OPPO introduces “loadless” smartphone with streamlined back

Promotion: The latest phone from global smart device brand OPPO’s Reno series has a finely tuned back made from a single piece of Gorilla glass.

After closely observing how users hold and interact with their phones, OPPO’s team of designers focused on the concept of developing a “burdenless” device with a seamless cover.

The result is the Reno8 Pro – a smartphone with a back made of a single piece of Gorilla glass.

OPPO’s Reno8 Pro has a finely tuned back made from a single piece of glass

In many smartphone designs, the use of glass back covers meant that a separate material was needed to construct the area in which the camera module resides.

Cases made of two materials are prone to dust buildup around the material joint, while the abrupt transition between the two materials can be uncomfortable for users who prop the device with their index finger on the back cover during use.

The Reno8 Pro’s single rear has a 75-degree arc that connects the camera module to the surrounding rear.

“It should feel like the camera module is floating up out of the water, like the ripples on the surface have solidified as the smartphone is about to come out of the water, but still intrinsically connected to it,” explains the Reno8 Design team from .

Guided by this poetic image, the design team applied the golden ratio to outline the camera area, resulting in the prominent lens module appearing on the top left of the back of the Reno8 Pro.

A photo of an OPPO employee making the phone case
The team of designers at OPPO decided to focus on the concept of creating a “burdenless” device

The smooth arc is designed to fit the curve of the user’s fingertips, making it more comfortable to hold and keeping the phone free from dust build-up.

To make the lid, the glass undergoes a hot forging process under high pressure that can reach a temperature of 800 degrees Celsius and a pressure of 120 kilograms.

Photo of the process of making an OPPO phone
The glass undergoes a hot forging process under high pressure that reaches a temperature of up to 800 celcius

The glass is formed using a mold that has undergone a half-day, three-step polishing process, while an additional eight nanometer-scale polishing steps are performed directly on the glass to remove unwanted textures or imperfections.

Both the front and back of the glass are thoroughly polished to a high degree of precision until the glass back emerges and feels ultra-fine and smooth.

The Reno8 Pro has a small chamfered design on the mid-frame that reduces the sharp feel felt when holding the phone, while keeping the same rectangular look.

Process of how OPPO phones are made
The glass is formed using a mold that has undergone a three-step, half-day polishing process

Precisely calculated curves at the corners of the back cover are inspired by an arithmetic sequence and strike a balance between geometric rhythm and visual aesthetics.

In addition, a redesign of the phone’s internal layout has allowed the engineers to minimize the thickness of the handset to around 7.34 millimeters, making it the thinnest Reno series phone to date.

Reno8 Pro is available in two color finishes reminiscent of porcelain glaze techniques: a soothing green and a more traditional black.

To learn more about Reno8 Pro, visit OPPO’s website.

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