Our Opinion

The Oppo Reno 2Z is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A51, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Oppo Reno 2Z!

Oppo Reno 2Z  Samsung Galaxy A51 
Oppo Reno 2Z Samsung Galaxy A51
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Excellence Score
68.4
51.3
Value for Money Score
87.7
65.6
Price ₹ 22,549 onwards ₹ 23,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2019 Jan, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features N/A Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P90Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GM9446 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
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 + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 48MP: 1/2.0" Sensor Size; Sony IMX586 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF; CAF; OIS, 8MP: 119° Wide Sensor; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Mono Lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor 48MP: f/2.0 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Dedicated Macro camera, 5MP: f/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized pop-up Camera, F/2.0 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length, LED flash, HDR f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 195 gmHeavy 172 gmMedium
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 73.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 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, VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos In-display fingerprint sensor; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Great looking, premium glass design, especially with the Luminous Black option (very similar to the Reno 2) - 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 2Z is in its looks and that's the part that satisfies you the most
  • The curved Gorilla Glass rear panel is smooth and feels solid to the touch - the best thing about the back of the Reno 2Z 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
  • Oppo has located the selfie camera in a pop-up module which is different compared to the shark-fin module of the Reno 2 - this pop-up module is illuminated by lights on either side (similar to the Redmi K20 Pro) - and the Reno 2Z also offers the option to change the light colour, which is a neat touch
  • The on-screen fingerprint sensor is extremely snappy and slightly faster than the face unlock method, but both are equally reliable
  • Beautiful, bright 6.53-inch Dynamic AMOLED display - what you get is close-to-all-screen and no bezels except for a slim chin (giving you a very good 91.1% screen to body ratio)
  • The display itself looks very good with vivid colours, deep blacks and excellent viewing angles - brightness levels on the Reno 2Z are good too
  • The display is also great for watching videos and playing games - the edge-to-edge display offers a distraction-free experience
  • 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, App cloner, and smart battery saving options
  • Good performance backed by a solid Helio P90 processor (similar to the Snapdragon 710) - the Reno 2Z can handle pretty much any task you throw at it, and is also a good smartphone to game on - even heavy games like PUBG run smooth
  • Good thermal control - it doesn't warm up easily even with long gaming times
  • Good set of quad cameras - in addition to a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor that supports EIS, the Reno 2Z also offers an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • The 48MP main camera can take good 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
  • Portraits taken with the Reno 2Z are very good, and have good edge detection
  • The phone also holds up very well in the video department (especially in daylight) with the ultra steady mode kicking in to offer decent stabilisation
  • The 16-megapixel front camera will get you some nice-looking selfies in daylight (but not the sharpest or most-detailed)
  • Overall, the Reno 2Z cameras are pretty good for this price bracket
  • Very good speaker - even though the Oppo Reno 2Z comes with a single bottom-firing speaker, but it can easily match a phone’s sound with stereo speakers - the speaker produces really loud sound and bass levels are pretty good
  • The voice from the earpiece is also very loud for making calls, which is really nice, and something that a lot of modern smartphones do not pay enough attention to
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery and a 1080p screen - you can expect up to 1.5 days of use
  • Also comes with some very fast 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 (you get up to 48 percent in 30 minutes and 88 percent in an hour)
  • If you are not too picky about having the best raw performance for your buck, the Oppo 2Z is a very good smartphone that especially impresses with its stunning looks and good cameras - if you do care about having the best performance however, you can look at the Redmi K20 Pro at a cheaper price, or the OnePlus 7 and Asus Zenfone 6Z at a slightly higher price
  • Stunning looks, similar rainbow-like effects at the back as the Galaxy A50s when caught against the light, and a prism-like pattern that Samsung calls a “3D prism design” - it's a head-turner no doubt
  • While it supports a polycarbonate back, it still manages to look premium
  • The front looks stylish and modern too with a single punch-hole in the upper middle of the display
  • Compact and light for the display size and battery capacity, at just 172g, and 7.9mm in thickness
  • Bright, large 6.5-inches Super AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution - its punchy colours make it a joy to stream content, while games also look great on the panel because of its high colour accuracy
  • There's Widevine L1 support by default, which makes streaming content in HD possible
  • Comes with Android 10 out of the box - Samsung's One UI 2 is now one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for modern large displays (like this one)
  • Samsung has also added some neat features including a Game Booster and an intuitive gesture-based navigation system
  • Decent performance with the same Exynos 9611 processor as the Galaxy A50s (similar to Qualcomm Snapdragon 660/665) - the experience is fairly smooth throughout with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9
  • Decent quad camera setup at the back - a 48MP primary sensor + 12MP wide-angle camera + 5MP macro camera + 5MP depth sensor
