When OPPO launched the Find X back in 2018, it turned a lot of heads thanks to its unique and futuristic pop-up camera design and notchless display. Two years later, the company launched the successor, called the the OPPO Find X2. The series consists of two models – the regular Find X2 and the Find X2 Pro – that mainly differ in cameras and storage. The OPPO Find X2 series is doesn’t resemble its predecessor in anyway. In fact, it shares a lot of the same DNA as the OnePlus 8 Pro (Review), and that’s not a bad thing at all.
We just reviewed the OnePlus 8 Pro and found it to be one of the best Android flagships of 2020. Much like The OnePlus flagship, the OPPO Find X2 Pro also comes with top-end specifications such as the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM, a 120Hz QHD+ display, and IP68 rating. What sets the phone apart, however, is its 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging and 60x zoom lens.
The OPPO Find X2 Pro is easily one of the best Android flagships you can find in the market right now. In addition to a blazing fast performance, the phone also comes with a stunning display and a solid camera setup. But what truly makes you money’s worth is the game-changing 65W fast charging technology.
The design of the OPPO Find X2 is not as unique and futuristic as its predecessor. But we don’t mind that. As attractive as the original Find X looked, its pop-up mechanism did make it more susceptible to dust, water and damage. The Find X2 Pro does not have any moving parts, allowing for the IP68 dust and water certification, which buyers will appreciate. and while the Find X2 Pro may not look unique, it still looks extremely premium.
The front of the Find X2 Pro looks similar to the OnePlus 8 Pro with the punch-hole display and curved glass. The story on the back, however, is quite different. The OPPO Find X2 Pro comes with a curved ceramic glass in black, while the non-Pro model comes in regular black and blue options. Unfortunately, the vegan leather finish will not be coming to India. The ceramic variant we received for review is glossy and reflective, which will attract some smudges and dust. That being said, the rear panel looks elegant with a silk-like design that can be seen under light. You can also feel some micro-texture on the panel as well if you rub it with your finger.
The curved glass and glossy finish makes it easy to grip the phone. But this is still a large phone that makes one-handed use difficult. It’s also quite heavy to hold at 217 grams due to the ceramic back. The power button with a green accent and volume controls are easy to reach and offer a nice tactile feel.
The vertical camera module on the back has a fairly large hump, which means the phone will wobble when kept on a flat surface. Completing the design, you get a Type-C port on the bottom with a speaker grille and SIM tray on either sides. The SIM tray can hold two nano SIM cards, but there is no support for storage expandability. The earpiece also doubles up as a speaker to offer stereo sound. There is also no headphone jack on the Find X2 Pro, and you shouldn’t expect to find one on a flagship phone going forward.
The display on the Find X2 Pro is awfully similar to the OnePlus 8 Pro and we’re happy about that. You get a 6.7-inch OLED QHD+ (3,168 x 1,440) display with a 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. The screen supports 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 1 billion colours, 513 ppi, HDR10+, and 1200 nits brightness. This is enough to tell you that you’re getting one of the best displays on a flagship phone in 2020. Like the OnePlus 8 Pro, you can enable the 120Hz refresh rate at QHD+ resolution to get the most out of the screen. Of course, this will affect the battery life, which we will talk about later.
The Find X2 Pro offers as stunning display with tons of brightness and excellent viewing angles. Colours on screen look great and you can set the display to Vivid mode if you want punchier colours. The OLED display offers deep blacks and we enjoyed watching movies on Netflix and Prime Video on this phone. We watched Spider-Man: Far From Home on Amazon Prime Video in full HD resolution and found the picture to be crisp and colour reproduction of Spider-Man’s suit to be on point. The dual stereo speakers also help to enhance the experience thanks to a punchy bass output.
The phone also comes with a 01 Ultra Vision Engine that gives you options like HDR Video Enhancement and Video Motion Enhancement. The former improves the colour gamut and details in videos while the later upscales a 30fps or lower video frame rate to 60fps or even 120fps. This works on apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and it essentially adds extra frames artificially to make the picture look smoother. This works as advertised, but watching movies at 60fps can look unnatural and often unsettling.
