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Hands on: Oppo Find X2 Pro review

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Early Verdict

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is a very capable smartphone with no real weak links. It has a best-in-class display, enjoyable cameras, charging capabilities like no other and a design that screams premium. It's a shame it will not go on sale in India.

For

  • Excellent display
  • Consistent performance
  • Amazing cameras
  • Exquisite design
  • Insanely fast charging

Against

  • Not available in India
  • Heavy
  • Color OS is not for everyone

TechRadar Verdict

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is a very capable smartphone with no real weak links. It has a best-in-class display, enjoyable cameras, charging capabilities like no other and a design that screams premium. It's a shame it will not go on sale in India.

Pros

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    Excellent display

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    Consistent performance

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    Amazing cameras

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    Exquisite design

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    Insanely fast charging

Cons

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    Not available in India

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    Heavy

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    Color OS is not for everyone

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is the company’s best smartphone currently, aiming to establish that it can consistently put out high-end flagships too. The journey started with the original Find X in 2018, which set a new benchmark for design. While the X2 Pro is nowhere as flashy, it is one of the most refined Android smartphones around.

At almost every instance of using the phone, you’ll be reminded of how Oppo Find X2 Pro is looking to join the big leagues — best in class display, a new premium design, very capable cameras and charging speeds like no other. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that it has no real weak links that stand out. Even Color OS has come a long way to not just seem like an inspired skin, but one with personality and utility.

This is a particularly important aspect as 2020 also saw the return and debut of multiple other OEMs to the ultra-premium smartphone segment of India, even if almost all of them climbed up the price ladder. Perhaps it was the realization of how much potential the market still has to offer, and why playing at the higher segments is way better for profitability. Moreover, it is also to ascertain their position as a premium smartphone maker and not just a budget player.

Even amid intense competition, it would’ve been a formidable competitor. But, that dream will have to wait a little longer as Oppo has decided to not make the Find X2 Pro available in India for some reason. Instead, we get the vanilla Find X2, which misses out on some of the pillars that made the Pro so enjoyable. So, instead of treating this as a review, look at it as an indication of what Oppo is capable of.

Price and availability

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The Oppo Find X2 Pro has been confirmed to not go on sale in India, even at a later date. Its sibling, the X2 is priced at Rs 64,990 in India for the 12GB + 256GB variant. However, we haven’t tested it, and thus, our opinions in this review will be limited to the Pro.

Check out the Oppo Find X2 on Amazon.in

Design

  • Ceramic back
  • 217g

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The Find X2 Pro steps in the big shoes of its predecessor, which had one of the most iconic designs in the market. The then-unique pop-up camera module is replaced with a simple punch-hole camera on the front, and a sizeable housing on the rear. We really don't mind the move away from moving parts for better longevity and water resistance. It may seem like a boring design at first, but the Oppo Find X2 Pro strikes a beautiful balance between elegance and minimalism.

Oppo has ensured that the device feels premium from the get-go. This is evident even before you pick it up, from the available finishes. The Find X2 Pro comes with a vegan leather back, or in ceramic, as we have here. It does make the device significantly heavier (217g) but adds durability that current glass implementations can not achieve. The heft lends to the premium proposition. 

The back meets the curved display at the mid-frame seamlessly, which is another characteristic reserved for high-end phones. The power button sits on the right side and has a cool teal accent. On the left, we get dedicated volume buttons instead of a rocker, all of which are extremely meaty and satisfying to press. The charging port is located on the bottom alongside the primary loudspeaker, while the earpiece acts as the second. Unsurprisingly, the headphone jack is omitted.

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We even got a kevlar carbon fibre case with the phone which fits like a glove, and has brought the much-needed grip.

Overall, the Oppo Find X2 Pro nails the design aspect with one of the most appealing executions of the season. It is subtle enough to not seem gaudy, yet classy enough to look expensive.

