Oppo Renos comes with a ton of alphanumeric soup varieties attached as model monikers, but this newest is the Oppo Reno Ace that stands out. The Ace packs top-end hardware true to its name, including a high refresh rate display, the latest Plus chip from Qualcomm, and the fastest charging we’ve seen.
The Reno Ace shares a lot of its DNA with sister brand offers-you can see Realme X2 Pro and OnePlus 7 T bits throughout the spec sheet. One of them is the display-a 6.5-inch AMOLED that runs at 90Hz and is just a sight to look at.
Interestingly, the Snapdragon 855 + chip is a common feature of these three, and an extra’ plus’ more powerful than you might have on the Oppo Reno 10xzoom in the summer, so the Ace one-ups the previous Reno beefiest.
The Reno Ace is a good looking mobile, certainly. The Interstellar blue colorway is our review unit, and it’s a rich dark blue-green that goes darker to the top. If you turn the phone and shine a light on it, it constantly changes shades. Capturing in a picture is as difficult as looking at it is captivating.
The quad-cam assembly is placed in a joint bump that sticks out through a millimetre top and is surrounded by polished metal. The central element is illustrated by a green ring and a clear tag of 48MP. The dual-LED flash wasn’t inside the array, so it’s flush to the right with the back panel’s Gorilla Glass 5 board.
Gorilla Glass 6, Corning’s latest, protects the display side. You wouldn’t want to break the glass and destroy a spider web for the stunning 90Hz 6.5-inch AMOLED.
The two different volume keys are on the right side of the phone, the lower edge of the volume down matched with the lower edge of the power button-we like this kind of attention to detail. All buttons also have click action that is particularly satisfying.
The USB-C port is in the centre down at the bottom of the phone, the main speaker on one side, the secondary microphone, and the 3.5 mm jack on the other. For noise cancellation and stereo audio recording purposes, another microphone is placed at the top of the phone.
The Oppo Reno Ace is equipped in a 20:9 aspect with a 6.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080x2400px-that would be a density of 405ppi. It is an AMOLED screen capable of HDR with a refresh rate of 90Hz.
A reasonable assumption would be that in the BBK portfolio of sister brands such as the Realme X2 Pro and OnePlus 7 T, the display is shared between several models, although the 7 T lists it as 6.55 inches in diagonal.
The Oppo Reno Ace has a 4,000mAh battery available for this combination of display size and chipset, which is pretty much a standard power. The Realme X2 Pro has the same size, while at 3,800mAh, the cell of the OnePlus 7 T is a bit smaller. The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro, which looks like a strong competitor but we haven’t seen in person yet, also has the same capacity of 4,000mAh. The Galaxy S10+, meanwhile, has 100mAh on top of the Ace’s power, and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro at 4,500mAh is the most packed.
The Oppo Reno Ace has a stereo speaker setup-a rather common one with a larger, more efficient primary speaker holding the earpiece serving as the other channel in the stereo pair on the middle. For both channels, the bottom one manages the low end of the spectrum, while each end receives the corresponding mids and peaks.
The earpiece defaults to the left channel when the phone is in portrait, but it switches to match the orientation of the landscape in which you hold the device.
With an external amplifier, the Oppo Reno Ace delivered the expected perfectly accurate audio output while maintaining above-average volume levels.
Headphones took their toll on isolation from the stereo and added the distortion from intermodulation, plus lowering the volume below average. Not a poor overall performance, but definitely not one worth writing about at home.
With the in-house ColorOS 6.1 on top, the Reno Ace runs on Android 9. At this point in time, we would have liked to see Android 10 on an Ace’s calibre mobile, but it seems that Oppo is not prepared for ColorOS-ing just yet.
The Oppo Reno Ace is a really fun device at a reasonable price that does most things right. Talking on the merits alone, a fantastic monitor, long battery life and all-around decent cameras make it easy to recommend.
Nonetheless, it is not widely available, and it is difficult to justify going through the trouble of buying one for all its goodness. Especially when there are very different alternatives coming through official channels from the factories next door.