OPPO Find X Review
OPPO has solidified its reputation in the market by offering devices that greatly appeal to budget-conscious consumers. The company mostly operated in the mid-range segment that it came out as a bit of a surprise when they finally decided to compete with the big dogs and launched the OPPO Find X. Is this device a good move for OPPO? Find out in our review.
Design and Construction
OPPO definitely pulled out all the stops when it comes to the design of the Find X as it doesn’t look like any other OPPO device’s we’ve seen in the past. One of its notable features is the 6.4-inch Panoramic Arc Screen which dominates the entire front. It has slim top and bottom bezels while screen, as well as the glass, curves towards the edges.
While most smartphones have thicker top bezels to house the earpiece and the camera, the Find X does away with this by hiding it inside the body of the phone (we’ll discuss that part in a bit). So the only thing you’ll see at the top is the tiny slit for the earpiece.
The Find X is equipped with a metallic frame which houses your usual buttons like the volume and power/lock keys.
At the bottom, we have the loudspeaker, main microphone, USB Type-C port, and dual nano-SIM card tray. While at the top is the secondary microphone.
Flip it on its back and you will see the glass back with a gradient color that comes in either Bordeaux Red or Glacier Blue. It’s pretty and eye-catching as it looks it’s glowing depending on how the light touches it. Like the front glass, the sides also curves towards the edges which remind us of the design of the Samsung Galaxy S8, but sleeker.
Even at 9.6mm thick, the Find X feels really thin thanks to its tapered sides. It’s tall but the narrow footprint makes it easy to hold. The physical buttons are easily reachable as they are placed closer to the middle of the frame. But, if you want to navigate the entire screen, especially the top part, you will need the help of your other hand.
When it comes to quality, the Find X is premium and solid for the most parts, except for the top part of the back panel by the camera module as it flexes when pressed. It’s also not flush which doesn’t feel good when you glide your fingers on it.
Also, judging from that bend test video, the Find X definitely has its limitations. Still, we didn’t encounter any issues placing it in our jeans pockets, although, the tall frame can be uncomfortable when you sit down, that we’d rather take it out and just hold it.
Display and Multimedia
The OPPO Find X boasts a large 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with 2340 x 1080 resolution or equal to 403ppi and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. OPPO calls this the Panoramic Arc Screen. Large screens such as this are no longer rare but the one on the Find X is worth noting due to its 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8%. This is impressive as the front of the device is almost all screen.
We like the quality as the colors are rich with deep blacks. It’s also vibrant enough for outdoor use. The large screen is also great for split-screening, watching videos or playing games. Since there’s no notch, you don’t have to worry about it getting in the way of your content or go through the trouble of hiding it.
In the Settings, you can adjust the color temperature, activate Night Shield for nighttime viewing, as well as change the Curved Panoramic Light Effect which is an on-screen illumination that the Find X uses to notify you of messages or calls.
The quality of the lone speaker is good and loud enough to fill a small room. Like with most smartphones, it’s trebly with not a lot of bass to go around. It also comes with a Music Party feature that works is similar to Huawei and Honor’s Party Mode. What it does is sync to other Find X devices in the network and streams the same audio at the same time.
When gaming, you might want to position the device carefully in landscape as your palm can easily muffle it. It also doesn’t feature a 3.5mm audio port but good thing OPPO included a Type-C to 3.5mm adapter as well as Type-C earphones in the package.
As you have noticed, the front and rear cameras are not always visible as they are hidden inside the body of the phone thanks to the 3D Stealth Cameras. It’s basically a hardware feature that uses a mechanism to slide out the cameras at the top. This happens whenever you unlock the phone or take photos.
The module has the 3D Face Recognition system consisting of the flood illuminator, Infrared camera, ranging sensor, receiver, 25MP front camera, and dot projector. This is used to unlock the device as well as a replacement to the fingerprint scanner. At the back are the 20MP + 16MP cameras and LED flash.
Prepping the Face Recognition system is easy as you only need to input a 6-digit passcode and let the Find X scan your face for a few seconds. Once done, the module will slide out and scan your face whenever you unlock your device. If you’re wondering about the performance, it’s accurate, works in the dark, and just takes about a full second to scan and unlock. It’s slower compared to the fingerprint scanner in other flagship devices but not really a big deal. As for its durability, OPPO says it’s good for more than 300,000 slides.
Going back to the camera themselves, the Find X comes with features like Expert, Panorama, Sticker, Slow-mo, HDR, Time-Lapse, Google Lens, and Omoji, which creates an animated render of yourself. Portrait mode with AI Beautify is present which is one of the most enjoyable to use because of its lighting effects similar to the one found on the iPhone X. There’s also the Custom Beauty which scans and creates a 3D render of your face so you can reshape your eyes, nose, lips, and jawline.
When it comes to quality, both the rear and front cameras produce sharp images with great colors and plenty of details, especially in bright conditions. Images are still sharp in dim-conditions although noise starts to creep in. The AI Scene Recognition helps enhance the photos for better output. Low-light performance is okay as it was able to keep things in focus and shake-free thanks to image stabilization. Noise is evident but the Find X was able to keep it at the minimum. Check out the samples below.
