When the Oppo Find X first got into our hands back in 2019, we were enthralled by its mechanised pop-up camera. Sure, it had been flawed in terms of future longevity thanks to the number of moving parts, but, hey, this was an exciting feature to ascertain during a phone – something that was becoming ever rarer within the world of same-old-same-old mobile phones.
For the Find X2 sequel, here seen in its Proform, the pop-up camera is dead. Long live the punch-hole camera. which could not thrill and excite us to an equivalent extent, but ultimately makes greater long-term sense and provides Oppo with the chance to specialise in a stand-out feature: the screen, which is now a 120Hz OLED panel, very similar to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
So does the Find X2 Pro still thrill, or by removing its most out-there feature, does it lose a number of its X factor?
Black (all ceramic rear finish): 164.9 x 74.4 x 8.8m; 207g
Orange (vegan leather finish): 165.2 x 74.4 x 9.5m; 200g
The in-screen optical fingerprint scanner
Dual stereo speakers
The trend for multi-colour gradient phone rears seems to be dying down in 2020. It’s now all about simple elegance and use of materials. Keeping things simple, the Find X2 Pro comes in two options: a ceramic black, and a vegan leather orange – the latter which brings a refreshing alternative to the traditional black slab.
The ceramic model doesn’t necessarily exude that material finish though, but the etched circular emblems everywhere the rear (you’ll be got to look very, very close-up to ascertain them) provides it a really subtle texture. The black, as pictured, we’d call more grey, really, during a metallic quite way, and it absolutely adores fingerprint smears – a touch bit an excessive amount of, even as we said of the Oppo A5.
As we are saying up top, there is no mechanised pop-up camera unit which will rise from the highest of the phone. While that removes tons of the faff and a few of the fun when taking selfies, it also brings a replacement feature as a by-product: IP68 water-resistance. As there is no moving parts, it’s easier for Oppo to seal the handset, ensuring it’s water-resistant (the rules state in 1.5m of water for a half-hour, but like many handsets, we have seen the truth is usually repeatedly longer than this – not that we’ve stress-tested it here).
Around the back of the phone is where the protruding rear camera section lives. And boy does it protrude. Leaving this phone sat on a table is quite irksome, because it wobbles about such a lot. you would possibly want to think about a case to level things out, to assist together with your OCD. It seems increasingly normal for cameras to be designed like this lately, but that is the trade-off: you would like capable cameras, you’ve to simply accept some wobble.
Other features are on the nose when it involves flagship expectation: there’s an in-screen fingerprint scanner, of the optical kind; while dual stereo speakers bring a loud output that does not seem too one-dimensional or simply from the tail-end of the phone. As is additionally typical, this also means there is no 3.5mm headphone jack or microSD card slot expansion – the latter unnecessary, given the 256GB storage onboard this Pro device as standard. it is a single SIM solution, though, once we were expecting it to be dual SIM.
6.78-inch OLED display, 19.8:9 ratio , QHD+ resolution (3168 x 1440)
120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sample rate (4.2ms)
800 nit brightness (1200 nit max peak)
To look at, the Find X2 Pro is screen dominant, because of a 6.78-inch diagonal, spread in an elongated ratio – which we expect is that the right choice for one-handed holding, none of this 21:9 super-slim nonsense, or the older and chunkier 16:9 aspect, like on the too-wide iPhone 8 Plus.
There’s little bezel to concern yourself with on the Find X2 Pro, too, although Oppo hasn’t gone all-out with a waterfall display like you will find on the Vivo NEX 3. Still, the bezel really is minimal, while the punch-hole camera is dinky and not obtrusive, plus Oppo hasn’t opted for a dual front-facing camera, so it isn’t the larger-scale black bar that you’re going to see on the Huawei P40 Pro. It’s all rather neat and tidy.
There are stacks of resolution too, with this panel cramming in additional pixels than you’re likely to really need. That’s ideal for watching downscaled 4K streams, though, especially as this phone is going to be 5G, with no 4G-only variants within the European market. We’ve not been ready to test out 5G on our review handset though (no nearby networks during lockdown make that an issue).
It’s the added extras of what this screen can do this will gather the foremost interest though. If any of this sounds familiar then, well, that’s because this screen is an echo of the OnePlus 8 Pro. meaning a 120Hz refresh rate, which suggests double the frame-rate for super smooth playback. It’s got frame-insertion to form videos smoother too. it is a 10-bit panel, so there’s even more colour. It’s calibrated, it supports DCI-P3 colour space, HDR10+ high dynamic range, and everyone that great thing.
