Oppo Find X3 Pro review: the Chinese phone to beat

You may know Oppo as a company that is indefinitely related to OnePlus, but in recent years it has become China’s leading smartphone manufacturer, beneficiaries of sales declines even in the domestic market due to Huawei’s sanctions. Hence, the new Find X3 Pro flagship is an important handset for the company, giving it the opportunity to solidify its position as a major player in premium smartphones. This time, Oppo won’t keep Find X3 Pro in China. The company still doesn’t sell mobile phones in the US, but there are international models available for Google services in countries like the UK, starting at £1,099 (about $1,500). If you have options and you’re buying a high-end phone, it’s worth checking out as it’s one of the most stylish Android devices you’ll see this year. Verge Score 8.5 out of 10 Good Sleek Design Great Screen Powerful All-round Performance Bad Microscope Cameras are cool but not very useful No periscope telephoto Expensive and not widely used worldwide In the front, the Find X3 Pro is almost the same as the OnePlus I can see it. 9 Pro. Both phones have a 6.7 inch 1440p 120Hz curved OLED screen and a hole punch selfie camera in the upper left corner. Oppo and OnePlus share a supply chain, so they are almost certainly the same Samsung panels. But when you run Find X3 Pro, it’s totally different from OnePlus or any other phone. The camera bump is somewhat similar to the iPhone 12 Pro, which has three lenses placed inside a rounded square, but the bump is part of a single piece of glass that gently rises to accommodate the camera. Combined with the mirroring finish, the phone looks like it’s from Terminator 2, at least until you get your fingerprint all over. The Find X3 Pro is relatively light and thin compared to the 2021 flagship phone, which is 193g and 8.3mm thick, and has no sharp edges anywhere on the device, making it extremely comfortable to hold. I’m also using it with the included Kevlar style case that keeps almost all of my devices thin, which is a relief because it’s one phone that doesn’t risk falling. Find X3 Pro has a microscope camera with built-in ring light. Like the OnePlus 9 Pro, the Find X3 Pro has a very nice screen. However, Oppo aims to differentiate it from what it describes as the first full-path 10-bit color management system for Android, allowing other devices to capture and view more than 1 billion colors instead of 16.7 million. The Find X3 Pro software also includes an eye test to help the display correct various forms of color blindness. I haven’t seen a big difference between this and other displays in general use, but I’m not yet living in a 10-bit world. Perhaps you will use this feature by creating your own content with the camera of the Find X3 Pro, and even after that, the benefits will seem like a niche. When it comes to the camera itself, the Find X3 Pro has a respectable hardware array. At the heart of the system are two identical 50 megapixel Sony IMX 766 sensors for the main camera and ultra wide. It’s not the biggest sensor, but it’s more than just its own holdings against its flagship competitors. Oppo’s color coordination and HDR grading are relatively limited, and it’s unusual and refreshing to have an ultra-wide that performs well in terms of resolution and dynamic range just like the native camera. There are also 13 megapixel double telephoto cameras that do not match the performance of other cameras. It’s a bit disappointing for Oppo, who has done more than any other company to popularize the periscope telephoto camera. Sure, zoom lenses aren’t the best quality optics on a smartphone, but it feels like a step back from last year’s Find X2 Pro’s 5x device. I could argue that it’s more versatile because the 2x zoom improves the shot quality between 2x and 4.9x, but why not include both? Oppo has decided to allocate a large portion of the camera bump to a bizarre microscope tool, so with a reasonable degree of fairness, you can ask the question “Why not both?” The 3-megapixel sensor has a lens on the front, Oppo says it can magnify up to 60x, and there is a ring light around the glass to illuminate the subject that is obscured by the phone’s shadow. Is this cool? of course. It’s very difficult to get full focus on a subject due to its very shallow depth of field, but by hovering the Find X3 Pro on a thread, food or OLED screen, you can absolutely capture subtle images you’ve never seen on a smartphone. . But would it be useful? Maybe this is a failure of my thoughts, but I think I’ll take a periscope zoom. If you can think a lot about why you need a microscope-grade camera for your smartphone, be sure to enjoy this camera. Blue jeans. iPhone 12 mini screen. A bottle of moisturizer. desk. The overall performance of the Find X3 Pro is just as good as you would expect from another Snapdragon 888-equipped flagship. Oppo’s ColorOS skin is much faster than it used to be, and the OnePlus itself is currently using it for mobile phones in China. The 4,500mAh battery didn’t make it a two-day phone, but I had no problem with overusing it for a day. Battery life has been improved because Oppo finally applied wireless charging to its flagship phone. This was my biggest complaint against my predecessor. It may not be a big deal for everyone, but if you’re used to wireless charging, its lack is absolutely a hindrance to the deal. Oppo’s 30W wireless system can charge the Find X3 Pro 100% in 80 minutes, but there is no dedicated charger needed for testing. Meanwhile, the wired charger is 65W and will charge 40% in 10 minutes. The Find X3 Pro is very similar to the OnePlus 9 Pro in the front. It sounds trivial, but adding wireless charging is all you need to make the Find X3 Pro an everyday phone. I’ve been using it every day for about 6 weeks so far and I have few complaints. Although it could have been done without a microscope camera, Oppo is now legitimately capable of launching a premium performing phone, just like any other Android manufacturer. But don’t think you can get it for some kind of brand discount that OnePlus has given its name. In the UK, the starting price of the Find X3 Pro is £50 cheaper than Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. I think the Find X3 Pro is a reasonable contender for the device, but I can’t see too many people choosing it over a bigger and more reliable brand. Nevertheless, the Find X3 Pro is an outstanding device in terms of strengths, and Oppo establishes itself as a company worth noting. Obviously, this is not surprising, but the best phones from one of the biggest manufacturers in China are among the best phones you can find everywhere. Photo from Sam Byford / The Verge

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