Oppo has unveiled the Find X2 Pro alongside the Oppo Find X2 on its MWC 2020 event – and going on the first impressions, the Pro model could be one of the most accomplished smartphones, as it seems that Oppo has maximized almost every feature on the handset. Well, that’s true, apart from two remarkable areas, which you’re already aware of if you’ve read the ‘cons’ above. This is our Oppo Find X2 Pro Review.
The Oppo Reno, 10x Zoom, is on our list of the best smartphones, so the Find X2 Pro has a lot to offer, mainly since Oppo now describes the Reno series as its mid-range device lineup, sitting under the Find X2 duo. We’ve put the Oppo Find X2 Pro into practice to see if its undoubted strengths are enough to compensate for its weaknesses.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Design
The Oppo Find X2 Pro doesn’t have much design language in common with its predecessor, the Find X (there was no X Pro) because it doesn’t have that phone’s pop-up front camera. Instead, the front camera is nested in a cut-out area in the top left corner of the screen. The screen is curved to a 68-degree angle at the sides, which feels quite pronounced, although not as much as Oppo’s ‘Waterfall’ display technology (which has not yet appeared in a commercially available phone).
There is no 3.5mm headphone jack here, so fans of wired headphones will be disappointed. However, the phone is IP68 protected, so it is safe from dust and water much extent. On the back of the device is a camera module to the left, which is much larger than that of the standard Oppo Find X2, and is made of a different material. While the base of the Oppo Find X2 has a glass back and comes in versions with a ceramic back (like some of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series) or vegan leather, which should give a more premium feeling.
Theselfie camera is a punch hole in the top left of the screen. I have always been a big fan of this configuration. I think it looks good, and because the camera is about the size of a notification, it doesn’t get in the way. However, on the phone in this price range, I would have liked to see 3D face unlock or, better yet, the under-display selfie camera that Oppo showed me on his innovation day in December. The original Find X had a 3D face unlock, which is safer and allows you to unlock your phone in the dark. There is a standard face unlock on this device, and it is pretty fast, but 3D would be better.
Far below the camera hump, at the bottom, you will find an Oppo logo stuck. This is not necessary, but just like the gold decoration on the device, it gives a luxurious feeling if you like things like that.
You won’t find any individual ports or sensors on the phone, like an IR blaster or a headphone jack. Instead, you will be greeted with the absolute minimum. The on/off button and volume rocker switches are located on the right and left side of the phone, respectively, and a speaker, charging port, and SIM card drawer are plugged into the bottom. It’s a minimalist look, but I think that’s what Oppo hoped to achieve.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Display
The screen here is impressive. It’s a 6.78-inch screen packed with features to enhance your viewing experience. It has a high 3168 x 1440 Ultra HD resolution with 10-bit color, a variable 120Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz touch input speed. There is also Oppo’s O1 Ultra Vision Engine chipset, which can automatically upgrade the 60fps video to 120fps (to adjust the frame rate). Besides, Oppo has described a technology similar to Apple’s True Tone display, which improves the color and brightness of the screen to the conditions in which you are viewing it.
Oppo wanted to make the screen a highlight of the Find X2 Pro, so it contained a hardware layer called 01 Ultra Vision Engine. This chip can upscale video to 60Hz or 120Hz, depending on what you have set the phone to at that time. In practice, this function works, but I would not recommend using it for most content. If a video was recorded and rendered at 24 or 30 fps, it probably didn’t happen for anything. Until 60fps video occurs more often, I suggest disabling this function. At the moment, the 60fps video looks too awkwardly realistic for my taste.
Together, these features create a screen that is vibrant and should display content nicely. We haven’t seen anything on the screen, but we’ve tested it for some primary navigation and menu scrolling, and we can confirm that navigating the user interface feels wonderfully smooth.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Camera
The Oppo Find X2 Pro has three rear cameras, two with 48MP sensors (the primary camera and an ultra-wide snapper), while the third is a 13MP telephoto snapper. The latter has the same lens as the Zoom module of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom and thus supports 5x optical, 10x hybrid, and 60x digital zoom. Oppo told us that with this last camera, he repaired several pain points, and especially the digital zoom is meant to be much more stable.
We didn’t have too many problems with this camera on the Reno device, but we can’t complain about any improvements Oppo came up with. At the front of the phone is a 32MP front-facing camera in the previously mentioned cut-out segment. We have not yet fully mastered the camera of the Oppo Find X2 Pro. We took a few pictures with the phone, and these seemed to be useful, but nothing we shot has blown us away yet. There are some exciting features that Oppo has included, such as the phone’s ability to capture raw images, and autofocus based on Sony’s PDAF used in Sony Alpha cameras.
There is also 4K video recording at up to 60fps. In general, the cameras here seem quite strong, but the setup is probably a bit sub-par for a flagship phone. When devices from Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi pack up to five rear cameras, three seem a bit on the low side. Colour, detail, and sharpness are excellent on this lens. The dynamic range is perfect, although it is slightly more aggressive than I would generally like on a smartphone. Overall, however, I am very impressed with this camera. The wide-angle sensor is a 48MP Sony IMX586. This lens shows little distortion, which is very lovely to see on a smartphone. The color and sharpness are also pretty good.
