Oppo Find X5 Pro review: Specifications and benefits of the new Android phone

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The Chinese brand Oppo does not enjoy the same level of recognition as those giants but since its arrival in the UK it has been keen to establish itself as a player at the higher end of the market.

With that in mind, the Find X5 Pro gets a large, glossy display with a high refresh rate, a host of HD cameras, tie-in with legendary camera brand Hasselblad, as well as a high-end chipset, featuring lightning-fast charging and a four-figure price tag.

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But is it a good idea to compete with the big names in the mobile market and justify its £1,049 price tag?

Processor, storage and software

Find X5 Pro uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset as other 2022 flagships such as Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, OnePlus 10 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro. As you’d expect from the latest high-quality set of tools, it’s up to the task of handling whatever you ask of it.

Apps open and switch without hesitation and even intensive apps like video editing or gaming are easily handled.

There is only one specification on offer, with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Like most high-end phones nowadays, there is no option to expand this with a microSD card. However, Find X5 Pro allows you to expand the phone’s RAM temporarily if you have enough spare storage space.

Between the user and all these devices is Oppo’s own ColorOS UI. It’s a simple and somewhat attractive theme for Android that doesn’t feel overbearing but does allow for some nice customization touches like choosing the look and feel of the app icons and some nice always-on screen options.

Oppo says the Find X5 Pro will get three years of Android updates and four years of security patches.

Design

At 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm, the Find X5 Pro is mainly complete but fits easily in the hand thanks to a smooth curve that goes from Gorilla Glass Victus at the front to the ceramic back.

This ceramic look looks and feels great with a great, smooth feel that is not very slippery. The only drawback is that the glossy coating is an absolute fingerprint magnet and you’ll find yourself constantly wiping it down to keep it looking its best. The look is also a bit spoiled by the different parts of the brands and the matching text that runs along its length.

Unlike other high-end phones where the camera module sits proud of a sharply defined edge, the Oppo Cover seamlessly flows around the various sensors and flashes, creating a constant stinging sensation and allowing your fingers to rest comfortably under the cameras.

Buttons and ports are limited to a power switch on the right side and volume controls on the left, with a USB-C port and speaker on the bottom of the case. Like most newer high-end phones, there is no headphone jack. However, there is IP68 water and dust resistance to protect the phone from the elements.

Screen

Find X5 Pro features a 6.7-inch Full HD AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 10-bit color depth, as well as a punch-hole selfie camera in the upper left corner. As you’d expect, everything looks very sharp and pops with vibrant colors, but the phone also features image sharpening and video color optimization tools if you want a bit more enhancement. There is also an option to increase the impressive brightness even more when watching HDR videos, but that will take a toll on your battery.

The 120Hz dynamic refresh rate means it constantly adapts to the on-screen task and ensures ultra-smooth scrolling, but if you’re concerned about battery life, you can select the 60Hz refresh rate.

camera

The X5 Pro case proudly displays the Hasselblad logo as well as Oppo’s own “MariSilicon-Powered” branding, underlining the focus Oppo has placed on Find X5 Pro cameras.

However, there are actually fewer cameras than the previous X3 Pro, but those that remain are excellent overall.

The main unit is 50 MP / f1.7 with 5-axis optical stabilization, supported by a 50 MP / f2.2 wide-angle lens and a 13 MP / f2.4 telephoto camera.

Results from the first two cameras are hugely impressive across the board, with both handling everything from high-contrast landscapes to unexpected group shots well, with sharp, accurate images full of color and life.

Low-light photography is equally impressive with the Find X5 Pro’s night mode that makes the best use of a quality sensor and smart processing. It’s easy to capture fast-moving subjects, whether it’s cars racing around a track or kids racing around a park steeply thanks to image stabilization and the extremely fast and intelligent MariSilicon processing software, which also helps improve low-light or high-contrast photos and video.

The association with the Hasselblad largely amounts to the camera interface, which features the trademark trademark orange on the controls and the famous shutter sound. You also get a special XPan mode that recreates the twisted layout and finish of the Hasselblad XPan film camera from the 1990s.

Among Oppo’s additions is a long exposure mode which includes options to capture water/drag, move vehicles or light painting. It is remarkably easy to use and delivers some great results that require little more than a steady hand from the operator.

There are also popular “Pro” settings that let you adjust shutter speed, ISO, white balance and more, Ultra HD settings and AI Scene Optimization that will make suggestions to get the most out of your subject.

Long exposure shots are very easy to achieve

On the front, the 32MP front camera produces good, reliable results and has a smart feature to switch between normal angle and ultra wide angle depending on whether you’re taking a single or group shot.

Video recording goes up to 4k 60fps, but it drops down to Full HD and you’ll be able to take advantage of some impressive advanced stabilization settings, and as with still photos, the Find X5 Pro’s video output is impressively clear and bright.

The biggest drawback of the camera is its 2X magnification. There’s nothing wrong with the functionality, but when competitors offer 5x and even 10x optical zoom, it seems like a step back and while the software helps somewhat, the use of digital zoom results in sub-par photos.

Battery and charging

Inside the Pro’s sealed case is a massive 5,000mAh battery which, says Oppo, should last a full day of intense use. We’ve found that it easily copes with normal daily web browsing and scrolling through social media with a little YouTube watching thrown in for good measure.

It also has a massive 80W charger that can add 50% in just 12 minutes, which means that even if you forget to charge it overnight, blasting for a few minutes first thing in the morning will give you enough juice to see you through. Wireless charging is also supported at an impressive 50W – much more than competing phones.

to rule

The Oppo Find X5 Pro has all the hallmarks of a true flagship phone.

The chipset is powerful enough to handle the toughest jobs and the camera returns excellent and reliable results in all conditions.

The screen is sharp and bright with extremely smooth operation and the battery and charging are class-leading. It also looks like a premium smartphone but nevertheless comes at a premium price to match more well-known brands.

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The Oppo Find X5 Pro has all the hallmarks of a true flagship phone.

The chipset is powerful enough to handle the toughest jobs and the camera returns excellent and reliable results in all conditions.

The screen is sharp and bright with extremely smooth operation and the battery and charging are class-leading. It also looks like a premium smartphone but nevertheless comes at a premium price to match more well-known brands.

Dimensions: 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm

Screen: 6.7in 120Hz QHD + OLED (525ppi)

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Operating System: ColorOS 12.1 (Android 12)

Camera: 50 MP main and ultra-wide + 13 MP 2x telephoto, 32 MP selfie

Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, GNSS

Water resistance: IP68 (1.5 meters for 30 minutes)


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