As far as flagship phones are concerned, OPPO and Vivo have showcased better innovations this year compared to the bigwigs like Apple and Samsung. In fact, I even wrote a long piece about it.
When the OPPO Find X launched globally, I couldn’t wait to see it in person. And now that I have, I’m still in awe at the level of precision engineering that has gone into making this stunning piece of technology. Hey OPPO, if you are reading this, consider me impressed!
OPPO Find X: are you watching closely?
At first glance, the Find X looks like a distant cousin of the Samsung Galaxy S9, with its curved body and nearly edge-to-edge display. But, are you watching closely?
The Find X has this insane retractable panel, that houses the front camera, a flood illuminator, an infrared camera, a ranging sensor, a receiver, a dot projector, and the rear cameras on the rear. When you fire up the camera and see the panel slide out stealthily, you are bound to find it intersting. It looks absolutely stunning but I’m sure the novelty will wear off over extended use. For now, though…I like what I see. Oh, and also, the motor is extremely silent.
But, there are a couple of things I’m concerned about:
1. The Vivo Nex uses a pop-out mechanism only for the front camera. In comparison, the Find X’s panel will slide out every time you want to unlock your phone using facial recognition. Which means the failure rate of the mechanical moving part could be higher on the Find X.
2. Moving parts also increase the risk of dust settling in the crevices. And since the Find X is made entirely of glass, there are more chances of the glass scratching over prolonged usage.
As per OPPO, the panel takes around 0.5 seconds to slide out. And in my time with the phone, I found that to be accurate. Interestingly, the Find X only uses face unlock for security and there’s no fingerprint scanner. And therefore, just like the iPhone X, it has bolstered the facial recognition with depth sensitive 3D cameras.
The 6.42-inch 19.5:9 display with panoramic arc screen and screen to body ratio of 93.8%, looks pretty damn good. But honestly, I think OPPO should’ve packed more pixels in the space. It’s only a full-HD+ panel. That said, in my limited time with the device, I found the AMOLED panel to be adequately colourful and bright. But, I need more time to give you a clear verdict on the display.
OPPO Find X: beastly performance guaranteed
While the “Stealth 3D Cameras” are cool, the other aspects of the design are nicely done too. For example, I like the design symmetry across the device. The bottom portion — that houses the speaker, the SIM card tray, and the USB Type-C port — has a nicely rounded oval shape.
Furthermore, the Find X – being a flagship device that it is – includes the best internal components. At the core is a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8 gigs of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage as well. Basically, you are guaranteed of beastly performance. If this configuration doesn’t suffice for your needs, nothing else will honestly.
OPPO also pushes the AI engine of the SD845 SoC to its peak. One of the thing that the SoC does in conjunction with Color OS 5.1 – based on Android Oreo 8.1 – is pre-loading a few oft-used apps in memory. This is very similar to the Optiflex technology in ZenFone 5Z. OPPO claims that over time, this will help your phone become faster. I’ll have to use it to figure out, if that actually translates in real-world usage.
OPPO Find X: cameras powered by artificial intelligence
It is no surprise that OPPO has infused AI across the cameras as well. It can do intelligent scene detection and enhance the picture for individual shots taken using the 16MP+20MP camera setup on the rear. And, the Find X also has an AI-enhancement tailor-made for the 25MP selfie camera on the front. Unfortunately, I didn’t get enough time with the cameras. So, I will refrain from a judgment for now.
Did you know that OPPO was actually one of the world’s first brand to introduce fast-charging technology to the world? Its proprietary VOOC tech is a super fast charging mechanism and it has been made more popular by OPPO’s sister brand OnePlus. Yup, VOOC is at the heart of Dash Charge. Now, the Find X comes with VOOC, which can charge the 3730mAh battery in around 1 hour and 30 minutes. However, I would have ideally liked to see the Super VOOC tech in the Find X. Super VOOC can charge the phone from 0 to 100 in 35 minutes! This tech is present in the Lamborghini Edition of the phone, which is unfortunately not coming to India.
The Find X is definitely a novel attempt at eliminating the notch, made popular by the iPhone X. Only time will tell if the mechanical moving parts can sustain prolonged usage. But for now, the tech is magical and surprisingly functional. I am hoping to get a hands on a review unit soon for Mr. Phone, so I can tell you if you should spend your hard-earned Rs 59,990 on an OPPO flagship over a Samsung or a Google.
Until then, l can tell you that my first impressions of the Find X are positive.