When it comes to video recording, the front camera can record at a maximum of 1080p at 30fps. You can turn on Beauty effects but you’ll be limited to 720p. The rear camera, on the other hand, maxes out at 4K resolution at 30fps. Quality is sharp with punchy colors and good dynamic range. A bit prone to shakes but not really a big deal. Watch the sample below.
OS, UI, and Apps
Running the software side is ColorOS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It’s a familiar interface especially if you have used an OPPO device before. It comes with their usual colorful icons and wallpapers. It comes with its own apps like the Phone Manager, Theme Store, Game Space, as well as third-party apps like Facebook, WPS Office, UC Browser, and Amazon Shopping.
ColorOS comes with plenty of features and one of the things we like about it is its security. When you go inside Settings you will see options manage app permissions, Floating Windows Management to disable pop-up ads, personal information protection, Find My Device, Payment Protection, Anti-harassment/Fraud, Fake Base Station Blocking, App Lock, Kids Space, and Private Safe. We’re yet to use all of these features but it’s great to have them nonetheless.
Other features include the ability to clone apps so you can easily access multiple social media accounts, Full-Screen Multitasking and Screen Recording which is handy when gaming, Assistive Ball, Gesture & Motion, Smart Assistant which is located on the leftmost home screen, and Smart Driving which turns off notifications to avoid distracted driving.
When it comes to storage, you get plenty with the OPPO Find X. When I say plenty, I meant 256GB with 229GB as usable, which can certainly satisfy those planning to store plenty of photos, videos, and apps. There’s no support for microSD cards but there’s USB OTG.
Performance and Benchmarks
Powering the OPPO Find X is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, Adreno 630 GPU, and 8GB RAM. Given such configuration, the Find X was able to breeze through all tasks we threw at it. Navigation is smooth, apps launch fast, switching between apps is quick, and we can even game without having to clear some apps in the background. But if you want to optimize your device for gaming, you can activate Game Space to increase performance and block notifications that can disturb gameplay.
We played games like Tekken, Skydancer, PUBG Mobile which is good in HDR, Ultra settings with Anti-aliasing on, as well as Mobile Legends which can run at High graphics with High Frame Rate mode on. Warming can be felt at the backside by the OPPO logo but not too much to be a problem. Check out the benchmark scores below:
• AnTuTu – 286,300
• 3D Mark – 4,696 (SSE – OpenGL ES 3.1), 3,739 (SSE – Vulkan)
• PC Mark – 9,750 (Work 2.0)
• GeekBench – 2,309 (Single-Core), 8,013 (Multi-Core), 13,623 (RenderScript)
• AndroBench – 748.43 MB/s (Read), 253.13 MB/s (Write)
Connectivity and Battery Life
When it comes to connectivity, the OPPO Find X has everything like Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS. The only thing missing here that is found in other flagship devices is NFC, but it’s not really a deal breaker. All those features work well as advertised as calls are loud clear, mobile data is fast as long as the signal is good, while apps like Google Maps and Waze can pinpoint our location easily.
As for the battery, the Find X is equipped with a 3,730mAh power pack which is decent although it would have been nicer to get at least 4,000mAh. Still, it was able to last us around 9 to 10 hours of mixed usage switching between WiFi and mobile data. PC Mark rated the battery at 9 hours and 33 minutes while our video loop test yielded 17 hours and 35 minutes of playback which is good. Charging using the VOOC wall-charger takes just 2 hours from empty to full.
If you’re a company known for mid-range devices then decided to release a flagship, you could at least expect it to go big and offer something fresh and unique at the same time. That’s what OPPO did with the Find X. They didn’t just take an existing smartphone blueprint, changed something here and there, put in a flagship chipset, and call it a day. No. They built something from the ground up and made it stand out. Go big or go home, right?
However, like many other devices, it has its flaws, like its build. We could be nitpicking, but we prefer the panel near the cameras to be flush and not flex. There’s the bending issue as well.
Editor’s note: An earlier review mentioned that the Find X has no protective case. OPPO Philippines has reached out to us and clarified that they are including a protective case in the retail package.
Considering all the merits and flaws, we can still say that the OPPO Find X is one of the best flagship smartphones in the market right now. It has the looks, performs really well, has good cameras and battery life, and comes with a standout technology. It comes with a price tag of Php49,990 which is pricey but still within the range compared to other premium flagships.
OPPO Find X specifications:
|Specification||OPPO Find X|
|Display||6.4-inch 19.5:9 OLED Panoramic Arc Screen display @ 2340 x 1080px, ~401ppi|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core processor|
|Rear Camera||16MP f/2.0 + 20MP f/2.2 PDAF OIS dual cameras with dual-LED flash|
|Front Camera||25MP f/2.0 front camera|
|Features||-Stealth 3D Camera
-3D AI Selfie Capture
-O-Face 3D Face Recognition
|WiFi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|GPS||GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Audio||-Low-power mic w/ DSP module
-NXP noise reduction
|OS||-ColorOS 5.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
-Android P supported
|Battery||3,730mAh battery w/ VOOC Flash Charge|
|Dimensions||156.7 x 74.2 x 9.6 mm|
|Colors||Bordeaux Red, Glacier Blue|
What we liked:
• Great design
• 3D Stealth cameras
• Panoramic Arc Screen
• Great performance
• Good cameras
• Large RAM and storage
• Good battery life with fast charging
What we didn’t:
• The top part of the rear panel is not flush and flexes