Oppo Find X2 Pro review: Incredible smartphone is one of our favourites of 2020
Not everyone will have heard of Oppo, but if you’re an Android smartphone fan, then it would have been hard not to. The Chinese brand officially arrived in the UK on 29 January 2019 and since then has been gaining some traction, developing an impressive lineup of handsets in less than two years which managed to get heads turning.
You might have caught sight of their Reno series last year, which featured a sexy bezel-less display. What really got people talking, though, was the front facing snapper, which popped up out of the smartphone’s top whenever you enabled the selfie camera app.
While the same snazzy design doesn’t appear in Oppo’s latest flagship phone – the Find X2 Pro, which we are reviewing right here – it does still boast a host of other features we’re looking forward to testing out. Here is our review.
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To look at, the Find X2 Pro isn’t anything remarkable. Yes, our ceramic black review device has a very sleek and slender look about it, but things are left very minimal, complemented by smooth edges and an almost bezel-less display. You can’t blame us for being a little bit disappointed, though – as we mentioned earlier – the company’s last flagship did have a pop-up selfie camera for goodness sake!
While the Find X2 Pro won’t get heads turning, it is certainly a pretty and well made phone touting a muted aesthetic that’s likely to appeal to most new smartphone shoppers.
Something that you won’t know by just looking at it, though, is that the handset has an IP68 rating, which means it is waterproof and fully submersible in water up to one meter for 30 minutes. Handy if you’re accident prone or inclined to dropping your phone down the toilet or in the bath.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is available now in ceramic black, orange or limited edition green from most network operators, or can be picked up SIM-free for £899 (Image: Lee Bell) Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Display
One of the finest features in the Find X2 Pro is the AMOLED screen. Measuring 6.78-inches, it’s definitely a hand full, but only in a good way. A slight curve to the left and the right of the display mean bezels are hardly visible, and then a QHD+ 1440 x 3168 resolution offers up impeccable video playback, helped only by a punch-hole selfie camera design which is unobtrusive and thus doesn’t impede on screen viewing experiences.
We’re very impressed with the Find X2 Pro’s display as it offers up the kind of detail you’d find in top-notch phones that cost £300 or so more.
Performance and battery
Sporting Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 processor alongside a massive 12GB RAM, the Find X2 Pro won’t give you anything to worry about when it comes to performance. Apps are opened instantly with zero lag and everything, geneally, is super responsive; just how it should be.
Unlike Huawei’s last few releases, Oppo’s latest handset runs the latest version of Android and means you have access to Google ’s suite of apps, thankfully. The UI is simple, easy to use and doesn’t come loaded with lots of bloatware like some Android phones do. Overall, you’re getting a very minimal OS experience similar to what you’d find on handsets running the stock Android OS, such as the Pixel series of phones, for instance.
When it comes to snapping yourself into a selfie hole, the Find X2 Pro doesn’t disappoint (Image: OPPO) Read More Related Articles
In terms of battery performance, the Find X2 Pro boasts a 4,260mAh battery that, with average use, will see you right for about a day – or in some instances – a day and half before dying. Obviously, if you’re the type of user who is glued to Instagram every other minute, this is going to be reduced significantly, so it all depends on your usage and whether you’re connected mostly to WiFi or 4G/5G (the latter will drain your juice much faster FYI).
One of the most impressive things about this battery, however, is its fast-charge capability, which sees it recharging from zero to 100% in less than 40 minutes. It’s quite shocking to watch it rapidly juice up before your very eyes, and something we’d love to see on smartphones as standard in the coming years. Downsides? There’s no wireless charging support, but that’s not something we have found to use that often anyway.
When it comes to snapping yourself into a selfie hole, the Find X2 Pro doesn’t disappoint.
On the front, there’s a punch-hole style 32MP selfie cam that produces impressively vivid images of you and your pals (or pets) – even in low lighting. Comparing the images we produced at night time with those on our Huawei P40 Pro Plus, we actually preferred the results in the Oppo handset, which – might we add – costs considerably less. This is probably because Oppo has spent time in ensuring the Find X2 Pro’s camera performs better in low light conditions than rivals. They did this, we are told, by incorporating a Sony sensor that was custom-built to achieve better results in lighting.
Oppo’s latest handset runs the latest version of Android and means you have access to Google’s suite of apps, thankfully (Image: Lee Bell)
On the rear, you’ll find a triple camera system with a 48MP snapper with optical image stabilisation, another 48MP ultra-wide version when you want to take snaps of vast landscapes, and finally a periscope lens with an optical zoom that can zoom up to 5x without losing quality. It is a bit of a shame this isn’t a 10x optical zoom as most devices in the calibre have these days, but 5x does still work well.
While there’s nothing super innovative here (we saw these kinds of specs from camera queen Huawei about a year ago), we found that each of these cameras worked flawlessly in our tests, producing vibrant and clean images that certainly gave us nothing to worry about.
We should also add that video recording is silky smooth thanks to some pro stabilisation features that Oppo says it has had built in.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro might have a bit of a peculiar name, but that is where the weirdness ends. Everything else is not short of fabulous. With a large, bright screen that doesn’t drain the battery too quickly, a super fast charging battery as well as an impressive specs list that ensures it can handle just about anything you throw at it, and not forgetting its versatile cameras set up that’s bound to please even the most snap happy smart user, you can’t go far wrong with the Find X2 Pro. Oh, and did we mention you get all this for under £900? This has to be one of our favourite smartphones of 2020.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is available now in ceramic black, orange or limited edition green from most network operators, or can be picked up SIM-free for £899.
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