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Oppo Find X review: The most interesting phone in the world

By James Lu - 7 Sep 2018
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Benchmark Performance, Imaging, Battery life, and Conclusion

Benchmark Performance

The Oppo Find X is powered by Qualcomm's current flagship processor, the Snapdragon 845. It's the same one found on the OnePlus 6, LG G7 ThinQ+, Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium and many other phones. The Find X also has a massive 8GB RAM.

  Oppo Find X (128GB) Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512GB) Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB) OnePlus 6 (6GB/64GB) Huawei P20 Pro Apple iPhone X (256GB)
  Oppo Find X (128GB) Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512GB) Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB) OnePlus 6 (6GB/64GB) Huawei P20 Pro Apple iPhone X (256GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$1199
  • From S$1728
  • From S$1498
  • From S$868
  • From S$1148
  • From S$1888
Latest Price
  • From S$1198
  • From S$1280
  • From S$990
  • From S$670
  • From S$800
  • From S$1250
Operating system
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with Oxygen OS
  • Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.1
  • iOS 11.1
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core (4 x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4 x 1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Hisilicon Kirin 970 octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Apple A11 Bionic hexa-core
Built-in Memory
  • 8GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6GB RAM
  • 6GB RAM
  • 6GB RAM
  • 3GB RAM
Display
  • 6.42-inch / 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi) / 19.5:9 ratio / AMOLED Display
  • 6.4-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (516 ppi) / 18.5:9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.2-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (529 ppi) / 18.5:9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.28-inch / 2,280 x 1,080 pixels (402ppi) / 19:9 ratio / Optic AMOLED
  • Always-on Display
  • 6.1-inches 2,244 x 1,080 pixels (408 ppi) AMOLED 18.7:9 ratio
  • 5.8-inch Super Retina HD / 2,436 x 1,125 pixels (458ppi) / OLED
Camera
  • Rear: Dual 16-megapixel, f/2.0 + 20-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Front: 25-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash and 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash and 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: Dual: 16-megapixel (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.6", 1.22µm, OIS) + 20-megapixel (f/1.7, 1/2.8", 1.0µm),
  • Front: 16-megapixel (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/3", 1.0µm)
  • Rear: Triple 40-megapixel f/1.8 OIS + 20-megapixel f/1.6 + 8-megapixel f/2.4, Leica optics, 3x optical zoom, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Front: 24-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.4, 56mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth v5, NFC, 4G LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE-A (3CA) Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE Cat 12 (up to 600Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
Storage Type
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 512GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion (up to 512GB)
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
  • 64GB
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
Battery
  • 3,730mAh
  • VOOC Flash Charge
  • 4,000mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 3,500mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 3,300mAh
  • Dash Charge
  • 4,000mAh
  • 2,716mAh
Dimensions
  • 156.7 x 74.2 x 9.4 mm
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm
  • 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
Weight
  • 186g
  • 201g
  • 189g
  • 177g
  • 180g
  • 174g

SunSpider Javascript

SunSpider JavaScript measures the browsing performance of a device when processing JavaScript. It not only takes into consideration the underlying hardware performance, but also assesses how optimized a particular platform is in delivering a high-speed web browsing experience. 

The Find X performed well on this benchmark and was just as fast as our other 845-powered phone, the OnePlus 6. Despite being slightly slower on paper, in actual browsing performance, the Find X feels just as fast and responsive as the Note9 and iPhone X.

 

Basemark OS II

Basemark OS II is an all-in-one benchmarking tool that measures overall performance through a comprehensive suite of tests including system, internal and external memory, graphics, web browsing, and CPU consumption.

The Find X again performed well here, and was actually the top performer, easily besting Samsung and narrowly outperforming Apple and OnePlus.

 

3DMark Sling Shot

3DMark Sling Shot is an advanced 3D graphics benchmark that tests the full range of OpenGL ES 3.1 and ES 3.0 API features including multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback. The test also includes impressive volumetric lighting and post-processing effects. We're running this benchmark in Unlimited mode, which ignores screen resolutions.

The Find X put in another strong showing on this benchmark, beating both Samsung phones as well as Apple's iPhone X. Surprisingly, the extra 2GB RAM over the OnePlus 6 (we reviewed the 6GB variant) didn't help much.

