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Oppo Reno2 gives you an iPhone 11-like ultrawide-angle camera for less

It has 4 cameras.

The Oppo Reno2.
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The hot new feature in Apple's iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max phones is its ultrawide-angle camera, which lets you zoom out to fit more in your photos. It's a super-nifty feature, but it doesn't come cheap. The iPhone 11 starts at $699, and Huawei's flagship phones, which have had ultrawide-angle lenses for a year now, are similarly pricey. Now, though, Chinese phone maker Oppo is launching a phone with an ultrawide-angle camera for much less.

The Reno2 Z is Oppo's new budget offering. There's no official US price, but the Australian price of AU$599 converts to roughly $400. It sells for a slightly pricier £329 in the UK. Despite its affordable cost, the Reno2 Z has a quad-camera setup. It consists of a 48-megapixel shooter, an 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel black-and-white camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Oppo is also launching a more robust midrange offering, the Reno2. It has nearly the same camera setup, but instead of the 2-megapixel depth sensor it has a 13-megapixel telephoto lens -- which allows for 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom. The Reno2 won't launch in Australia, but sells in the UK for £449 -- which converts to $575. 

Both are beautiful phones, with rich 6.5-inch AMOLED displays. The screens are also notchless, thanks to a pop-up selfie camera. Outside a slightly better camera setup, the Reno2 also has a more powerful processor. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, while the Reno 2Z rocks a Mediatek Helio P90.

We've not had a chance to test the phones out extensively, but both look stylish and feel more premium than their price tags would suggest. A lot of that is because the Reno2 phones look almost identical to the Oppo Reno 5G, the Chinese company's early-2019 flagship.

Both the Reno and Reno2 Z have in-screen fingerprint scanners and run on ColorOS 6.1, Oppo's take on Android 9 Pie (not Android 10, sadly). Plus, a huge bonus in 2019, both have headphone jacks. Enjoy them while you can.

Oppo Reno2 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor
  • 6.5-inch, 1,080x2,400-pixel AMOLED display (401 ppi)
  • Android 9-based ColorOS 6.1
  • 128GB/256GB storage, 8GB RAM
  • 48 megapixel wide-angle + 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle + 2-megapixel black-and-white + 13-megapixel telephoto quad-camera setup
  • 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera
  • Headphone jack
  • Dual SIM
  • 4,000mAh battery

Oppo Reno2 Z specs

  • MediaTek Helio P90 processor
  • 6.53-inch, 1,080x2,340-pixel AMOLED display (395 ppi)
  • Android 9-based ColorOS 6.1
  • 256GB storage, 8GB RAM
  • 48-megapixel wide-angle+ 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle + 2-megapixel black-and-white + 2 megapixel depth sensor quad-camera setup
  • 16-megapixel pop-up camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 4,000mAh battery
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Originally published 7:30 a.m.
Update, 4:22 p.m.: Adds UK pricing.