It is a no-brainer that a smartphone’s design plays a huge role when it comes to purchasing. We have seen smartphone makers experimenting with all kinds of finishes and materials to ensure that their products look stylish from all angles. One such brand that tries to take smartphone designs to the next level is OPPO. The Chinese company has been credited for creating some great-looking smartphones whether be it the Find series or the Reno series. OPPO used a new type of design technology known as OPPO Reno Glow on the Reno5 Pro. The new design takes an interesting take on AG (Anti-Glare) glass that is used in different smartphones these days.
Now, with the OPPO Reno6 series, the brand is planning to introduce the next generation of Reno Glow design philosophy. The upcoming smartphone from Oppo not only looks good, but will also feature powerful hardware including MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G, 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast-charging support, and more. That being said, the major highlight of the Reno6 series could be the new Reno Glow design. But what new can we expect in the Reno6 series? How did the Reno Glow design come into existence? What is the process of making glass with such a shimmering effect? MySmartPrice held an email interaction with Tasleem Arif, Vice President, R&D Head, OPPO India, to understand all the aspects of the Reno Glow design for the upcoming Reno6 series. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
The OPPO Reno series has always been the epitome of luxurious design in the mid-range segment. Phones like Reno4 Pro and Reno5 Pro have been the center of attraction for many with their sleek profile and unique design language. What new can we expect from the company with the upcoming OPPO Reno6 Series?
OPPO has always focused on elevating its technology and design capabilities and continues to truly meet the core needs of consumers with ultimate products and services. Our latest OPPO Reno6 Series not only inherits the advantages of our predecessors, but also integrates lots of advanced features, including OPPO’s cutting-edge imaging technology and design processes which offer users a new generation of experiences. Many levels of design have always been the guiding force behind our approach to the popular Reno series of smartphones, combining innovative technology with trendy designs to refresh the experience for consumers with each generation.
The most-awaited Reno6 series is no exception to this, and with the introduction of the latest finishing processes and technology, OPPO hopes to provide a fresh lift to the phone’s visual appearance and user-friendliness. Each model in the Reno6 Series features the OPPO Reno Glow, further establishing the Reno Series’ unique design language. OPPO’s exclusive Reno Glow design combines the Reno Glow glass which using a crystal drilling technique to create millions of pyramid-shaped crystal structures at a microscopic level, and Diamond Spectrum body which is the combination of five core elements the new Aurora color could shine a million colors while holding in different angles.
With over 20 patents filed globally, OPPO’s exclusive Reno Glow process is central to the design appeal of the Reno6 series as it creates a subtle shimmering effect to the anti-glare glass, while making it fingerprint-resistant.
How did OPPO discover the Reno Glow design?
OPPO’s exclusive Reno Glow effect has been a central part to the overall design of the Reno series, and has evolved together with the series through each iteration. The Reno Glow design was first introduced on the Reno5 Pro 5G, where it brought a subtle sparkling finish to the anti-glare glass thanks to OPPO’s unique etching technique. On the brand new Reno6 Series, the Reno Glow effect has been improved to make it even brighter and more sparkling.
Now, for the first time on the most awaited Reno6 series, all available colors in the series come decorated with the sparkling Reno Glow effect, including Aurora and Stellar Black color finishes. Through a manufacturing process that takes more than 14-hours, the glass back cover of the phone is created to achieve two seemingly paradoxical properties of the Reno Glow effect – matte texture and shiny appearance.
The complete manufacturing process involves around 50 complex steps, including glass cutting, 3D forming, ion exchange, etching and more. Among these steps, etching is one of the most crucial in creating the desired properties of the Reno Glow. Multiple variables need to be controlled during the process, such as the angle, temperature, and duration in which the glass is immersed into the proprietary etching solution. Meanwhile, most manufacturing processes need to be conducted in a fully dust-free space, with manual checks performed on each piece of glass between every step to guarantee the high-quality of the glass back cover.
Can you tell us about the process of turning a normal AG glass into a final product with such a shimmering effect?
During the process of AG Glass cutting, the CNC grinding machine precisely grinds against the piece of glass to remove excess material. In this process, the round outer shape of the glass is created and the space for camera is emptied from the triangle piece of glass. The process is conducted under the flush of water to achieve the purpose of dust reduction and cooling.
Opting to use AG glass also means giving up on the phone’s lustrous appearance, as the AG glass’s anti-fingerprint properties are derived from the engraving technique, which transforms regular, glossy glass into a frosted glass. As frosted glass scatters light rather than directly reflecting it, its external appearance is dull in comparison to regular glass.
The new Reno6 Series also plays host to an all-new color finish, Aurora, which is created using an upgraded version of the OPPO-exclusive Diamond Spectrum process that sits beneath the Reno Glow on the back cover of the phone. Thanks to its special properties, the Diamond Spectrum creates an ever-changing color effect when viewed at different angles and in different light, which is further enhanced by the crystal-clear shine of the Reno Glow effect.
