When the OPPO Find X first fell into our hands back in 2019, we were thrilled with its mechanization of the pop-up camera mechanism. Of course, this was detrimental to future longevity due to the number of moving parts that could break, but hey, it was exciting thing to see in the phone - something that was rarer and rarer in the world same old same old mobile phones.
For the search and X2 sequel, I saw it in its form, in the pop-up the camera ran out of power. Long live the punch-hole camera! Which may not captivate and inspire us to the same extent, but ends up making more of a long-term sense, and Oppo makes it possible to focus on a standout feature: the screen, which is now a 120Hz OLED panel, just like the incoming Divorce 8.
So does X2 pro continue to thrill, or by taking away one of its over-the-top features, will it lose some of its X Factor?
- Black (all ceramic back trim): 164.9 x 74.4 x 8,8 m; 207 g
- Orange (vegan leather trim): 165.2 x 74.4 x 9,5 m; 200g
- In-screen optical fingerprint scanner
- IP68 water-resistance
- Dual stereo speakers
The trend of multi-color gradient phone rears seems to be fading away in 2020. It's all about simple elegance and the use of materials this year. Keeping things simple, the X2 Pro comes in two finishes: Ceramic Black, and Vegan Leather Orange, which brings a fresh alternative to the regular black slab.
Ceramic models do not necessarily feel, however, that the material is at the forefront. It feels somewhat plasticky in the hand, while the etched round emblems behind the entire back give it a very light texture. The black is more grey, in fact, in a metallic sort, and it absolutely adores fingerprint smears (really, a little too much, as we said, from the Oppo A5).
As we say at the top, there is no powered pop-up camera unit that can rise from the top of the phone. While taking off a lot of fooling around and having some fun, it also adds a new feature: IP68 water-resistance. As there are no moving parts, it's easier for OPPO to seal the tube, ensuring it's water resistant (rules say 1,5m of water for 30 minutes, but as many phones we've seen, the reality often turns out to be many times larger than that - not that that we stress experienced it here!).
Around the back of the phone where the protruding back of the camera lives. And the boy don't lean out. I'll leave this phone sitting on the table rather onerous, because it wobbles about as much. You might want to litigate if such details gnash with OCD.
Other features on the nose when it comes to flagship expectations: there's an in-screen fingerprint scanner, an optical kind, while two stereo speakers make for a loud conclusion that's not too one-dimensional or just out of the phone's tail. Tellingly, that also means there's no 3,5mm headphone jack and no microSD card expansion slot - the last extra considering 256GB onboard this Pro device as standard.
- 6.7" OLED display, 19.8:9 aspect ratio, QHD+ resolution (3168 x 1440)
- Refresh rate 120Hz, 240Hz touch rate (4.2ms)
- 800 nits brightness (1200 nits maximum)
- HDR10+ certified
See, find the X2 Pro screen dominant, thanks to its 6.78-inch diagonal, laid out at 19.8:9 aspect ratio - which we think is the right choice for one-handed operation, nothing 21:9 super-thin nonsense, or older and shorter 16:9 aspect ratio, for example, is too large for the iPhone 8 Plus.
There's a little bezel to worry about finding the X2 Pro too, though Oppo didn't go all-in with a waterfall display like you'll find on the Vivo Nex 3.
Finding the X2 Pro's punch-hole camera is nifty and not intrusive, plus Oppo hasn't opted for a dual front camera, so it's not the large-scale black bar you'll see on the Samsung Galaxy S10+. It is neat and tidy.
There are resolution stacks too, with cramming the panel into more pixels than you'll probably need. It's perfect for thumbnail viewing of 4K streams though, especially when this phone will be 5G, with no 4G only options in the European market.
He added, in addition, that this screen can be done, which will be if the most interest is collected. If this all sounds familiar, it's probably because this screen is a clear echo of what the OnePlus 8 will offer. It has a 120Hz refresh rate which means double the frame rate for super smooth playback. There are frame inserts to make the video smoother. It's a 10-bit panel, so there's even more color. It's calibrated, it supports DPI-P3 color, HDR10+ high dynamic range, and all that good stuff.
But the thing is, there's a lot of extra stuff. Having 120Hz available doesn't mean everything works better: not every app or game supports refresh rates. That said, By the end of 2019, the list is from a handful of about 175 titles, so support is growing from a developer's perspective. Whether the game can claim a fixed framerate - a lot will fluctuate depending on how much action is happening on the screen - is also in question, and if your astute brain sees a drop at such a high rate, you might be better off just running it on 60 Hz constant, knowing what it is to be consistent.
Another frame insertion statement. As great content is shot at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second, it's miles from updating the screen itself. To counter this, inserting a black border and/or images derived from content can give the impression of smoother playback. The problem is, it can make things look hyper-real and, in particular, is the bane of many movie makers' lives, as it produces a soap opera effect where classic movies seem to have been hit in the front room. You can choose to turn on or off the O1 ultra vision engine processing, which handles all of this processing, however.
