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OPPO Find X2 Pro Review




OPPO went back to the drawing board and completely redesigned the Find X2 Pro. The first Find X was released close to two years ago and it took OPPO quite some time to release the successor.

But it’s here and we’ve taken the Find X2 Pro for a nice spin in the last couple of weeks. Check out our full review of the OPPO Find X2 Pro below.

Design and Construction

When OPPO first introduced the Find X, it introduced a sliding camera mechanism that nobody else had thought of. While the approach has its merit, OPPO abandoned that in favor of a more practical one.

OPPO went back to the basics with the design of the Find X2 Pro. It’s simple yet elegant, has that premium look and a solid build that you can really feel when you first hold the device. It’s got a chunky all-aluminum chassis with thick glass up front and a high-density ceramic coating at the back.

The device is 8.8mm thin and quite heavy at 217 grams (for the Ceramic variant).

The power button is on the right side while the volume controls are on the left. A noise-canceling mic is on the top right corner along with two antenna bands. At the bottom are speaker grills, Type-C port, primary mic and the SIM card slot all lined up from right to left. There’s no 3.5mm audio port here but the earphones that came with it use the Type-C port so that’s not going to be a problem.

At the back are the triple camera all lined up vertically on the top left corner along with the LED flash. Along the same column, the OPPO logo is positioned and engrave horizontally below the ceramic coating. The camera module protrudes quite a bit which means it will wobble when placed on its back and tends to slide off pretty easily if the surface is not flat.

Up at the front is an almost unencumbered display with a small punch-hole on the top left for the front-facing camera. The loudspeakers are placed along the edge at the top corner so it doesn’t take space away from the display, which is cleaver way actually. The proximity sensor, on the other hand, is tucked below the display.

The display slightly curves along the sides to give it that free-flowing look and make it seem the screen vanishes towards the back. It’s also protected by Gorilla Glass 6, to help prevent or reduce scratches or nicks from accidental drops.

Our review unit is the ceramic black variant and supports IP68 dust and water resistance for up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Frankly, we liked this approach better compared to the original OPPO Find X. Nothing fancy, straight-to-the-point and practical. If there’s one thing we did not like, that would be the protrusion of the camera module at the back that can be a bit annoying at times.

Display and Multimedia

The Find X2 Pro has perhaps the best smartphone display out there with its large 6.7-inch 3K OLED with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz protected by Gorilla Glass 6.

With a 19.8:9 aspect ratio, the display boasts of a 3168×1440 pixel resolution or 513ppi pixel density. The 90.9% screen-to-body ratio is comparable to other contemporaries such as the P40 Pro (91.6%) and Galaxy S20+ (90.5%) although it’s not as impressive as the one on the original OPPO Find X at 93.8%.

Screen resolution is changed automatically based on specific scenarios. You can choose the Quad HD+ or Full HD+ mode in Settings. The full HD+ mode does not support 10-bit (8+2-bit) color display.

The Find X2 Pro has HDR10+ support, and with Netflix already preloaded, you can watch hi-def movies in rich, vivid color, sharp contrast and refined detail.

Also worth noting that the display has a touch sampling rate of up to 240Hz, the highest we’ve seen in any smartphone to date. Touch sampling rate is the number of times a touchscreen can sense input from your finger in a second. Simply put, it’s the speed at which a screen can register your touch and respond by rendering the next frame.

This is mostly useful for gaming, like Mobile Legends, since the game requires a lot of interaction with the screen in split-second responses. This is why a lot of gaming-centric phones like the ROG Phone 2 and Xiaomi Black Shark 2 have 240Hz touch sampling rates.

By default, the screen refresh rate is changed automatically based on the specific scenario. You can choose the Auto Select, 120Hz, or 60Hz mode in Settings.

The Find X2 Pro comes with an AI Adaptive Eye Protection System that automatically chooses the optimal color temperature and brightness depending on your surroundings and helps keep your eyes feeling comfortable. There’s Natural Tone Display that automatically adjusts the color temperature according to ambient light, Low Blue Light for dramatically reducing harmful blue light, AI Brightness that learns your preferences and automatically adjusts brightness, and DC dimming support.

