Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Stepping Up
Hey there, Alex here. This is the Find X2 Pro, a new ultra premiumflagship device from Oppo that takes a more mainstream approach compared to their recentmore design-centric devices. I actually think this is a great move consideringthere is now a void left by Huawei after losing Google support, and here in Singapore we havevery few options when it comes to flagship Android devices.
So let’s take a quick look at the Find X2Pro, and see if it’s any good. While the Find X2 Pro no longer has a uniquepop up camera, you can definitely still see Oppo’s attention to details when it comesto design. This orange vegan leather version with goldaccent, not only looks great, but feels great in the hand as well. It has a nice texture to it, the phone feelsreally solid and well built, and it is now IP68 dust and water resistant. When it comes to specifications, Oppo wentall out.
The display is a great looking QHD panel witha 120Hz refresh rate, which means that everything just looks silky smooth, and it works evenat QHD resolution. It also has nice colour reproduction and excellentbrightness. This is one of the best displays I’ve seenon a phone to date. The only thing that I’m not a huge fan ofhere, is just the curved edges on the screen which can look a little distracting at times. Then you have stereo speakers with Dolby ATMOSsupport, and they sound loud and clear.
Which makes this one of the most enjoyablephones to use for consuming media content. Now that wearing masks is the new norm, Ithink it’s worth mentioning that the optical fingerprint sensor is fast and reliable, andI prefer it over Samsung’s slightly finicky ultrasonic sensor. The Find X2 Pro is using the latest Snapdragon865 chipset, and in Singapore it comes with a whopping 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAMas standard.
So as expected, it flies through everythingwith ease, and doesn’t get too warm even with longer gaming sessions. It’s basically as top of the line as youcan get for Android devices at this point in time. With all that power and that QHD high refreshrate screen, I was initially a little concerned about battery life since it’s not the biggestat 4,260mAh, but I was still able to get a full day of use out of the phone with aroundfive and a half hours of screen on time.
This is with everything set to auto select,and it’s the setting that seems to offer the best balance between performance and powerconsumption. Perhaps the only minor drawback here for somefolks is the lack of wireless charging, which I personally think is not a deal breaker. To me as long as the battery life is goodenough to last me throughout the entire day, I can just charge it at night. With the included 65W charger, a full chargetakes only about 40 minutes, which is pretty amazing.
Software experience on the Find X2 Pro ispretty enjoyable for the most part. ColorOS 7.1 is based on Android 10, and it’seven more customisable compared to previous versions. There are still more Oppo apps and bloatwarethan I would have liked, and the UI isn’t quite as polished looking as Samsung’s OneUI,but it’s an improvement over previous versions, and with a bit of tweaking I was able to geta setup that works for me. Performance has been great too, and I havenot encountered any major issues.
However, I still have my usual concerns aboutthe consistency and duration of software updates, especially for a phone this expensive. With a trio of very capable cameras coveringa wide focal range, the Find X2 Pro is a fun and flexible device to shoot with. In good lighting, the main camera with largersensor is able to capture nice looking shots with natural background blur, and nice colours. The telephoto camera with 5X optical zoomlooks pretty good too and is able to go up to 60X.
It is mostly digital zoom so they don’tlook that great past 10X, but it is still really useful if you need to see somethingfar away. The ultra wide angle camera looks sharp anddistortion correction works well, but the colours are often a bit too saturated comparedto the main camera. It works as a macro camera as well for closeup shots, and produces really nice looking results too. In low light, the main camera performs wellfor the most part, but when using night mode the images can look a little dull and flat.
For the telephoto and ultra wide angle cameras,they don’t perform as well in low light, but they do work with night mode as well,and they actually look pretty good for the most part. Front camera has the tendency to overexposeshots in challenging lighting conditions, but it is able to capture nice looking shots. However, low light performance is just averagelooking to me even with night mode.
While I think that in terms of image processing,the Pixel 4 still performs a little better and more consistently, the Find X2 Pro isnot that far behind. Not to mention that video quality is actuallypretty good, and you have all those extra cameras. Overall, the Find X2 Pro is an impressivephone that I think can go toe to toe with the best that Android has to offer. It still has a few shortcomings, but so doother phones. Just looking at the recommended retail price,it is a bit pricey.
But, if Samsung has the balls to price theExynos powered S20 Ultra with just 128GB of storage at the price that they did, then Ican easily say that the Find X2 Pro’s price tag is more than justified. Oppo is even providing international warrantyfor the phone. So given the choice between the two at thoseprices, I’ll happily take the Find X2 Pro.
Anyway, while I’m not a fan of how expensivehigh end Android phones have gotten, I’m still quite impressed by what Oppo has broughtto the table with the Find X2 Pro, and to me it’s convincing proof that they havewhat it takes to compete at the highest level. Thanks again, and see you guys on the nextone.