OPPO has again worked hard to put out a smartphone that looks like it belongs to the top-end side of the market. Its new OPPO Find X is a very interesting piece of technology and engineering.
Let's start the things that catch your attention: at first sight, the lack of front and rear cameras - but looks can be deceiving and OPPO cleverly stowed the cameras away inside the main body of hte Find X, bringing them out only when needed - for face recognition when you turn the phone on and for photo/video taking when a camera app is started.
Because of this, another thing you don't see is a notch. Actually almost the whole front of the OPPO Find X is viewable screen area. And it is a beautiful 6.4 inches (2340 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED screen, with vibrant colours and deep darks and black. The back of the phone is made of glass with a colour effect that makes it very stylish.
With 8GB RAM and 256 GB of built-in storage, the OPPO Find X has space - and power - for a lot of content. Based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, with an Adreno 630 GPU, the operation is fluid and apps open and switch fast. The company's own Color OS 5.1 is based on Android 8.1 and is pretty similar to stock Android. It adds some interesting features, such as Full Screen Multitasking, that allows up to three Quick Apps icons on the side of the screen when in full-screen mode (like a game or video), allowing you to use those without closing the full screen app.
Another accessibility functionality is the Assistive Ball, a circle that floats on the screen and gives you pretty much all the functionality you get from the navigation keys but without being bound to the bottom of the screen.
OPPO also has Game Space feature that will automatically set your device's performance, notification and brightness when it detects a game launch. This pretty much guarantees an immersive experience when playing games.
In terms of performance we've seen recent reports of OPPO Color OS tweaking its parameters when benchmark apps run. Running AnTuTu gave me an extraordinary result, even higher than my daily OnePlus 5T device. Despite those claims I can say the OPPO Find X performs extremely well on a daily basis and playing videos or games on full screen is a pleasure.
OPPO doesn't load the device with lots of apps, like some other OEMs do. They have a Phone Manager (providing memory and storage cleanup functionality as well as a malware scan powered by Avast). They also offer a Theme Store, which is pretty cool, with lots of themes that instantly and effortlessly change how your phone looks or just wallpapers to customise your device.
Other built-in apps are pretty much standard Android fare: Google Calendar, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Drive, Duo, Play Music and Play Movies. Interestingly the default browser is a custom version of Opera, which suits me just fine as I prefer Opera on mobile devices over Chrome or Firefox.
Since there's no space on the front (as it's pretty much all a big screen), there's no notification LED. OPPO smartly replaced the LED notification with an effect that lights up just the screen contours. It is actually really cool when you see the notification happening.
The built-in weather app gets its data from AccuWeather and accurately located me pretty much anywhere in New Zealand.
The camera app is pretty easy to use with Time Lapse, Slow Motion, Video, Photo, Portrait, Sticker, Panoramic and an Expert modes. Results are really good and will make you a happy photographer. The camera automatically activate the little motor that brings the lenses out of the body (as you can see in the video). That same movement also happens when you turn on the OPPO Find X and Face Recognition is on. The camera movement takes less than a second to complete and it is kind of fun to see the camera poping up when you push the power button. The rear camera uses two lenses (20M f/2.0 +16M f/2.0) and the front camera uses a single 25M f/2.0 lens.
This speed is just as well because there is no fingerprint reader on the OPPO Find X. This smartphone relies on either a PIN or face recognition for unlock.
Other feature that is related to security is the Secure Keyboard, which replaces the default keyboard when entering passwords, PIN and other information in secure apps such as mobile banking apps. This secure keyboard guarantees the information entered is not recorded or intercepted in any way by any other app.
In terms of communications, the OPPO Find X comes as a dual SIM model (GSM:850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA:B1/2/4/5/6/8/19, LTE FDD：B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/32/66 and TD-LTE：B34/38/39/40/41(2496-2690MHz)). It also supports 2.4/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth BT2.1+EDR, BT5.0.
Interestingly, for a high-end model the OPPO Find X is missing NFC, a feature I grew accostumed to use with Google Pay and other NFC-based operations (like recharging my Snapper city travel card without having to find a kiosk for this).
Overall I think the OPPO Find X is an incredible smartphone, if you don't mind the lack of NFC - did I say the logo shown during startup is beautiful?