OPPO Find X2 Pro Review – OPPO’s best phone yet

Rating: 9/10

Pros:

  • Top class display
  • Premium design
  • No bloatware 
  • Excellent telephoto capabilities
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent haptic motor

Cons:

  • MEMC is buried in a convoluted settings page
  • Wide angle could be better

Introduction:

Close on the heels of the availability of the OnePlus 8 Pro, the OPPO Find X2 Pro has also launched in our country. I’ve been using this phone and I must say, OPPO, you have me sold! This flagship smartphone deserves more attention and love. Allow me to explain why.

OPPO Find X2 Pro design: ceramic goodness

First things first, I am slightly disappointed that the Orange Vegan Leather variant is not coming to India. Anyway, the Find X2 Pro, even in this Ceramic Black variant is quite a looker. Especially when you look at it up close you will see a pattern on the rear now. This is some sort of new micro-etching on the Ceramic display to improve the grip and reduce fingerprints. And you know what, it does exactly that. Furthermore, a vertical camera module that sits on the top left corner of the rear juts out a lot and the table-wobble can be excessive. 

The ceramic back blends into the metal frame that further supports the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 enforced front. This metal frame also houses the power button on the right and the volume rocker on the left. Both are incredibly tactile. I also like the slight whimsical nature of the power button which has a green insert. You get a standard USB Type-C port at the bottom and dual-SIM tray and a single speaker grille, which doubles up with the earpiece on the top for a stereo speaker setup.  

Now, the Find X2 Pro is on the heavier side but the weight is distributed really well. Never once did I feel that it would topple out of my hand. It is a big phone no doubt and you will feel it weighing you down. But, most SD865 phones make you feel like that anyway. So, we can’t really complain now. Moreover, you get IP68 protection as well, which makes it properly waterproof. Good job, OPPO. 

OPPO Find X2 Pro display: setting new standards

One look at the display specs, and you know that OPPO and OnePlus are sharing parts and manufacturing processes. It has a slightly smaller 6.7-inch panel but other features are the same. This is an AMOLED panel with support for up to 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+. It has a JNCD of 0.4, which is the same as the OnePlus 8 Pro. The colour accuracy of both the Find X2 Pro and the OnePlus 8 Pro in the DCI-P3 mode is actually setting new standards in smartphone display tech. Plus these are panels that are as vibrant, if not more, than the Samsung Galaxy S series. 

Plus, these phones can actually run at 120Hz refresh rate at QHD+ resolution, which the S20 series cannot. Moreover, I checked the Find X2 Pro and the OnePlus 8 Pro’s display side-by-side to see if one was brighter than the other and I couldn’t tell any difference with my naked eyes. In fact, even the Find X2 Pro comes with the option to toggle MEMC/motion interpolation on or off. But it is buried inside the OSIE settings. Plus, initially I didn’t think you could do more than 60fps of interpolation considering I saw a toggle there. Little did I know you could tap into the Video Motion enhancement setting and increase it to 120fps. I am sorry but whoever designed this page in the Settings app deserves to go back to design class. 

By the way motion interpolation on the Find X2 Pro works only at FHD+ resolution. To be honest, it doesn’t matter. Please just switch it off. No one needs a janky looking soap opera effect to ruin the video watching experience. 

As for the in-display fingerprint scanner attached to the Find X2 Pro’s gorgeous display, it is plenty fast at unlocking the phone. You can even change the animations and sound in the Settings. Furthermore, the touch substrate offers a 240Hz refresh rate. Essentially, your finger just glides on the smooth panel with no friction. It is surreal. I had the same experience with the OnePlus 8 Pro. 

I need to talk about the haptic feedback on the Find X2 Pro. OPPO has actually used the largest X-axis vibrating motor on an Android phone. You get such precise touch feedback, it is right up there with the Pixels and Samsung Galaxies. The OnePlus 8 Pro loses out on this battle for sure. 

All said and done though, the Find X2 Pro has one of the best displays in the world, and you will have a blast playing games and watching movies on it. 

OPPO Find X2 Pro software: no bloat Color OS 7.1 is a shocker!

The one thing that pleasantly shocked me about the X2 Pro is the Color OS 7.1 skin that you get on top of Android 10. I mean, it has been visually improved and all but, most importantly on the Find X2 Pro you don’t get any ads, pesky notifications from first-party apps *cough* Mi 10 *cough*, or bloatware either. I mean there are apps such as OPPO Relax but they are not necessarily intrusive or anything. Heck, OPPO doesn’t include its own App Market and therefore the Hot Apps and Hot Games pseudo folders are also gone. Plus, the default browser is Chrome and the default keyboard – GBoard. This is truly a unifying experience that is uncompromised and premium. 

