Last month Oppo announced its latest flagship, the Reno Ace, with a feature leading the world's fastest circular solution. The 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charger is said to be able to charge Reno Ace's 4,000mAh battery in half an hour, putting it ahead of all other competing technologies on the market.
I have a Reno Ace hand now. and I can confirm that this is actually the fastest phone available – if not quite faster than Oppo's claim.
Two minutes and 39 seconds after Reno Ace plugged in, the screen was turned on to indicate a percentage charge. Here's how it passed in the next half hour:
- 5 mins: 10 percent
- 10 mins: 37 percent
- 15 mins: 57 percent
- 20 mins: 76 percent
- 25 mins: 92 percent
- 28 mins: 98 percent
- 29 mins: 99 percent
- 30 mins: 99 percent
So no, it didn't get a full charge in half an hour – but it's still nice this is fast. The phone eventually hit the 100-percent mark in 31 minutes and 31 seconds, so it's definitely still in the ballpark, and probably in the wrong place for battery percentage readings. For comparison, the smaller battery of the iPhone 11 gets only about half the same time using Apple's 18W USB-C charger.
The rapid charge of tech is a particular attraction of Oppo. The phone that the Reno Ace dropped was the Find X Lamborghini of the same company, which I found to have charged 3,400mAh battery in 35 minutes. Super VOOC uses a dual-cell design to allow the battery to reach optimum charging charges at high speeds without overheating. The Reno Ace was as hot as I charged it, but not unusual. The 65W charger also has very little thanks to the use of gallium nitride.
Otherwise, the Reno Ace is a fairly standard flagship phone that shares many similarities to the superb OnePlus 7T. Both phones come with a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, a 20: 9 6.5-inch 1080p display with a small notch and a fast 90Hz refresh rate, and a 48-megapixel main camera with Sony's IMX586 sensor. The Reno Ace is cheaper, though, starting at 2,999 yuan (~ $ 420) in China for a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Oppo's most important direct competition, enough, now came from Realme – a company under the same BBK umbrella and which started out as a sub-brand of Oppo. The new Realme X2 Pro comes with nearly identical designs, software, and specifications, except it has a 64-megapixel camera, a super macro lens, and a slightly slower 50W Super VOOC charging. It broke the Reno Ace by 300 yuan ($ 43) for the entry-level model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with an equivalent version of 8GB / 128GB still coming in at 100 yuan ($ 14) cheaper for a phone you might well prefer
In any case, either phone would be a bargain in the less competitive US market, and Reno Ace showed Oppo constantly pushing for its rapid advancement in tech. At least it can be displayed on a OnePlus phone state someday.