OPPO Find X2 Pro comes with triple cameras on the back that are mostly excellent in what they are meant to do. The top camera is a 13MP periscope telephoto lens that supports 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and up to 60x digital zoom. The middle camera is a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 120-degree field of view. The one on the bottom has a 48MP Sony IMX689 primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture. All three cameras support Ultra Night Mode 3.0, while the two 48MP cameras support Ultra Steady Video.
The main camera shoots in 12MP resolution with pixel binning by default and you can switch it up to 48MP mode for more details, but this should only be used in daylight conditions. The camera works extremely well in during the day giving you some bright and crisp images with really good colour reproduction and decent dynamic range. The sensor also supports All Pixel Omni-Direction PDAF, which essentially means it is extremely fast at focusing on a subject. While exposure is well balanced, we did find more instances of flare showing up in some situations than we would have liked. We also got some sweet background blur effects when shooting subjects up close thanks to the large pixel size of the sensor. The big sensor also means you’re going get a lot of natural background blur with close up subjects without needing to use portrait mode.
The ultra-wide lens also offered some good wide images with nice contrast and colours. Details were not as good as what the main camera offers, but there isn’t much to complain either. Both the cameras support night mode and we were impressed with some of the results we got. The night mode did well in balancing exposure, retaining the colour of the sky or trees at night while reducing noise like in the shot below. It’s very balanced and doesn’t expose the image more than it needs to. Overall, we found it to be at par and maybe even slightly better than what the OnePlus 8 Pro offered.
You can enable AI Dazzle Colour when taking photos if you want the AI to recognise a scene and boost saturation and contrast. It doesn’t always work so well as sometimes the colours can look too punchy and unnatural like in the shot below. It can also be annoying when it detects text and automatically crops the frame.
We had fun using the telephoto lens on the OPPO Find X2 Pro. You have the ability to shoot using the 5x optical zoom, which is not something a lot of phones offer. You can get steady close up shots with good detailing at 5x zoom. Switching up to 10x hybrid zoom results in a drop in detail and sharpness, with the image quality declining further as you go all the way up to 60x zoom. We rarely took 60x zoom photos and we believe users are mostly going to be satisfied shooting in 5x and 10x zoom. Interestingly, we noticed that the phone’s algorithm automatically uses the main 48MP camera to zoom up to 10x if you cover the telephoto lens. Zooming using the primary camera offers lesser detail compared to using the telephoto lens.
The 32MP selfie camera captures 8MP binned photos, which look pretty good as well. Skin tones, hair colour are quite accurate although we did notice some softness in images even with beauty mode disabled. The phone supports up to 4k video recording at 60fps. We feel that the Find X2 Pro is up there with the likes of the iPhone 11 when it comes to video recording. Image stabilisation is great as you not get help from OIS, but also the Ultra Steady Video 2.0 mode that adds further stability to videos.
Performance and software
OPPO Find X2 Pro comes with the best hardware you can find on a 2020 flagship phone. It is powered by the 2.84GHz Snapdragon 865 SoC paired with 12GB RAM and 512GB internal storage. There’s no support for storage expansion, but we reckon 512GB would be enough for most people. It’s twice the storage that the OnePlus 8 Pro offers, which is nice to see. As you can expect, the Find X2 Pro nails CPU and GPU benchmarks. In Geekbench 5, the phone scored 908 in single-core and 3274 in multi-core tests, which are marginally better than what The OnePlus 8 Pro scored. In PCMark Work 2.0, the phone scored 11367, which is slightly lower than what The OnePlus flagship managed.
Benchmarks aside, real-world usage tells us that the OPPO Find X2 Pro is at par with the OnePlus 8 Pro as one of the fastest Android phones in the market. With plenty of RAM on offer, multitasking on the device is a breeze. The Snapdragon 865 SoC combined with a smooth 120Hz display means scrolling, opening apps and performing general day-to-day tasks are smooth and lag free.
