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The Oppo Find X2 Neo is an enigma of a phone – it’s not quite a full flagship, but neither is it cheap enough to find itself amongst the growing number of mid-range phones.
However, that doesn’t mean it's a bad phone by any stretch. In fact, the Find X2 Neo even rectifies some of the issues found on its more expensive brother, the Find X2 Pro. It’s definitely worth taking a look at if you’re in the market for a new phone, but don’t want to spend top-end prices.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Oppo Find X2 Neo was simply a cheaper version of the excellent Find X2 Pro. However, Oppo has taken a slightly different approach with its latest effort. The main achievement has been shrinking the phone’s form factor, without compromising screen size.
In fact, the Find X2 Neo is the thinnest 5G phone Oppo has made so far – and it certainly feels it.
However, as with all previous Oppo phones, you can’t buy the Find X2 Neo in the US from mainstream carriers. European and Asian customers will be able to get their hands on the phone, but American buyers will have to resort to unlocked imports being sold on Amazon.
What’s more, as with other recent Oppo phones, US buyers might feel slightly aggrieved about its lack of availability. The Find X2 Neo is a very impressive piece of kit, and that’s despite finding itself in one of the most hotly contested sectors of the smartphones market at the moment.
In this review:
- Oppo Find X2 Neo Design and Screen – Impressive slim design and strong screen
- Oppo Find X2 Neo Performance and Battery Life – Slick performance from the 5G-enabled processor
- Oppo Find X2 Neo Cameras – Not the best cameras on the market but still good enough for most people
- Oppo Find X2 Neo Price and Rivals – Against an impressive bunch, the Find X2 Neo still stands out
- Oppo Find X2 Neo Review Verdict – A very compelling phone for those looking for a flagship experience for less
Oppo Find X2 Neo Design and Screen
The Oppo Find X2 Neo has a large 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 1080×2400 resolution. It’s certainly an impressive screen, with bright, confident contrast between colors. It could, however, do with being a tad sharper in our opinion – it’s not blurry by any stretch, but it can look a bit soft sometimes.
The Find X2 Neo’s screen also features a 90Hz refresh rate, which isn’t quite as slick as the Find X2 Pro, but puts the Neo right alongside the Motorola Edge, for example. The Find X2 Neo’s screen also curves gently towards the sides, making the device feel even thinner in the hand.
Like most expensive phones these days, the Find X2 Neo has glass on the front and rear panels, with an aluminium frame holding them together. However, we did find that the rear case of the Find X2 Neo did feel and sound a bit hollow and plasticky when we tapped it, which was unusual.
However, the best thing about the Find X2 Neo’s design, in our opinion, is its smaller camera bump compared to the Find X2 Pro. The Pro’s camera bump was, frankly, ridiculous. However, Oppo has managed to shrink it on the Neo, which makes everything so much easier.
Oppo Find X2 Neo Performance and Battery Life
The Find X2 Neo uses the Snapdragon 765G processor, and a very healthy 12GB of RAM. As a result, the performance is slick, to say the least.
Apps open in a flash, and multitasking is a breeze. Gaming is strong, and it can easily handle the most demanding games on the Play Store. However, we did notice that the phone did run hot under heavy use, meaning it’s unlikely to be the best phone on offer for long periods of gaming.
The Find X2 Neo might not be as quick as flagship-tier phones equipped with Snapdragon 865G processors, but to be honest, when the 765G is this good, we can live happily without one.
The Find X2 Neo has a 4,025 mAh battery, which isn’t the largest on the market. We could make it through a day without too much stress, but if you ask for more than five hours of screen-on time, it will start to struggle.
However, the battery life really doesn’t matter on the Find X2 Neo. It comes with a 30W fast charger in the box, and this, combined with Oppo’s VOOC 4.0 charging tech, means that the Find X2 Neo will charge to 50% in 20 minutes and 100% in around 40 minutes. Such speedy charging means you're unlikely to ever get caught with a dead phone.
Need the best battery life? Check out our Motorola G8 Power Review
Oppo Find X2 Neo Cameras
The Find X2 Neo has four rear-facing cameras: a 48Mp main lens, a 13Mp telephoto lens with a 2x optical zoom, an 8Mp ultrawide lens, and finally (and unusually) a 2Mp black and white lens.
According to Oppo, users do genuinely love the black and white lens, but if we’re honest, we never really saw a use for it during our time with the phone. Perhaps we’re not quite edgy enough to need a monochromatic lens.
Anyway, the Find X2 Neo takes decent photos. They can occasionally look a bit flat, without much pop or contrast, but they have lots of detail and impressive HDR.
However, as has become a running theme with Oppo phones, the Find X2 Neo’s 32Mp selfie camera has some problems with its image processing. There’s plenty of detail and clarity in the images, but for some reason, faces seem smoothed and lightened – which isn’t always what you want to see.
Video quality from the rear cameras is strong. The Find X2 Neo can record at 4K resolution with 30fps, or 1080p with 60fps. There is good detail, and videos are very well lit. Oppo also boasted about the Find X2 Neo’s Ultra Steady Video tech, which combines optical and electronic image stabilisation to give you better videos. We can confirm that the tech works brilliantly.
Want the best cameras on the market? Take a look at the Google Pixel 4 XL
Oppo Find X2 Neo Price and Rivals
The Find X2 Neo costs €699 in Europe, which translates to around $800. At that price, the Oppo Find X2 Neo represents decent value – it is still expensive, and has a range of impressive features, but it has some very stiff competition.
The iPhone 11, for example, starts at $699, as does the OnePlus 8. The upcoming Google Pixel 5 is also expected to cost around $700 when it breaks cover – possibly in October.
Compared to the OnePlus and iPhone, the Find X2 Neo isn’t as quick, thanks to its slightly slower processor. The Oppo phone’s cameras can’t compete with the iPhone’s, though they are about as good as the OnePlus’.
Of course, one advantage that the other phones have over the Oppo is the reliability of software updates. OnePlus and Google are both committed to supporting multiple future versions of Android and, at the moment, we don’t have that confirmation from Oppo. While Oppo’s ColorOS 7 is an impressive Android skin, this might hold it back from working with subsequent versions of Android.
All told, we’d be very, very happy with the Find X2 Neo. It’s a very good phone, but sadly, some more established competitors offer greater long term security with software updates.
Oppo Find X2 Neo Review Verdict
The Find X2 Neo is a very impressive phone, combining slick performance, 5G connectivity, a stylish design, and strong cameras.
However, despite not being top tier, it is quite expensive, and doesn’t completely blow us away. Still, it is well worth considering – if, of course, you can buy it where you live.
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