Display

  • 6.67-inch OLED panel
  • 3168 x 1440 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Gorilla Glass 6

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Smartphone displays in 2020 have stepped it up a few notches with strides in peak brightness, refresh rates, colour depth and more. The Oppo Find X2 Pro sports a panel similar to the OnePlus 8 Pro, which we hailed as the best display on a smartphone currently. We’re looking at a curved 6.7-inch OLED panel with a QHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 10-bit colour, 100% DCI-P3 coverage, 1,200 nits of peak brightness, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. It basically ticks all the boxes one that one would expect from a high-end smartphone.

For starters, it is still pretty rare for phones to be able to run at full resolution and refresh rate, making this one of the only devices capable of doing that. Color OS also gives the option to change display scaling to take advantage of the extra pixel density, which is an important inclusion for panels that cross the FHD+ threshold. The 120Hz refresh rate is a joy to use, and the internals are powerful enough to push it continuously. You can set it to “Auto select” to smartly switch to 60Hz for apps that don’t support it and save some battery.

MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) is also available to upscale 30fps videos to 60fps. It can be toggled to kick in automatically when such content is played. However, it is undesirable to use for anything cinematic or longer in duration as it brings unnatural motion blur. For something like social media or YouTube, it’s still fine. Similarly, the O1 Ultra Vision Engine can also convert regular videos to HDR, which we do recommend using.

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As for the panel itself, we had no complaints either. The colours are rich and vibrant with the right amount of contrast. Blacks are perfect too. Under display settings, you can switch between Vivid, Gentle and Cinematic modes to switch the saturation and temperature as per your liking. For indoor use, we rarely had to crank the brightness over 25%. Outdoor sunlight legibility was excellent too. 10-bit colour is cool to have, but you’ll be hard-pressed to spot the differences in hue transitions on a display this size.

The edges curve down gently to add to the handling and aesthetics, and it does the job well. The Oppo Find X2 Pro would’ve been extremely difficult to wield if the display were flat. We had no palm rejection issues too.

All in all, this is one of the best displays on a smartphone currently. The decision to opt for a punch-hole is understandable too, and it was seldom obtrusive.

Performance and gaming

  • Snapdragon 865
  • UFS 3.0 storage
  • LPDDR5 RAM

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The good stuff continues with the performance. We get the latest Snapdragon 865 with the X55 5G modem as its sidekick. Assisting them, we get UFS 3.0 storage and LPDDR5 RAM, all of which are best in class. Unsurprisingly, the phone runs smoothly through everything thrown at it.

Regular day to day tasks are a child’s play for the Oppo Find X2 Pro. Even heavy 3D gaming barely slowed it down. PUBG Mobile can be run at the highest settings at ‘extreme’ framerates with no problem. Heating was also minimal. There’s no real haptic feedback engine, so the tiny vibration motor is all you get for gaming; Not very flagship-like in our opinion.

The display size, combined with the 240Hz touch input rate, make this a very enjoyable gaming phone. The sensitivity around the edges also seems to have been tuned to take care of accidental touches. If you prefer to play games aloud, the dual speaker setup will really help in creating a stereo surround sound experience. 

No real issues in this department too.

Software

  • Color OS 7.1, based on Android 10
  • Android 11 beta available

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Like most Chinese OEMs, Oppo’s Color OS used to be unpleasant for anyone coming from one of the cleaner Android skins. However, Color OS 7 is probably the biggest generational leap we’ve seen on an interface, giving it the best of both worlds. The important settings are easy to find, while the more granular controls are a layer deeper.

Customization options are plenty, with almost all visual elements having a few options. A system-wide dark mode theme is also available to take advantage of the OLED panel, and it looks great. Icons, home screens and assistants can be modified too. Staples such as a swipe down for the notification tray have also been added. The quick settings can be selected and reordered as per liking as well. There’s some inspiration from Material design, which is actually a good thing. 

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Color OS 7.1 also brings one of the most fluid animations and transitions we’ve seen on Android. Apps open swiftly yet smoothly, and go back to their place in the drawer when you go back to the home screen. The layers add intuitiveness. Gestures can also be used for navigation to make using this large phone easier, further augmented by the curved sides.

We really appreciate the efforts put into refining and trimming down the interface. 

