OPPO is a name that has been synonymous with quality hardware for the past few years, although its software needs work to improve the user experience.
However, it seems that lately OPPO is looking to break out of its previous budget market and focus more on its mid-range and high-end offerings, so when the company recently announced the launch of its new flagship, the OPPO Find X5 Pro, we wanted to see if it could potentially compete against the high-end manufacturers recognized within the Android ecosystem, namely Samsung with its Galaxy S line and Google with its Pixel line.
So, can the OPPO Find X5 Pro be a potential threat to Samsung and Google, and can it handle a barrage of daily use that I tend to put my devices through, let’s take a look?
What’s in the box
So I have to say that the box sent by OPPO is, well, big, to say the least. Inside the box were the phone box with the phone, the usual leaflets and guides, the SIM tray tool, a soft plastic cover, a USB-C cord (about 1 meter) and the plug of the basic charger, which offers up to 80W of power to charge the Find X5 Pro in minutes.
There was another box that contained the wireless charger, a 1 meter USB-C cord, and the usual paperwork. The only problem is that it doesn’t come with its own base charger port, meaning you’re limited to the one that comes with the device itself. The wireless charger offers OPPO’s 50W wireless charging, more on that later.
Taking the OPPO Find X5 Pro out of the box and holding it in my hand, it feels slightly heavier than my Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and my partner’s Samsung Galaxy S10 as well, not too heavy for it to get too much cumbersome to hold or use the device for long periods of time.
The review unit we received was the white version, while I prefer black or darker colors to hide potential marks and dirt over time; the white color is very striking and quite beautiful.
OPPO Find X5 Pro – Front
OPPO Find X5 Pro front screen
Volume Rocker Buttons – Left Side
USB-C, SIM card tray and speaker grill – Bottom
Triple Camera Setup and LED Flashlight – Back
Sleep/Power Button – Right Side
32MP punch-hole camera in the display
The front of the OPPO Find X5 Pro comes with a 6.70-inch punch-hole AMOLED display (3216×1440) with 120Hz refresh rate and it looks absolutely stunning with clear and vivid colors.
The punch hole for the front camera is located near the top left side of the device which houses a 32 MP front camera. The front speaker is located in the middle at the top of the device, while the under-display fingerprint sensor is much more accurate and responsive than others I’ve used.
The left side of the device houses the volume rocker, while the bottom houses the dual SIM card slot, microphone, USB-C port, and speaker grill next to the charger port. with the right side housing the standby/on/off power button. There are several microphones that help reduce noise during phone calls.
The back of the OPPO Find X5 Pro houses the triple camera consisting of a 50 MP main camera, a 50 MP ultra-wide angle camera and a 13 MP telephoto camera alongside a single lamp handheld LED. The camera housing has a slightly unusual look, it’s not quite oblong, square or rectangular in shape and protrudes 1-2mm outwards. Plus, laying the phone flat on any surface means you’ll have a rocking effect without using the included case.
Under the hood and performance
The OPPO Find X5 Pro is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform alongside a MariSilicon X imaging NPU and an 818 MHz Adreno 730 GPU. 12GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage is good news, unfortunately the storage cannot be expanded by a MicroSD card. So you are forced to opt for cloud or self-service storage options if you are running out of space.
The OPPO Find X5 Pro comes with the ability to use 2 SIM cards in one device, so if you’re looking for a device that’s both your work and personal device in one, then the Find X5 Pro might be the one. device you are looking for. for. There’s a full range of connectivity that you’d reasonably expect from a device at this level, perhaps with the exception of Wi-Fi 6e.
Complemented by 4G and 5G connectivity. Unfortunately, as Sydney’s northwest suburbs are patchy at the moment with my telecom provider, I was unable to get or maintain a 5G connection, but 4G was still solid and as fast as it could get.
Light, camera, action!
The OPPO Find X5 Pro has a triple rear camera including a 50 MP main camera, a 50 MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 13 MP telephoto camera with a single LED flashlight. It should be noted that there is no macro lens, for some important but for others it will not fail. Having recently partnered with Hasselblad, you’ll get exceptional color enhancements for pro mode photography. It should be noted that these features are only available in pro mode, but without it you will still get great photos.
There are many modes to choose from in the camera app, including Night, Video, Photo, Portrait, Pro, High Res, Panorama, Movie, Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Long Exposure, Dual View Video, Sticker, Text Scanner, and Xpan .
The OPPO Find X5 Pro front camera is a 32MP camera and again the quality of the photos taken were pretty darn good. They are certainly ready for the internal social media influencer; produce quality photos with colors, contrasts and liveliness at the rendezvous.
The OPPO Find X5 Pro comes with Android version 12 with of course the device running OPPO’s infamous ColorOS version 12.1 and to be fair it seems that OPPO has listened to some of the criticism regarding ColorOS received in the past .
Don’t get me wrong, there’s room for improvement as always, but I found this version of ColorOS to be smoother and less slow than previous OPPO devices I’ve used and reviewed in the past. It also seems that OPPO has moved towards greater customization of the device.
Lightning-fast charging and exceptional battery life
As mentioned, the OPPO Find X5 Pro comes with OPPO’s SUPERVOOC charging capabilities with an 80W charger that you can plug directly into the device via the USB-C to USB A cable in the wall charger, but the Find X5 Pro comes with a 50W wireless charger too.
The only caveat with the wireless charger is that it doesn’t come with the charging brick, so you’ll have to use the wall charger that’s in the main package or a second one. For those who pre-ordered, the wireless charger was included.
Charging the device with the wireless charger having around 38-45% battery life, the wireless charger was able to give a full 100% charge in 25-30 minutes. To ensure that the wireless charger does not overheat, it has a built-in fan to keep the device cool while in use.
By plugging the phone directly into the mains via the 80W charger, the battery was charged faster than the wireless charger, which is a bonus if you want to boost your battery power if you’re in a hurry.
The battery life I have to say is very well done considering medium to heavy usage, I still had between 50-70% battery life left at the end of the day. With light use, I still had around 75-85% battery left at the end of the day.
Should you consider buying one?
The OPPO Find X5 Pro is indeed an ultra-premium device that ticks the right boxes such as great battery life, super-fast charging, a stunning display and an excellent user experience with software that flows well and which is fluid.
OPPO has delivered a real competitor to the latest from Samsung, Google and Apple.
Pricing starts at AU$1,799.00, which is quite steep, but it’s cheaper than a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – just without the stylus/S-Pen that comes with the Ultra.
I can easily say that I recommend the OPPO Find X5 Pro and suggest if you are looking for an ultra-premium device to put the OPPO Find X5 Pro on your shopping list.
The OPPO Find X5 Pro is available directly through OPPO, JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman, Bing Lee alongside telecom providers such as Telstra and Vodafone in black or white color options.