The new Diamond Spectrum 5-layer process has been used to impart the phone an “ever-changing” color when viewed at different angles and in different light creating an amazing visual effect of the warm and soft Aurora color. Among these is the Bullet Texture layer, PICASUS Film, a Color Film, Fresnel Lens Texture, and Reflective Indium Coating. The Color Film introduces blue and green tones to the base color, while the Bullet Texture enhances its transparency. All of these layers come together to create the amazing visual effect behind the warm and soft Aurora color, making for an eye-catching experience each and every time.
From designing to implementation, the whole Reno Glow design process seems to be quite expensive. Can OPPO manage to bring it down to an affordable price tag?
At OPPO, our innovation is driven by consumer centricity with an only intent to create products that offer meaningful experiences to our consumers. When evaluating a feature or design, besides its cost, OPPO believes the key is to know what value it can bring to our users. We are committed to providing consumers with affordable product with comprehensive values that satisfy their diverse needs. The values come from both technical innovation and design creativity.
The Reno Glow design was first introduced on the Reno5 Pro 5G, where it brought a subtle sparkling finish to the anti-glare glass thanks to OPPO’s unique etching technique. On the new Reno6 Series, the Reno Glow effect has been improved to make it even brighter and more sparkling while also maintain its property of anti-glare and ease of use.
The unique design language that OPPO Reno series has been consistently maturing allows the series to establish a special niche among consumers. With the Reno6 Series too we have tried to create the same premium design that the series is known for.
If you have to pick, which one will be your favourite colour of the upcoming OPPO Reno 6 Series?
OPPO Reno6 Pro and Reno6 will launch in India with two distinct colour variants, Aurora, and Stellar Black. Both of these feature a humanistic design for a smooth and immersive experience while offering a premium design and appeal.
Both the devices process technology that uses crystal drilling technique to create millions of pyramid-shaped crystal structures at a microscopic level with Diamond Spectrum body which is the combination of five core elements. The new Aurora color could shine a million colors while holding in different angles. The overall texture of the material has been improved (roughness of the surface decreased) by 30%, to give the glass a smoother, cooler, and more delicate touch. On a hot summer’s day, users will be able to feel cool and refreshed when they hold the phone in their hand.
Aurora, which is created using an upgraded version of the OPPO-exclusive Diamond Spectrum process that sits beneath the Reno Glow on the back cover of the phone. Thanks to its special properties unique to this color – the Diamond Spectrum, it creates an ever-changing color effect when viewed at different angles and in different light, which is further enhanced by the crystal-clear shine of the Reno Glow effect. Black has been a fan favourite and the OPPO Exclusive Reno Glow effect makes it premium and the design savant which is loved by the consumers.
For OPPO Reno series, design is one area where the company has put a lot of effort. However, in the past we have seen some brands missing out on other parameters like performance or camera when they largely focus on the design. Can we expect the upcoming Reno6 series to be fully loaded with top-of-the-line features?
Innovation has been the key to OPPO’s growth story and our Reno Series has been a testimony of our innovation first approach. The Reno Series is known for the rich and long legacy of mastering innovation with industry-first features.
The 5G superphone Reno6 Pro 5G and Reno6 5G come packed with industry-first craftsmanship and the OPPO’s exclusive Reno Glow design which is built to impress.
The all-rounder series brings in the latest feature-packed by highly customized OS- ColorOS 11.3, flagship-level chipsets, and never-before-experienced camera features backed by AI algorithms such as the industry-first Bokeh Flare Portrait Video, AI Highlight Video, and other select features that will enable you to capture DSLR quality videos and more – a pocket studio in your pocket.
In addition, both the devices in the series are powered by Mediatek processors which make them a power beast. The OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G will be powered by the MediaTek flagship chipset – Dimensity 1200 5G SoC. Combined with the powerful 5G SoC, the all-rounder smartphone will offer 22% faster CPU performance, allowing you to multi-task like a pro, like never before. In fact, the octa-core Dimensity 1200 features one of the fastest smartphone CPUs ever. Furthermore, as a number1 brand in charging technology, the OPPO Reno6 series also incorporates 65W SuperVOOC 2.0, faster, safer, and more stable low voltage flash charging technology.
Are we going to see more products from the brand based on the new ‘Reno Glow’ design? Will you use this new design language in other OPPO smartphones?
Since the introduction of the innovative Reno Glow process on the Reno5 pro 5G, the unique design language that the OPPO Reno series has been consistently maturing allows the series to establish a special niche among consumers worldwide. “Slim”, “light”, “shiny”, and “gradient” are all design identifiers that immediately bring to mind the Reno series. Looking into the future, OPPO is furthering its efforts to consistently improve the Reno Glow process, introducing more creative visual appeal to the foundation of its matte and sparkling appearance. Together with all these upgrades, the design language of the Reno series will continue to be passed on to the next generations of devices, incorporating more innovative advancements to the core design features to create a better user experience through design.
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