Battery and charging

  • 4,260mAh dual-cell battery
  • 65W charging

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The Oppo Find X2 Pro houses a 4,260mAh battery in a dual-cell configuration. Combined with the software optimizations, it is one of the best battery lives we’ve seen on a Snapdragon 865 flagship this year. We could comfortably touch 6 hours of screen-on-time on most days, with lighter days even touching 8. Adding a bit of gaming to the mix did take a toll, but not by much. 

The charging figures are even better. Super VOOC 2.0 Flash Charge can deliver power at a whopping 65W, which is the highest on any smartphone currently. That does translate to real-time usage as well, with a short 15-minute charge taking it from empty to over 60%, while a full charge takes a hair under 40 minutes. The phone doesn’t even heat up much while doing this. 

Full marks in the battery department.

Camera

  • Primary: Sony IMX689 48MP f/1.7, 1/1.14-inch sensor
  • Ultra-wide: Sony IMX586 48MP f/2.2, 1/2-inch sensor
  • Telephoto: Periscopic 13MP f/3.0
  • Front: Sony IMX616 32MP f/2.4

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Smartphones have tried all sorts of things in 2020. One trend that is sure to stick around is larger sensors. The Oppo Find X2 Pro sports the largest 48MP image sensor available, with the custom Sony IMX689. Not just that, it follows up with another high-resolution, large image sensor, with the 48MP Sony IMX586 assuming ultra-wide duties. Last but not the least, we get a periscopic 13MP telephoto lens that can zoom up to 60x. 

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra was the only smartphone this year to offer a periscopic zoom lens module, so it’s great to see Oppo join the fray. Rounding up the cameras, we have a 32MP selfie shooter on the front.

As for camera hardware, there’s really not much more that the Oppo Find X2 Pro could’ve offered. 

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The primary camera clearly benefits from the large sensor size, bringing great dynamic range and a beautiful shallow depth of field. It also shines in low light scenarios where phones usually struggle, thanks to the larger pixels. Although, the focussing speed was a little slow and inaccurate when shooting from a close distance. This is unusual as the cameras are assisted by contrast AF, laser AF and even phase-detect AF.

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The ultra-wide camera has a 120-degree field-of-view, which is one of the highest on any smartphone. The 48MP resolution does help in retaining more details while cropping in, but should be used only in brightly lit conditions with less structure. The results are bright but lack contrast. Even the colour temperature changes by a bit.

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The telephoto sensor is one of the key talking points of the Oppo Find X2 Pro. It uses folded optics to allow for more glass to be fit between the lens and the sensor to achieve higher magnification. It starts at 5x optical zoom and goes all the way to 60x. You’ll want to stick to the initial 5-15x for the best result, as the rest is achieved by software interpolation. It too suffers from softness and parity issues, but delivers on the zooming promise. It is perhaps second only to the S20 Ultra.

Summing them up, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is a very enjoyable camera smartphone. It’s not the best due to less-than-ideal software processing, but hopefully, something that software updates can address. 

Verdict

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Brand perception can not be changed overnight

As we mentioned in the preface of this review, we will not be rating the Oppo Find X2 Pro owing to its unavailability in India. But as you must’ve observed, there really were no weak links in the entire package that stood out, which is not something most smartphones can boast of.

Let’s establish some context. Till date, the OnePlus 8 Pro was the highest-rated high-end smartphone of the season. However, its charging speeds, camera consistency and barebones software left us wanting for more. All of those are strong points of the Oppo Find X2 Pro, without letting go of any of the other pillars such as the built, performance or the display. Except for subjective brand perception, the Find X2 Pro would’ve been a winner in the market. 

It may not have sold a lot, and was likely to be very expensive, but would’ve acted as an important step towards establishing itself as a serious contender in the ultra-premium segment. Its position is similar to what Xiaomi had to face with the Mi 10 in India. But it is only when the market sees great flagships consistently that they will start considering Oppo as an alternative in this space. Hopefully, things are better with the next flagship.

Aakash Jhaveri

Aakash is the engine that keeps TechRadar India running, using his experience and ideas to help consumers get to the right products via reviews, buying guides and explainers. Apart from phones, computers and cameras, he is obsessed with electric vehicles.

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