Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Android smartphone of the year?

Would this be the better choice over more staple flagships this year?

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2016

The Oppo Find X2 Pro had a lot of hype surrounding it during launch. Since then, we have been using it as our daily driver. While it offers everything you need from a modern day flagship, it does have a few nooks that we think you should know about.

Design and build quality

The Find X2 Pro we have is the Black Ceramic variant, which weighs in at 217g. Combined with its 8.8mm thickness, the phone is not compact by any means. There is a slight texture to the back of the phone which helps with grip though. The back of phone is also where you find the triple-camera setup, which we will get to in a bit.

A more colourful design could have made the Find X2 Pro look better

Speaking of the camera, the phone has quite a large island. It is not a square shape like other flagship smartphones but a single array. This improves the look of the smartphone but not so much usability on a flat surface. The phone tends to wobble a fair bit which can be avoided by using a case.

Having IP68 water and dust resistance is a great comfort

Other than that, the phone is fairly standard. You find the power and volume buttons, microphones, speakers and the Type-C USB port. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone but that is the norm. One thing we appreciate though is IP68 water and dust resistance. We like the phone’s ability withstand damage from water and dust and during these times when sanitisation has taken a front seat, the feature comes in handy.

Living with 120Hz and QHD+ resolution

Quite impressively, the Find X2 Pro supports both a 120Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution simultaneously. Once you switch to this combination, it is hard to go back. The 6.7-inch AMOLED panel sports up to 1 billion colours and given it is HDR 10 certified, multimedia looks great on it. Out of the box, the screen also comes with an added screen protector apart from Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Different from Samsung’s flagship series, the one on the Find X2 Pro is a curved display. While many people say this may lead to accidental touches, my usage has been different. I like the immersion you get with this curved display and the 32MP punch-hole camera does not get in the way.

The curved QHD+ screen helps with immersion and detail

Another thing to add is Oppo’s O1 Ultra Vision engine. Unfortunately, this only works at FHD+ resolution but it helps mimic high refresh rates in multimedia that is lower than 120fps. While the effect is subtle, you tend to appreciate it every now and then. And every so often when I use another smartphone display to watch the same content, it is noticeable.

You start to appreciate the O1 Ultra Vision Engine if you use the phone at FHD+ resolution

But all is not good with that 120Hz refresh rate. Sometimes, the phone tends to drop visible frames. This is an inconsistency that I found during usage, especially at lower battery percentages. While this is not a deal breaker, it was odd to see considering the power the phone packs.

Processing power and experience

This leads nicely into the phone’s performance. Inside, you find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor and 12GB of RAM. This is plenty both for multimedia consumption and multitasking. From a gaming front too, we were happy with the combination of a large display and smooth frame rates which were slightly improved when using Oppo’s gaming optimisation software.

This combination of hardware is difficult to beat

Nowadays, it is difficult to differentiate smartphone performance per say. Alongside the hardware, you find Color OS 7.1 over Android 10. In my use case, Color OS 7.1 brought some neat features like on-screen video recording and the Smart Sidebar. From a bloatware perspective, it is much refined too however I did need to enable the app drawer during my usage. Oddly enough, it feels like a mid-way between other flagship’s operating systems and stock Android, which is a nice feeling.

Optics

As we mentioned earlier, the Find X2 Pro comes with a triple-camera configuration. You find a 48MP wide, 48MP ultra-wide and a 13MP periscope lens with 5x optical zoom on it. One thing we are impressed by is the camera’s ability to focus on nearby objects. It switches to macro mode when required and pictures in ample lighting are great.

The triple camera setup’s performance is slightly underwhelming

Its ultra-wide angle camera takes some detailed shots given its megapixel count however, we found the phone’s 5x optical zoom to be a bit underwhelming. Performance during night time is a mixed bag as well. There are instances where the phone excels however it is not up there with the likes of the Huawei P40 Pro, which we think is still the benchmark when it comes to night time photos. The phone is not able to stabilise enough for clear night time photos. So perhaps, you may need to carry a mini-tripod along whenever you want to take serious night photos.

Battery life and features

On the Find X2 Pro, you find a 4,260mAh cell. Usage at QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh yields an average on-screen time of 8-9 hours. This is fairly impressive and for any light user, the phone can easily last more than a day.

Once you go 65W charging, it is hard to come back

Not just that, the battery is able to recharge is just 35 minutes from 0-100 per-cent using 65W charging. If there is one drawback for the phone, its the lack of wireless charging. This year, we have seen it pick up and we wish Oppo included this on its flagship too.

Conclusion

It is fair to say that the Oppo Find X2 Pro does a lot of things right. We are particularly impressed by its performance, display and battery backup. So far, we have not heard anything about the phone’s local pricing though. But if it is priced at the Dh3,500 mark, it should be good competition to the Huawei P40 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Already on paper, the Find X2 Pro is better due to its accessibility to Google Play Services and at this price, it would be undercutting the S20 Ultra by a significant margin.