Over the years, flagship smartphones have become really powerful. Almost all high-end smartphones from different brands use the same processor, which is why consumers are starting to look past the device’s performance when making a purchase decision.
On top of their key deciding factors are the design and cameras. And if you’ve been following the smartphone industry lately, a lot of manufacturers are hard-at-work in improving the said features for their upcoming releases.
Probably one of the most notable names today is OPPO. Since the launch of the OPPO Find X, people just can’t stop talking about it. As what you’ve probably heard by now, the Find X sports an elegant design with a few neat tricks up its sleeves.
But is the OPPO Find X as good as it looks? That’s what we’re about to figure out in our full review.
OPPO Find X Specs
- Android 8.1 Oreo, ColorOS 5.1
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby (nano)
- 6.4-inch AMOLED display, 2340 x 1080 resolution, ~403ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 400GB
- 25-megapixel pop-up camera, f/2.0
- 16-megapixel (f/2.0) + 20-megapixel (f/2.0) dual rear camera, PDAF, OIS, dual-tone flash
- 3D facial recognition
- HSPA+, 4G LTE
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFI hotspot
- Bluetooth 5.0
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- USB Type-C, OTG compatible
- Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.2 x 9.6mm
- Weight: 189g
- Colors: Bordeaux Red, Glacier Blue
- 3,730mAh non-removable battery, VOOC charging
Design and Build Quality
I’ll say it right away, the OPPO Find X is definitely the most gorgeous-looking, refreshingly new smartphone that I have seen in a long time. While it does have tons of interesting hardware inside (more on that later), the device’s design is its best asset.
The most distinct feature is its “Panoramic Arc Screen”. The OPPO Find X has an impressive 93.8% screen-to-body ratio, which is one of the best in the world as of the moment. That translates to almost non-existent bezels.
It looks really gorgeous that even our product shots won’t do it any justice. You have to really hold it in your hands to appreciate how good looking it is. Partnered with its AMOLED screen and the screen curves that melts seamlessly on the sides, the OPPO Find X is really a stunner.
OPPO was able to do this incredible feat by completely removing everything on the front of the screen, other than the display itself. And that’s where the Stealth 3D Cameras comes into the picture (pun intended).
There’s an entire mechanism on the top that hides the front and rear cameras, and only pops-up when needed. It does look really cool and it provides a really clever way of improving smartphone designs past the notch. However, the novelty kind of wears off after a few days of using it. Although I got to say that it’s definitely looker when you used in public or when you show it off to your friends.
The interesting part is, the Stealth Cameras slides up really fast — which is perfect since it’s required for the 3D Face Unlock to work. And you really need it to work since the OPPO Find X lacks a fingerprint scanner.
We all have concerns about OPPO Find X’s durability, which is understandable since this feature uses a mechanical hardware. In fact, you can actually hear the hardware buzzing as the wheels inside it turns. But as per OPPO, it’s been durability tested more than 300,000 times so it’s expected to last for up to 5 years.
Unfortunately, the camera area collects dusts overtime. Since it goes back inside, it takes those tiny particles back in there and it might possibly cause some harm to the internals. But so far, I haven’t seen any problems with it. Also, most of the dust stays on the camera module, so you can just pop it out and clean it.
But enough of the stealth camera, let’s move on to the back of the device. As you can see, the back has a really stylish but inconspicuous design. It’s as if OPPO is telling you to focus your attention on its gorgeous screen.
As expected, OPPO Find X has a gradient color tone available in Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back is mainly painted in black, with the actual color just sitting on the corners and the actual aluminum chassis on the sides.
And since it is made with premium materials, the OPPO Find X is noticeably heavy. This handset weighs 186g. For a perspective, most smartphones has an average weight of around 160g. Together with its metal frame and sleek curves, it really feels like you’re holding a gemstone with this thing.
But before we move on, let’s take a look at the other visible hardware that surrounds this device.
