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Oppo launches flagship Find X3 Pro with focus on performance, display, and camera

By Liu Hongzuo - on 27 Mar 2021, 9:33am

Oppo launches flagship Find X3 Pro with focus on performance, display, and camera

Note: This article was first published on 11th March 2021.

Oppo Find X3 Pro in Gloss Black (left) and Blue (right).

At Oppo's online live stream this evening, the Chinese company finally announced its latest flagship phone model for 2021 - the Oppo Find X3 Pro.

In a nutshell, Oppo is going all-in on its strengths that made the Find X phone series great. That includes better displays, better audio, and flagship-grade phone performance in one handset.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro uses a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display rated at 3,216 x 1,440 pixels resolution, making it a true QHD+ panel. Oppo's tuning brought on Full-path 10-bit Colour Management System onto the screen. According to the firm, this allows the Find X3 Pro to capture, recreate, and display one billion colours.

Other display specs include its 120Hz refresh rate (which works with its QHD+ resolution) and 240Hz touch sampling rate, a maximum brightness of 1,300-nits, and 5,000,000:1 (five million to one) contrast ratio. The combination of display specs netted a colour accuracy of 0.4 JNCD and a DisplayMate certification of A+.

In the imaging department, the Oppo Find X3 Pro uses a quad rear camera setup covering most shooting scenarios. Interestingly, the rear shooters go with two primary and two secondary cameras instead of the conventional single primary camera strategy.

Both the main camera and ultra-wide-angle camera are 50MP shooters using the Sony IMX766 sensor. Both also offer 1 Billion Colour Capture, offering 10-bit colour capture (which is also a part of the Full-path 10-bit Colour Management System). The main camera also has OIS and f/1.8 aperture, while the ultra-wide has f/2.2 aperture and 110° field-of-view. Unique to the main camera is All-Pixel Omni-directional PDAF, which offers autofocusing via any of the sensor's pixels. The ultra-wide-angle camera doubles up as a macro shooter with a 4cm focusing distance.

The 13MP telephoto camera offers 5x Hybrid Optical Zoom and 20x digital zoom at f/2.4 aperture. Like the main shooters, it also has 1 Billion Colour Capture built-in. With that, Oppo claimed that its colour management system comes with the most-used rear cameras.

Finally, the phone also has a 3MP Microlens at f/3.0 aperture with up to 60x magnification. The same camera is capable of FHD video recording. A fun thing about the Microlens - it lets you shoot extreme close-ups, almost to a granular extent that the naked eye cannot see. Examples of such Microlens shots by Oppo include shooting individual grains of sand and fibres in plants.

For shooting HDR stills, Oppo uses DOL HDR (digital overlap high dynamic range). It follows traditional smartphone cameras' HDR antics by combining several shots of different exposures to create a vibrant, well-contrasted image, but Oppo achieves that by continuously generating frames in a line-by-line pattern. According to Oppo, this reduces frame intervals, potential ghosting, and light-streaking in the resultant image, on top of better noise control.

Video-recording sees 4K 10-bit colour support, but what makes the Find X3 Pro stand out is its AI Highlight Video feature. Basically, the user need not manually adjust video recording for clarity - the AI automatically triggers sub-features like HDR, Night Mode, Audio Zoom, and Ultra Steady Stabilisation (OIS+EIS) when needed.

In the audio department, the Oppo Find X3 Pro's built-in dual stereo speakers have Dolby Atmos tuning, which offers Ambient Sound detection that adjusts the listening experience based on your immediate surroundings.

30W AirVOOC wireless charging support comes to Find X3 Pro.

We haven't forgotten about the phone's processing power. As a 2021 flagship handset, the Find X3 Pro comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. This lets the Find X3 Pro be 35% more powerful and 20% more efficient than the Find X2 Pro, which had a Snapdragon 865 processor. Oppo's only physical addition for better performance is a 0.35mm vapour chamber for heat dissipation.

Also, Find X3 Pro has Dual Mode 5G supported. The dual SIM configuration offers 5G on both SIMs, with support across 13 5G bands and Wi-Fi 6.

Powering it all is a 4,500mAh battery that offers 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast-charging technology. Oppo also rectified the lack of wireless charging on the predecessor by bringing 30W AirVOOC wireless charging to the device. If you need to charge other gadgets in a jiffy, the phone also can put out 10W reverse wireless charging to other devices.

The Find X3 Pro uses Android 11, cloaked under Oppo's very own ColorOS 11.2 interface. Oppo was a little fancier this time around by hiring Hans Zimmer to compose its ringtones, which Oppo will gradually roll out over time via OTA updates.

Other niceties we've come to expect on flagship phones are also on this phone. The Oppo Find X3 Pro is IP68-certified water-resistant, has Gorilla Glass 5 for the front panel, supports NFC, has a USB-C port, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.


Pricing and availability

The Oppo Find X3 Pro officially retails at S$1,599 for 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Available colours are Blue and Gloss Black.

Online pre-orders start on 11 March 2021 (tonight) at 11PM, until 26 March 2021. They can be found at Shopee, Lazada, and Hachi.Tech. Offline pre-orders start on 12 March, 11AM at Oppo Concept Stores and Challenger physical outlets. It also ends on 26 March 2021.

All pre-orders of the phone are entitled to a free bundle of Oppo produces while stocks last (worth S$579). The bundle consists of the Oppo Enco X true wireless noise-cancelling earbuds (worth S$259), a wireless charging stand (S$119), a Kelvar phone casing (S$69), and a service bundle that grants 1TB cloud storage and VIP after-sales care (S$132).

Separately, specific platforms are layering their own pre-order-only promos on top of Oppo's bonuses. The first 200 Shopee pre-orders paid for via an HSBC credit or debit card during the pre-order period can get an additional S$50 off. Lazada is giving away an additional S$69 Oppo power bank for the first 100 pre-orders. The Oppo Concept Store offers S$100 off pre-orders (for My Oppo App users only) . Challenger's ValueClub members can get a S$100 e-voucher when pre-ordering via Hachi.Tech.

Come 27 March 2021, the Oppo Find X3 Pro officially goes on sale. It can be found online and offline locations mentioned above and at our local telcos (M1, Singtel, and StarHub stores).

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