Oppo Find X

Key Features

  • 6.4-inch Full HD AMOLED screen
  • Snapdragon 845 CPU
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 25MP front-facing camera
  • 20MP + 16MP rear-facing camera
  • 3730mAh battery
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Oppo Find X Hands-On: Innovation in phone design?

With its near edge-to-edge screen and curvy body, you’d be forgiven you confusing the Oppo Find X with the Samsung Galaxy S9 from a distance.

Oppo Find X Price

The Oppo Find X will retail for €999 when it hits the shelves in Europe. The OPPO Lamborghini Find X Special Edition will command a steeper €1699.

Oppo Find X Release Date

The Oppo Find X will be available in France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands from August. OPPO has confirmed that it will be released in the United Kingdom. No launch date was provided.

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But the Find X takes that familiar design and builds on it with the introduction of a retractable motorised panel that keeps the front-facing camera off the screen, eliminating the need to interrupt the area with a controversial notch.

It’s not just the front-facing camera that’s retractable. The rear-facing camera is also completely hidden when the handset is switched off or the camera application is closed. Oppo said it takes around half a second for the camera tray to emerge and having had a chance to have a play around with the handset at its unveiling at the Louvre in Paris, I’d say that’s pretty accurate.

What’s interesting is that the Find X doesn’t offer fingerprint recognition of any kind, even though earlier rumours claimed it would have an in-screen sensor. Oppo is instead betting big on facial-recognition; there’s a small 3D scanner baked into the front-facing camera that starts working as soon as the tray begins to rise, authenticating you before it’s even finished emerging.

The camera setup itself is made up of three sensors: one on the front (25-megapixel) and two on the rear (20-megapixel + 16-megapixel). I didn’t have as much time as I’d have liked to test them out at the unveiling, but the few shots I took in the dark, bulb-lit testing environment looked good with plenty of detail.

Just like the Huawei P20, the Find X is also armed with an AI-driven scene-recognition tool that’s capable of detecting the different components that make up the scene, altering the aperture and colour temperature when it sees fit. The intention here is to take the best possible picture of whatever’s in the frame, be it a waterfall or a plate of food.

Oppo Find X
Battery 3730mAh (VOOC Fast Charge)
Camera (Front) 25MP
Camera (Rear) 20MP + 16MP (f/2.0)
Display 6.4-inch Full HD AMOLED
OS Color OS’ Android 8.1 Oreo
Processor Snapdragon 845
Storage 256GB

The pièce de résistance here is the 6.4-inch near-edge-to-edge screen. It’s an AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2440 x 1080 and it’s about as good as you’d expect a Full HD panel to be. Colours are accurate and detail is sharp from a distance, but the quality starts to drop when you hold the handset a few centimetres away from your eyes.  

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For what Oppo wants the Find X to be, which is the most immersive smartphone on the market, the Full HD screen its perfect. I stuck an episode of Stranger Things on and was blown away by how good it looked. The lack of a noticeable surrounding bezel – the Find X has a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8% – instantly snaps you into a deep media-consuming trance.

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Under the hood, there’s a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 845 CPU and 8GB of RAM, positioning the Find X above the bulk of the other flagship smartphones on the market in terms of raw power – on paper, at least. In the real world, however, it could be the slowest of the bunch if Oppo’s Color OS interface, which is skinned atop Android 8.1 Oreo, isn’t optimised properly.

Oppo Lamborghini Find X Special Edition

Oppo also showcased another variant of the Find X at its gathering at the Louvre.

It’s called the Oppo Lamborghini Find X Special Edition and comes with some design tweaks designed to make it stand out, like a carbon fiber paint job. The most notable difference, however, is the inclusion of Super VOOC fast-charging, capable of taking the 3730mAh cell from zero to full in 35 minutes.

The standard Find X, on the other hand, comes with VOOC. That’s nothing to turn your nose up at, though, as it offers two hours of usage with a 15-minute charge, according to the folks at Oppo. That’s around 30 percent of the handset’s 3730mAh battery capacity – so, using that as a basis for our calculations, a full charge should take just over an hour.

First impressions

The Oppo Find X without a doubt delivers the most immersive mobile viewing experience on the market, which is a good reason to be interested in it, but how it performs in the real-world remains untested. If it can ace that, we could be looking at one of the best smartphones of 2018.

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