The least expensive Reno 2 phone in the Philippines is the Reno 2F. It’s as flashy as the regular Reno 2, whether it’s from the back or front. But try to take a selfie and you’ll see the difference in design. Instead of a shark-fin mechanism, you have a regular pop-up camera that’s been rampant nowadays. Just in case you’re shopping for a Reno 2F, here’s what the initial experience has to offer.
The retail box of Reno 2F isn’t fancy nor flashy. Where it gets interesting is when you open it. Setting aside the device itself, we are left with the manual and warranty card, sim ejector tool, USB type-C with its charging brick, and earphones. But unlike the fancy leather case that we saw from Reno 2 unboxing, the 2F is left with a regular transparent jelly case.
Now, for the phone. Our unit of Reno 2F comes in a glossy white finish, aka, Sky White. It’s a refreshing sight to see a clean phone that can somehow hide the oily smudges of our fingers. Alternatively, you can have it in Lake Green color.
If you’ve seen our Reno 2 first impression, then you should know that the quad-camera array and other design aesthetics are vertically centered. Since we’re missing a capacitive fingerprint scanner, you’re left with under-screen biometric. Over the right-hand side are the power button and dual-SIM tray, leaving the volume rocker on the left-hand side. There’s a complete port selection at the bottom of Reno 2F — the headphone jack, USB-C port, and speaker grille. The top portion reveals the most interesting design about the phone — a pop-up selfie camera.
Switch to the selfie camera from the app and you’ll see the 16MP pop-up camera. With LED on the sides, this reminds us of Xiaomi Mi 9T or Redmi K20 Series. Should you wish to do so, a total of 12 colors are available for you to choose from. Like most pop-up mechanisms, there’s free-fall detection to protect the camera from getting damaged. As for the main cameras, the 48MP Sony sensor is still your main shooter. The second lens is an 8MP ultrawide that captures a wide 119-degree field-of-view. As usual, you have a 2MP depth lens and a 2MP mono lens. If the combination seems familiar to you, that’s because it’s the same camera array that we’ve seen from OPPO A9 2020. So unlike the Reno 2F, there are no fancy zoom features here.
Both glass panels are covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5, but the back has a 3D curved body that makes the device easier to hold. More on the display itself, the FHD+ notch-less screen boasts a 91.1% screen-to-body ratio. This only means there’s more room for you to play with. While the AMOLED panel isn’t as bright as Reno 2, color reproduction is still vibrant and such a delight to use.
Powering Reno 2F is MediaTek’s Helio P70. It’s the same chipset that’s found on the F11 Series. If you’ve seen our reviews, the P70 is a solid chipset that can also handle medium gaming. But this time, it’s being paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Battery-wise, there’s a typical 4000mAh capacity. It supports VOOC 3.0 flash charge, so you can go up to 51% charge in 30 minutes.
Reno 2F is retailing for P19,990, and based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s like the hybrid of Reno 2 and OPPO A9 2020. Hopefully, the experience can further justify the price tag once we have our full review in.
OPPO Reno 2F specs, price, availability in the Philippines
- Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED
- Design: metal + glass, centered selfie pop-up camera
- CPU: Mediatek MT6771V Helio P70 (12nm)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
- Memory: 8GB
- Storage: 128GB, expandable storage up to 256GB
- Camera: 48 MP Samsung ISOCELL GM1, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.3″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
13MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), 1/3.4″, PDAF
2 MP B/W
2 MP, depth sensor
- Selfie: Motorized pop-up 16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
- Battery: 4000mAh, 20W VOOC 3.0
- Security: optical in-display Fingerprint Scanner
- Connectivity: dual nano-SIM, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, audio jack
- Ports: USB Type-C
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Color OS 6
- Colors: Lake Green, Sky White
- Price: P19,990
- Release: September 2019 in India, October 2019 in the Philippines