Australia's Fastest 5G Smartphone Is Deadset Bonkers

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Oppo's wonderfully eccentric Reno 5G smartphone will be romping into Australia on June 11 - and it's demonstrably faster than any other phone on Telstra's network. Here's everything you need to know, including the specs, download speed, pre-order bonus and price tag.

As its name suggests, the Oppo Reno 5G will be one of the first 5G-capable smartphones in Australia. It represents a slightly more affordable option for those who want to experience 5G without slapping down $2000 for the privilege.

Despite this, its download speeds on Telstra 5G are currently best in show. Here are the specs, pricing and release date.

Oppo Reno 5G Australian specs

The Reno 5G is being billed as the fastest phone currently available on Telstra's 5G network. We were shown a brief demonstration in Sydney where the phone managed to reach download speeds exceeding 1.9Gbps. (That's around 600Mbps faster than what Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G managed in the same location.)

Apart from its fifth-generation wireless chipset, the Reno 5G's main claim to fame is an innovative pop-up camera housed inside its 6.6-inch OLED display. Like last year's Oppo Find X phone, this allows the Reno 5G to sport a true bezel-free display without a hole-punch or notch to spoil the illusion.

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With the Reno, Oppo has opted for an unusual wedge design that's quite unlike any other phone camera on the market. If you want a smartphone that will get noticed, this thing is definitely going to deliver. (Incidentally, Oppo reckons the camera's pop-up motor will last over five years.)

Other noteworthy specs include a trio of rear-facing cameras (a 48MP main sensor, a 8MP super-wide 120 degree lens and a 13MP periscopic zoom), 4K 60fps video recording, a 10x hybrid zoom and a 4065mAh battery with Super VOOC 3.0 fast charging.

It's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 CPU with 8GB of memory. (The operating system is arguably hampered by ColorOS, although Oppo's much-maligned Android skin is definitely getting better.)

Here are the key features as highlighted on Oppo's website:

Innovative hidden camera and unique design

  • Full panoramic screen and massive 6.6-inch OLED display with a screen ratio of 93.1%.
  • Seamless back with zero protrusions, with the rear camera hidden under the glass chassis
  • Concealed front camera within a pivot-rising structure which only requires 0.8 seconds to fully rise or lower

Brilliant photography with 10x zoom

  • Full-focal length tri-lens rear camera set up - 48MP primary lens, 13MP periscope telephoto lens and 8MP wide angle lens.
  • Full focal length of 16mm-160mm, thus achieving 10x hybrid zoom.
  • Ultra Night Mode 2.0 using Sony's 48MP IMX586 sensor to create clearer, brighter images
  • 4K UHD video recording at 60FPS, complete with OIS.

Advanced hardware and software for powerful performance

  • Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, 8GB+256GB storage, and a 4,065mAh battery
  • The Reno Series comes equipped with VOOC 3.0 fast-charging. Hyper Boost 2.0, featuring Game Boost, System Boost and App Boost.

And here are the full specs:

Oppo Reno 5G

Operating System ColorOS V6.0 (based on Android 9)
Display 6.6-inch AMOLED Panoramic Screen (2340 x 1080 pixels), Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Body 162mmx77.2mmx9.3mm, 201g
Camera Rear: 48MP (f/1.7) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 13MP (f/3.0) Front: 16MP(f/2.0)
CPU Octa-core (1x2.8 GHz + 3x2.4 GHz + 4x1.7 GHz)
Memory 8GB RAM, 256GB inbuilt storage
Sim Card Single: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot
Battery 4065mAh with Super VOOC 3.0 fast charging
Bands GSM: 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz WCDMA: Bands 1/ 2/ 4/ 5/ 6/ 8/ 19 LTE FDD: Bands 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 7/ 8/ 12/ 13/ 17/ 18/ 19/ 20/ 25/ 26/ 28/ 29/ 32/ 66 LTE TDD: Bands 34/ 38/ 39/ 40/ 41 5G NR: Band n78
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac, Bluetooth BT5.0

Oppo Reno 5G Australian pricing

The Reno 5G will cost $1499 in Australia. That's certainly not cheap, but it is a few hundred dollars less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. (While Samsung hasn't announced pricing for its phone yet, we're not expecting much change from $2000.)

There's also a 4G version of the Reno which will cost $1199. Apart from the absence of 5G, the specs are identical on both phones.

Here are the available Telstra Reno 5G plans:

Oppo Reno 5G Australian release date

You can pre-order the Oppo Reno 5G and Oppo Reno from 31 May through Telstra and JB HiFi. Customers who pre-order will receive a free set of Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones valued at $499.95.

As mentioned, the phone officially goes on sale on June 11.

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