If you want to quickly illustrate how well Chinese phones have gotten in the past few years, compare the Oppo Find X2 Pro to its predecessor. The 2018 Find X was a technically sophisticated device that combined a still unique motorized sliding design with a still unusual 3D facial unlocking system and Wonky software.
The Find X2 Pro doesn't do any of this. Instead, it's just an incredibly good phone.
Make no mistake, Oppo aims directly at the heart of Samsung. The Find X2 Pro, priced at $ 1,099 ($ 1,180) competes with the high-end Galaxy S20 phones in terms of design, speed, features, cameras, and price. In many ways, I think it's ahead. If you live in a country with a competitive Android phone market – d. H. Not in the US – this should be taken very seriously, even though there is one deal-breaking mistake for me.
- Eye-catching design
- Nice display
- Great, versatile cameras
- No wireless charging
- Not available in the United States
As so often with Oppo flagship phones, the Find X2 Pro has a lot in common with the latest high-end OnePlus model, as both brands share a supply chain and shared ownership among a larger Chinese conglomerate. This time, however, this doesn't extend to the design of the phones at all – the OnePlus 8 Pro is pedestrian, while the Find X2 Pro looks like nothing else.
My test device, the model that is most common in Oppo marketing, has a unique vegan leather finish in gold and orange that immediately stands out. (There are also ceramic models, but this is clearly the right thing.) The gold Oppo logo on the back is more reminiscent of a luxury handbag than a smartphone. “Vegan leather” is certainly a marketing term for polyurethane – it doesn't get a patina over time and doesn't smell of anything – but the textured finish feels really good and makes the Find X2 Pro the most elegant phone I've got Year seen.
Pretty much every display I've ever seen on a phone
The same applies to the screen, which is very similar to the OnePlus 8 Pro – if not the same part. It's a curved 6.7-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 3168 x 1440 and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It's pretty much every display I've ever seen in a phone. It's punchy, precise, and all-round adorable, with subtle curves, an excellent fingerprint scanner on the screen, and a small hole cutout for a 32-megapixel selfie camera that turns out to be minimally distracting.
Curved screens are not for everyone, but I had no problems with unwanted touches, and the vignette effect is less on a light background than with more dramatic "waterfall" displays. Like the OnePlus 8 Pro, the Find X2 Pro also uses hardware-based image processing for HDR and motion smoothing. Although I skipped most of the time, I sometimes found scaling useful, for example to watch sports. (Do you remember sports?)
The Find X2 Pro also corresponds to the OnePlus 8 Pro in one important sales argument: you can run it both with its full resolution of 1440p and with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, while you can do one or the other with the S20 cell phones from Samsung decide. These two functions are the kind of things that you don't know what you're missing until they're in front of you. I think 1080p phone screens look good, but I can see the difference in sharpness from 1440p, especially if you compare it to 1080p, which is scaled to a 1440p panel. In the meantime, there is no going back from 120 Hz.
I left both on, and although you think this could affect battery life, I haven't. In contrast to the Galaxy S20, the Find X2 Pro dynamically adjusts the refresh rate to the content of the screen, which reduces power consumption. And although our current circumstances are not so good for prolonged use of heavy phones outside of a charger, I have achieved reasonable performance of around five hours of screen time.
That's fine as long as I think about plugging it in every night, but that brings me to my biggest criticism of the Find X2 Pro: the lack of wireless charging. This may not sound particularly good to anyone who is currently using a phone without a phone, but it is a great pain to return to wired charging only if you have wireless chargers distributed throughout the house. Especially now that I hardly ever go outside, the battery life for all the other phones I use is not a problem, because when they are not in my hand they are charged on my desk. This is not the case with the Find X2 Pro, which only runs at idle and slowly consumes power when I put it down.
Oppo's answer is that the Find X2 Pro has super-fast wired charging, which is true. The proprietary 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 system fills the 4,260mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in 38 minutes, so you don't have to attach the phone to the charger for long.
But why not both? Oppo announced its first wireless charging phone this month, which is encouraging, but a device as expensive as the Find X2 Pro shouldn't have been shipped without it. Most flagship phones, including the OnePlus 8 Pro, now offer fast wireless and wired charging. This may not be a deal breaker for you, but it is for me.
Back to the good things: The cameras on the Find X2 Pro are great. Building on last year's excellent Reno 10x zoom, there is a 13-megapixel-5x periscope camera of the second generation as well as the new, larger 48-megapixel sensor from Sony for the main camera and an Ultrawide that is the fairly large 48-megapixel -IMX586 used by Sony last year. It's a versatile setup that delivers consistently good results without necessarily using the machine learning magic tricks that Google and Huawei do. To my eyes, the photos have a kind of “neutral plus one”, as if some solid but flat standard JPEGs had only been given an extra level of vibrancy. Night mode is good, the hybrid zoom can be used about 20 times, and the Ultrawide camera is much better than most of the others.
Everything else on the Find X2 Pro ranges from great to normal for the course. The feel is very good. The stereo speakers are fine. Oppo's ColorOS 7.1 has been significantly improved over previous versions, with a reduced design and fast animations. The phone's performance is as good as you would expect from a Snapdragon 865 and 12 GB of RAM. There is no headphone jack. The included USB-C in-ear buds are decent. There's really nothing on this phone that doesn't scream "expensive high-end flagship" in every way – apart from the lack of wireless charging.
Oppo is a major player in key markets outside the United States for a reason, and the Find X2 Pro is the most compelling device to date. This would be absolutely my main phone if I could stick it on a qi pad, and it feels worthy of its $ 1,099 ($ 1,180) price. It is a direct challenger for the Galaxy S20 Plus, which does not have a periscope telephoto camera. (You would have to upgrade to the S20 Ultra for € 1,349 / $ 1,399.)
The comparison with the OnePlus 8 Pro in Europe is a little less flattering. The phone costs from $ 919 ($ 995), although the base model has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while the Find X2 Pro is only available in a 12 GB / 512 GB configuration. The OnePlus 8 Pro does not have a periscope telephoto camera either. But it has wireless charging.
I don't want to talk too much about wireless charging because I know many people don't care. It's just that it's really my only significant criticism of the Find X2 Pro. This is a phone that is as premium and powerful as anything else in the world, and I think it's only a matter of time before Oppo gains brand awareness.
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