The device has a dual stereo speaker system with the loudspeaker up top serving as the second speaker. Sound quality is very good, loud and produces quite a bit of bass.

The Find X2 Pro comes with 3 different recording microphones to capture a full 360-degree sound. It can block out wind noise, record in 3D audio mode, or even lock on to a subject in a video and amplify its sound as the camera zooms in.

Camera

The Find X2 Pro’s camera has some pretty big sensors, c/o Sony. It’s a triple-camera system consisting of a telephoto, ultrawide and main camera. The main one is a 48MP Sony IMX689 sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 and a sensor size of 1/1.43″.

The second camera is a 48MP SonyIMX586 ultra-wide sensor with a 120-degree field of view (effectively 109-degree after image correction). Here are some sample shots taken with the main and ultra-wide cameras of the Find X2 Pro.

The third camera uses a 13MP periscope telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, PDAF, Laser AF, OI. All three cameras operate in tandem, achieving up to 10x hybrid zoom and 60x digital zoom.

Night mode is looking really good as well with this sample shot done hand-held.

Zooming in video mode can only go up to 10x though but the maximum resolution is 4k at 60fps. Slow-mo shots are either 1080p or 720p (at 960fps) with the latter stretching a 5-sec shot into a 1 minute and 28-second video clip.

You can shoot in RAW format too if that fancies you. The Expert Mode allows you to take manual control of every aspect of the video — 5x optical zoom, ISO 100-6400, 1/8,000-32s shutter speed, and more.

Here are sample videos we took using the rear cameras:

When the camera is less than 10cm from the subject, it automatically changes to the Ultra Macro mode for shooting, which can magnify the image to up to 8 times the original size.

As for selfies, you get a single 32MP front-facing camera that takes some pretty nice photos.

Of course, expect a lot of AI beautification here both in Standard and Portrait mode that will redefine facial features. Nothing surprising since OPPO really popularized the selfie AI in their phones for the longest time.

Apps, UI and OS

The Find X2 Pro runs on ColorOS 7.1 which is based on Android 10. If you’ve used an OPPO phone before, the interface should still be the same familiar and simple interface. ColorOS has simplified icons and a streamlined style, very straight-forward and nothing fancy.

It comes with 3 Home Screen Modes — Standard Mode, Drawer Mode and Simple Mode. You can also choose the navigation mode from Swipe Gestures from Both Sides, Virtual buttons and Swipe Up Gestures. For the uninitiated, the other two navigation modes can be a bit confusing at first but should be comfortable to use over time. Otherwise, you can go back to the familiar Virtual buttons.

It comes with Pulse Touch that responds to touch with a gentle yet distinctive vibration. It supports up to 8 scenarios, including input methods, Settings, Screen-off Gestures, and Calculator.

The OS also has a built-in Dark Mode for those who are interested to switch to that interface and extend the battery life a little bit more. The look is highly customizable with lots of themes, pre-loaded live wallpapers and a few sets of icon styles to choose from. The Art+ icon style allows you to further change the looks of individual icons (rounded corners, foreground, icon size).

OPPO is among the first ones to do off-screen gestures from many years back and those features are still here. There’s also the Smart Sidebar that floats from the curved side of the screen (much like the Edge panels on the Galaxy Note).

There are so many other customizations available with ColorOS 7.1 that sometimes you will feel overwhelmed with all the options, which is great if you want to maximize and really customize the look and feel of your phone.

Performance and Benchmarks

The Find X2 Pro runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which is an octa-core processor composed of a 2.84GHz Kryo 585, tri-core 2.42GHz Kryo 585, and quad-core 1.8GHz Kryo 585.

Performance of the Snapdragon 865 is top-notch, chomps up anything we threw at it will as many open apps as we want. The 12GB RAM helps for multi-tasking as well with very fast read and write speeds, based on Androbench.

