To hit its more-affordable price point, the Oppo Reno Z ditches the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor powering both the Oppo Reno 5G and Reno 10x Zoom. Instead, it opts for the less-powerful MediaTek Helio P90, a chip with markedly slower CPU and memory speeds. It still packs a sizeable 8GB of RAM, though, so it’s by no means a slouch. Just don’t expect the same level of snappy performance you’d find in a $1,000 flagship smartphone.
That said, Oppo is positioning the Reno Z as a powerful device for on-the-go gamers thanks to its “Game Boost 2.0” technology. By automatically analysing game performance as you’re playing, it can adjust the frame rate and response times to minimise the sensation of lag and latency, ideally resulting in a smoother and more stable experience.
Audiophiles have reason to be excited, too, as the Oppo Reno Z supports the Dolby Atmos audio standard. When watching or listening to Atmos-compatible content, this allows for three-dimensional audio that better distinguishes where a sound is coming from, whether that be above you, behind you or below you. You don’t have to wear headphones to take advantage of this feature, either, as the Reno Z uses its receiver as a secondary speaker to deliver stereo audio out of the box.
As with all Oppo phones, the Reno Z is built upon Oppo’s customised version of the Android operating system dubbed ColorOS. The Reno Z comes with ColorOS 6 which introduces a new visual design, additional navigation gestures and a variety of contextual performance boosts that kick in when extra power is needed.