OPPO Find X – The Prettiest Flagship Yet?
The OPPO brand sake has been around for a long time. Well, it is a long time in the world of smartphones and gadgets anyway. The brand itself too has plenty of following around it too. There is however a little strange thing with the brand itself. The brand is nowhere to be found in Europe – until today. Today, they officially made their way to the European market; after technically leading market shares in the Asian market space. Today, they launched the OPPO Find X – the true OPPO flagship for the global market.
A little bit of background of the Find X though. The Find series started way back in 2012 with the OPPO Finder. The device made way to two more devices in its series when the line went missing 2015 onward. The OPPO Find family has not been in the market for a total of four years until today in The Louvre, Paris with the Find X.
OPPO’s True Flagship
OPPO has many flagships under its name already. The OPPO R15 Pro that we just reviewed here was considered one of them. However, can you really call them true flagships? Sure, they carry the heavy name of OPPO on their backs with the best hardware OPPO can get their hands on to keep the prices as low as they can make it. They represent the brand’s commitment to make the latest and greatest of technologies available and affordable to every one of us out there.
Flagships are more than that though. They are usually over-the-top, with the latest and best technologies that is offered in the market, and with ridiculous pricing that sets the benchmark across the board. The OPPO flagships have yet to find that stride yet, or so we thought.
First things first, the OPPO Find X is a little over-the-top for the Chinese smartphone maker. It features the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Although this is not the first device to have it, it is OPPO’s first device to sport an 800 series System on a Chip (SoC) from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line. Furthermore, it is OPPO’s first European device.
The Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core processor powers a huge, nearly bezel-less, very pretty Full HD+ AMOLED display that covers and impressive 93.8% of the front part of the body. They call it the Panoramic Arc Screen and it is stunning to look at. It is beautiful even, without that weird notch that every single Chinese manufacturer have been sporting. It is probably the most beautiful display I have ever laid my eyes upon; keep in mind I have only seen it in photos. Hence, I cannot comment on its quality just yet until it makes its way into the country.
They did mention a problem though. With bezels at the width of your thickest hair, where is the security features? How do you unlock the device with fingerprints, or even facial recognition. Well, there is not fingerprint sensor anywhere on the device. But you do get facial recognition from a front facing camera with 3D imaging technology. The 25-Megapixel camera is flanked by things like infrared sensors and what not to create a 3D image of your face and use that to unlock your device.
Hold on a minute, where is the 3D front facing camera? It is hidden behind the display of course. When you activate the device the camera pops up via a simple mechanism within the device. The revealed top bezel contains all you need to unlock the device with what they call an O-Face facial recognition technology. As mentioned O-Face takes all sorts of 3D information of your face to create a unique unlock code for your device. From demos, the technology seems legit and fires the smartphone quickly with nearly zero delay.
The 3D camera is no slouch in taking selfies either. The 25-Megapixel shooter, in theory produces crisp and clear self portraits with high levels of detail. The AI function that you first see in the OPPO F5 makes a come back here but with more power. There is the 3D portrait lighting feature that is more accurate than ever and creates dramatic photos no matter the actual lighting condition. It should make even people like me look good in any condition (let us try that when we review the device). Not to forget, the 3D face modelling also give OPPO to create their own version of animated Emojis, the OMOJI.
As the hidden ‘bezel’ reveals, something else pops up too. The dual rear cameras to be exact, comes out to play too as the sliding mechanism pushes the 3D front facing camera up. The dual-camera set up is a combination of 16-Megapixel and 20-Megapixel cameras that is strapped together to create stunning photos. Not only does it do great bokeh shots, it now does 3D portrait lighting too. If you think that the portrait lighting feature is cool on the front facing camera, the one with the rear is even better due to the dual camera set up and AI. Other features of the rear camera includes HDR photos, 21 scenarios on the AI Scene Recognition software and Optical Image Stabilisation for better and steadier photos.
Durability? The automatic sliding mechanism has been said to be tested up to 300,000 times of usage with no failure. They estimate that the mechanism should last an average user five years of use before something goes wrong. The shelf life of your smartphone these days is only about three years. The 256GB paired with 6GB of ROM should also last you plenty longer than 3 years. Plus with all the cloud storage solutions these days, storage is not really an issue.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is used to keep the Android 8.1.0 Oreo with ColorOS 5.1 running as smooth as it can be. ColorOS5.1 also supports Android P Beta so you can experience the latest and greatest from Android yourself if you wish so with the OPPO Find X. You still get the great Google applications as a result of this too. The main assistant is still the plain Google Assistant. There is also Google Lens if you need to find similar items in a store or browse for it in another store or channel.
Remember when we said a flagship should be an overkill of a device. The noise cancelling technology on this is insane with a DSP Module noise cancelling mic. Paired with NXP noise reduction technology the device cuts out 93% of ambient noise to create the most isolated conversational experience you can get through a smartphone.
It is even more incredible to think that the OPPO Find X actually learns about you with the help of Qualcomms latest SoC. The OPPO Find X actually pre-load apps with the help of AI so that you can access your favourite and frequently used apps 44% quicker than usual. As you use it even more of course the AI learns to be more accurate with the time of day, your scheduling and what not.
Of course with so much going on, the OPPO Find X needs a large battery correct? Not necessarily. It packs a 3,730mAh battery that, in OPPO’s calculations should be able to last you a full day of use. If you need to charge your device, you will not need to charge it for long with VOOC Flash Charge that charges this OPPO device from empty to full in about 120 minutes.
The OPPO Find X will be available in the global markets in August. Local availability has not been confirmed yet but we are also hoping for an August launch (fingers crossed). It is priced at EU€999 which converts to MYR4,633. The price does look steep for an OPPO, but then again have you seen anything like this device before? It does look like a solid flagship contender in the global market.
Automobili Lamborghini x OPPO = OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition
Yes, you read that right. OPPO, at the launch has confirmed that they made a partnership with Lamborghini to mark their entrance to the European market. The result? Say hello to the OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition.
The OPPO Find X is already a pretty device. With the Autmobili’s name sake the OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition enhanced its looks with a carbon fibre textured inlay underneath the 3D curved glass at the back of the device. Carbon fibre is extensively used in modern Lamborghini vehicles due to its rigid properties and weight. Among car enthusiasts then, the material screams performance and race car pedigree.
The Automobili Lamborghini plaque sits just above the carbon fibre texture but not directly on top. It still sits underneath the 3D glass though which means that the logo is just hovering in the back to add to that Italian design flair. That look is thanks to OPPO’s know how in manufacturing floating logos within the glass design. The beautiful Find X looks even better and angrier in this form.
Beneath all that is a weirdly smaller battery pack at 3,400mAh. OPPO still says that this will last a good day so battery life should not be an issue. The difference between this battery and the regular device though is the charging technology it has. It has what OPPO calls the SuperVOOC. In short, it charges the 3,400mAh battery from empty in 35 minutes. 35 Minutes! That’s as long as us going to a restaurant, order, eat, and then pay. That is lunch time.
The differences though ends here. It is still powered by the same great Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with the same 6GB of ROM and 256GB of storage, and the same pop up camera mechanism. The price? This is the slightly more hurtful part – EU€1,699 (MYR7,880). A little steep for an OPPO, but hey you get to own a piece of the Raging Bull.
Also published on Medium.