Oppo Reno 6 series set for Kenya launch

Oppo is set to unveil its latest smartphone series, the Oppo Reno 6 series, in Kenya soon.

A launch event has been set for September 6th, according to the company’s social media pages.

Oppo Kenya is currently teasing the Oppo Reno6 5G on social media and, as far as we know, that is the confirmed Reno 6 series device set to be launched.

It will become the brand’s first 5G smartphone in the Kenyan market.

Oppo has been releasing 5G smartphones in other markets but Kenya has only been getting the 4G variants.

That has had to do with the fact that 5G coverage in the country was non-existent until about a year and a half ago when Safaricom finally began public trials of its 5G network. To date, it remains the only mobile network operator running a 5G network in the country and, even then, coverage is still limited to a few spots in the capital, Nairobi, and select urban areas in the Western part of the country. The telecommunications company plans to increase the number of 5G sites in the country by the end of the year.

The Oppo Reno 6 5G features the same glow and slim design of the Reno 5, easily one of the best smartphones one could buy in Kenya in its price range since its launch and local availability at the start of the year. It also keeps the Full HD+ resolution of its predecessor and the display size (6.4 inches).

In order to handle the needs of 5G connectivity and maintain the expected performance, the chipset included in the Reno6 5G is the Dimensity 900 from MediaTek.

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The cameras, too, are unchanged on the device (see a review of those on the Reno5 here). As is the battery capacity and the legendary fast-charging tech that we have come to know and love about Oppo and its smartphones – there’s still an included 65W fast-charger in the box.

Oppo has included light sensors on both the front and the back in order for users to get the best experience as they go about their day-to-day business with the device automatically adapting to the changing ambient light scenarios on-demand in a much better and more seamless way than has been the case before. A temperature sensor is visible on the back cameras’ bump.

Eliminated from the Reno6 5G is memory expansion as the microSD card exits the picture. Given that it has taken me this long to get close to filling up the 128 gigabytes on its predecessor, the base 128GB storage model should be just fine for almost everyone for a long time.

The device gets a bump up not just on the mobile network side of things alone. When on Wi-Fi and where accessible, the Oppo Reno6 5G will be able to connect to Wi-Fi 6 networks, theoretically increasing its speeds to a maximum of just under 10Gbps, thereby future-proofing users.

There is still a 3.5mm headphone jack and, for those like yours truly that have long adopted NFC tags and NFC-enabled music systems, it will be possible to tap into the many capabilities enabled by the contact-pairing the technology enables.

When it launches, the Oppo Reno6 5G will be entering a segment of the market (5G smartphones) that is only starting to grow in prominence.

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HMD Global has released two 5G smartphones (Nokia X10 and X20) in Kenya over the last few weeks, covering the price segments that Oppo will somehow be targeting with the Reno6 5G. Compatriot Xiaomi set the ball rolling with the Redmi Note 10 5G a few months ago to cover the lower segments of the market. The upper ends of the 5G smartphone market in the country are dominated by Samsung which has little challenge from Huawei (with the last generation Mate and P-series phones) and Nokia (8.3 5G). Samsung also has its eyes set on the mid-range smartphone segment with more premium devices from its Galaxy A series.

We don’t have any word on the pricing of the Oppo Reno6 5G (take a guess) or if we will get to see other members of the Reno 6 series like the Reno 6 5G Pro that is available elsewhere but I guess that is the information we will be getting in another two weeks.

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