Oppo’s 5G phone comes bundled with free Bose QC35 headphones
Score some noise cancelling goodness along with 5G speed with Oppo's new flagship smartphone.
Oppo has announced the availability of its first 5G phone in Australia, set to go on pre-order from Friday 31 May 2019, with actual availability from 11 June 2019. We've known that the Oppo Reno 5G would arrive in Australia since it was revealed at MWC 2019.
The new Oppo flagship is the Oppo Reno 5G, although for folks sitting in the vast wide spaces between availability of Telstra 5G could alternatively opt for the 4G model. It's not simply called the Oppo Reno 4G, but instead, what you'd end up with is the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom phone.
Which might make you think that this is a 4G-specific feature, but it's not. Indeed, outside of that 5G modem and dual-SIM support for the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, they're basically the same phone.
Where they do differ is in the pre-order bonuses Oppo is offering with each phone. Plump for the premium Oppo Reno 5G and pre-order it and you'll score a free pair of Bose QC35 noise cancelling headphones. Opt for the lower-cost Reno 4G handset, and you'll walk away with a pair of Bose SoundSport free wireless earphones instead.
Both the Oppo Reno 5G and Oppo Reno 4G run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage, expandable via MicroSD card. In Australia, either Oppo Reno phone will be available in Ocean Green or Jet Black finishes.
They both feature 6.6 inch AMOLED displays and 4,065mAh batteries. On the camera front, like 2018's Oppo Find X, there's no onscreen "notch" or "teardrop" to deal with on the front display, with a pop-up 16MP f/2.0 camera for your selfie needs.
Around the back, the Oppo Reno 5G and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom feature a triple camera array. The headline lens features a 48MP f/1.7 sensor, paired with a 13MP 5x optical zoom f/3.0 lens and 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens. Like competitor Huawei and its generally excellent Huawei P30 Pro, the Oppo Reno 5G and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom phones use a periscope style lens to push out that optical zoom distance, as well as a combination approach of the primary and zoom lens for "hybrid" 10x zoom features.
What you don't get that you might expect out of a flagship phone in 2019 is wireless charging, although Oppo's own VOOC charging for wired power is very much present. They're also lacking water resistance, no doubt due to that pop-up selfie camera.
At this stage, Oppo's Reno 5G will be the first 5G phone in Australia that you'll be able to purchase outright. Oppo says that it'll be offered on contract through Telstra, but also on outright terms through JB Hi-Fi. If you fancy the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, that will be offered on contract terms through Telstra, Telechoice and Woolworths Mobile, as well as outright through JB HiFi, The GoodGuys, Officeworks, Mobileciti and Wireless1.
We're waiting on contract term details from Telstra, but at retail, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom will set you back $1,199 outright. The flagship Oppo Reno 5G will cost $1,499 outright, which means for practical purposes, its 5G modem is worth $300 on its own.
If you can't wait until 11 June 2019 for a 5G-enabled smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is available through Telstra right now.