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OPPO may have a second-gen Reno flagship in the works

This series may be getting a flagship soon. (Source: Livemint)
This series may be getting a flagship soon. (Source: Livemint)
A new phone has been certified by TENAA with much the same specs as the OPPO Reno2 - except that it clearly has a more powerful processor. This new device, known only as the PCLM10 for now, also has 12GB in RAM terms. It retains the same rear camera counts as the rest of its probable series.

The 2019 OPPO Reno series has produced some phones with impressive camera specs, albeit with CPUs that are mid-range at best. Now, it appears that the most premium of the line may be on the way. A leak to this effect comes courtesy of the Chinese telecomms authority TENAA. It has given a new phone from this OEM official approval.

This device is termed the PCLM10 on the regulator's site, whereas most pre-existing Reno2 variants have model numbers along the lines of PCKxxx. This phone is listed as having an SoC with a base clock of 2.96GHz, which almost certainly corresponds to the Snapdragon 855 Plus. By contrast, the Reno2 was launched with the Snapdragon 730G processor, whereas the 2z and Z shipped with the MediaTek Helio P90.

TENAA also notes that this phone has a single 12GB RAM/256GB storage SKU. It has a quad rear camera conformation of 48+13+8+2MP, which is also found in the Reno2. Therefore, the PCLM10 may be shaping up to be a phone of flagship-level specs in the 2's shark-finned chassis. They even share a 6.5-inch FHD AMOLED screen; however, the 2 is 9.5 millimeters (mm) thick, whereas the new phone is listed at 0.8mm slimmer.

Accordingly, it is possible that the newly certified OPPO phone is the Reno Ace, which, as the OEM itself has announced, will have a groundbreaking 65-watt charging standard called SuperVOOC 2.0. On that note, the TENAA listing puts the new device's battery capacity at a mere 1950mAh.

However, this entry may simply indicate that the power pack in this case has been split in two, which is how OPPO achieved fast charging speeds in the Find X. Finally, TENAA mentions that the putative new Reno will ship in blue, green or purple color options.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-09-21 (Update: 2019-09-21)