Oppo Find X2 Pro smartphone review: the great surprise of 2020

by Kelvin
Oppo Find X2 Pro smartphone review: the great surprise of 2020

By privatizing the Louvre in mid-2018 to announce with fanfare his arrival in France, Oppo hoped to quickly become unavoidable. The Chinese brand has meanwhile spent a colossal budget in advertising and events to make itself known, even if this may arouse the incomprehension of its competitors, amazed to see a new player doing the same while its market shares are still very weak. As if that weren’t enough, let’s recognize that smartphones Oppo have always disappointed us until today … The fault of too high pricing and unconvincing ColorOS software overlay. We blame them in particular for large translation errors, which gave the impression of amateurism.

With its Find X2 Pro, to our surprise, Oppo succeeds in making us change our minds. We tested the new high-end smartphone from the Chinese brand and, as you will see, we really like this device.


Prestigious design

Just aesthetically, you can feel that Oppo has particularly taken care of its smartphone. Rather than betting on glass like 99.9% of the competition, the company decided to opt for orange vegan leather or black ceramic. In both cases, it is really very successful. The model we tested has orange leather and we particularly appreciate the small gildings everywhere, like on the buttons of the phone or around its camera module. Few mobiles are as luxurious as this Find X2 Pro and we are not going to complain about it, at a time when all smartphones look alike. Besides, the camera module of the smartphone is much more discreet than that of most of its competitors. Arranged vertically, it occupies a completely reasonable space.

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The Find X2 Pro’s 6.7-inch screen is also up to par. With a maximum brightness of 883 cd / m2 according to the measurements of our laboratory, it succeeds in the feat of overtaking the iPhone 11 ProApple. Only the Galaxy S20 Ultra (938 cd / m2) and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (895 cd / m2) do better, but the difference should be hard to see. Oppo really borders on perfection. The OLED panel of the mobile, curved and punched like that of most manufacturers at the moment (Huawei, OnePlus and Xiaomi) clearly sends an impression of high-end. Too bad the lower border (more commonly called chin) is thicker than that at the top of the smartphone. The symmetry is not perfect.

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After Samsung and OnePlus, Oppo is the third major manufacturer to bet on a screen with the refresh rate of 120 Hz in one of its smartphones high-end (we have twice as many images per second, which improves fluidity). Rather than doing like the others (namely forcing yourself to choose between 60 Hz and 120 Hz), the brand decided to create an adaptive mode. Depending on what you’re doing, the screen will automatically switch between 60 and 120 Hz to optimize the battery. We would like all manufacturers to offer the same thing. This allows you to make the most of your screen when you are actively using it (Quad HD + and 120 Hz), which is a joy for the eyes, while favoring autonomy during certain tasks such as playing videos or making a call. video (Full HD + and 60 Hz). The user has nothing to do, it’s automatic.

512 GB storage… by default

The Oppo Find X2 Pro costs 1199 euros. If this seems simply mind-boggling at first, it is important to take into account an important data: the mobile has 512 GB of storage. In Apple and Samsung, impossible to find a smartphone with so much storage for less than 1500 euros, which helps us to put into perspective its price. We can only regret that Oppo has not declined his mobile in a 128 GB version in the 800 euros … Hopefully our test will give him ideas.

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The rest of the features of the Oppo Find X2 Pro are worthy of what is expected of a high-end smartphone today. Snapdragon 865 processor (the most powerful on the market for an Android smartphone), 12 GB of RAM, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, stereo speakers, NFC (this was not the case with the first Find X), IP68 waterproofing … The specification sheet of the Find X2 Pro does not disappoint. Besides, his haptic feedback is really excellent. They are as powerful and precise as those of the OnePlus 8 Pro, a smartphone that we loved. It’s not really surprising, the two brands belong to the same group.

In use, Find X2 Pro is always fluid and runs all types of applications without problems. The only flaw, it is not dual SIM …

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The prince of recharging

The Oppo Find X2 Pro does not carry one but two batteries. Both have a capacity of 2130 mAh, which gives us a total of 4260 mAh in total. Why did you make such a choice? Quite simply to beat recharge records. Compatible with SuperVOOC 2.0 technology, the Oppo Find X2 Pro can receive a power of 65W. The charger splits its power in two (10V6.5A in 2x 5V6.5A), which allows to keep a voltage of 5 Volts on each battery from start to finish. It thus protects the battery from anticipated aging while allowing it to break records. Indeed, the Oppo Find X2 Pro takes only 36 minutes to fully charge. It’s just magical, the percentage scrolls before our eyes. Only the Realme X2 Pro does better (Realme belongs to the same group as Oppo).

