OPPO’s latest phones are a thrifty throwback

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Pictured: OPPO Reno 10
// Meet the Reno 10 5G and A98 5G
Alex Choros
Aug 03, 2023
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Published on August 03, 2023

OPPO is selling two mid-tier phones in Australia as of today: the Reno 10 5G (pictured above) and the A98 5G. While the phones sit in different parts of OPPO's portfolio, both have unique camera configurations.

The Reno 10 5G features a dedicated 32MP telephoto portrait lens. OPPO says this effectively emulates a 47mm portrait focal length and "helps users shoot natural, ultra-clear portraits in any situation".

Plenty of other Android handsets have included portrait lenses, but these have typically been 5MP or 2MP sensors designed to capture extra depth information, rather than a dedicated lens for portraiture.

On the other hand, the A98 5G brings back the microscope lens we last saw on OPPO's Find X3 Pro. This lens is effectively a macro lens on steroids, allowing users to take photos with up to 40 times magnification.

Camera aside, the Reno 10 5G's other big feature is a curved display. While curved displays aren't as in vogue as they once were, they've never been common on sub-$1,000 phones.

Key specifications for the OPPO Reno 10 5G include a 6.7-inch 1080p+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Dimensity 7050 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of expandable storage, and a 5,000mAh battery with fast charging. The camera configuration is made up of a 64MP primary lens, the aforementioned 32MP portrait lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 32MP selfie lens.

The OPPO Reno 10 5G is available in a choice of Ice Blue or Silvery Grey, and retails for $749.

Key specifications for the A98 5G include a flat 6.7-inch 1080p+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 695 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of expandable storage, and a 5,000mAh battery with fast charging. The camera configuration is made up of a 64MP primary camera, 2MP depth camera, the aforementioned 2MP microscope lens, and a 32MP selfie camera.

The OPPO A98 5G is available in Dreamy Blue and Cool Black, and is $100 cheaper than the Reno 10 5G at an outright price of $649. Neither phone is on a mobile plan.

OPPO Australia Managing Director Michael Tran told Reviews.org that the pair of phones embody the company’s "premium without the price tag" philosophy.

"We're conscious on the price of the devices we bring to market - the cost of living is going up - so we want to remain competitive in the market but still give consumers choice," said Tran.

This story first appeared on our sister site WhistleOut Australia.

Alex Choros
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Alex Choros
Alex Choros is the Group Reviews Editor for Clearlink Australia's local websites - Reviews.org, Safewise, and WhistleOut - and the Managing Editor for WhistleOut Australia. He's been writing about consumer technology for over eight years and is an expert on the Australian telco sector, to the point where he knows far too many phone and internet plans by heart. He also contributes to Gizmodo and Lifehacker, and makes regular appearances on 2GB. Outside of tech, Alex loves long hikes, red wine, and death metal.

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