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OPPO Reno4Z 5G Hands-On: Standard midranger

Kind of the Reno4 but make it 5G

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Smartphone manufacturers are racing to put 5G phones in the market. Rightfully so since there’s been an aggressive push to roll out the next generation of mobile connectivity. As such, we get phones like the OPPO Reno4Z 5G. It’s really not much different from the Reno4. All you really need to know is that it has 5G.

But for the sake of the curious, we’re going to unpack it a little further.

It has a 6.57-inch IPS LCD Display with 120Hz refresh rate.

You might run into some minor trouble using this under direct sunlight, but if you squint enough you should still see what’s on the screen. Then there’s the 120Hz screen refresh rate which is just a darling to the eyes.

To make the 5G thing possible, it’s equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 800 5G. 

That’s flanked by 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and 4000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

On the bottom you’ll find the 3.5mm jack, a USB-C port, and speaker-grilles.

On the left side are the sim card tray and volume buttons.

And on its right, the power button/ side-mounted fingerprint sensor. 

Up front in the dual punch hole camera — a 16MP shooter and another 2MP lens for depth.

Flip it over and you’ll see its 48MP quad-camera setup. 

To be more precise, it has a 48MP main camera flanked by an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a pair of 2MP cameras for macro and depth. It also carries over some signature Reno4 features like 960fps AI Slow Motion and AI Color Portrait.

Sample photo from the Reno4

The back is made of plastic and its smudgy AF.

It was pretty hard to get a decent photo of its back even after wiping it furiously. Buying a case, in this specific instance, is a must.

Standard midranger

Like most midranges today, the OPPO Reno4Z 5G has neither standout strengths nor glaring weaknesses. It’s equipped with a chip that, other than letting you connect to 5G, can handle most daily tasks with ease.

It can play mobile games

And watching videos on it is generally an okay experience.

It’s the kind of solid-not-stellar smartphone that typifies what you would normally find in the upper echelon of the lower midrange segment.

It’s running on Android 10 with ColorOS 7.2 on top which, while it still has a fair amount of bloat, runs generally smoothly and is nowhere near as offensive to the senses as the ColorOS from years past.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

At 20,990, it has the fair level of specs you can expect at its price point. You can argue that OPPO could have slapped on an AMOLED display and a 64MP main camera here, but those do little to improve the experience while jacking up the price more than it has to.

Given its pricing and the combination of general useability, it’s a fine choice. Additionally, the peace of mind it gives that as 5G expands, you can sit back calmly knowing you’re equipped for next gen mobile connectivity is a nice bonus.

The only real differentiators here are image quality — which OPPO is no slouch at — and if you’re open to expanding to the rest of OPPO’s AIoT devices for a seamless connection.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-on

Most of the leaks were true after all

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Samsung started 2021 early with their newest Galaxy S21 series.

Unlike last year where the S20 models were announced last February, these new S21 units were unveiled as early as January 2021. Although we’ve covered most of the leaks and rumors about Samsung’s latest flagship trio, we still need to confirm them.

Head over to our latest hands-on video to find out more.

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ASUS ZenBook Duo (2021) Unboxing and Hands-on: Double The Fun!

Is it still the laptop of tomorrow?

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ASUS launched their first first dual-screen laptop, the ZenBook Pro Duo last 2019 at Computex Taiwan.

This 2021, the Full HD LCD display might be a drawback from the 4K OLED display. Still, it has a new and improved ErgoLift Hinge that ASUS is proud of. And with power-packed specs, pen support, and dual displays, this laptop might just be for a creative or content creator like you.

More of ASUS’ latest ZenBook Duo in our latest unboxing and hands-on video right here.

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Motorola one 5G ace Hands-On: 5G for less!

Surprising specs for its price tag

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Last year, Motorola was able to deliver a promising 5G smartphone that costs less than the usual 5G flagships with their midranger Moto one 5G.

This 2021, Motorola has launched a cheaper variant, still with a nifty Snapdragon 765G chipset, 5G support, 5000mAh battery, but lesser cameras. With that being said, will you still consider it over other phones in the same price range?

Click here to watch our Motorola one 5G ace hands-on video.

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