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Unfortunately, to become king, the Oppo Find X2 Pro will still have to wait. Without wireless charging, it still lacks that little extra that would make it really essential. Hopefully, the AirVOOC technology announced in China will soon arrive on the Chinese manufacturer’s mobiles sold in Europe.

Autonomy: a miracle thanks to a good adjustment

What about autonomy? With its ultra-bright display at 120 Hz refresh rate, its Snapdragon 865 processor and its 5G modem, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is logically a large consumer of energy. By default, Oppo still manages to save the furniture. Our laboratory measured a versatile autonomy of 13h13, just below the average for the top of the range, but more than enough to last more than a day on a single charge. On the other hand, by activating 120 Hz and Quad HD + as we did during our test (by default, adaptive mode is selected), the battery melts faster. We had to recharge it every night which, thanks to SuperVOOC, fortunately takes only half an hour. It’s up to you to choose what you prefer.

In video streaming, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is once again below average. The cell phone withstood 10:24 am our test of autonomy which is enough to watch several episodes of series on a train… but not to make the integral of Harry Potter. Finally, in communication, the autonomy of 23h27 of the Find X2 Pro is battery above average. Enough to spend hours on the phone without hanging up.

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One of the best cameras on the market

Curiously, despite belonging to the same group and using similar sensors, the smartphones Oppo and OnePlus are not at all identical in photos. The Find X2 Pro blithely outperforms the OnePlus 8 Pro while it uses the same main 48 Mpix sensor, the new Sony IMX689 (it measures 1 / 1.43 inch, which allows to bring in more light and reduce digital noise, its module opens at f / 1.7). The Find X2 Pro also has an ultra wide-angle module attached to another 48 Mpix sensor (IMX586, f / 2.2) and offers a x5 periscopic zoom (hybrid x10, digital x60) attached to a 13 Mpix sensor. This is a legacy of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition. Besides, let’s take this opportunity to salute the wisdom of Oppo who is satisfied with three cameras when the competition takes four or five at all costs… even when it is useless.

Confinement requires, we were content to take twenty photos with the mobile. Our future top 10 of the best smartphones in photo will take a closer look at the capabilities of Find X2 Pro.

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Day and night, the Oppo Find X2 Pro does very well. His photos are always sharp, the colors seem right (even if the green is a little too bright, the fault of a calibration thought for the Asian market) and its level of detail is largely up to the high end. It’s really a great surprise. Even its ultra wide-angle module manages to impress us, avoiding too large deformations on the sides of the shot.

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The Oppo Find X2 Pro’s zoom is equal to that of a Huawei P40 Pro or Galaxy S20 Ultra. During the day, it allows you to zoom with impressive stability and to obtain a quite correct quality (beyond x20, it is logically more blurred but the IA engines of Oppo very well reconstruct the text and certain details) . At night, to our surprise (again!), The Find X2 Pro succeeds in zooming up to x10 without too much degradation in quality.

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As you can see, the Find X2 Pro positively surprised us in photos. Few mobiles are as versatile. In fact, apart from Huawei with its P40 Pro, no other manufacturer has done better at the start of the year. Samsung, with its somewhat disappointing 108MP sensor offers less reliability than Oppo. On the other hand, the Chinese software interface deserves a brushstroke. Changing the zoom level is sometimes complicated, the virtual buttons are too small and lack sensitivity.

ColorOS: phenomenal progress

Finally, let’s talk about ColorOS. Since several updates, Oppo improves its overlay. If its interface always seems less good than that of One UI (Samsung) or OxygenOS (OnePlus), we can only recognize that Oppo has made progress. The settings are clearer, the translation errors have disappeared, the system animations are prettier (which reinforces the impression of responsiveness of the mobile), the navigation keys work correctly … ColorOS is finally up to the task. It only remains for Oppo to eliminate the dozens of unnecessary software installed by default and its not at all intelligent smart assistant on the left of the home screen (apart from giving your number of steps, it does nothing) and it will be almost perfect!

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Let’s welcome one of Oppo’s good ideas with its new ColorOS 7.1, the selective screenshot. By swiping three fingers across a portion of the screen, you can only capture an excerpt from an application. Well seen.