I really like Color OS 7 and the improvements made to it. It is much cleaner now with a nicer design language all along. But, there are still some quirks that I don’t understand. Why can’t we swipe from both sides to dismiss a notification is something beyond me? Plus, OPPO could’ve given the option to change icon packs at least. Anyway, in the long run, these cosmetic issues are inconsequential. What matters is a clean experience and for the most part, Color OS 7 delivers.  

OPPO Find X2 Pro camera: very impressive

The OPPO Find X2 Pro has a basic triple camera stack but with custom sensors and what not. So, you get the 48MP Sony IMX 689 primary custom sensor, a 13MP camera with an attached 129mm 5x telephoto lens, and finally a 48MP ultra-wide angle camera. The main sensor and the ultra-wide one are shared with the OnePlus 8 Pro as well. Where it distinguishes itself is that periscope lens, which is more powerful than even the S20 Ultra when it comes to optical zooming capabilities. 

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Instead of the specs, let the comparison pictures between the two do the talking. 

  1. At 5x optical zoom, both the phones offer very similar levels of detail at close crop of the Ikigai book. But, the S20 Ultra is a tad bit sharper. The colour accuracy is better on the Find X2 Pro, though. At 10x, I immediately saw a colour change in the S20 Ultra. The disparity was jarring. Anyway, the hybrid zoom on the S20 Ultra is definitely better. Way better. However, at 30x zoom, the Find X2 Pro is way better. And, at 60x zoom, I won’t use the shots from either phone. At closer zoom levels up to 10x, the S20 Ultra is sharper. Beyond that, the Find X2 Pro becomes better. 
  2. In the second sample, we are testing for details and colours. Here the Find X2 Pro not only gets the colours right but the centre and corner sharpness are just so much better. I mean, just look at the details on the cushion or the top left and bottom left corners. It is so much crisper and cleaner on the Find X2 Pro. Increasingly, I am turning into a fan of the Sony IMX 689 sensor over the Samsung HM1 108MP sensor. 
  3. When it comes to dynamic range performance both the phones are equally good. But, once again, the Find X2 Pro’s crispy details where the sun shines through the window is just so much better. 
  4. With big sensors and wide aperture, you get a shallower depth of field. So close up subjects lose focus gradually and sooner. But, OPPO has a neat workaround in the software where the ultra-wide angle camera’s macro mode gets switched on by the algorithm. It helps eliminate the close focus issue. 
  5. Talking about the ultra-wide angle camera, the 48MP Find X2 Pro camera outputs at 12MP pixel-binned resolution and it is plenty crisp. But, the S20 Ultra beats it with corner sharpness and a wider field of view. Take a look at the bottom right corner. 
  6. In portrait shots, the details and edge detection are equally good on both the phones. However, the colour processing is too warm on the Find X2 Pro and too red on the S20 Ultra. Anyway, both are good. Can’t pick a winner here. 
  7. Now, when it comes to selfies, I expected OPPO to put up a fight here but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The selfies are much crisper on the S20 Ultra and so is the dynamic range correction in overexposed backgrounds. Even the selfie portrait is more appealing on the S20 Ultra. Moving to low light selfies, I think the S20 Ultra is so much better with the Night mode and even the flash on. So for selfie performance I’d pick the S20 Ultra for sure. 
  8. Evaluating the low light performance, clearly the OPPO Find X2 Pro does something weird. When it isn’t too bright, the Find X2 Pro takes a couple of extra seconds to make an image which is brighter. In fact, the Night Mode is just pointless here. It adds a very heavy green cast and reduces the sharpness too. In comparison with the S20 Ultra, the Find X2 Pro is sharper in many spots, offers better low light sensitivity, and reduces noise too. In the second image, in utter darkness, without Night Mode on, the Find X2 Pro is more sensitive to light. With Night Mode on, the green cast rears its ugly head again but that’s a colour temperature issue which can be fixed in post. The details and noise correction are slightly better than the S20 Ultra here. However, if you plan on using the flash, the S20 Ultra is better. 
  9. I just shot a low light sample against the OnePlus 8 Pro and they are almost neck-to-neck with OnePlus’ nightscape mode turned on. The IMX689 is equally powerful on both. However, the Find X2 Pro has an edge with its telephoto camera. 
  10. The Find X2 Pro has no fancy 8K video recording option as such. But, you can shoot up to 4K 60fps footage and it looks detailed, crisp, and colour accurate. The dynamic range is good too. 
  11. As for the extra stuff, I was particularly enamoured by the Ultra Steady video recording option. It shoots super stable footage. 

Overall, the Find X2 Pro’s camera setup on the rear is better than the ones on the S20 Ultra and the OnePlus 8 Pro. This is why OPPO has priced it so high. 

