- What’s good? 120Hz OLED screen is so, so smooth. The cameras are strong all around, especially the main camera and Periscope zoom
- What’s bad? It’s kinda pricey, that’s about it. This phone is highly polished
Remember the original Oppo Find X? It was a stunner of a device with a radical design that hid the camera module inside the phone, popping up only when need. This, along with the removal of the hardware fingerprint scanner (before in-display scanners became mainstream) allowed the phone to achieve an almost entirely symmetrical, smooth and sleek design. It had no bumps or indentations, just smooth glass all around. It wasn’t the easiest phone to use because you had to rely on the motorized component for not just photography but also facial scanning to unlock the phone, but damn, did the Find X look cool.
And so when I first saw the Oppo Find X2 Pro, I was slightly disappointed. It wasn’t lacking in power, nor did it look bad, but it looked like five or six other phones already on the market right now, including Oppo’s own Reno 3 Pro (China version) or Xiaomi’s Mi 10 Pro. But then I began using the phone, and the superficial “aw man, this phone isn’t an attention-grabber like the original Find X” mentality quickly gave way to reality: “damn, this phone is powerful and easy to use and polished in every way.”
The Find X was more exciting; the Find X2 Pro is a much better phone.
Let’s start with the hardware: the Find X2 Pro’s biggest selling points are its 6.7-inch Quad HD OLED screen that refreshes at a 120Hz rate. And it’s tied with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra as the best panel I’ve seen yet. Colors are vivid but accurate, and outdoor brightness is good. And that 120Hz? Its so, so smooth. Then there’s the triple camera array in the back, including a new 48-megapixel sensor from Sony custom-built for the Find X2 Pro, with a larger than usual 1/1.43-inch light sensor; a gen two version of Oppo’s pioneering “Periscope zoom lens”, and a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera that, because it has the same pixels as the main camera, results in wide-angle photos that do not appear less sharp like many other phones’ wide-angle cam.
Underneath the hood is a Snapdragon 865, with 12GB of RAM, and either 256 or 512GB of storage. So in terms of specs, this is top notch stuff here.
Software: ColorOS is customizable and zippy
Running on top of Android 10, Oppo’s ColorOS is one of the most fully customizable Android skins around. There are short cuts to do everything: launch the camera or control music playback directly from a locked phone by scribbling on the black screen; grab a screenshot by swiping up with three fingers; mute an incoming phone call by turning the phone over. The shape and size of app icons can be changed.
Oppo’s team knew it had a 120Hz panel to play with, so it has added extra flourishes to some UI animations. Swiping between home screens, for example, brings an extra shuffling of apps, like cartoon characters shuffling their feet before running. This can be turned off for users who prefer less flash.
The Find X2’s camera sports a Sony 48-megapixel main sensor that was custom-built for Oppo to incorporate a larger than usual 1/1.43-inch light sensor. The wide-angle lens is also 48 megapixels – the highest pixel count on a wide-angle phone camera to date; a 13-megapixel telephoto zoom lens uses the “Periscope” design that Oppo pioneered.
Performance: ain’t no shortage of power
The Find X2 Pro runs flawlessly with the Snapdragon 865 and 12GB of RAM; and the 4,260 mAh battery is good to last all day — if you make one compromise with the screen. Running the Find X2 Pro at max potential of 120Hz and Quad HD resolution is too power hungry and will drain the battery in half.a day. But if you lower the resolution down to 1080p, or refresh rate down to 60Hz. For me, dropping refresh rate down to 60Hz is a non-starter, because 120Hz is too smooth. Lowering resolution to 1080p is much easier to expect.
As for camera hardware and performance, the Find X2 Pro continues the upward trajectory Oppo started with last year’s Reno 10X Zoom. The larger sensor on the main lens indeed pulls in a lot of light – so much, in fact, it has made Oppo’s built-in “night mode” almost redundant.
Another highlight is the wide-angle lens, which, because it has the same pixel count as the main lens, can produce images nearly on a par with those shot using the main camera lens. This is a rarity, as smartphone brands usually devote so much attention to the main lens that the wide-angle one produces very much inferior shots that are soft on details.
Finally, that “Periscope” zoom lens – which is placed sideways within the handset to allow for images to pass through a series of magnifying lenses before reaching the image signal sensor – can pull off credible 10X zoom that appears lossless, and also 60X digital zoom that, while noisy, can prove useful.
For example, I used the 60X zoom to read a street parking sign across the street without needing to move out of my seat.
Oppo comes onto its own
I remember seeing my first Oppo phone back around 2016 — they were kind of vanilla iPhone clones. Then around 2017, Oppo began crafting its own identity, and by 2018’s Oppo Find X, the company had convinced me it is capable of great design that’s unique to Oppo.
But like I said up top, the Find X too had some compromises. Oppo’s next big offering, the Reno 10X Zoom, improved practicality and usability all around, but the entirely flat panel, lack of water-proofing, and some software quirks still kept it from flagship of flagship status. But now with the Find X2 Pro? Oppo has gotten there. This is the flagship of flagships. It is comparable to the S20 Ultra in almost every way, and it’s got a better main camera and software in my opinion.
This is, however, also Oppo’s most expensive phone ever by some distance. In Europe, this thing sells for nearly 1200 euro (that’s around US$1,400 for you Americans). This is firmly in Samsung/Apple/Huawei territory.
Do I think the Oppo Find X2 Pro deserves to be priced at the top of the top? Yes, because this is a top of the top phone. I just hope consumers see it that way too.