Our Opinion

The Oppo Reno 2 is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Oppo Reno 2!

Oppo Reno 2  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Oppo Reno 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
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Excellence Score
68.4
52.2
Value for Money Score
83.9
74.6
Price ₹ 24,994 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.55 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G90TRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G76 MP10
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: 1/2.0" Sensor Size; Sony IMX586 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF; CAF; OIS, 8MP: 116° Wide Sensor; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.4" Sensor Size; PDAF; 5x Optical Zoom 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 120° Ultra-wide Angle lens; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: 2cm Macro; 1.75um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Night mode, AI Scene detection, Smart Ultra-wide Angle mode, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, AI Portrait mode, 3D Lighting, Panorama mode
Secondary Camera 16MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized pop-up Camera, F/2.0 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length, LED flash, HDR 0.9um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI Silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full screen camera frame, AI Beautify, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection, AI Studio lighting
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.5 mmThick 8.81 mmMedium
Weight 189 gmMedium 200 gmHeavy
Width 74.3 mmOk for one-handed use 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4+
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos UFS 2.1 Flash storage; Alexa; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Simply stunning, premium glass design, especially with the Luminous Black option - easily one of the best-looking phones out there, at present (along with its predecessor the Reno 10x Zoom) - it offers a masterclass in how to craft a premium smartphone at a not-so-premium price point - in fact, half of the experience of the Reno 2 is in its looks and that's the part that satisfies you the most
  • The curved Gorilla Glass 5 rear panel is smooth and feels solid to the touch - the best thing about the back of the Reno 2 is that it is one seamless piece of glass without any camera bump - the vertical quad camera system sits underneath the glass, offering a clean and visually attractive look
  • The curved edges on the back also offer a nice grip
  • Much lighter and more manageable than the original Reno 10x Zoom
  • The iconic shark-fin rising selfie camera previously seen on the Reno 10x Zoom also returns on the Reno 2 (the pivot rising structure moves fast initially so that the camera is out in about 0.8 seconds, allowing you to unlock the phone using face scan quickly)
  • The on-screen fingerprint sensor is extremely snappy and slightly faster than the face unlock method, but both are equally reliable
  • Beautiful, bright 6.55-inch Dynamic AMOLED display - the screen-to-body ratio is 93.1, which means what you get is practically all screen and no bezels except for a very slim chin that is almost non-existent
  • The display itself looks spectacular with vivid colours, deep blacks and excellent viewing angles - brightness levels on the Reno 2 are fantastic as it can max out at 800 nits when outdoors, which is quite impressive
  • The display is also great for watching videos and playing games - the edge-to-edge display offers a distraction-free experience - the phone also supports the Widevine L1 standard so you can stream content on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video in HD
  • ColorOS continues to get more streamlined, and lighter, but still continues to offer some neat features such as a lockscreen magazine, Night Shield, Game Space and smart battery saving options
  • Very good performance backed by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 730G processor (a slightly faster GPU compared to the Snapdragon 730) - the Reno 2 breezes through pretty much any task you throw at it, and is also an excellent smartphone to game on - even heavy games run consistently smooth
  • Excellent set of quad cameras - in addition to a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor that supports OIS and EIS, the Reno 2 also offers a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel monochrome lens
  • The Reno 2's telephoto lens can offer 5x hybrid zoom, which offers some really crisp and detailed zoomed shots with the help of EIS (it also offers up to 20x digital zoom, but that predictably leads to more soft, noisy images)
  • The 48MP main camera can take stunning shots in daylight via its default 12MP pixel binning mode - Photos look sharp and colourful, and when HDR kicks in the dynamic range can get pretty wide, offering good contrast in tricky lighting conditions - AI scene detection does well too
  • The Night Mode ('Ultra Dark mode') works reasonably well - this long-exposure mode requires you to keep your hands still for a few seconds, allowing you to capture brighter shots with low noise - though you shouldn't expect Pixel 3 level performance here
  • The wide-angle lens also comes in handy if you want a different perspective - it not only lets you capture a wide area, but you can also use it for close-up macro shots as well
  • The phone also holds up well in the video department with the ultra steady mode kicking in to offer good stabilisation
  • The Reno 2 can also capture live bokeh videos, which works pretty well - arguably better than even the Galaxy Note 10+
  • The 16-megapixel front camera will get you some nice-looking selfies in daylight (but not the sharpest or most-detailed) - and in addition to portrait stills, the selfie camera can also record real-time bokeh videos
  • Overall, the Reno 2 cameras are easily above par for this price bracket - and only a shade below the best cameraphones out there like the Pixel 3, and the Galaxy Note 10+
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery and a 1080p screen - you can expect up to 1.5 days of use
  • Also comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging support and a 20W charging brick in the box - charge the device for an hour, and you'll be good to go for the day
  • If you are not too picky about having the best raw performance for your buck, the Oppo 2 is an excellent, all-round flagship smartphone that especially impresses with its stunning looks and great cameras - if you do care about having the best performance however, you can look at the OnePlus 7, the Asus 6Z, or the Redmi K20 Pro
  • Very good build quality and premium glass sandwich design, similar to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Uses Gorilla Glass 5, front and back
  • Good quality, bright 6.53 inch IPS panel, with very good sunlight legibility
  • Supports HDR - a rare find in this price range
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a number of add-on features and a lot of customizability
  • Excellent, best-in-class performance with the powerful Helio G90T on board - that performs around the same level as last year's flagship Snapdragon 845 - the Redmi Note 8 Pro sails through anything you throw at it - this is essentially a top-end gaming phone on the cheap - and it has a significant edge in benchmarks over it's main competitor, the Realme XT, that packs the Snapdragon 712
  • The Note 8 Pro once again delivers some superlative camera performance for the price bracket (as the Note Pro series has done for a few years now) - especially from the main 64MP camera
