We have seen Oppo focus on its other lineups in the past years. Yet, its Find X series has not gotten much love. However this year, the Oppo Find X2 Pro has a lot of promise. Right from its packaging to the device, the handset oozes premium. But what excites us the most is its display and camera.
Packaging and hardware
In the box, you find the smartphone alongside mandatory paperwork, a SIM removal tool and a TPU case. Being a flagship smartphone, we would have liked to see a more premium case bundled in. You also find a 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging brick, a Type-A to Type-C USB cable, a pair of Type-C USB headphones and some ear tips.
The version of the phone we have is 4G equipped although we should see the 5G variant in the UAE when it hits stores. It has a comfortable form factor, weight and design with a ceramic Midnight Black back. Furthermore, the back has a micro-texture which helps with grip and resisting smudges. Otherwise, the phone is fairly standard. You find all the buttons, microphones, Type-C USB port and speaker grill in their usual positions, as well as the triple-camera. There is a considerable bump on the back because of this but you will get used to it fairly quickly, or can avoid it by using a case. Even for durability, you are sorted with IP68 water and dust resistance.
As for internals, you find 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage and 12GB of RAM. The storage cannot be expanded via micro-SD but this on-board configuration should be plenty. The setup is coupled with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 octa-core chip clocked at 2.84GHz, which is extremely snappy. Lastly, the phone comes with a 4,260mAh cell which Oppo claims to go from 0-100 per cent in just 38 minutes. We will be putting that to the test for sure.
120Hz QHD+ display technology
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is the first phone to get both 120Hz technology and 3K QHD+ resolution running simultaneously. And it genuinely makes a huge difference, coupled with smartphone’s processing power. On the smartphone, you find a 6.7-inch OLED panel with HDR10+ certification and over 1 billion colours. Out of the box, there is a screen protector installed on it, in addition to Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
So far, using the display has felt great. Its curved edges give it a sense of immersion with the only distraction being the single hole-punch for the selfie camera. That too is not obtrusive and on the overall, multimedia consumption has be enjoyable with the stereo speakers.
Another feature of the display we should mention is its software. The AMOLED panel comes equipped with Oppo’s O1 Ultra Vision Engine. With this, you can elevate regular SDR content to HDR and change the frames per second you see in multimedia. When it comes into play, you see a wipe effect going across the display. This helps content match the Find X2 Pro’s 120Hz panel by elevating content to 60fps and 120fps. But if you intend to go all the way up to 120fps, you will need to tone down the display resolution to FHD+. We have not had a chance to play with this feature extensively but look out for a more in-depth explanation in our full review.
Camera with 10x hybrid zoom
With the competition moving to quad and penta-camera setups, Oppo’s flagship for this year comes with a triple-camera setup. It features a 48MP wide-angle lens, 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and 13MP periscope telephoto lens. With it comes support for up to 10x hybrid zoom, an improved night mode and Ultra Steady Video. We will get to testing all of that in the coming days.
The selfie camera on the other hand is a single hole-punch camera. This is a 32MP sensor with HDR10 support. But unlike the primary camera which records video at 4K 60fps, the selfie camera is only capable of 1080p 30fps footage.
Improved ColorOS 7.1 software
Accompanying all this hardware, the phone comes with ColorOS 7.1 draped on top of Android 10. With this iteration, Oppo has done a fair bit to cut back on how it looks. The software is streamlined and unlike past iterations, it is easy to recognise with simple icons.
Furthermore, it keeps all the other assets of ColorOS including a Smart Sidebar to pin favourite applications, excellent gesture navigation support and split-screen functionality. There are other inclusions such as App Cloner and Game Space which could be specific to certain users. We just wish the software also came with more aggressively toned down bloatware.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro will be available to UAE customers in April and until then, we will put it through its paces. Something that we want to extensively test is how the higher resolution and refresh rate affects battery life. Not just that, we also want to see if we grow on Oppo’s O1 Ultra Vision engine and how useful it proves to be. As for pricing on this phone, we will keep you posted as we hear more.