There’s the noise-canceling microphone on top, while at the bottom is the loudspeaker, primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and dual SIM tray. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a microSD card. But with its spacious 256GB storage, you might not even need it.
Moreover, we have the volume controls on the left and the lock/power switch on the right. The buttons are really thin, which compliments the overall sleekness of the device. They are also made of metal and provides a really satisfying feeling when pressed.
I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m really impressed with the OPPO Find X. In my opinion, this is the most imaginative and stunning smartphone in the market today.
The screen on the OPPO Find X is, without a doubt, one of its biggest strengths. But how does it actually perform? Well, listen up.
Let’s start off by detailing its specs. What we are looking at here is a large 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, with a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution and ~401ppi. While we surely appreciate its AMOLED panel, I think its FHD+ resolution is a little lackluster, especially for a device at this price point.
A QHD+ panel could have been better. But based on my tests, the screen of the OPPO Find X was still able to project images in clear detail. You can comfortably read texts and characters in websites, even when they are zoomed out.
Since it is an AMOLED panel, colors look really great. Colors pop-out without any noticeable over-saturation. Also, the contrast is quite good with really deep blacks.
But just like most AMOLED-equipped smartphones, the white colors that it projects looks a little yellowish. You would barely notice it until you put it side-by-side with a smartphone that has an IPS screen.
The curve on the sides attract reflections, especially when you use it outdoors. But we can’t discount the fact that it really looks cool and attractive.
The OPPO Find X’s display also has a unique cool feature. The Curved Panoramic Light Effect acts like a notification light — a customizable light runs through the corners of the device everytime you receive a notification, which accents the screen’s sleek curves.
OPPO did remove the headphone jack on the OPPO Find X. But unlike what other brands are doing, I think reason why OPPO made the move OPPO was reasonable.
As you can see, the Find X is one of the thinnest and sleekest smartphones around. They also relocated the SIM tray in the bottom to give way for the stealth camera, which is probably the reason why there’s no room left for a dedicated headphone jack.
Thankfully, the OPPO did include a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack in the packaging so you don’t have to spend extra cash for a feature that should have been there in the first place.
Quality-wise, the smartphone can output decent sound through any pair of earphones. It also comes with Real Original Sound Technology, which enhances the sound quality on the software level. The device also has a Headphones Monitor feature for when you do live karaokes on it.
Moreover, the bottom-firing loudspeaker of the OPPO Find X provides outstanding performance. It would have been nice to see a stereo speaker setup from this thing, but the sound coming out from it is already satisfying so we can’t complain.
It can blast audio with loud volume and decent clarity. Making it perfect for watching YouTube videos or listening to music, in case you left your headphones (or the dongle) at home.
Hardware and Performance
The OPPO Find X comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which is easily one of the most powerful chipsets of 2018. It’s bundled with an Adreno 630 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a generous 256GB of internal storage.
With that, expect nothing but a snappy performance from the OPPO Find X. Applications open fast and load quickly. You can switch easily between them thanks to its 8GB of memory. The camera app also launches and takes photos fast. Pretty much everything here provides a seamless experience.
It goes without saying that the OPPO Find X is also great for gaming. I ran PUBG Mobile on this thing, one of the most popular gaming titles along with Mobile Legends. Upon launch, the game’s graphics settings were automatically set to HD and the frame rate to High.
During my tests, it did provide a really smooth gaming experience. The quality is good and there are no frame drops even on a high activity environment with lots of players fighting it out.
Software and User-interface
The OPPO Find X comes with Android 8.1 Oreo and ColorOS 5.1 on top. The interface looks similar to the other OPPO smartphones that we have seen before, but there is some obvious alteration that was done to fully utilize its hardware.
The Find X utilizes on-screen navigation controls. But inside the settings menu, you can change the virtual keys into swipe-up gesture navigations, which mimics the iPhone X’s feature, and the new navigation controls that Android will be implementing on select devices with Android 9 Pie.