OPPO Find X2 Pro performance: fast and smooth is not OnePlus’ territory anymore

With the Find X2 Pro’s specs, OPPO pulls out all the stops. You get the most powerful Android processor today – the Snapdragon 865, coupled with 12GB of speedy LPDDR5 RAM. As for the storage you get 256/512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The benchmarks are up there with the best in the business. In fact, the Find X2 Pro is in touching distance of our chart topper iQOO 3 in our AnTuTu benchmarks. So yeah, very little separating these SD865 phones now. Hardware on these flagships has been completely homogenised. 

Daily performance is phenomenal, and I doubt you will face a stutter or lag in animation for the next three years with this phone. However, when I used the OnePlus 8 Pro alongside the Find X2 Pro I realised that OnePlus has optimised the software and the animations to an extent that matching its smoothness is going to be an uphill task for other brands. Don’t get me wrong the Find X2 Pro is as fast as the OnePlus 8 Pro, but maybe not as smooth. 

I don’t have to say this, gaming is also a great experience on the Find X2 Pro. As for the speakers, they get loud but not as loud or full as the OnePlus 8 Pro, iPhone 11, Mi 10 or the Galaxy S20 series. Earphone experience on Bluetooth and Wired is great too but it doesn’t beat the Mi 10, which remains the best flagship for audio experience. 

One advantage or disadvantage – whichever way you look at it – is that you get 5G support with the phone. Obviously, we are far from getting any upgrade from our current 4G network in India. And, on Airtel’s 4G network mostly inside home was rock solid. The earpiece sounds adequate but I feel it could’ve been slightly better. 

OPPO Find X2 Pro battery: will not let you down 

The Find X2 Pro has a fairly large 4260mAh battery, which is smaller than the unit inside the OnePlus 8 Pro. However, OPPO has split the battery inside into two separate units. This is to ensure that it can achieve the crazy fast charging speeds of the Super VOOC 2.0 65W charging tech. It is rated to charge from 0 to 100 in 38 mins. I got 49 mins in my testing. I did the charging test twice. 

However, that could also be because we got a global unit with a global charging adapter. 

This 3-pin plug might not be drawing enough power or something. That’s the only variable I can think of. Regardless, the charging speeds are phenomenal. My only concern is that you don’t get wireless charging. OPPO should’ve added it on such an expensive phone. 

Should you buy the OPPO Find X2 Pro?

The OPPO Find X2 Pro is a home run by the company. It brings together all of OPPO’s R&D efforts over the years and binds it together beautifully. I absolutely loved using the phone and could see myself using it as my primary smartphone. The lack of wireless charging is, in my opinion, the only major con. The rest are inconsequential in the grander scheme of things. 

Unfortunately, the phone is not launching in India. And, that is a pity. Because frankly, it is OPPO’s best yet. Anyway, I believe this phone has to stave off competition from two very important alternatives if you could actually buy it. So, let’s compare. 

OnePlus 8 Pro

The OnePlus 8 Pro will definitely be the more affordable option compared to the Find X2 Pro. The Find X2 Pro and the OnePlus 8 Pro are neck-to-neck in terms of display, performance, and battery life. What separates them is the software experience, the camera performance, and the design. By design I mean the functional aspect of it, which is not subjective. So, you lose out on the wireless charging feature in the Find X2 Pro, which is a letdown for sure. Software-wise, Oxygen OS is undoubtedly more polished and clean. And, when it comes to cameras, the Find X2 Pro takes a definitive lead in low light performance and telephoto. And, good periscope telephoto camera setups don’t come cheap. 

So, you can pick the Find X2 Pro over the OnePlus 8 Pro if you want a better set of cameras. Else, for the price difference, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a solid deal. 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Unlike the OnePlus 8 Pro, the Find X2 Pro is likely going to be cheaper than the S20 Ultra. The Find X2 Pro has a better display, more convenient in-hand feel, surprisingly better cameras for many scenarios, better battery life, and superior performance. The S20 Ultra makes up for its issues with excellent brand value and superior software performance. Objectively, the Find X2 Pro is a better deal but will the audience be convinced to buy an OPPO flagship phone is the million dollar question. 

So, what do you guys think? You find the OPPO Find X2 Pro worth it? Do let me know in the comments below.

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When Ershad isn't writing, he spends time killing virtual zombies on his PS4. Having worked with a slew of renowned publications like PCWorld, Channelworld, CIO, NDTV Gadgets (now Gadgets360), MySmartPrice, The Inquistr, and 91Mobiles, Ershad brings a whole world of experience to Mr. Phone. He is trying hard to convert all the team members into Apple fans but is facing a lot of resistance. Is anyone willing to help?