  • Under good light, the Galaxy A51's primary camera managed to capture detailed shots with good dynamic range - images are reasonably sharp, noise is also competently removed, colours are generally nice, and the phone strikes a good balance with saturation
  • The ultra wide-angle cam is a significant upgrade from the one on the A50s, and it offers improved sharpness and detail - dynamic range is also substantially better, making for an altogether pretty capable ultra-wide camera as far as mid-rangers go
  • Macro camera turns out quite good close ups - you can get a lot closer to your subject when using the macro camera and the sensor picks up a fair bit of detail
  • Very good portrait mode ("Live focus") - image quality is good and the depth camera helps the Galaxy A51 do a decent job of edge detection
  • The front 32MP camera is decent and produces nice colours, the detail is quite good as far as selfie cameras go - portrait selfie mode is decent too
  • Decent video recording from both primary and wide cameras with dedicated 'super steady' mode which allows you to shoot decent “action” videos (though stabilisation is not available at 4K)
  • Decent bottom-firing speaker - sufficient for personal listening
  • Solid, dependent battery life from the 4000 mah battery - will easily manage to get a day and a half's worth of regular use
  • Reasonable 15W fast charging - charges 67 percent in an hour (though, not as quick as others in this segment such as the Redmi K20 Pro)
  • Overall, a decent and likeable smartphone from Samsung - offers a polished experience, a slim and light body, solid battery life, a crisp display, and of course the Samsung brand (though, the performance at this price is a letdown)
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
  • As expected, there is a fair amount of bloatware preinstalled on the device, including the UC Browser, NewsPoint, Dailyhunt, Helo, Paytm, Amazon, and Facebook apps - most can thankfully be uninstalled though
  • Having said that, it's not the fastest phone in the price bracket though, with Snapdragon 855 phones available at even lower price brackets in the likes of Redmi K20 Pro
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor as well as the facial recognition are on the slower side
  • The glossy body is prone to picking up fingerprints
  • There's still some bloatware pre-installed, including third-party apps and some of Samsung's own apps such as Samsung Shop (though most of them can be uninstalled)
  • At this price, the performance feels weak - there are cheaper phones that offer much better performance, like the Redmi K20 & the Realme X2
  • Low light photos out of the Galaxy A51 aren't great (from all cameras) - The output is soft and noisy, while the colours are relatively desaturated
  • Overall, while the Galaxy A51 offers good cameras, there are certainly better options available, such as the Redmi K20 Pro
  • However, as far the value for money goes, the Galaxy A51 is far behind from the competition - there are better options like the Redmi K20 Pro which gets you a flagship-grade processor, an HDR display, more premium materials, and even better cameras - in fact, for a bit less money, you could also get the Redmi K20, which is also very capable
Expert Reviews
  1. Oppo has been marketing the Reno series primarily on the basis of camera quality, and the Reno 2Z does offer good photo capabilities...however some competing phones (like Redmi K20 Pro, OnePlus 7) will offer significantly better performance
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Full package bundled in a stylish frame...The competition is obviously tough but with its wholesome package, the Reno 2Z is not a bad choice
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Visually appealing, mid-range device with high-end features and good overall performance
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. t has the looks, and it has power....The cameras also impress...However, recommending it is still a difficult decision as its price sees it fall in a segment that currently flushes with far more powerful devices
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A complete smartphone....While it may not offer a Snapdragon 855-level performance that you would find with the Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7, the Reno 2Z still manages to hold its own
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. At the price, it's a steal
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Impressive design, cameras and display, but expensive...does not match other midrange peers like the OnePlus 7 and Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro in UX and combination of specifications and features
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you absolutely must have a Samsung, this one isn't bad to spend the brand-related premium on... but there are better options available
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A nice-looking phone that offers a beautiful AMOLED display, very good battery life, and we don’t mind the plastic build at all... but the performance is underwhelming
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy A51 appeals to those looking for a polished experience, a slim and light body, solid battery life, a crisp display, and of course the Samsung brand... but a more powerful processor at this price would be preferred
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. There’s a lot to like including the Infinity-O display, stylish design as well as good cameras.
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung Galaxy A51 has great design and display, decent cameras, reliable battery and Samsung's brand trust and loyalty... but performance could have been better
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A very respectable mid-range mobile
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you aren't too bothered about gaming and just want a great everyday driver which is sleek and lasts through the day on a single charge, the Galaxy A51 will certainly not disappoint... but the overall performance is a bit of a letdown
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Offer a unique Samsung experience tailored to the next gen Indian buyer
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Galaxy A51 is a mid-range smartphone that does a good job in all areas and takes good photos
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  10. This is a phone that you could flaunt
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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