There’s also the trusty assistive ball and screen-off gestures. OPPO also added new gesture controls that you can access by swiping the curves of the screen — a pretty clever way of utilizing its design.
Full-screen multitasking shows a tab that enables quick access to some apps, take a screenshot or screen capture, and block banner notifications. This feature is perfect when you’re playing games and you don’t want to get distracted.
There’s also the aforementioned Panoramic Notification Light effect, which you can switch between three different color combinations in the settings.
And if you want to customize the interface, you can download different themes right from the Theme store. Each theme offers different screen backgrounds, fonts, and their own version of app icons.
We also have here some of the usual software features such as the app cloner for better multi-account management, Game Space for interface optimization when your gaming, and Split Screen mode that lets you utilize its large display for better productivity.
You can also long press some compatible App Icons to gain quick access to some of its features, right from the home screen.
If you haven’t noticed it by now, the ColorOS interface of OPPO has a lot of similarities to Apple’s iOS. This is the reason why it doesn’t have an app drawer, the fonts look minimalistic, and even the camera app is almost a carbon copy to the one on the iPhone.
Personally, I think its a good thing. This made the OPPO Find X’s interface feel light and not bloated, a problem that we’re used on seeing in other OEM’s custom interfaces.
OPPO obviously took a lot of inspiration from the iPhone X when designing the OPPO Find X, which is probably why they didn’t include a fingerprint scanner on this device.
Instead, it’s using 3D facial recognition as a form of biometrics security. And thankfully, it works incredibly well.
Just like Apple’s flagship smartphone, the OPPO Find X is rigged with complex sensors to make sure that its face unlock feature works well. It comes with an infrared camera to help it see in the dark, a dot projector that uses 15,000 tiny dots so it can recognize your face more accurately.
OPPO Find X also has a flood illuminator and a ranging sensor. And upon my testing, it does work incredibly well. Once you press the unlock button, you then have to swipe up to launch the camera. The device can then recognize your face and unlock the device in just a split second. At first, we were worried that the mechanical camera might cause a delay, but apparently, it does not.
Other than the 3D face unlock, the OPPO Find X also offers different security features in the software level. There’s the Find My Device, in case your handset gets stolen or missing. We also have the Anti-harassment/fraud feature, Fake base station blocking, as well as App lock, Kids Space, and Private Safe.
I did have a really good time taking pictures with the OPPO Find X. Not only that it can snap pictures fast, thanks to its snappy processor, and the cool slide-up effect that it does everytime you open the camera app, but the camera quality itself is quite impressive. It sure is not the best that we have seen, but for most consumers, they will really appreciate this handset’s photography capability.
There’s a 16-megapixel primary camera on the back that has phase detection autofocus (PDAF), optical image stabilization, and a slightly disappointing f/2.0 aperture. Right beside it is an odd 20-megapixel camera that seems to be only used for depth-sensing for the Portrait Mode, and provide a more detailed digital zoom capability. It doesn’t have a telephoto lens nor it shoots in monochrome.
Otherwise, the OPPO Find X camera indeed took excellent photos. It can capture images in great detail, with accurate colors, and good contrast. The dynamic range is also impressive.
The images taken in low-light scenarios are also good. There’s not a lot of noise and grains present, making them Facebook and Instagram-worthy.
You can also see the Portrait Mode doing an excellent job. It provides a really believable DSLR-like look with creamy blurred backgrounds, even in low-light scenarios. It also has a different portrait lighting effect, which adds an extra aesthetic to your images.
Just like most OPPO smartphones, the Find X’s main feature is centered in its front camera. This phone comes with a 25-megapixel selfie camera, complete with AI features.
The 25-megapixel camera, by itself, can take good pictures. Its pixel-packed sensor captures tons of details with good colors and exposure. It’s when you start using its extra features that make it more exciting.
