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OPPO Find X2 Pro: unboxing and reviewing the #TrueFlagshipExperience

Jun 17, 2020 21:23 IST

Flagship smartphones in 2020 are a dime a dozen, but there's very few that set the bar a notch higher. One of those is this, the Oppo Find X2 Pro. It has one of the most exhaustive lists of specifications I've ever seen, with performance to match, and in this video, I'm going to tell you why it's one of my favourite flagships of 2020. But first, let's quickly unbox the device and see everything it packs in. In this large reviewer's box that I've been sent, there's first a greeting, which when lifted reveals the retail box underneath. Next to it is this carbon-fiber phone case, along with a reviewer's guide. Let's set that aside and get to the meat of it. The retail box has a really nice reflective pattern on it, and if you look carefully, this is the black ceramic model with 12GB RAM and 512GB of storage. Open up the lid, and you'll be greeted with a smaller box for the TPU case, manuals and SIM ejector tool. Underneath that, there's the phone itself in all its shiny glory. Lift the paper tray below that and you'll see the charging brick and a container for the earphones. The charging adapter is a massive 65W unit, and I'll talk more about the phone's insane charging speeds later in the video. In the container for the earphones, there's the USB Type-C earphones themselves, a USB Type-C charging cable, and a few extra eartips. Now that we've got all that out of the way, let's get into the review. The first thing you’ll notice about the Find X2 Pro—its gorgeous 6.7-inch display. Now high refresh rates and quad HD resolutions are the order of the day, but most flagship’s either have one or the other, and the ones that have both, aren’t able to gel them together. Here's looking at you Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra! The Find X2 Pro makes no such compromises in that department. It’s a 120Hz refresh rate QHD+ AMOLED screen, with a 1440x3168 resolution, and yes, you can have both those things running at the same time. The HDR10+ certified display also sports 10-bit colour, that’s 64 times more than what conventional 8-bit screens offer, so content on this display looks stunning. There’s also the O1 Ultra Vision Engine which offers video enhancements like being able to provide a wider colour gamut to non-HDR content. It can also boost videos up to a smooth 60fps or even 120fps. Now while this system doesn't work on all video content, it is supported by apps like YouTube, Tencent Sports, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and a few others. I’ll be honest though, I didn’t notice a whole lot of difference with the system turned on while watching content on Netflix, but it's still good to have a system that can boost video quality should the need arise. The Find X2 Pro also gets a 240Hz touch sampling rate, so not only will this screen give you the maximum frames when playing games, but also the quickest responses and reaction times. Take all of this into account, and it’s not hard to believe that DisplayMate rated this screen an A+, it’s highest grade. There's also a Natural Tone mode, that uses sensors to determine the ambient light temperature, and changes the colour of the screen accordingly. A common criticism of the Find X2 Pro's screen are the curved edges, but honestly, they're not all that bad. I used the phone with a cover pretty much the entire time, and with that setup, I had virtually no accidental touches. Bezels are quite slim, and along with the selfie camera in a hole punch, it gives the phone a lot of screen real estate. Now let’s move on to the camera system used by the Find X2 Pro. In this vertical slit on the back, you’ll notice two circular lenses, and one that’s rectangular. This is the phone’s Ultra Vision Camera system, that incorporates a 48MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide camera, and a 13MP telephoto camera. These three put together offer a lot of versatility, and with such powerful hardware, Oppo has done away with the need to include dedicated Macro and Depth sensors. Just get really close to a subject, and the camera app automatically engages an Ultra Macro Mode. There’s a dedicated Night Mode, and Portrait Mode, and Google Lens as well. The 13MP periscope system offers up to 10x Hybrid Zoom, and can go as high as 60x, although pictures at that range aren't great. I found that pictures taken with both 5x and 10x zoom were very sharp with crisp details, and could easily pass off as primary sensor images from a mid-range smartphone. The 48MP main sensor produces natural colours, without over-saturating the image, and there's great depth of field even without the portrait mode. However, if you'd like punchier colours, you can turn on the AI Dazzle mode, which will essentially boost saturation. I quite like the idea of a 48MP ultrawide camera--it means you'll get a unique field of view, without losing a whole bunch of detail. The ultrawide images with the Find X2 Pro are proof of that, although there is a fair bit of distortion towards the corners of the frame. If you thought the lack of a dedicated macro sensor was going to be a problem--you're wrong. The Ultra Macro Mode captures great detail, while preserving accurate colours. Along with this, there's an Ultra Night Mode, and to be honest, there's a significant difference between shots taken with it and without it. What I mean is, if you're trying to get a more dramatic image, with pronounced shadows, you should keep the Night Mode off. However, if you're trying to light up dark areas in an image, the dedicated mode gets the job done. Either way, the Find X2 Pro's camera performs well in low-light conditions. In addition to photography, this phone is quite capable when it comes to video too. You can shoot footage at up to 4K 60fps, and Oppo has offered an Ultra Steady Mode for stabilisation, which does smooth out the bumps very well, while still being able to record at 1080p. There's an extra pro mode for stabilisation that smoothes things up even