The 5x prism telephoto lens is where it gets interesting. This is a tighter optical zoom than the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which only has a 4x optical telephoto lens. The Find X2 Pro can use hybrid zoom up to 10x, then digitally crop up to 60x. However, at 5x and 10x, the quality is excellent. Just like the S20 Ultra, 60x is not good quality, but it was surprisingly handy when you need to read text from afar.
When my colleague told me that ColorOS 7 completely changed his view of the software, I was intrigued. To my surprise, it’s as good as he made it happen. ColorOS 7.1 is very similar to Oxygen OS. It is simplistic and customizable. It allows you to change icons, choose an app tray, and it offers useful features such as a simple screenshot. ColorOS has become one of my favorite Android skins throughout a version update.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Battery Life
In terms of battery life, you get a 4,260mAh power pack, which would generally be quite generous for a flagship phone, although due to its large screen and high-end display technology, it might not last very long. The screen is the most significant power consumption for most phones, so it’s possible the battery will only last a day, and maybe less.
However, the charging rate can make up for that, as the Oppo Find X2 Pro uses Oppo’s 65W VOOC charge, which apparently will get the device from empty to 100% in 35 minutes or less. That’s an incredible charging speed, equaled only by one or two other Oppo phones, so if industry-leading charging rates are a priority for you, this phone should be well worth considering (unless Xiaomi with its rumored 100W charging shows up anytime soon).
Although I like a lot of things about the Oppo Find X2 Pro, charging 65W is probably my favorite feature. I’ll have to see how it affects battery life over time, but the ability to charge the phone in just over 30 minutes is incredible. During my test, the phone will charge from 2% to 52% in 15 minutes and up to 92% in 30 minutes.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Performance
The re’s plenty of reason to believe that the Oppo Find X2 Pro will be a computational powerhouse: it has the top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset and 12GB of RAM, so if we get it through our tests for our full review, we expect it to deliver some impressive scores. This Snapdragon chipset gives the Find X2 Pro a super-fast 5G connectivity because there is a 5G modem built-in; Oppo told us that there would not be a 4G only X2 handset. The phone runs the latest Android 10 operating system, with Oppo’s ColorOS custom UI laid over the top; the differences are mostly aesthetic, and whether you prefer this UI over another will be up to personal preference.
Something worth considering for entertainment purposes is that the Oppo Find X2 Pro has dual stereo speakers, one at the base of the phone via the USB-C port and another at the top of the screen. We’ve found that this audio installation gaming, listening to music, and watching content makes a treat in the few phones that have it, and we’re glad to see it included here. In essence, it should be an excellent addition to the 120fps upgrade feature mentioned earlier.
The Find X2 Pro supports 5G via the Qualcomm X55 modem. Although it doesn’t work on Verizon’s mmWave 5G, I was able to get low-band 5G via T-Mobile in my house in Brooklyn. While 5G isn’t something I would hunt for in my next phone, it’s fun for the future when the technology becomes mainstream.
The only performance issue that struck me was the weak Bluetooth performance. Before the first update, the sound of the Bluetooth headphones was very quiet. Worse still, if you just held your hand over the top right of the phone, the signal would drop out. Oppo issued an update during the evaluation period, which seems to have a fixed sound volume, but the Bluetooth signal still cuts out quite quickly. It’s not as bad as before the update, but it’s not as stable as it should be.
Price and Availability Options
Oppo would announce the Find X2 Pro and Find X2 at MWC 2020, but after the cancellation of the phone event due to the coronavirus outbreak, the phones were unveiled at a stand-alone event. The Oppo Find X2 Pro will cost you £1,099/AU$1,599 (about $1,450), giving you 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM – that’s the only storage/RAM option. We don’t know if the phone is coming to the US at the moment, but it will be coming to Australia and the UK in May this year.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Conclusion
Do you have to buy this phone? The short answer is, it depends. For $1,450, the Find X2 Pro is almost the same price as the expensive Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. If you decide to choose between these two phones, I would personally go for the Find X2 Pro. I like it a lot more, especially the 65W fast charging system and the functional autofocus system. If you are looking for something cheaper, there are a considerable number of options available, such as the OnePlus 7T.
If you like the design of the Find X2 Pro, you can get most of the performance from the $300 cost-effective Oppo Find X2. That device costs $999, and the only differences are less storage space, a slightly smaller battery, IP53 water, and dust resistance, a lower resolution 12MP wide-angle lens, and no periscope telephoto lens. Also, you can’t get leather with this model. Instead, it comes in ceramic and glass.
If you want to blow up some money, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is also available in a Lamborghini version for around $1,800. All three Find X2 devices will be available from the beginning of May.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is one of the best Android phones you can buy now. Not only does it look great, but it also has some of the best specifications on the market. The brilliant 120Hz display, great cameras, and 65W charging make this the non-foldable phone to beat.
- Great design
- Wonderful cameras
- ColorOS 7.1 is a huge step up
- Awesome 120Hz display
- 65W charging is game-changing
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- Weak Bluetooth audio
- No 3D face unlock
- No Wireless charging