Thanks to OPPO Find X’s new 3D camera on the front, the Beautification mode has taken a step further. Instead of relying on AI to enhance your facial features, you can now register your own face by 3D scanning it. You can then choose what part of your face you want to alter, so everytime you take a selfie, that same effect will be applied. It might be a little bit extreme, but it did work really well in case you really want to try it.
There’s also the Animoji-like effects that maps your face and allows you to puppet different characters using your own facial movements. You can scan your face and create an animated cartoon version of yourself.
We also have the AR stickers and background changer. And since it has a 3D face scanner, the Portrait Mode works well on selfies. Without a doubt, you wouldn’t run out of ways to have fun with the Find X’s camera.
Overall, I had a really great time with the OPPO Find X’s camera. Mobile photographers would really love its quality, while casual users would surely enjoy its novelty features.
Being a flagship device, you don’t have to worry about the connectivity features of the OPPO Find X. This thing comes with 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and USB Type-C port.
The only thing that’s missing is the FM Radio and NFC, but I doubt that a lot of consumers would miss it.
During my testing, all of OPPO Find X’s wireless connectivity features worked well. There was no sudden drop in connection while I was connected with our home network, the Bluetooth was able to play music seamlessly through my wireless soundbar.
The call quality is also great on this device. The dual microphone setup was able to pick-up my voice well even on noisy environments. Meanwhile, the earpiece can output clear audio with decent volume.
OPPO used a 3,730mAh battery to juice up the Find X. It might not be the most impressive battery capacity for a device at this price, but it was still able to do a good job.
After a day of casual, real-world use, I was still left with around 30% of charge to use for the next day. That’s after a day of web browsing, taking pictures, and watching videos on YouTube.
The VOOC flash charge technology of OPPO is also great as it was able to fully charge the Find X in less than an hour and a half.
But to give you a more proper look, we also ran PCMark’s battery test. The OPPO Find X scored a screen-on time of 7 hours and 48 minutes, which is quite low for my standards, as other smartphones we have previously tested averaged at around 8 hours.
The OPPO Find X is, without a doubt, the most interesting smartphone that has come out in a while. It has the best bezel-less screen around, something that the entire industry has been dreaming of ever since they started trimming bezels.
What’s more impressive is, OPPO was able to come up with such an incredible feat in a more impactful way. The 3D Stealth camera provides a imaginative way to completely remove the notch. In addition, the way that it mechanically pops-up every time you use it looks really cool and futuristic.
However, we have some concerns about its durability. OPPO did assure us that it ran through its tests, but only time can tell if it can really hold up the real-world beating.
Due to its sleek design, the OPPO Find X is easily one of the most slippery smartphones we’ve handled. Although it can be easily fixed if by snapping the protective case that comes with it, which we advise not to use, because it ruins its gorgeous design.
Moreover, it would have been nice if the OPPO Find X had some water or dust protection, just to provide us a peace of mind in case it gets accidentally dropped in the pool. But with its mechanical camera, I really don’t think that was even possible.
Other than those durability issues, everything is pretty much top-notch about this device. As stated earlier, it’s the most forward-thinking smartphones around in terms of design. Together with its flagship-caliber hardware, stunning display, great cameras, and reliable battery life, the OPPO Find X is a complete all-around package.
But as much as we want to recommend the OPPO Find X, its steep price tag makes it hard to choose over other popular top-of-the-line smartphones like the Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro. If we’re looking at specs alone, they are all up there in the peak of the mountain. In terms of design and innovation, though, the OPPO Find X beats everybody else.
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Pricing and availability of the OPPO Find X
The OPPO Find X has a retail price of Php49,990 in the Philippines. It’s available through OPPO concept stores, kiosks, and authorized resellers nationwide. It can also be purchased online at OPPO’s official stores in Lazada and Shopee.
- Gorgeous and imaginative design
- Excellent performance
- Impressive cameras
- Stunning display
- Possible durability problems because of the stealth cameras
- Low-resolution for a flagship
- Slippery, prone to smudges and fingerprint marks
- No water and dust resistance