Oppo Reno Ace review

GSMArena team, 31 Oct 2019.

Design and 360-degree view

The Reno Ace is one good looking phone, that's for sure. Our review unit is the Interstellar blue colorway and it's a rich dark blue-green that goes darker towards the top. It changes hues continuously when you tilt the phone and shine light at it. It's as tough to capture in a photo, as it is captivating to look at.

Oppo Reno Ace review

There are two more color options, one standard, one limited edition. The standard one is dubbed Electroacoustic violet and is similar to what every Chinese maker has come up with in the past couple of years since Huawei started experimenting with gradients. The Gundam edition is mostly light gray with blue and red accents. Out of the regular colors, we'd pick the Interstellar one in a heartbeat, though we'd understand if you prefer the Gundam edition.

Oppo Reno Ace review

The back is reasonably clean - we'd say a simple Oppo logo would have been enough, but the 'Designed for Reno' inscription isn't too obtrusive, so we'd give it a pass.

The quad-cam assembly is placed in a joint bump that sticks out by a millimeter tops and has a polished metal surround. The main module is on top, accented by a green ring and a simple 48MP label. The dual LED flash didn't make it inside the cluster, so it's to the right, flush with the Gorilla Glass 5 sheet of the back panel.

Oppo Reno Ace review

The display side is protected by Gorilla Glass 6, Corning's latest. You wouldn't want to crack that glass and have the beautiful 90Hz 6.5-inch AMOLED ruined by a spider web, would you.

Oppo Reno Ace review

It's not a bezelless display, strictly speaking, but we do appreciate the fact that the frame is as thick on top as it is on the sides. There's a notch too to house the selfie cam - the Reno Ace doesn't employ an elevating module.

Above the display you'll find a long mesh behind a portion of which there's the earpiece that also doubles as a second speaker.

Midway betwen the selfie cam and the right corner, there's a barely visible window for the ambient light and proximity sensors.

Oppo Reno Ace review

Continuing the tour, let's see what you can find along the satin-finished aluminum frame. A lone power button is on the right, larger than most, with a green accent inside it - same green as the ring around the primary camera. High above it is the card slot which will take one or two nano SIMs but no microSD card.

Oppo Reno Ace review

On the right side of the phone are the two separate volume keys, the bottom edge of the volume down aligned with the bottom edge of the power button - we like attention to detail of this sort. All the buttons have particularly satisfying click action too.

Down on the bottom of the phone, the USB-C port is in the middle, the main loudspeaker to one side, the primary mic and the 3.5mm jack to the other. Another mic is placed on the top of the phone, for noise canceling and stereo audio recording purposes.

Power button and card slot on the right - Oppo Reno Ace review Volume buttons on the left - Oppo Reno Ace review Usual bits on the bottom - Oppo Reno Ace review
Power button and card slot on the right • Volume buttons on the left • Usual bits on the bottom

The Reno Ace measures 161x75.7x8.7mm and weighs in at a nice and round 200g. It's quite a dense package, particularly compared to the Reno 2 we have on had, which has mostly the same footprint, but is 11g lighter. The Ace is a gram heavier than the Realme X2 Pro, though we won't be surprised if that's due to creative rounding up from the two marketing departments. The OnePlus 7T is, in fact, lighter at 189g, but it does have a smaller 3,800mAh battery, so it checks out.

The Reno Ace has a quietly premium feel, thanks to the all the heft, the soft touch of the frame and the reassuring click of the buttons. It'll attract fingerprints as much as the next glass-backed phone, and it'll be as slippery as any of its similarly built rivals. The frosted OnePlus 7T will be even more difficult to hold securely, but maybe none of this matters if you keep your phone in a case.

Oppo Reno Ace review

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

It will not launch in India

  • Weeman

Hey guys.This phone comes with ads like the xiaomi phones or not?

  • kinton khan

what is the launched of oppo reno ace launch in India? please