more, and a Live HDR setting for high contrast situations, although when I used it, colour temperature kept changing constantly, so hopefully that's something that gets better with a future update. The selfie camera on this phone is a 32MP sensor, and with the brand's history of focusing on pictures from the front lens, it's pretty decent. I'll be honest, I've never been a big fan of beauty-enhancing modes and face slimmers, things that Oppo offers in large amounts. However, if you don't like the way these modes make you look, you can always disable them easily enough. In good lighting, the selfies are sharp, with natural colours, but in low light conditions, the image tends to be a bit soft. Edge detection with the portrait mode tends to be a bit iffy as well, but since this is a single sensor system, AI is doing most of the work, so it's understandable. In the performance department, the Find X2 Pro is an absolute beast of a machine. At the top of its spec sheet sits the latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 5G chipset, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. Gaming performance on this phone is as smooth as it gets, with the highest frame rates possible thanks to that 120Hz refresh rate I spoke of before, and the accompanying 240Hz touch sampling rate that makes for lighting fast touch response. This hardware is amplified by the Game Space app that lets you block incoming notifications, and directs all of the phone's horsepower to just the gameplay if you so wish. These are things usually seen on gaming smartphones, and it's great to see Oppo raise the bar for flagships in general. I should point out, however, that not all games are able to use that high refresh rate. If you’re playing COD Mobile, you’ll notice a very slight difference over a standard 60Hz screen, but if you’re playing games like Injustice 2, the phone will make full use of all that 120Hz goodness. The 12GB RAM plays a big role in multitasking, with apps running in the background rarely booting up from scratch when you access them even after a while. The 512GB storage is not expandable, but in my opinion, it's more than enough for a reasonable amount of usage. Now when it comes to battery life, the 120Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution really eat into it, and if you're like me and tend to keep your screen brightness cranked up for most of the day, this battery isn't going to give you much more than a day's usage. The good news here, however, is ultra-fast charging speeds, probably the fastest available anywhere right now. With its 4,260 mAh of cumulative battery split into two separate cells for faster concurrent Super VOOC 2.0 charging, the Find X2 Pro goes from 0 to full in under 40 minutes on an average, significantly faster than any competitor. Unfortunately, there's no wireless charging, which I think is a bit of a letdown considering the price and flagship status of the phone. It's worth noting though, that if you want to control the battery life better, you can set the screen refresh rate and resolution to Auto Select, so the phone will offer the best mix of the two depending on whether you're watching content, browsing an article, or playing games. An important part of any smartphone is its operating system, and with ColorOS 7.1, Oppo has shown that they've come quite far from what they previously offered. The interface has been cleaned up quite a lot, extra features have been significantly improved, and no longer does this look like an iOS clone. There's a really nice Dark Mode that applies itself to almost all of the default apps and looks great on this OLED panel, along with Edge Lighting effects for incoming calls and notifications. More control over the interface has been offered with this version of ColorOS, including features like a multi-user mode, a quick-gesture for split-screen mode, and another gesture for screenshots. On the edge of the screen, you'll find the Smart Sidebar that holds a few nifty features like screen recording and floating chat-heads for supported apps. Oppo has thoughtfully included an app to wind down--the Oppo Relax app offers guided breathing exercises, ambient sounds, and calming music, all supported by Dolby Atmos. The phone runs Android 10, and while Oppo doesn't have a great track record when it comes to timely software updates for its mid-range phones, one can only hope they make an exception for their flagship device. Last but definitely not the least, let's talk about the Oppo Find X2 Pro's design. It's offered in two options--this ceramic black one, and an orange vegan leather finish. While the orange model looks much flashier, I like the muted look the ceramic model sports. There are these slight ridges on the back that add a little bit of grip and create rather pretty patterns under the right lighting. If you're worried about dents and scratches, you can slap on the included transparent TPU case, or if you want something nicer, Oppo sells this carbon fiber case that goes well with the all-black look. Every corner of the phone looks polished, and there's some nice attention to detail, like the green accent on the power button. The earpiece grill on top sits almost flush with the bezel, and it plays a role in the phone's stereo speaker setup along with the speaker on the bottom. It's an IP68 rated device, so it's as well protected as possible to survive in even the clumsiest of hands. There's a fingerprint scanner underneath the display too, that's really fast and didn't give me a single false reading the entire time I used it. So, to sum up, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is a genuine spec monster. The list of all the hardware it packs is long enough to frighten any competition, and with software that finally backs up the performance, Oppo has shown real growth. At this price point, there's many contenders to choose from, including the likes of Samsung and OnePlus, but for me, the Find X2 Pro is still my favourite. Why? Well 'cause simply put, it does everything, and then some.

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