troublesome, not only because of the size, but also the power and volume buttons located on opposite sides of the case. However, it should be admitted that, despite the dimensions, the device is comfortable in the hand.
Unlike more expensive models of the Reno4 family, Oppo Reno4 Z is equipped not with an OLED matrix, but with an IPS panel with a diagonal of 6.57 inches. The screen has a resolution of 2400 × 1080, which gives us a pixel density of 401 PPI, as well as a high refresh rate of 120 Hz. At first glance, the Reno4 Z 5G’s display looks good, although practice shows it could have been better. I mean, first of all, the maximum brightness, which is 440 nits even in automatic mode.
The rest of the parameters, although not outstanding, do not cause any particular complaints. The 1358: 1 contrast is quite suitable for an IPS matrix, as are the viewing angles. I will only note minor problems with the uniformity of the backlight, mainly near the notch of the cameras, but this phenomenon is typical for the technology used. The colors are rich and pleasing to the eye, but somewhat distorted – the maximum Delta E error was 10.67.
Moreover, the possibilities of adapting them to their own preferences are very modest. We can choose only one of three color temperature options and turn on the “Axis of visual effect” function. The latter should adjust colors to match the displayed content, making them look more impressive, although they don’t improve fidelity.
Reno4 Z 5G cameras
We have a four-camera system. The main module uses a 1 / 2.0-inch sensor with a resolution of 48-MP and an aperture of f / 1.7, a focal length corresponding to 26 mm for a full frame. There is phase detection autofocus, but no optical image stabilization. The second lens is an 8MP f / 2.2 ultra wide-angle lens with a 119-degree field of view.
There are also two sensors with a resolution of 2MP, but they are not used directly for shooting, but act as depth sensors. The camera app on the Oppo Reno4 Z 5G is painfully correct and almost devoid of extras. The manufacturer has gone towards minimalism, thanks to which everything looks neat and mostly understandable.
Navigation is carried out using a combination of a virtual ring and a slide-out menu that allows access to selected modes. In professional mode – here it is called “Expert” – we can change almost all important exposure parameters. The interface is simple; nothing prevents you from comfortably using the built-in functions. It is a pity that there are few of them. And there are no options like RAW recording or peak focusing.
What do smartphone photos look like? It depends on what we are comparing. In general, the quality pleasantly surprises me, it is immediately clear that the manufacturer used decent optics, which works well in many situations. The photos come out sharp, with a nice blurry background, and in addition to the obvious tendency to catch glare (which can give a nice artistic effect), the smartphone does an excellent job with shots in light and high contrast lighting.
The latter is helped by a relatively large sensor and an effective HDR mode. However, I am less likely to appreciate what happens in the preprocessing stage. When shooting close-ups, clear noise is visible even in illuminated parts of the frame. In addition, we get very aggressive sharpness, which causes flaking and oversaturation of colors in areas with a large concentration of fine details – for example, tree crowns.
I don’t know whether to blame the manufacturer for the mentioned shortcomings or limitations on the part of the MediaTek processor, but they spoil the impression that the Reno4 Z camera made on me. The quality of the photo after dark, I rate as positive. The Reno4 Z 5G sensor works well in situations where the only light source is street lights or oncoming vehicle headlights.
The pictures are distinguished by good dynamics and reproduction of details – both in the shadows and in the illuminated parts of the frame. Of course, the decrease in detail in low light is inevitable, but within reasonable limits. It should also be noted that there is a night mode, although in tandem with the main camera it is, in my opinion, practically useless – it gives only a small increase in quality, while sometimes spoiling the colors.
Should you buy?
Unfortunately, the tested model has nothing to offer that made it stand out, so personal preference is likely to be the basis for the decision. For my part, I see no reason why you shouldn’t be interested in Oppo Reno4 Z, but before buying, I recommend that you carefully compare it with competitors.