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Oppo Find X3 Pro smartphone review: Checking the boxes with style

By Liu Hongzuo - 26 May 2021
Launch SRP: S$1599

Benchmark Performance, Battery, Conclusion

Benchmark Performance

The Oppo Find X3 Pro is the first consumer-grade Android phone in Singapore to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile processor. It is first, by virtue of the delay in Xiaomi’s Mi 11 smartphones coming to our shores, and how other Snapdragon 888 powered Android phones are really taking their time to get out of the dressing room.

We have an in-depth article on SD888 (linked above), so we’ll get right to where the Find X3 Pro stands in the market. Currently, the only true competitors it has are the Samsung Galaxy S21 series handsets (review here), since the new Samsung phones also pack an equivalent chipset of their own brew.

Naturally, the Oppo Find X3 Pro would be compared against last year’s flagships, since we’d also want to know what differences there are between a flagship Qualcomm 5nm and 7nm chipset can offer in the real world. That’s not putting the previous year’s phones to shame, but rather, asking ourselves if we need to pay nosebleed prices for nosebleed performance that far exceeds regular usage. 

  Oppo Find X3 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Huawei Mate 40 Pro OnePlus 8T Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G
  Oppo Find X3 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Huawei Mate 40 Pro OnePlus 8T Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G
Launch SRP
  • From S$1599
  • From S$1798
  • From S$1598
  • From S$899
  • From S$1699
Operating system
  • ColorOS 11.2, based on Android 11
  • Android 11 (One UI 3)
  • Android 10 with EMUI 11
  • OxygenOS 11, based on Android 11
  • iOS 14
  • ColorOS 7.1, based on Android 10
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • Samsung Exynos 2100, 5nm octa-core (2.9GHz + 2.8GHz + 2.2GHz)
  • HUAWEI Kirin 9000 5G octa-core (1 x 3.13GHz Cortex-A77, 3 x 2.54GHz Cortex-A77, & 4 x 2.05GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • A14 Bionic
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-core up to 2.84GHz
Built-in Memory
  • 12GB RAM
  • LPDDR5
  • 12GB or 16GB (LPDDR5)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 8GB/12GB RAM
  • LPDDR4X
  • 6GB RAM
  • 12GB RAM
  • LPDDR5
Display
  • 6.7-inch / 3,216 x 1,440 pixels (525 ppi) / 120Hz refresh rate / 240Hz touch sampling rate / AMOLED Display
  • 6.8-inch, curved, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, Infinity-O
  • 3,200 x 1,440 pixels (515ppi)
  • 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
  • Eye Comfort Shield
  • 6.76-inches 2,772 x 1,344 pixels (~456 ppi) OLED, 90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.55-inch / 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (402 ppi) / 120Hz refresh rate / Fluid AMOLED Display
  • 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • 2,778 x 1,284 pixels resolution
  • 458 pixels per inch
  • HDR
  • TrueTone
  • 6.7-inch / 3,168 x 1,440 pixels (513 ppi) / 120Hz refresh rate / OLED Display
Camera
  • Rear:
  • 50MP, Sony IMX766 1/1.56-inch sensor size, f/1.8, All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF, OIS
  • 50MP, Sony IMX766 1/1.56-inch sensor size, f/2.2, 110° FOV, 4cm Macro, All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF
  • 13MP Telephoto, f/2.4, 5x Hybrid Zoom, 20x Digital Zoom
  • 3MP Microlens, 60x magnification, f/3.0
  • Front:
  • 32MP, f/2.4
  • Rear:
  • 108MP, f/1.8, wide-angle 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
  • 12MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide, 1.4µm, 120° FOV, Dual Pixel AF
  • 10MP, f/2.4, telephoto, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel AF, 3x Optical Zoom
  • 10MP, f/4.9, telephoto, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel AF, 10x Optical Zoom
  • Laser AutoFocus sensor
  • Front:
  • 40MP, f/2.2, portrait, 0.7µm, PDAF
  • Rear:
  • 50MP Ultra Vision Camera, f/1.9
  • 20MP Cine Camera ultra-wide angle f/1.8,
  • 12MP Telephoto Camera, f/3.4, OIS
  • Front:
  • 13MP, f/2.4
  • 3D Depth Sensing Camera
  • Rear:
  • 48MP, Sony IMX586, f/1.78, 4-in-1 pixel binning (1.6µm @ 12MP)
  • 16MP, Ultra-Wide-Angle, f/2.2, 123° FOV
  • 2MP Macro
  • 2MP, Monochrome
  • Front:
  • 16MP, Sony IMX471, f/2.4, 1.0 µm
  • Rear cameras:
  • Triple 12MP camera system with lidar scanner
  • Ultrawide: 13mm, f/2.4
  • Wide: 26mm, f/1.6
  • Telephoto: 65mm, f/2.2
  • 5x optical zoom range
  • 12x digital zoom
  • Sensor-shift image stabilisation for wide
  • OIS for telephoto
  • Smart HDR for all cameras
  • Night Mode for wide and ultrawide cameras
  • Deep Fusion for all cameras
  • 4K, 60fps
  • Dolby Vision 4K, 60fps
  • Slow-motion up to 240fps at 1080p
  • Front camera:
  • 12MP, f/2.2
  • Night Mode
  • Deep Fusion
  • Smart HDR
  • Rear:
  • 48MP, Sony IMX689 1/1.4-inch sensor size, f/1.7, All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF
  • 48MP, Sony IMX586 1/2-inch sensor size, f/2.2, 120° FOV, 3cm Macro
  • 13MP Periscope Telephoto, f/3.0, 10x Hybrid Zoom, 60x Digital Zoom
  • Front:
  • 32MP, f/2.4
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5.1Ghz, 5/8Ghz), Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A-GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo, GPS
  • LTE / 5G (NSA, SA, Sub6)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 5G NR (primary SIM), 4G FDD LTE, dual-band, hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, NFC
  • 5G NSA, 5G SA, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4G, 5G, 2x2 MIMO), NFC, Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC, SBC), A-GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo, GPS (L1+L5 Dual Band)
  • 5G (sub-6GHz)
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax/b/g/n/a/)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Ultra-wideband chip
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5.1Ghz, 5/8Ghz(, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, A-GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo, GPS
Storage Type
  • 256GB internal storage
  • UFS 3.0
  • 256GB or 512GB
  • No microSD card slot
  • 256GB internal storage
  • Huawei Nano Memory expansion (up to 256GB)
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage
  • UFS 3.1 2-lane
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • 512GB internal storage
  • UFS 3.0
Battery
  • 4,500mAh
  • 65W SuperVOOC 2.0
  • 30W AirVOOC (wireless charging)
  • 5,000mAh
  • 25W Super Fast Charging
  • 15W Wireless Fast Charging
  • 4,400mAh
  • 66W Huawei SuperCharge
  • 50W Huawei Wireless SuperCharge
  • 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge (Qi wireless charging)
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • 4,500mAh
  • 65W Fast Charging (10V/6.5A)
  • Built-in lithium-ion
  • Up to 20 hours video playback
  • 4,260mAh
  • 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge
Dimensions
  • 163.6 x 74.0 x 8.26mm
  • 75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9mm
  • 162.9 x 75.5 x 9.1mm (vegan leather 9.5mm)
  • 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm
  • 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4mm
  • 165.2 x 74.4 x 8.8mm
Weight
  • 193g
  • 227g
  • 212g
  • 188g
  • 226g
  • 217g

