With the Find X2 Pro, Oppo has surprisingly brought a real 5G flagship smartphone to Europe, and the device performed surprisingly well in the test.
Oppo had a hard surprise in early 2020 with a new Android smartphone. An almost uncompromising Find X2 Pro arrives in Europe at the classic flagship price. A few days later we also had a test copy on hand. We hadn’t tested many devices last time, because the progress compared to last year’s smartphones is usually small and mostly there are also differences with the competition. Oppo is particularly interesting for us because the manufacturer only now wants to attack in Germany. Without concessions, the technical sheet and the price reveal it.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
- 512GB UFS 3.0 memory, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 6.7 ″ QHD + display, 120 Hz, Gorillas Glass 6, HDR10 +
- 48 MP main camera (OIS, F / 1.7) + ultra wide angle (Pro: 48 MP) + zoom (Pro: OIS)
- NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi ax, 5G, fingerprint sensor
- 4200/4260 mAh battery, 65 W fast charge, USB-C 3.1
- Dual stereo speakers, IP68 (Pro)
- 164.9 x 74.5 x 8.0 – 8.8 mm, 187 – 207 g
- Android operating system with Google applications
What more could you wish for? With some colleagues, you may hear that wireless charging could have been included. This is definitely a point, after all, the Find X2 Pro only costs from € 999 and is therefore on par with Samsung and Huawei.
Pure performance, big screen, loads quickly
The built-in OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz can not only be seen in the datasheet. In everyday life, it impresses with the highest quality, together with the performance of the existing system, Find X2 Pro looks for equal opponents. So far the fastest Android smartphones are from OnePlus, the sister company doesn’t seem to be able to stay here by chance. Everything reacts immediately and displays extremely quickly and smoothly. I am perfectly happy. Regarding the screen, it remains to be said that it also convinces on very bright days. Personally the only thing that bothers me is the rounded and elongated sides, I will no longer be a fan of that.
I would have liked to compare the benchmarks to the OnePlus 8 Pro, but at the time of writing this was not possible.
And because Oppo places such an importance on speed, the included power supply is a pure treat too. With up to 65 watts of new electricity being pumped into the Find X2 Pro, other manufacturers fall far short of it. Of course, this is only useful if you have to recharge the smartphone battery more often in everyday life. At least in my case, this is quite rare, because the battery has a lot of resistance to offer. I’m not a gamer, I use a lot of browsers, messengers, and news apps, but the battery offers enough stamina for up to two more days.
The camera surprises with good photos
Where is the catch that comparable Chinese smartphones keep bringing with them? At least not with the camera, which was particularly surprising. Hence the article title, Find X2 Pro is surprisingly good and leaves hardly anything to be desired with the camera. Whether it’s in the daytime, at dusk or in the dark, the photos of the Find X2 Pro always have a good or very good figure. In any case, it is not much worse than established competitors.
The strong points are in the zoom, which is optical up to 10x. Anything beyond that, however, is useless, the 30x zoom is a showcase and not a real feature. But you don’t need it in daily life anyway. As with comparable devices, the optical zoom starts out quite high, everything below 5x is digitally resolved. With up to 10x optical zoom, the camera also zooms in on distant objects in great detail.
Sure, the 10x zoom is impressive. But I also use it rarely. More often in everyday life I need 2x – 3x, but here the quality is significantly worse. The camera zooms up to 4.9x per crop (software), the existing periscope camera only powers up from 5x. This is why you can see big differences even between the two mentioned zoom levels, as in the following comparison:
Last but not least, there is the night mode, which Oppo also offers for its own smartphones. Night mode does not produce anything if there is no longer a light source. Black stays black. In our storage room, however, even an extremely low light source was enough to create a photo in which even the text could be read. A long shot late at night with ambient light through streetlights looks good, as shown in the example below:
At dusk, the zoom also works very well and convinces with many visible details.
Unfortunately, when it is very dark, a yellow light predominates through the lanterns. You can still see a lot of details, but Oppo still isn’t close to the quality of a Google Pixel or Huawei P. Any zoom in night mode at night is pointless, I don’t even want to show you these photos.
The 32 MP front camera is just as sensitive; the software-based portrait mode produced good images.
Flawless processing, additive software
Like the other hardware components, the outer casing leaves little room for criticism. Only the strongly protruding main camera ensures that the Find X2 Pro wobbles extremely hard when lying flat on the table. It bothers me because I keep using smartphones on my desk. Otherwise, the processing quality is of a high level, only the overall design of the Find X2 Pro is incredibly boring and offers no directly visible differences from competing smartphones.
Overall good workmanship and high quality feel, with the glass back slightly slippery and with all the fingerprints. You can even feel a slight wavy pattern on the back with your finger.
Oppo shows a little more creativity with the software, the sister OnePlus equips the Android operating system with various settings, screen gestures and its own applications. Do I still find everything fine or at least it doesn’t bother me? There are even cool features like an app cloner to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on one device. A simple swipe gesture takes us to the split screen faster and the smart sidebar offers quick access to frequently used applications.
For unlocking, Oppo offers a fairly quick face unlock and the in-display fingerprint sensor is usually accurate and fast on the go. The three buttons built into the bezel are good and offer reasonable pressure points. Last but not least is the sound coming out of two speakers. A little more bang in the depth sense would have done the dual speakers good, otherwise I was impressed with the sound and doable volume.
Conclusion: an alternative to Huawei and company?
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is not only close to Huawei’s P30 series in terms of looks, the new flagship smartphone is also easily at the highest level in the Android world. Oppo immediately offers German customers a successful alternative to established smartphone brands like Samsung, Huawei, Sony, LG, etc.
A conclusion of this smartphone is already drawn in the title of the article, the Find X2 Pro is surprisingly good and absolutely recommended.
Due to performance data and 5G, the Oppo smartphone is also a good long-term investment, so price developments remain an exciting but previously unknown factor. Maybe we’ll get the flagship significantly cheaper after a few months?