We had no complains about the Find X2 Pro’s gaming performance as well. The phone can run games like PUBG on the highest graphics settings possible. At HDR + Extreme graphics, the experience was smooth and we didn’t encounter any lags. The 240Hz touch response also means the controls are going to be very responsive. After a 30-minute session, the phone did get slightly warm while battery dropped by around 12 percent.
As far as software is concerned, you get ColorOS 7.1 based on Android 10. The custom skin has improved quite a lot with the company reducing a lot of the clutter. While you still get some pre-loaded apps such as Lazada, Webnovel, Soloop, and Trip.com, the UI still feels more streamlined and intuitive. There are a bunch of useful features as well such as the ability to lock background apps, allowing you to keep some of your most frequented apps constantly running in the background so you can continue from where you left. With plenty of RAM onboard, you won’t have to worry about keeping heavy apps locked in the background. Much like OnePlus’ Oxygen OS, ColorOS also lets you customise the font, shape of app icons and so on. You can even change the fingerprint sensor animation style.
Speaking of the fingerprint sensor, we found it to be fast and accurate. The sensor area glows when you tap on the lock screen or pick up the device, allowing you to quickly unlock the phone. The phone also comes with always-on display feature. We mention these aspects as they were missing on the OnePlus 8 Pro, although OnePlus has confirmed that the always-on display will arrive later this year. Lastly, we were satisfied with the loud and clear call quality over the earpiece.
The OPPO Find X2 Pro houses a dual-cell battery, each being a 2,130mAh cell to offer a total of 4,260mAh capacity. The dual-cell system allows both batteries to charge rapidly without overheating. This allows the 65W SuperVOOC charger to juice up the device from zero to 100 percent in 43 minutes flat. It took just 15 minutes to each over 50 percent and another 30 minutes or so to fully charge up. This is the fastest charging solution available in the market right now, previously seen on the Realme X50 Pro 5G.
The blazing-fast charging is easily one of the best features about the Find X2 Pro. As for the battery life, it is decent but not the best we’ve seen from flagship phones in 2020. You’ll get an all-day battery life with roughly 5 hours of screen on time with QHD+ and 120Hz enabled, which is pretty good. That being said, the OnePlus 8 Pro’s 4,510mAh cell gave us between 6 to 7 hours of screen on time with the same display settings. In our PCMark battery drain test, the Find X2 Pro lasted 7 hours and 25 minutes on QHD+ resolution at 120Hz, which is decent.
The OPPO Find X2 Pro is a great alternative to the OnePlus 8 Pro, although we feel the latter offers a more comfortable and attractive design as well as a cleaner software experience. In terms of competition, the OPPO flagship also takes on the Xiaomi Mi 10, which offers fast wireless charging support and a 108MP camera that can potentially trump the Find X2 Pro. Of course, you also have the more premium iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus as options, both being camera powerhouses.
The Find X2 Pro however, offers enough to take on rivals. While there is much to love about the device, the one feature that really makes the phone stand out is the 65W fast charging tech, which is terrific. While we would have liked to see the phone offer wireless charging support like the OnePlus 8 Pro, we don’t miss it too much thanks to the ultra fast wired charging solution.
In sum, the OPPO Find X2 Pro is a terrific flagship smartphone that carries forward the Find X legacy. Sure, it doesn’t offer anything new in terms of design, but the phone delivers a flagship experience nonetheless. The 120Hz QHD+ display is as good as the one on the OnePlus 8 Pro. You also get capable cameras that work in pretty much any environment. The biggest upgrades are under the hood, with the powerful specs enabling blazing fast performance thanks to the Snapdragon 865 SoC and 12GB RAM. The Find X2 Pro ticks all the right boxes as a premium device, but its high price tag, which is speculated to be around Rs 70,000, may put off some people, making them turn towards the OnePlus 8 Pro on one side and the Galaxy S20 series on the other.
Editor’s rating: 4 / 5
- Terrific 65W fast charging
- Blazing fast performance
- Great cameras
- Bulky and uninspiring design
- ColorOS still comes with some bloatware
- High price tag