But the thing is, tons of that’s potentially superfluous. Having 120Hz available doesn’t suggest everything runs better: not every app or game supports that refresh rate. That said, by the top of 2019 the list had grown from just a couple of titles to around 175 options, therefore the support is growing from a developer standpoint. Whether a game can maintain that fixed frame-rate – tons will fluctuate counting on what proportion action is occurring on-screen – is additionally questionable, and if your astute brain sees a drop from such a high rate, you’ll be better just running it at 60Hz constant, knowing it’ll be consistent.
That’s our due diligence in remarking that 120Hz isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. That said, having been using this phone for several weeks, we immediately noticed the silky smoothness around the operating system’s screens once we had removed of our previous device. you recognize what? We rather like 120Hz’s potential.
The other feature is frame insertion. As tons of content is shot at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second, that’s miles off the refresh rate of this screen. To counter this, inserting black frames and/or frames produced from the content can give the impression of a smoother playback. Problem is, it can make things look hyper-real and, in part, is that the bane of the many movie producers’ lives, because it produces the so-called ‘soap opera effect’ – where classic cinema seems like it had been shot in your living room. you’ll prefer to turn this processing on or off, via the O1 Ultra Vision Engine within the settings, which handles all this processing. It’s good the have the controls, although even with it activated we’ve not noticed it adding anything of note.
Oppo is now saying this screen is on par with Apple and Samsung because of DisplayMate A+ certification through its device-by-device calibration. We’re certainly impressed by the screen, but we do find the calibration here perplexing: the Vivid (P3 gamut) is really less vivid than the Cinematic option, which is bizarre; while the Gentle (sRGB) mode is more how we’d expect a movie mode to be (yellow and flatter). a minimum of there’s some customisation available.
So while this screen might oversell itself of high-number specs, that’s not really the most important sell of it all. What you actually notice is simply how stunning the screen is when using the phone – from brightness to colour, to resolution.
Not just for casual viewing, except for entertainment, and gamers might reap the advantages even more, given the upper refresh rate and double-that-again 240Hz touch response rate, supposedly helping to offer your PUBG: Mobile that extra responsive edge. we will not feel any difference during this regard, though, but some may claim they will.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
Qualcomm X55 5G modem (no 4G model available)
4,260mAh battery capacity (dual cell system)
Software: ColorOS 7.1 over Android 10
SuperVOOC 2.0 fast-charging at 65W
Full charge in 38 minutes
TUV certification passed
No wireless charging
There’s no questioning the facility behind the scenes of the Oppo Find X2 Pro. With Qualcomm’s top-billed Snapdragon processor of 2019-2020 at the helm, complete with 12GB RAM, no task has caused this phone issues in our use. Which, again, are going to be great news for gamers looking to push those titles to maximum graphics and better frame-rates, that’s needless to say.
Having used the phone as our own, we have seen this in action too. South Park: Phone Destroyer runs with no lag, casual games also are on point, while the likes of PUBG: Mobile runs silky smooth.
Then there’s Oppo’s ColorOS 7.1 – that’s Oppo’s software heal the highest of Google’s Android 10 OS – which Oppo has further refined compared to previous iterations, with smaller icons within the swipe down the shade, the continued support for an App Drawer (which even just a year before this software version was absent), alongside additional customisation alerts for notifications. We’ll be updating our ColorOS tips and tricks with more info within the future.
While we thought that this technique might irk, but it’s becoming more like OnePlus’ OxygenOS setup with each iteration – which we like. Perhaps that’s no surprise, as Oppo is under an equivalent BBK Electronics umbrella as OnePlus.
Where the Find X2 Pro really looks to form headlines is in its battery department. With a dual-cell 4,260mAh total capacity, this phone isn’t only capacious, its division into two means next-gen fast-charging is feasible. Oppo has long been promoting its SuperVOOC system, but with version 2 that’s accelerated to 65W charging. to place that in context: you’ll charge this phone’s battery from dead in 38 minutes at a mains plug socket (well, the one included within the box, inferior ones won’t do). That’s absurdly fast. Thing is, we have got the ECU plug version, which we will not plug into a UK wall plug, so we’ve been unable to check this feature for review.