 

JetStream 2.0

JetStream 2 is a combination of a variety of JavaScript and Web Assembly benchmarks, including benchmarks that came before, like SunSpider and Octane. It primarily tests for a system’s and browser’s ability in delivering a good web experience. It runs a total of 64 subtests, each weighted equally, with multiple iterations, and takes the geometric mean to compute the overall score.

 

AnTuTu 

Note: As of 9th March 2020, all AnTuTu benchmarks were removed from the Google Play Store. This move likely arose from Google's attempts to relieve the Play Store of apps that violate their policies. AnTuTu is working with Google to restore their app listing. For this review, we used the APK file that was available on AnTuTu's website.

AnTuTu is an all-in-one benchmark that tests CPU, GPU, memory, and storage. The CPU benchmark evaluates both integer and floating-point performance, and the GPU tests assess 2D and 3D performance, the memory test measures available memory bandwidth and latency, and the storage tests gauge the read and write speeds of a device's flash memory.

 

Geekbench 5

Geekbench CPU is a cross-platform processor benchmark that tests both single-core and multi-core performance with workloads that simulate real-world usage. Geekbench 5 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 1000, which is the score of an Intel Core i3-8100.

Note: The Geekbench 5 benchmark could not run on Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

 

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme & Wild Life

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. The test's Unlimited mode ignores screen resolutions.

We’re also collecting scores with 3DMark’s new benchmark, Wild Life. Below are the test’s Unlimited Mode scores.