  • The quad camera setup on the rear includes a 64MP primary camera + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro lens
  • The main 64MP sensor is versatile and delivers excellent images at day and night
  • It is also capable of some surprisingly good 2x (digital) zoom photos eliminating the need of a cheap telephoto lens
  • The 20MP selfie camera is also pretty good
  • Great video recording quality overall
  • Overall, this is now the best camera phone under INR 20k, with a slight edge over the other great camera phone of this price bracket, the Realme XT, with clearer low-light photos, and slightly sharper images
  • Excellent headphone audio
  • Outstanding, class-leading battery life, with a 4500mAH cell and a super-efficient chipset - you will comfortably get 2 days of use and more
  • Supports USB PD 18W fast charging, that can charge the phone from 0 to 40% in about 30 minutes - and for a change (for the Redmi Note Pro series), now also includes a compatible fast charger in box
  • As usual, the new leader of Xiaomi's Redmi Note series is a fantastic bang-for-the-buck phone and will compete strongly with the Realme XT - choosing between the 2 will be down to your preference - the Note 8 Pro will deliver slightly faster performance, longer battery life, and slightly better camera - on the other hand, the Realme XT will deliver a better (OLED) display, under-display fingerprint reader, and faster 20W VOOC charging - you won't go wrong with either really
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glass however, is glossy this time around rather than matt finish, so expect to see some fingerprints and smudges as you go about your day, especially on the Luminous Black option
  • Having said that, it's not the fastest phone in the price bracket though, with Snapdragon 855 phones available at even lower price brackets (OnePlus 7, and Zenfone 6Z, for instance)
  • The camera bump on the rear is on the big side
  • Hefty for the screen size, at 200g
  • It's slippery like glass backs tend to be, so using a case is recommended
  • It's not as clean and minimalistic as stock Android though - in the default setup you will get both plenty of bloatware, and ads in the UI
  • The macro and ultra-wide cameras are uninspiring - for high quality photos you will want to stick to the main camera
  • Video recording in 1080p could have been a bit better
  • Weak-ish mono speaker - while okay, it isn’t very loud or crisp
Expert Reviews
  1. As things stand right now, the Reno2 is an easy device to love, but not necessarily an easy recommendation to buy and pay for
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Decent mid-range device
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Reno 2 faces stiff competition in this price range in terms of performance...but it can fend them off to some extent because of its versatile cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Feels like a flagship in almost every sense...you are getting some really good value
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Looks a bit costly (given the Snapdragon 730G), even though it ticks all the boxes
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. On the path of building a premium legacy...but difficult to recommend over the OnePlus 7 because of the higher price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Oppo Reno 2 is a good smartphone, but the competition is fierce.
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Packed with features but rough around the edges – there are better mid-range phones available
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. Despite the stellar camera performance and the fancy design, it doesn’t manage to justify that price tag...the Reno 10X Zoom with the Snapdragon 855 might be a better deal
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Style, power, and crammed with features – the Reno 2 delivers
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. A pretty good buy
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Oppo gets a lot right with the Reno 2, but it doesn't do enough to be really compelling for buyers.
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A premium looking device with a very capable camera system, long battery life and a great display, the Reno 2 is a success
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A great phone with great cameras, but there are better options
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A fantastic phone that delivers a premium experience on all ends...however for a little less you can find Snapdragon 855-powered phones like the OnePlus 7 in this segment
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. Worth your while...visually striking in its simplicity and offers a commendable camera package for the price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A strong product, offering a balanced mix of design, performance, imaging, and everything else that you expect from a midrange smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. A very well rounded phone...However, the 730G SoC leaves it looking like not such a great deal
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. A good option if you want an Android phone with good cameras, excellent performance and long battery
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  20. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. For yet another year in a row, the Redmi Note Pro lineup brings a phone which is super easy to recommend...It's true "bang for the buck"
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. As a whole package, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a suitable successor to the very successful Redmi Note 7 Pro....Xiaomi has sweetened the deal by pricing it aggressively and undercutting the Realme XT
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Redmi Note 8 Pro raises the bar once again, for phones in this price bracket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. There's nothing super revolutionary here, but for the price you pay, the package is pretty solid across the board
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Excellent camera and daily performance...For anyone looking to get a phone in this price bracket, Redmi Note 8 Pro should certainly be in your list of options to consider
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. It is impossible to find a reason to not recommend the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro to anyone buying a new phone in the Rs 15,000 price range
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. You get great value, but the downside is the software
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. In this price range, there are few that can match what Redmi is offering
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Maintains the title of the budget smartphone king
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. As a package, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an excellent smartphone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is an excellent choice in its segment for shutter bugs, multimedia enthusiasts and casual gamers
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A good all-round phone with something for everyone
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A great deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Just as you'd expect, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an all-round performer
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Redmi Note 8 Pro continues the Note tradition of being the best in its price segment
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  19. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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