Oppo Find X2 Pro, a new ultra-premium flagship device from Oppo that takes a more mainstream approach compared to their recent more design-centric devices. I actually think this is a great move considering there is now a void left by Huawei after losing Google support, and here in Singapore we have very few options when it comes to flagship Android devices. So let’s take a quick look at the Find X2 Pro, and see if it’s any good. While the Find X2 Pro no longer has a unique pop up camera, you can definitely still see Oppo’s attention to details when it comes to design. This orange vegan leather version with a gold accent, not only looks great but feels great in the hand as well. It has a nice texture to it, the phone feels really solid and well built, and it is now IP68 dust and water-resistant. When it comes to specifications, Oppo went all out. The display is a great looking QHD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, which means that everything just looks silky smooth, and it even works at even QHD resolution. It also has nice color reproduction and excellent brightness. This is one of the best displays I’ve seen on a phone to date. The only thing that I’m not a huge fan of here, is just the curved edges on the screen which can look a little distracting at times. Then you have stereo speakers with Dolby ATMOSsupport, and they sound loud and clear. This makes this one of the most enjoyable phones to use for consuming media content. Now that wearing masks is the new norm, I think it’s worth mentioning that the optical fingerprint sensor is fast and reliable, and I prefer it over Samsung’s slightly finicky ultrasonic sensor.
The Find X2 Pro is using the latest Snapdragon865 chipset, and in Singapore, it comes with a whopping 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAMas standard. So as expected, it flies through everything with ease and doesn’t get too warm even with longer gaming sessions. It’s basically as the top of the line as you can get for Android devices at this point in time. With all that power and that QHD high refresh rate screen, I was initially a little concerned about battery life since it’s not the biggest 4,260mAh, but I was still able to get a full day of use out of the phone with around five and a half hours of screen on time. This is with everything set to auto-select,and it’s the setting that seems to offer the best balance between performance and power consumption. Perhaps the only minor drawback here for some folks is the lack of wireless charging, which I think is not a deal-breaker. To me as long as the battery life is good enough to last me throughout the entire day, I can just charge it at night. With the included 65W charger, a full charge takes only about 40 minutes, which is pretty amazing. The software experience on the Find X2 Pro is pretty enjoyable for the most part.
ColorOS 7.1 is based on Android 10, and it’ seven more customizable compared to previous versions. There are still more Oppo apps and bloatware than I would have liked, and the UI isn’t quite as polished looking as Samsung’s OneUI, but it’s an improvement over previous versions, and with a bit of tweaking I was able to get a setup that works for me. Performance has been great too, and I haven’t encountered any major issues. However, I still have my usual concerns about the consistency and duration of software updates, especially for a phone this expensive. With a trio of very capable cameras covering a wide focal range, the Find X2 Pro is a fun and flexible device to shoot with. In good lighting, the main camera with a large sensor can capture nice-looking shots with natural background blur and nice colors. The telephoto camera with 5X optical zoom looks pretty good too and can go up to 60X. It is mostly digital zoom so they don’t look that great past 10X, but it is still really useful if you need to see something far away. The ultra-wide-angle camera looks sharp and distortion correction works well, but the colors are often a bit too saturated compared to the main camera. It works as a macro camera as well for close up shots and produces really nice looking results too. In low light, the main camera performs well for the most part, but when using night mode the images can look a little dull and flat.
For the telephoto and ultra-wide-angle cameras, they don’t perform as well in low light, but they do work with night mode as well, and they actually look pretty good for the most part. The front camera tends to overexpose shots in challenging lighting conditions, but it can capture nice looking shots. However, low light performance is just average looking to me even with night mode. While I think that in terms of image processing, the Pixel 4 still performs a little better and more consistently, the Find X2 Pro is not that far behind. Not to mention that video quality is actually pretty good, and you have all those extra cameras. Overall, the Find X2 Pro is an impressive phone that I think can go toe to toe with the best that Android has to offer. It still has a few shortcomings, but so do other phones. Just looking at the recommended retail price, it is a bit pricey. But, if Samsung has the balls to price the Exynos powered S20 Ultra with just 128GB of storage at the price that they did, then I can easily say that then Find X2 Pro’s price tag is more than justified. Oppo is even providing an international warranty for the phone. So given the choice between the two at those prices, I’ll happily take the Find X2 Pro. Anyway, while I’m not a fan of how expensive high-end Android phones have gotten, I’m still quite impressed by what Oppo has brought to the table with the Find X2 Pro, and to me, it’s convincing proof that they have what it takes to compete at the highest level.