OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G is gorgeous, powerful, impressive and desirable
Name: OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G
Price (RRP): $1599
The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G is everything you expect from a flagship. A remarkable 120Hz, ultra-bright AMOLED screen, SD865 power-house processor, 12/512GB RAM/storage, Dolby Atmos sound, a camera to rival the best, and it is IP68.
The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (review here and 4.7/5) are in my opinion, the only two current phones that deserve 5G ‘Flagship’ moniker.
OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G – what is missing? Not much at all – a micro-SD expansion slot and Qi Charging give it an almost perfect score of 4.9/5.
I called the Samsung (we will refer it as the S20U from here), “The best Google Android smartphone you can get in 2020”. I may have to eat my words but let’s be objective and look at where one, or the other excels.
Interestingly I have both phones with me, so I am going to make a few comparisons (shown in brackets). It is not a matter of which is best, but which suits you the best. Let’s just say that I am a bit like the dog with two bones. I don’t know which to eat first so I may starve.
Review: OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G Model CPH2025AU – 12/512GB Single Sim Australian certified model
- Australian website here
- Price: $1599
- Colours: Black Ceramic (back) or Orange Vegan Leather (back)
- Warranty: 2-years and now includes International Warranty Service (IWS) in Asia, Europe, Africa, America and Oceania for devices purchased from OPPO Authorised retailers – not those damned grey marketers.
- From: JB Hi-Fi (outright), Telstra (on plan), OPTUS (on plan), Woolworths Mobile (on plan) and Bing Lee (outright)
- Note: 5G has extremely limited coverage, and for the majority of the time, you will get 3/4G speeds. OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G has an intelligent auto-switch between 4 and 5G depending on use and signal strength.
- Country of Manufacture: China
- OPPO (Est 2001) is a privately-owned Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company headquartered in Dongguan, Guangdong. It is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics Corporation (Est 1995) along with OnePlus, Vivo, and Realme (and other brands including VSun, XTC, and IMOO). Its executives and long-term staff own many of the shares. BBK is currently the second-largest smartphone maker in the world (Source CounterPoint February 2020). It is most definitely not part of the Huawei/ZTE/China spying debate.
Vegan leather is an oxymoron – good, different!
Warning on dodgy grey market sellers
We have named and shamed the main grey market opportunists here, and many are already listing the Dual-Sim PDEM30 and OPG01 versions. While the specs are similar (some have 12/256GB) they do not support LTE band 28, can’t get-over-the-air OS or security updates, have no Australian manufacturer warranty and are not registered to the Australian Telcos 5G or 4GX/Plus network.
OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G First impression (Ceramic Black version)
Almost identical to the S20U – same physical size, shape and wrap-around glass. Naturally, everyone looks at the Orange Vegan Leather, and it is very stylish. But Vegan Leather is an oxymoron – leather comes from animals. It is a hardwearing, polyurethane, leatherette.
The main difference is the rear camera bump. OPPO’s tri-camera is smaller – the S20 Ultra has a far larger one. But the OPPO needs to use a bumper case to stop desk wobble!
Verdict: It’s a draw!
OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G screen – EXCEED
- 6.78” 3168×1440, 513ppi, 93.1% STBR, 19.8:9, 120Hz Ultra Vision OLED screen (6.9”)
- Left O-hole for selfie camera (centre)
- 536 nits (typical), 800nits peak and 1200 nits HDR (slightly lower)
- Infinite contrast – Zero black levels (similar)
- Factory calibrated 100% DCI-P3 for movies and games – deltaE <2 (similar)
- Settings: Cinematic (DCI-P3) or Gentle (sRGB) – (similar)
- HDR10+ certified to play Dolby Vision content (No – HDR10+)
- 10-bit (8+2 dithering) screen for 1 billion colours (16.777 million)
- Widevine DRM Level L1, HD quality (yes)
- 240Hz touch sampling rate for games and 120Hz for all other apps (same)
- Motion compensation technology brings 24/30fps videos to 60/120 fps (no)
- Gorilla Glass 6 and factory-applied screen protector (yes)
- Low blue light eye protection certification by TÜV (no)
- Screen accessibility features like layout, large fonts, icons, high contrast (similar)
- One of the best haptic feedback I have used. Pulse touch has eight scenarios and four intensity levels, X-axis motor beneath the screen’s surface. (not as ‘haptic’)
There is no other word than perfect. It passed all tests and is ultimately daylight readable.
It has buttery smooth scrolling, fast and responsive touch and highly accurate colour. Perhaps so real, that I engaged the Natural Tone option that offers what is called a ‘paper-like’ reading experience.
As far as the 120Hz goes, OPPO has an auto setting to match the content (manual settings). I understand that Samsung is fixing that, but at the moment OPPO is the only screen that operates at [email protected] resolution so gamers will love it.
Its proprietary 01 Ultra Vision Engine (firmware) offers SDR-HDR upscale and 24/25/30fps upscale to 60fps (and later 120fps) content playback (no). The latter is about adding additional frames (motion estimation and smoothing) as premium 4K TVs do. It is quite stunning to see the difference.
Compared to the S20U the OPPO appears brighter but has 32 fewer pixels! The S20U is 0.12″ larger.
Verdict: OPPO has the slight edge here in screen brightness, colours and customisation options.
Processor – EXCEED
- Qualcomm SD865 –2020, 7nm flagship processor. 4MB cache (Samsung Exynos 990)
- 1 x 2.84GHz + 3 x 2.42Ghz + 4 x 1.8Ghz
- 12GB LPDDR5 (the latest and fastest) and 512GB UFS 3.0 (452GB free – ditto) (S20U extra cost option but has micro-SD)
- Adreno 650 GPU – the fastest mobile GPU will play all mobile games (Mali G77 MP11)
- Qualcomm X55 Gen 2 3/4/5G modem (Samsung 5123 seems similar)
- Various AI and other on-die engines (ditto)
- Missing – microSD but it has USB-C 3.1 Gen1 and OTG and will support up to a 2TB external SSD
CPU Throttling – EXCEED
This is the first SD865 we have tested.