Oppo Reno 3 vs Oppo Reno 2: Price, Specifications Compared

Oppo Reno 3 has a larger battery, a better selfie camera, and comes with 5G support.

Oppo Reno 3 vs Oppo Reno 2: Price, Specifications Compared

Oppo Reno 3 (left) and Oppo Reno 2 (right), both come with at least 8GB of RAM

  • Oppo Reno 3 has a 4,500mAh battery; Reno 2 packs a 4,000mAh battery
  • Oppo Reno 3 has a 32-megapixel selfie sensor
  • Oppo Reno 3 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L 5G SoC

Oppo Reno 3 was launched a day ago, and the successor of the Oppo Reno 2 comes with considerable upgrades. The biggest difference is 5G support that has been introduced with the help of the new MediaTek Dimensity 1000L 5G SoC. The phone comes with a slew of other great features, like a quad camera setup, gradient finish, large 4,500mAh battery, 32-megapixel selfie camera, and more. The Oppo Reno 3 was launched alongside the Oppo Reno 3 Pro in China, and its availability in other international markets is not known yet.

We pit the Oppo Reno 3 against the predecessor Oppo Reno 2 to see how much of an upgrade the new phone is, at least on paper.

Oppo Reno 3 vs Oppo Reno 2 price in India

Oppo Reno 3 price is set at CNY 3,399 (roughly Rs. 34,000) for the 8GB + 128GB variant, while the higher-end 12GB + 128GB model carries a price tag of CNY 3,699 (roughly Rs. 36,999). The phone comes in four colour options - Misty White, Moon Night Black, Sunrise Impression, and Blue Starry Night. The Oppo Reno 3 will go on sale from December 31 in China, and as mentioned, availability in international markets is not known.

To recall, the Oppo Reno 2 was launched in India in August, and its price in India starts at Rs. 36,990 for the lone 8GB RAM + 256GB storage configuration. The phone comes in Ocean Blue and Luminous Black colour options, and is available for purchase via offline stores, Amazon.in and Flipkart.

Oppo Reno 3 vs Oppo Reno 2 specifications

The dual-SIM Oppo Reno 2 runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.1, but the dual-SIM Oppo Reno 3 Pro runs Android 10 with ColorOS 7 skin on top. The Oppo Reno 3 gives up on the shark-fin pop-up selfie camera setup and sports a 6.4-inch TUV Rheinland-certified display with a waterdrop notch. The Oppo Reno 2, on the other hand, features a 6.55-inch full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED display with no notch and very thin bezels on all the other sides.

Under the hood, the Oppo Reno 3 5G is powered by the octa-core 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 1000L 5G SoC, paired with up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. In comparison, the Oppo Reno 2 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage.

Coming to the cameras, the Oppo Reno 3 is equipped with a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture and an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor. There are additional two 2-megapixel sensors as well. On the Oppo Reno 2, the quad setup includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor -- assisted by a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. The camera setup also includes an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with 116-degree field of view and a dedicated 2-megapixel monochrome lens.

The biggest difference, apart from 5G support, is that the Oppo Reno 3 gives up on the unique shark-fin pop-up selfie camera that is seen on the Oppo Reno 2. There is a 32-megapixel front camera to handle selfies and video calls inside the waterdrop-notch. The Oppo Reno 2 has the shark-fin module that integrates a 16-megapixel sensor.

The Reno 3 packs a 4,025mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 fast charging support, and the Reno 2 packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 tech. Both the phones include an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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Oppo Reno 3 5G vs Oppo Reno 2 comparison
  Oppo Reno 3 5G Oppo Reno 2
Overall NDTV Rating-
Design Rating-
Display Rating-
Software Rating-
Performance Rating-
Battery Life Rating-
Camera Rating-
Value for Money Rating-
ModelReno 3 5GReno 2
Release dateDecember 26, 2019August 28, 2019
Launched in IndiaNoYes
Battery capacity (mAh)45004000
Fast chargingVOOCVOOC
ColoursMisty White, Moon Night Black, Sunrise Impression, Blue Starry NightOcean Blue, Luminous Black
Dimensions (mm)-160.00 x 74.30 x 9.50
Weight (g)-189.00
Screen size (inches)6.406.55
Resolution1080x2400 pixels1080x2400 pixels
Protection typeGorilla GlassGorilla Glass
Aspect ratio-19.5:9
Processor makeMediaTekQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Internal storage128GB256GB
Expandable storage-Yes
Rear camera64-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel48-megapixel (f/1.7) + 13-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Rear autofocusYesPhase detection autofocus
Rear flashYes-
Front camera32-megapixel16-megapixel
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 9.0 Pie
SkinColorOS 7ColorOS 6.1
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYesYes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYesYes
Number of SIMs22
Wi-Fi DirectYes-
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIM-
4G/ LTEYesYes
Face unlockYes-
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYes-
Proximity sensorYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Smooth performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Good daylight camera performance
  • Bad
  • Voices on calls sound hollow
  • Bloatware and spammy notifications
  • Slightly expensive
Display 6.55-inch
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 13-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
OS Android 9.0 Pie
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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