• Antutu: 614,090
• PCMark: 13,216 (Work 1.0), 9,944 (Work 2.0)
• 3DMark: 6,736 (Slingshot Extreme, OpenGL ES 3.1), 6,148 (Slingshot Extreme, Vulcan)
• GeekBench 5.1: 898 (Single core), 3,197 (Multi-core)
• AndroBench: 1,743 MB/s (Read), 759 MB/s (Write)

Benchmark scores of the Find X2 Pro tops most of the tests we’ve done in all flagship phones we’ve tested. In Antutu benchmark alone, the Find X2 Pro scored over 600k points, beating the Galaxy S20 series by a significant margin.

With the powerful processor, large RAM and high refresh rate, the Find X2 Pro is perfect for gaming. The gaming experience is completely smooth.

It goes without saying that the Find X2 Pro is perhaps the fastest or at the top in terms of raw performance.

Call Quality, Connectivity, Battery Life

When it comes to connectivity, the OPPO Find X2 Pro has everything like dual nano-SIM support, Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band GPS and 5G support. However, when we tested our unit with the local Smart 5G and Globe 5G, we have not picked up any 5G signal in our area yet.

Nonetheless, all the connectivity features worked flawlessly — calls are loud clear, mobile data is fast, and wireless connections are strong.

The Find X2 Pro packs a sizable 4,260mAh internal battery and is capable of fast-charging with up to 65W when using the charger that came with it. It uses two 2,130mAh series-connected cells with a total capacity of 4,260mAh.

In our PCMark Battery test, it managed to get an average 9 hours and 3 minutes of battery life at 50% brightness, zero volume and in airplane mode. That’s when we set the refresh rate at 60Hz. However, setting it to 120Hz will further reduce the battery life to 7 hours and 28 minutes so take that into consideration when using the phone.

In our standard video loop test, the Find X2 Pro lasted 19 hours and 45 minutes playing a full HD movie at 50% brightness, zero volume and in airplane mode.

Indeed, the high resolution of 1440p and refresh rate of 120Hz significantly affect the battery life of the phone.

When OPPO says fast charging, it means really fast. The battery can fill up from zero to 100% in under 40 minutes. SuperVOOC 2.0 means business and you can’t find a fast-charging technology as impressive as this one in a smartphone today. There’s no wireless charging here though.

Conclusion

OPPO did an excellent job with the Find X2 Pro. It’s a solid phone with everything you’d ever wanted in a flagship smartphone — simple, elegant design, impressive performance, and display, great camera quality, good battery life.

OPPO just showed us their phones don’t need more cameras in order to produce really great photos.

Sure, it took a while for OPPO to release a successor to the original Find X but it eventually pulled through with a very strong contender this time.

The Find X2 Pro has a suggested retail price of Php65,990. That’s quite a hefty price, but considering it comes with a very generous 12GB RAM, 512GB storage on top of that Snapdragon 865 chip and 120Hz display, it certainly justifies the extra buck.

OPPO Find X2 Pro specs:
6.7-inch QHD+ (3168 x 1440) OLED display, 21:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+ support, 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Adreno 650 GPU
12GB LPDDR5 RAM
512GB UFS 3.0 storage
Dual SIM 5G
48MP Sony IMX689 + 48MP SonyIMX586 ultra-wide + 13MP 5x optical, 50x digital zoom, OIS
32MP hole-punch front camera
Dual-mode 5G, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi 6 Support
Bluetooth 5.1
A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC support
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
USB Type-C
4,260mAh battery with 65W fast charging support
ColorOS 7.1 based on Android 10.0
165.2 x 74.4 x 8.8mm (Ceramic), 9.5mm (Vegan Leather)
217 grams (Ceramic), 200 grams (Vegan Leather)
Ceramic Black, Vegan Leather Orange

What we liked about it:
* Nice solid build
* Impressive camera performance
* SuperVOOC 2.0 fast-charging is unmatched
* Superb display with the highest refresh rates
* Very powerful chipset, impressive performance
* Very generous RAM and storage options
* 5G support

What we did not like:
* Average battery life
* No wireless charging
* Very expensive



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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