The Oppo Find X is one of the most exciting flagships from Oppo and there’s plenty of reason for this.
It features premium style with high-end specifications, and is regarded a bargain if compared to other premium phones in the same specification board.
Some have said that the design is ‘cunningly beautiful’, and I have to agree especially since the cameras are hidden, and it does away with that annoying notch Apple introduced and made a trend.
That said, if there is one thing I really love about this phone, it would be how premium it looks.
OPPO FIND X HARDWARE REVIEW
The Find X doesn’t discount on it’s specifications with one of the fastest processors equipped into the smartphone.
However, as usual, there’s four things that I look at in a smartphone namely the internal memory, the RAM, the battery and last but not least the rear camera.
Below are the general specifications of the Oppo Find X:
- Size: 156.7 x 74.2 x 9.4 mm
- Screen: 6.42-inch 1080×2340 pixels touchscreen
- Processor: 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
- Memory: 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 256 GB, 8 GB RAM (No additional card slot)
- Rear Camera: Dual camera (16 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.6″, PDAF, OIS and 20 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″)
- Front camera: Pop-up 25 MP, f/2.0
- Battery: Li-Ion 3,730 mAh
The usual functions like quick charge support, Bluetooth support, USB C, MP3, 4G+ etc come standard in the Find X.
Also, like most new phones, the Find X does have facial recognition but it lacks a fingerprint scanner.
Despite using Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the phone isn’t rated as splash or water resistant.
OPPO FIND X CAMERA REVIEW & COMPARISON
While I’d like to review the Find X myself, I do not have a unit lying around. That said, I went to Youtube to see if anyone had done some sort of comparison especially when it comes to taking photos.
A review by Gallery 11 compared the Huawei P20 Pro versus the Oppo Find X when it comes to daylight shots and my personal opinion is that the P20 Pro does come up better.
However, I believe which phone has the better camera is subjective to a person, and hence why I am sharing screenshots of the comparison below.
As you can see, the rear camera of the Huawei P20 Pro is better than the Oppo Find X. The P20 Pro has more detailed photos. It also has better colour, and performs well in macro shots compared to the Find X.
For the selfie camera, see the full video and comparison below.
Technology Trends also did a camera comparison for the Oppo Find X, and it was pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
The video focused a lot on the videography aspects of both smartphones.
Personally, I do feel that Galaxy S9+ records the sharper video, but I prefer the colour in the Find X more appealing.
The full video comparison made by Technology Trends can be seen in the video below.
OPPO FIND X DURABILITY
For durability test, I refer to Youtuber JerryRigsEverything.
His test show that the Oppo Find X Gorilla Glass 5 reacts to standard scratching and is pretty strong with its aluminium frame.
However, under fire, the Find X fails to recover from a burn although the phone could still be used as usual.
The bend test however proved most surprising with the Oppo Find X failing the test as you can see above.
I had hoped the aluminum frame could do more to to keep the phone intact, but that’s not the case here.
The full video of the scratch, burn and bend test can be seen below.
I couldn’t find any proper drop test on youtube for the Oppo Find X, so it’s not easy to tell if the phone is durable if you happen to drop it.
The closest one I could find was done during the Find X presentation, which well, technically doesn’t give any indication if it does pass the drop test.
Anyway, if you want to see the Oppo Find X dropped on stage, watch the video below.
If you watched it, the only comforting words after the phone was dropped would be “Yeah, it’s okay”.
ADVANTAGES OF THE OPPO FIND X
The Oppo Find X is by far the best looking smartphone I’ve seen with a full view display.
The hidden cameras and the absentee of the ugly notch are key to this amazing look. The phone also packs a speedy 8GB RAM with a speedy Snapdragon 845 processor.
This ensures the phone is according to current trends and is speedy enough for multitasking and playing games without extremely overheating.
If you observe the JerryRigsEverything durability video, you will also notice the phone does seem rather durable, provided you don’t bend it on purpose.
DISADVANTAGES OF THE OPPO FIND X
I think the Oppo Find X fails in one of the most important departments which is the camera.
While it does spot 20MP + 16MP rear camera, the image quality isn’t near the quality produced by the Huawei P20 Pro particularly under low light conditions.
The sliding panel which helps hide the cameras is a nice touch, but it makes facial recognition slower than usual by a second.
Another issue I had with the Find X was the lack of memory expansion, but I don’t see this as a deal breaker.
The biggest deal breaker for me would be the lack of water resistance and a fingerprint scanner.
I personally do feel a fingerprint scanner and having a water resistant phone is important.
PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY
When it comes to pricing, I am surprised the Oppo Find X is priced at RM3,699 on its official store at 11Street.
This kind of pricing isn’t typical for a Chinese brand such as Oppo, but if the specifications are to be a guide, it isn’t that all expensive. – Remember, the phone comes with the Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
Anyway, if you want something more recent, you could get the Samsung Galaxy Note9 I reviewed here for less at only RM3,499 but it does come with less RAM.
I think the sliding hidden camera is a very nice touch and it does make the Find X rank above the rest in terms of style.
However, with a rear camera unable to beat the Huawei P20 Pro I reviewed, I would have major reservations before buying this phone if you are an avid photographer.
Regardless however, some people do like flashy shining things like the Find X and I really can’t blame them for that because it is a very good looking phone and I would want it just to show off to my friends.
But for RM3,699, I will pass and probably get the Huawei P20 Pro instead.