 

 

Imaging: A mysterious secondary camera

Open the camera app and the top of the phone will once again slide up, revealing the cameras - by the way, it works with third party camera apps too. One quirk of the pop up camera mechanism is that holding the phone in landscape orientation is a little awkward. It only takes a small amount of pressure on the camera module for it to slide back into the phone, deactivating the camera app on the way.

The rear camera setup consists of a 16-megapixel f/2.0 lens with OIS paired with a 20-megapixel f/2.0 lens. Like the OnePlus 6, the secondary camera doesn't seem to have any clearly defined purpose or benefit. While it has a higher megapixel count than the main camera, it lacks OIS, has a smaller 1/2.8-inch sensor and smaller 1.0µm pixels. Like the OnePlus 6, its only purpose seems to be providing depth information when shooting in Portrait Mode. In fact, you can cover up the secondary camera and shoot photos and videos in every other mode just fine; the camera app won't even warn you that the lens is covered until you switch to Portrait Mode.

Oppo’s default camera app is a straight up copy of the iOS camera app with a variety of shooting modes accessed by swiping left or right along the screen. The Find X includes Portrait, Panorama, Sticker, and Expert modes for capturing stills, and Slow-motion and Time-lapse for videos. The Expert mode lets you manually adjust white balance, ISO, exposure, and shutter speed but feels a little sparse compared to other Expert modes I've tried. There's no option to lay a grid over the display or a level to make sure your shot is straight. You also won't find any light painting, long exposure, or night photography modes like you do on many other Android phones.

Image quality is quite good, with sharp details and no lens distortion across the entire image, however the white balance is off, and colors tend to be slightly cold (both of these issues are easily fixed in any image editing software). Auto-focus is generally fast and accurate, but struggles a bit in low-light situations.

Click for full-size image.

 

 

Battery Life

Our standard battery test for mobile phones has the following parameters:

  • Looping a 720p video with screen brightness and volume at 100%
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on
  • Constant data streaming through email and Twitter

The Oppo Find X is powered by a 3,730 mAh battery, which is just above average for a phone of this size. Battery life is decent but not outstanding, with the Find X lasting 11 and a half hours on our video looping battery benchmark.

The Find X comes supplied with Oppo's 20W VOOC fast charger, which is one of the best fast charging standards around and will get you to about 50 percent in just 30 minutes. The 256GB version with Oppo's new 50W SuperVOOC charger will be launching next month, and will apparently recharge the phone from 0 to 100 in just 15 minutes. This sounds a little too good to be true, so we'll wait until we can test this ourselves to pass judgment.

Like all Oppo phones, the Find X does not support wireless charging.

 

Conclusion

The Oppo Find X is the most interesting phone in the world right now. If you're sick of every phone looking the same (looking at you notch bandwagoners), the Find X is sure to delight. Holding its all screen design in your hand really feels like you're holding the future.

But innovation often comes with compromises and that's certainly true for the Find X. The Find X has no IP rating, no expandable storage, no headphone port, no wireless charging, no fingerprint scanner, no stereo speakers, no NFC support, no HDR10/Dolby Vision support, and only a Full HD display. It also comes with its own unique set of issues, like having to clean dust and debris out of the sliding mechanism, and there's a legitimate concern over just how long that sliding mechanism will last. A year from now, it will probably still work, but will it be as fast as it was brand new?

Are all of these compromises worth an extra 10 percent screen-to-body ratio? For some people, maybe, but for most people, probably not. If you're prepared to pay a premium for the novelty of having a unique and gorgeous device, one that will turn heads everywhere and that people will always want to take a closer look at, the Find X definitely fits the bill. But if you're looking for a complete feature set and a phone that you don't have to worry about breaking down on you, there are other options out there.

7.5
  • Design 9.5
  • Features 6.5
  • User-Friendliness 7
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 6.5
The Good
Gorgeous notchless and bezel-less full screen design
Innovative sliding camera mechanism
VOOC quick charging
The Bad
Very expensive
No dust or water resistance
No expandable storage
No NFC
No headphone port
No wireless charging
No fingerprint scanner
Concern over durability of sliding mechanism
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