Oppo Find X2 Pro review: Definitely a premium smartphone

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Oppo is still relatively unknown in Western markets, although the manufacturer sold 124 million smartphones last year. The Oppo Find X2 Pro is a premium smartphone that doesn’t have to hide from the competition when it comes to hardware. The question, however, is: is the price of €1299 justified?

Design

The Find X2 Pro is available in two design variants – you can choose between vegan leather and ceramics. Both variants look great and also feel very high quality. The model with vegan leather is a real eye-catcher, the ceramic case on the other hand almost standard and quite a fingerprint magnet.

Just like the competition, Oppo doesn’t have a headphone jack, but there’s a USB-C adapter included.

The Find X2 Pro is a little heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and iPhone 11 Pro – the ceramic version weighs 207g, the leather version 200g. Although it has the longest display in comparison, the Oppo is well in the hand – better than the S20 Ultra – mainly due to the curved back.

The Find X2 Pro has a face lock feature, which works very well except in the dark. In addition, there is a fingerprint sensor built into the display that reacts very quickly, even faster than that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Display

The display delivers a maximum brightness of 800-1200 nits and can therefore be easily read even in bright sunlight.

It measures 6.7 inches and has a WQHD+ resolution and a pixel density of 513 ppi. The 120 Hz refresh rate provides a smooth screen experience. The Oppo Find X2 Pro doesn’t have to hide from the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in this regard, which is also because Samsung’s OLED panel is manufactured. Just like any OLED display, it offers deep black, bold colors and good viewing angle stability.

The display can also be adjusted in many ways – for example, there is a night mode, an eye-friendly mode, and advanced features such as automatically adjusting the color temperature to the environment (similar to TrueTone on iPhone).

We recommend that you keep the default settings for the display. Here it runs in Google apps with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, in apps from other providers with 60 Hz. Gamers should add their games to Game Space – the frame rate is not mentioned anywhere, but all games are optimized for maximum performance, which is what most likely also affects the refresh rate. Games look fantastic on the Oppo Find X2 Pro.

With a refresh rate of 60 Hz, significantly less battery life is used and for apps such as Instagram this is also quite sufficient.

Oppo’s upscaling works well, especially if you use the 120 Hz setting. Oppo’s Ultra Vision Engine enables upscaling from 30 frames per second to 60 frames per second, transforming videos with standard dynamic range to exploit the potential of the 10-bit HDR display. This feature also works on Netflix and YouTube and can be deactivated in settings. Videos may look great, but at this point the highest netflix-supported resolution is 960 x 540 pixels – but that should change soon.

The display also covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and is protected by Gorilla Glass 6.

My only criticism is that it’s a curved display – which makes it more vulnerable to display breaks and makes the edges appear a little darker than the rest of the screen.

Performance

The Oppo Find X2 Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 12 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 865 is our favourite for 2020 alongside Huawei’s Kirin 990. The performance even exceeds that of the Exynos chips in Samsung’s European Galaxy smartphones.

In our test, the Find X2 Pro didn’t jerk a bit – whether in games or when recording 4K videos.

By default, the Find X2 Pro comes with 512GB of storage, which is fantastic! That’s four times more than the S20 Plus and eight times more than the iPhone 11 Pro.

Camera

The Oppo Find X2 Pro has three rear cameras – the main camera and the ultra-wide angle camera are each equipped with a 48 MP sensor, the 13 MP tele camera supports 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 60x digital zoom.

The camera performance of the Oppo Find X2 Pro is excellent overall. The camera is responsive, the photos are detailed and look very good in most situations. By the way, the night mode works for all three cameras.

Oppo also allows users to take RAW photos and 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second.

The overall camera performance is very good, but a little below average for a flagship smartphone.

In good lighting conditions, the Oppo Find X2 delivers very decent results, most of which are extremely colour-accurate. The level of detail corresponds to what we would expect from any mid- to high-end smartphone camera in good lighting conditions. The missing TOF sensor does not seem to cause any problems, the portrait images show no errors.

Photos in low-light conditions

When the lights go out outside, the automatic night mode turns on, and it manages to work out even the darkest shadows. However, we believe that here the chaff separates from the wheat. Even a mid-priced phone can take fantastic photos with good lighting, and in poor light conditions, the differences to the premium handsets will be apparent. The low-light photos on the Find X2 Pro are nothing special, something like the Lensflare effect in street lighting we don’t actually see for a long time with top-of-the-range smartphones and here we notice this with every night shot with a direct light source.

Selfies

The front camera is very well advised, the beauty mode provides very natural results, as long as you don’t turn it up completely.

Software

Fortunately, Color OS has been heavily redesigned by Oppo to make it more attractive, especially for Western markets.

Among other things, there are now significantly less bloatware. There is also no Oppo Store and the experience is much less fragmented.

The Smart Assistant screen to the left of the home screen is pretty handy – the feature is similar to OnePlus’s “shelf” and provides helpful information such as weather or your step count in addition to app shortcuts. Unfortunately, the feature cannot be deactivated, at least we could not find a setting for it in our test.

All-day battery life in just 38 minutes!

The Oppo Find X2 Pro has a 4260 mAh battery, which may sound a bit disappointing at first glance, but in our test it delivered all-day battery life without any problems.

During the day I took a lot of photos, played some games and spent a lot of time writing messages and surfing the Internet – in the eveningthe battery level was never less than 25%. The battery doesn’t give up for two days, but if you forget to charge your smartphone in the evening, you’ll still get to work with the 25%.

Because the battery life is very good, I forgot to charge the device several times during my two-week test at night. On the other hand, with the Samsung Galaxy S20, I constantly reached for the charging cable to make sure I didn’t get the juice out.

Wireless charging would have been a great extra, but the Oppo Find X2 Pro supports 60W fast charging. By the way, I use the power supply of the OnePlus 7T – it is finally produced by the same manufacturer.

Price and availability

The lack of wireless charging and camera weaknesses — these are the only things you could complain about with the Oppo Find X2 Pro. Apart from that, we are dealing with an absolute premium smartphone, which we unfortunately also see in terms of price. While the normal Oppo Find X2 with 999 Euro still remains just under three digits, for the Find X2 Pro, which comes with 512 GB of memory and 12 GB OF RAM, you have to look 1 199 Euros.

This is a really proud prize, especially for a company that now wants to gain a foothold in Europe. The premium competition also calls such prices, but has already made a name for itself and does not weaken with the camera. If you can live with the small minus points and the price, you have the choice between the Find X2 Pro in orange and the version in black. The new models are scheduled to be available in Germany at the beginning of May.

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