You may recognize Oppo as a business unrelated to OnePlus, but it recently surpassed Huawei as China’s top smartphone manufacturer, benefiting from Huawei’s sanctions-induced revenue decline even in its home country. As a result, the latest Find X3 Pro flagship is a significant device for the brand, with the potential to solidify its position as a main player in the luxury smartphone market.
Oppo isn’t going to hold the Find X3 Pro in China this time. Although the business does not offer phones in the United States, foreign versions with Google services are available in countries such as the United Kingdom, where prices start at £1,099 (roughly $1,500). It’s worth checking out if you have the choice and are looking for a high-end handset, since this is one of the sleekest Android devices you’ll see this year.
The Find X3 Pro appears nearly similar to the OnePlus 9 Pro from the front. Both phones have a 6.7-inch 1440p 120Hz curved OLED screen with a hole-punch selfie camera in the top left, which is almost definitely the same Samsung panel since Oppo and OnePlus share a supply chain.
When you turn the Find X3 Pro around, it looks nothing like the OnePlus — or any other handset, for that matter. The camera bump is similar to the iPhone 12 Pro in that it has three lenses arranged in a circular rectangle, but it is made up of a single piece of glass that rises up seamlessly to match the sensors. It seems like anything out of Terminator 2 when combined with the mirrored finish — at least before you have your fingerprints all over it.
At 193g and 8.3mm wide, the Find X3 Pro looks small and slim for a 2021 flagship handset, and the device’s complete lack of rough edges allows it to be very easy to wear. I’ve even been using it with the bundled Kevlar-style cover, which protects nearly all of the device’s thinness, which is good since this is one phone I don’t want to lose.
The Find X3 Pro, like the OnePlus 9 Pro, has a great display. Oppo, on the other hand, claims to provide the first full-path 10-bit color management system for Android, enabling you to catch and display more than a billion colors, compared to 16.7 million on other smartphones. Eye checks are used in the Find X3 Pro app to make the show correct for different types of color blindness.
I haven’t seen a significant distinction between this and other often seen screens, but we aren’t even living in a 10-bit environment. You’ll almost certainly only use this feature if you create your own content with the Find X3 Pro’s cameras, and even then, the benefit would seem minor.
Camera: Telephoto and Microscope
The Find X3 Pro has a decent variety of hardware when it comes to cameras. The device is powered by two 50-megapixel Sony IMX 766 sensors, one for the main camera and the other for the ultrawide; it isn’t the largest sensor on the market, but it more than holds its own against flagship rivals. Oppo’s color grading and HDR grading are restrained, and it’s rare and exciting to see an ultrawide that matches the main camera in terms of resolution and dynamic range.
A 13-megapixel 2x telephoto camera is also included, but its accuracy falls short of the other cameras. Oppo has done more than any other corporation to popularize periscope telephoto devices, so this is a bit surprising. Granted, zoom lenses are never the perfect optics on a smartphone, but this seems like a move down from the Find X2 Pro’s 5x unit from last year. You could argue that a 2x zoom is more flexible so the accuracy of shots between 2x and 4.9x is improved, so why not have both?
Since Oppo chooses to dedicate a significant portion of the camera bump to a bizarre microscope instrument, I may pose the query “why not both?” in a decent degree of honesty. The three-megapixel sensor is surrounded by a lens capable of 60x magnification, according to Oppo, and there’s also a ring light across the glass to highlight subjects that would otherwise be hidden by the phone’s shadow.
Isn’t that cool? Yes, admittedly. Because of the incredibly shallow depth of view, it’s challenging to get subjects in complete detail, but you can completely catch ethereal photographs unlike everything you’ve ever seen from a smartphone by putting the Find X3 Pro up to threads, food, or OLED displays. Is it, therefore, practical? Maybe it’s my lack of creativity, but I guess I’d go for the periscope zoom. Enjoy this one if you can think of a million excuses why you’d like a microscope-class camera on your computer.
Performance & Battery Life
The overall performance of the Find X3 Pro is on par with every other Snapdragon 888-powered flagship. ColorOS, Oppo’s skin, is now much snappier than ever, to the extent that OnePlus is using it for phones in China. Although the 4,500mAh battery isn’t quite enough to render this a two-day handset, I never had any trouble getting through a single day of heavy use.
The fact that Oppo has now included wireless charging on a premium phone helps with battery life. This was by far my main gripe with the predecessor — it might not be a deal breaker for everybody, especially if you’re used to wireless charging, it’s a deal breaker. Though I don’t have the requisite patented adapter to try it, Oppo’s 30W wireless device claims to be able to charge the Find X3 Pro to 100% in 80 minutes. The wired battery, on the other hand, is 65W and will charge your phone to 40% in ten minutes.
It might seem insignificant, but the inclusion of wireless charging was everything I required to be satisfied with the Find X3 Pro as a daily phone. I’ve been using it on a regular basis for around six weeks and have had very few issues. Yeah, I could have done without the microscope camera, but Oppo is now capable of producing legitimately premium, performant phones on par with every other Android maker.
However, I doubt you’ll be able to get it for the kind of brand discount that OnePlus is known for. In the United Kingdom, the Find X3 Pro costs £50 less than Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. I believe the Find X3 Pro is a viable alternative to that product, but I doubt many people would choose it over the larger and more well-known brand.
Nonetheless, the Find X3 Pro is a fantastic product that further establishes Oppo as a business to watch. Of course, this may come as no surprise, but the best phone from one of China’s largest players is still one of the best phones available anywhere.
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