 

Performance Benchmark Summary

It’s fair to say that the Oppo Find X3 Pro’s benchmark performance is anywhere from a little to very far ahead of other Android flagships from 2020, and has 1-10% better performance ahead of Samsung’s Exynos 2100 (a 5nm flagship chipset by the Korean company used in their latest handsets). If you're the sort that sees a direct correlation between price and performance, the Oppo Find X3 Pro will certainly tingle your bits because it's S$100 cheaper at launch than its predecessor for a lot more raw power (though it comes with half the internal storage capacity).

Whether it’s making the most out of its Snapdragon 888 chipset can’t be determined until we see more phones powered by the same processor. That said, we like the numbers that the new Oppo was able to deliver. However, some of the more demanding benchmarks can really make the phone run hot enough for performance throttling to set in, so take note if you do run demanding apps for long durations.

In real-world usage, the Oppo Find X3 Pro doesn’t feel any less or more fluid than flagship phones from recent years, so it matches our expectations.

 

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

The Oppo Find X3 Pro kept its battery uptime (668 minutes) nearly on par with its predecessor. Even with a slightly bigger 4,500mAh in the Find X3 Pro, it’s not unusual that the flagship processor in the Find X3 Pro would be more power-hungry than the older flagship chipset. 

The Oppo Find X3 Pro offers 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge fast-charging. One of the caveats of using Oppo phones is that you need to use its proprietary fast-charging technology, SuperVOOC, to see the advantages, even if it’s one of the fastest in the market. Despite the charger being provided in the packaging, we’ve tried with an official 40W fast charger from another phone brand, and it clocked 90 minutes from 0% to 100%. It, however, took only 30 minutes to go from 0% to 50%, so that indicates intelligent controls at play to help regulate and make fast-charging safer for all.

A key addition in its charging story is the 30W AirVOOC Wireless Flash Charge, which is 30W of wireless fast-charging with its compatible wireless charger (not supplied) containing its proprietary technology. Wireless charging was noticeably missing on its predecessor, which might be a deal-breaker for people who pay for the best phones out there.

Out of curiosity, we tried it with a wireless fast-charger that had generic fast-charging profiles, and it still works, although probably not at 30W.

 

Conclusion

As a flagship smartphone, the Oppo Find X3 Pro checks all the boxes and does it with style. Great display, great processing power, decent battery life, with all the bells and whistles like wireless charging, waterproofing, on-display fingerprint security and NFC. Its frequently-used cameras are capable, and it comes in a beautiful finish to wrap it up nicely.

In fact, its plus points are worth commending. Sure, the insane colour management prowess may not mean very much to a regular phone user, but the colour vision test and colour adjustment features feel like a nice touch of inclusive usage. The choice of using Sony IMX766 sensors beyond one lens is a great way of showing that Oppo cares about your photography experience, while using their expertise to squeeze it into a cramped handset. It may believe it has the fastest charging protocol, but it still supports fast-charging on other generic charging profiles too.

Of course, we're not blind to its flaws. The lack of a microSD slot is a real pity, especially when the phone has half its predecessor's internal storage. The 3MP Microlens is quite questionable, but, as we said, we won't penalise it because Oppo went head-on to try something new while still taking care of the three other most important lenses that most would need for any shooting occasion.

Between its predecessor and itself, the S$1,599 Find X3 Pro sounds like a better purchase if you can live with 256GB internal storage. But, you have to remember that the older Find X2 Pro lacks wireless charging. So, it's really down to your priorities between these two models. 

Against the only other official 2021 flagship handset range here - the Samsung Galaxy S21 series - the Find X3 Pro feels a threat to Samsung's dominance. That's because of the Oppo phone's feature set. It rivals that of the S$1,798 Ultra variant, while the S$1,599 price tag on the Find X3 Pro makes it look like a real contender against both the Galaxy S21 Ultra and S21+ models.

Of course, tie-breakers for the buyer would rely on brand allegiances and the perceived value they get out of the phone. After all, Samsung has a way more advanced ecosystem for its phone, and it speaks across devices and appliances. Oppo doesn't really have that going for the Find X3 Pro, which may play to its favour since it doesn't feel as overwhelming as a Samsung entire ecosystem. 

To give it another analogy, if we bought the Find X3 Pro now, we'd likely never regret the purchase - and that's considering it's still early in the 2021 Android phone fight.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro officially retails at S$1,599 with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Available colours are Blue and Gloss Black. For purchasing details and online store links, check out our initial launch coverage article.

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8.5
  • Design 9
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8
The Good
Alluring design
Excellent normal and wide-angle imaging
Great processor performance
Excellent display
Fast charger provided
The Bad
No microSD slot
Smaller internal storage compared to preceding handset
Unclear purpose and fun factor in 3MP Microlens
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