Oppo's new flagship phone, the Find X2 Pro, is stunning.
If you're not familiar, Oppo is the fast-growing Chinese phone company that is churning out some very impressive phones, and its latest flagship is the pick of the bunch. It has a mind-boggling set of specifications, from a 120Hz refresh rate screen to a 5G-enabled Snapdragon 865 processor. It even has the price tag to match its flagship competitors €1,199 (around $1,350)
However, you can't buy the Find X2 Pro, or any Oppo phone for that matter, in the US. And boy, is it missing out.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Design
The Find X2 Pro is a gorgeous phone. Its 6.7-inch OLED display is one of the best screens we've feasted our eyes on. It has a pin-sharp 1440×3168 resolution and its 120Hz refresh rate makes everything seem silky smooth when you're scrolling through apps, watching videos, or playing games.
It has a very small punch hole cut out for the front camera and the screen curves beautifully around the sides of the phone. Oppo appears to have ditched the mechanical pop up cameras of previous models. They looked cool, but perhaps weren't that practical.
You can get a ceramic rear case or a vegan leather option. We've tried both and, while the leather rear panel feels great the first time you hold it, we imagine it might get pretty dirty over time. The ceramic case has a slight textured feel, but it is very slippery. Oppo does include a thin plastic case in the box though, which is nice.
However, the rear camera bump is enormous. We're getting used to seeing big bulky camera set-ups on phones these days but we've not seen one as large as the Find X2 Pro's. It must add a good few milimeters to the phone's size, and when you place the phone down on a flat surface, the camera housing keeps it propped up slightly, like a wobbly table leg.
The Find X2 Pro is also a hefty phone. The screen is tall and it weighs over 200g with the ceramic case. It is well worth trying to hold one before committing to spending more than $1,300 on the phone.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Performance
Again, the Find X2 is a seriously rapid phone. Its top-of-the-line processor and 12GB of RAM (no, that's not a typo) make mincemeat of menial tasks and even the most demanding games. PUBG Mobile runs like a dream, even at its highest graphics settings.
It has a large 4,260 mAh battery which should give you plenty of power. We'll be able to update on the proper battery life in our full review later. However, the Find X2 Pro also a 65W fast charger. Oppo suggests you'll be able to fully charge the phone from flat in as little as 38 minutes — again, that's seriously impressive but we'll have to try it for ourselves to make sure.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Cameras
When we've tried previous Oppo phones, we haven't been blown away by the cameras. We often found that they gave a slightly waxy texture to photos and it seemed to really ramp-up the contrast.
However, in the brief time we've spent with the Find X2 Pro, we've been very impressed by its rear cameras. The photos are sharp and the HDR processing makes the colors really pop.
The Find X2 Pro also has an excellent combined digital and optical zoom. Oppo claimed that it had worked hard to improve its zoom capabilities, as well as making the process of zooming in on images smoother. We felt that zooming in was fine but it was easier to tap for the preset 1x, 2x, 5x, and 10x zoom options rather than scrolling through all the options.
We did have some small issues focusing the lens when taking close-up shots, which made the process of taking a photo quite irritating — there's every chance this might improve over time, though.
The front camera was, well, fine. We're not keen on cameras in the top corner of phones — it makes finding the right angle harder. However, the actual images we took seemed to have some sort of smoothing effect which gave us a waxy complexion.
Oppo Find X2 Pro – Things to Watch Out For
As we mentioned above, you can't buy the Find X2 Pro in the US. Oppo is expanding the number of countries it operates in rapidly, announcing a handful of new locations in Europe just today. At the moment, though, it doesn't seem to have any plans to start shipping products in the US.
Another thing to watch out for is Oppo's Android skin, ColorOS. Its latest version, ColorOS 7.1, is based on Android 10 and while it is a big improvement over ColorOS 6, it's still quite a big departure from stock Android.
All told, the Find X2 Pro is an excellent phone. While it hasn't necessarily brought any new innovations to the table, it is a brilliant overall package. The design is superb and the build quality is exemplary — something we've not always been able to say about previous Oppos. The cameras are fantastic and the performance is spectacular. However, it is very, very expensive. There aren't many phones that can justify a $1,000+ price tag but the Oppo Find X2 Pro certainly gets close.
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