Oppo’s Reno Ace really does have the fastest fast charging

Oppo’s Reno Ace really does have the fastest fast charging

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(**)Last month Oppo (***)announced(****) its latest flagship phone, the Reno Ace, with a headline feature of the world’s fastest fast-charge solution yet. Oppo’s (*******************************************************************************)W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charger is claimed to be able to charge the Reno Ace’s 4,(*****************************************************************************************************)mAh battery in half an hour, which would put it ahead of all other competing technology on the market.(*****)
(******)I have the Reno Ace in hand now, and I can confirm that it is indeed the fastest-charging phone available — if not (*******)quite(********) as fast as Oppo’s claims.(*****)
(*********)Two minutes and (*************************************************************************************) seconds after plugging the Reno Ace in, the screen turned on to indicate a one-percent charge. Here’s how it went over the next half-hour: (*****)
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(*********************)So no, it didn’t quite get a full charge in half an hour — but it was still pretty dang fast. The phone eventually hit the (************************************************************************)-percent mark at (****************************************************************************************) minutes and (****************************************************************************************) seconds, so it’s certainly still in the ballpark, and possibly within the margin of error for battery percentage readouts. For comparison, the iPhone (***************************************************************************************************)’s significantly smaller battery only gets around half full in the same amount of time when using Apple’s (************************************************************************************************)W USB-C charger.(*****)
(**********************)Fast-charging tech is a particular obsession of Oppo’s. The phone overthrown by the Reno Ace is the same company’s (***********************)Find X Lamborghini(****), which I found filled its 3,(*******************************************************************)mAh battery in (***************************************************************************************) minutes. Super VOOC uses a dual-cell design to allow the battery to reach optimum charging speeds at high currents without overheating. The Reno Ace did get warm while I charged it, but not unusually so. The (*******************************************************************************)W charger is also impressively small thanks to the use of (************************)gallium nitride(****).(*****)
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(************************************)Otherwise, the Reno Ace is a pretty standard flagship phone that shares a lot in common with (*************************************)the very good OnePlus 7T(****). Both phones have a Snapdragon (****************************************************************) Plus processor, a (***********************************************************************************************):9 6.5-inch (**************************************************************)p display with a small notch and a fast (****************************************************************************)Hz refresh rate, and a (***********************************************************************************)-megapixel main camera with Sony’s IMX(*****************************************************************) sensor. The Reno Ace is cheaper, though, starting at 2,(***************************************************************) yuan (~$(******************************************************************)) in China for a model with 8GB of RAM and (***********************************************************************)GB of storage.(*****)
(**************************************)Oppo’s most direct competition, ironically enough, now comes from Realme — a company under the same BBK umbrella and which started out as an Oppo sub-brand. (***************************************)The new Realme X2 Pro(****) has near-identical industrial design, software, and specifications, except it has a (********************************************************************************)-megapixel camera, an extra macro lens, and slightly slower (**********************************************************************************)W Super VOOC charging. It undercuts the Reno Ace by (********************************************************************) yuan ($(************************************************************************************)) for the entry-level model with 6GB of RAM and (********************************************************************************)GB of storage, with the equivalent 8GB/(***********************************************************************)GB version still coming in at (************************************************************************) yuan ($(**************************************************************************************************)) cheaper for a phone that you might well prefer. (*****)
(****************************************)In any case, either phone would be a bargain in the (*****************************************)much less competitive US marketplace(****), and the Reno Ace shows Oppo continuing to push its fast-charging tech forward. At least it might show up in a stateside OnePlus phone someday.(*****)
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