All that said, we watched a few YouTube videos, and to be honest, the extra frames and refresh rate didn't make much of a difference to our experience. Yes, the screen is resolutely tuned, it is colorful, bright, which is very good. But while Oppo now says its on par with Apple and Samsung thanks to its DisplayMate a+ certification Via from device calibration, we're not sure many users will see a huge jump over many other flagships.
In short: there are a lot of great specials in this screen, but it's nuanced to the point that many people's casual views don't see the benefits. Gamers are fine, perhaps, though, given the higher refresh rate, and double-again 240Hz touch response is the norm to give your PUBG: Mobile that extra responsive edge.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
- Qualcomm modem 5G X55 (4G models not available)
- 4,260 mAh battery capacity (double cell system)
- Software: ColorOS 7.1 Android over 10
- SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging at 65W
- Full charge in 38 minutes
- Passed TUV certification
- No wireless charging
There is no questioning power behind the scenes of OPPO Find X2 Pro. With Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon processor at the helm, complete with 12GB of RAM, no task will cause this phone problem. Which, again, will be great news for gamers looking to push these titles for maximum graphics and higher frame-rates, that's for sure.
Right now, of course, we're not using the phone as if it were our own, so flicking around ColorOS 7.1 - that's Oppo's a software shell on top of Google's Android operating system 10 - and to see those smooth transitions and fast loading app, we'll have to. wait and see how the phone rates are in our hands when we get the final review of the sample.
As for the software itself, it looks like Oppo has improved it by offering smaller icons in swipe down shadows, continued support for the app drawer (which was just a year ago), and more notification settings. We will update our ColorOS tips and tricks with more information in the future.
Where to find the X2 Pro really looks in Excel's battery department. With dual cells of 4,260 mAh total capacity, this phone is not only capacious, its binning means the next generation of fast charging is possible. Oppo has been promoting its SuperVOOC system for a long time now, but since version 2 that has been boosted to 65W for charging. To put it in context, you can charge this battery from the dead in 38 minutes into a mains outlet (well, the one that comes with it won't do anything bad). It's ridiculously fast.
How long the batteries will last is up for debate. There's a lot going on in the Find X2 Pro: a screen at 1200 nits of peak brightness and a massive QHD+ resolution is sure to eat into battery life, plus a Qualcomm X55 modem like use for 5G is likely to get hot and power hungry to cool it down. when they go hunting very quickly and with a small delay 5g bands.
- Triple rear camera system:
- Main: 48-megapixel, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization (OIS)
- Sony IMX689, 1/1.4V=1.12um pixel
- Four-in-one processing, default 12MP camera
- All pixel omnidirectional matrix
- 12-bit RAW shooting
- Periscope zoom: 13 MP, f/3.0 aperture, 5x zoom (10x hybrid), OIS
- Ultra-wide: 48MP, f/2.2 aperture
- Main: 48-megapixel, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization (OIS)
- Video: ultra-steady digital stabilization video, 4K maximum
- Punch-hole front camera: 32-megapixel
That rear bump chamber sticks out so much because of all the technology crammed inside. Very similar to the Renault Oppo 10X, the X2 Pro has a triple camera system on its back, complete with a periscope zoom.
It's a 5x optical zoom, for a real boost in distant subjects appearing closer in the frame, although Oppo would have you believe with its 10x zoom - which isn't entirely true, as it uses a hybrid optical and digital way to achieve this. Also, in the default camera app-0.5x, 1x, 2x, 5x, 10x is possible with a tap, only with a very slow pinch-to-zoom, go beyond that. Indeed, the 60s is possible if you keep going - but the quality will decrease.
So far, the zoom is all well and good, although we've mostly seen it before, it's finding the main unit of the X2 pro camera that's the most interesting thing about this phone. That's because it's a 48MP Sony IMX689 sensor - the first time we've seen one in any phone. This is important for a number of three main reasons.
One, it's a larger scale than normal, so the "pixel" sensor is larger, hence more capable of adsorbing light for better quality. We haven't seen how this will affect shots even in dim light, or even daylight shots, but the 1.2µm pixel size is a clear positive to have specs as long as processing is down to zero.
Two, it can capture 12-bit RAW, something typically reserved for semi-professional DSLRs and great for post-production editing. This seems to be somewhat at odds with the phone's camera, though as there's no editing software on board, Oppo tells us, so you'll need to import and edit the Suite on your PC.
Three, each point on the surface of the sensor can be used for omnidirectional phase-detection autofocus, i.e. the full sensor plays its part in getting attention, even in low light conditions.
The typical four-in-one processing method is in play here, the meaning of 12MP output is typical of that 48MP sensor, but it's even stronger enough.
We were quite impressed with the Oppo Reno 10X, with the X2 Pro looking to take the trail and improve it with the main sensor, at the very least.