The first smartphones with 5G are slowly but surely appearing in stores, despite the fact that 5G will only be available (to a limited extent) in the Netherlands at the earliest this summer. With the Oppo Find X2 Pro you have the best that Oppo has to offer and you are ready for 5G. But does that justify the price tag of 1200 euros?
Oppo Find X2 Pro
price € 1199, –
Color Black (ceramic), orange / pink (artificial leather)
OS Android 10 (ColorOS)
Screen 6.7 inch OLED (3168 x 1440, 120Hz)
Processor 2.8 Ghz octacore (Snapdragon 865)
Battery 4,260 mAh
Camera 48, 48, 13 megapixel (rear), 32 megapixel (front)
Connectivity 4G (LTE), 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, GPS, NFC
Format 16.5 x 7.5 x 0.9 cm
Weight 200 grams
8 Score 80
- Fast charger
- Versatile camera
- ColorOS not good enough yet
- No 3.5mm jack
Earlier I tested the Oppo Find X2, the slightly less luxurious variant from the Find X2 series. The device came out positive, but the price around a thousand euros could not be lived up to. This more luxurious Oppo Find X2 Pro is even more extensive, but also 200 euros more expensive. For that money you get a (also waterproof) housing made of black ceramic, or salmon pink-like artificial leather (Oppo calls it orange). It gives just a bit more luxurious look. As can be clearly seen in the photos, we receive the latter variant on loan for this review. The Pro version also has a periscope camera, which offers advanced zoom functions and twice as much storage memory: 512GB.
Furthermore, the Oppo Find X2 Pro and the regular version have remained the same. The same impressive 120 Hertz OLED screen, 12GB RAM and an amazing 65 watt fast charger. The powerful Snapdragon 865 chipset with 5G modem is also included. But whether 5G is already worth the investment remains to be seen. At the earliest, 5G will only be available in the Netherlands to a limited extent (the 700mHz band) this summer. By then, more 5G smartphones will appear on the market, which will hopefully be more interestingly priced.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro’s display is one of the best you can find on a smartphone. The screen is large. Very large. With its 6.7 inch diameter, it is not suitable for every pocket or simple one-handed use. That is not surprising for smartphones in this price range. If you can deal with that, you have OLED panel that can measure itself with the best in terms of color reproduction and brightness. The QHD resolution (3168×1440) may be higher than necessary, but it ensures that everything is displayed razor-sharp.
But of course the refresh rate is particularly eye-catching, the 120 hertz ensures that everything is displayed very smoothly and “snappy”. Regular smartphones have a screen with a refresh rate of 60 hertz. You notice that difference especially with scrolling, browsing and some games. Although it seems a small advantage on paper, it is a nice plus that you quickly get used to.
Such a huge screen and all that computing power requires a lot of energy. A large battery is therefore an absolute necessity
But of course you also need impressive specifications under the hood to be able to display everything as smoothly as possible on the screen with the fast refresh rate. Thanks to the most powerful Snapdragon processor and excessive RAM (12GB), it is (more than) good in that respect.
Such a huge screen and all that computing power requires a lot of energy. A large battery is therefore an absolute necessity. A capacity of 4260 MaH is reasonable. You notice in use that the battery can drain fairly quickly. Fortunately, Oppo has the optimization in order, with normal use you will get through the day with a charged battery. However, it does not remain. In practice, I also preferred to switch the screen settings back to 60 hertz and a Full HD resolution, to spare the battery.
As a mitigating circumstance, it can be argued that the supplied charger is the most powerful you can get. Within minutes you have the battery of the Find X2 Pro quite a few percent up. The disadvantage is of course that you only reach that speed with the included battery and that the option of wireless charging is missing. Nothing should be missing from smartphones in this price range.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro also differs from the regular variant in the camera. The telephoto lens has been replaced by a periscope lens, which is placed in the housing thanks to mirrors with an angle of 90 degrees, thus enabling deep zoom. Up to 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and up to 60x digital zoom. Although you notice that the periscope lens is somewhat less impressive in terms of dynamic range and has more difficulty with low light, this lens offers enormous added value for those who like to do photography.
The zoom function up to 10 times produces fairly detailed pictures. Above the 10x zoom you will notice that the digital zoom has a significant influence on the quality. You notice noise and some blocky details. On the other hand, the fact that you can zoom in that far is quite unique. The optical stabilization is also excellently applied to keep photos unmoved.
The Find X2 Pro’s regular camera and wide-angle lens is the same as the regular Find X2. In terms of versatility, the Oppo Find X2 Pro has a lot to offer: the main lens shoots impressive photos, but must recognize its superior in an iPhone 11 Pro or Huawei P40 Pro. In terms of functionality, in addition to the zoom option, you also have a lot with the portrait and night mode.
From left to right: regular camera, 2x zoom, 5x zoom and 10x zoom.
Android 10 with ColorOS
Oppo smartphones run the ColorOS skin, which is rolled out over Android 10. This, like many other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, is quite drastic. There has been quite a bit of criticism on ColorOS, which Oppo fortunately seems to participate in. Everything works more stable and Oppo has also decided to supply less bloatware. No Facebook app, no misleading virus scanner… A few pre-installed apps, especially from the Oppo sleeve, can be found on the smartphone.
Yet ColorOS does not yet offer the experience you expect from a smartphone in this price range. It looks a bit too childishly colorful and you just too often run into poorly aligned words and translations. It is still no improvement over the Android base.
Alternatives to the Oppo Find X2 Pro
As with the regular Oppo Find X2, it is mainly the price that I hiccup. Yes, the smartphone has a lot to offer in terms of performance, camera, screen, luxurious water-resistant housing and super-fast charger. You have to settle for ColorOS, the lack of a 3.5mm jack and a wireless charging option. And so the price tag, which may be so high due to the support of 5G. On the one hand, this makes your smartphone future-proof. At the time of writing, however, 5G is not yet available, and it will be a few more years before we can really harness the great added value of 5G once the high frequency bands are put into use.
If you are already willing to pay that much money for a smartphone, you can also consider an iPhone 11 Pro. Although it does not support 5G and does not have a periscope camera, you do have much better software support and a (less versatile, yet) better camera. The Galaxy S20 Ultra falls in the same price range and offers about the same experience as this Oppo Find X2 Pro.
Of course, the regular Oppo Find X2 is also a great alternative. The added value of the Pro version is mainly in the periscope camera and the extra storage space. What you have to take into account, because although 256GB (or 512GB) should be more than sufficient, there is no memory card slot in the device.
You can also shop alternatives for less money. The OnePlus 7T (about 500 euros at the time of writing) also has a nice screen with higher refresh rate, better software and update support, but a somewhat less performing camera.
The price is out of proportion. Especially since you are paying for a 5G chipset, which you cannot use yet
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is an excellent all-round smartphone. The best specs, versatile camera (especially the periscope lens is of added value) and the fantastic screen make the device really worthwhile. However, the price is not in proportion. Especially because you pay for a 5G chipset, which cannot be used at the time of writing. You simply expect a smartphone that excels more for 1200 euros.