Our Opinion

The Oppo Reno 2Z is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Oppo Reno 2Z.

Oppo Reno 2Z  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Oppo Reno 2Z Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
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Excellence Score
62.3
51.8
Value for Money Score
70.3
73.7
Price ₹ 25,994 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 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 6.53 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 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 N/A 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P90Ranked #21 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G90TRanked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GM9446 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 + 8MP + 2MP + 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: 119° Wide Sensor; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Mono Lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mmMedium 8.81 mmMedium
Weight 195 gmHeavy 200 gmHeavy
Width 75.8 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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos UFS 2.1 Flash storage; Alexa; Noise Filtration
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
  • 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
  • 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 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. 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. 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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