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Oppo Find X5 Pro review: slick Android let down by weak camera zoom | Smartphones

The newest high-end smartphone from China’s Oppo goals to usurp Samsung as the very best Android cellphone launched in 2022 with critical pace and an opulent ceramic again that’s virtually too easy.

The Find X5 Pro prices £1,049 and received’t be bought within the US. It replaces final year’s Find X3 Pro (there was no X4) and is filled with all of the belongings you anticipate from a top-flight cellphone.

The 120Hz 6.7in OLED display is slick, crisp, vivid and vibrant, though is just too saturated within the default “vibrant” show color mode. Setting it to one of many extra pure color choices seemed higher to my eye.

the back of the Oppo Find X5 Pro
Available in both white or black ceramic, the shiny metallic-like rear floor is a fingerprint magnet, marred by textual content and a string of company and regulatory logos that cheapens the look. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The again of the cellphone is extra uncommon, with a moulded design that totally envelops the camera lump in a single piece of easy ceramic materials. In its shiny black color it actually seems to be and feels premium, however it’s so easy that the cellphone slides off something that isn’t degree, together with my desk or the couch, forcing the necessity for a case.

It feels very solidly made and good within the hand, with a comparatively slender width that makes it simpler to make use of than some bigger rivals, however it’s a contact heavy in contrast with similar-sized fashions from Samsung and others.

Specifications

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

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

  • RAM: 12GB of RAM

  • Storage: 256GB

  • Operating system: ColorOS 12.1 (Android 12)

  • Camera: 50MP most important and ultrawide + 13MP 2x telephoto, 32MP selfie

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

  • Water resistance: IP68 (1.5m for half-hour)

  • Dimensions: 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm

  • Weight: 218g

Long battery life and really quick charging

the USB-C port of the Oppo Find X5 Pro
The cellphone prices exceptionally rapidly, reaching 50% in simply 13 minutes and a full cost in simply over half an hour with the included 80W USB-An influence adaptor. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Find has the identical high Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip as most high-end Android telephones launched in 2022, performing admirably with a fast interface and easy gaming. It does, nevertheless, get noticeably heat throughout even pretty quick gaming classes.

Battery life is excellent, lasting greater than 42 hours between prices on common used on 5G for 3 hours and with the display set to the default FHD+ decision and actively used for nearly six hours with numerous apps and Chrome. That’s about seven hours longer than Samsung’s nearest rival and about the identical as Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro, which means you’ll most likely solely should cost it each different night time with gentle utilization. It lasts for about 5 hours of screen-on time when the show is elevated its most QHD+ decision.

Sustainability

the ceramic back of the Oppo Find X5 Pro
The ceramic again must be more durable to scratch than glass, however its slippery nature will possible necessitate placing it in a case. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Oppo charges the battery for a minimum of 1,600 full cost cycles utilizing its 80W SuperVOOC system whereas sustaining a minimum of 80% of its unique capability, which is a minimum of twice so long as most others.

The cellphone is usually repairable by Oppo with a substitute battery costing about £30 plus labour. The company operates a trade-in scheme and publishes yearly sustainability reports, however not for particular person merchandise. The Find X5 Pro doesn’t embody recycled supplies.

ColorOS 12.1

colorOS theme options shown on an Oppo Find X5 Pro
ColorOS helps loads of customisation choices for the house display, icons, colors, standing bar and gestures. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Oppo’s ColorOS is a closely customised model of Android 12 with a design extra acquainted in Asia than a lot of the Android telephones bought within the west.

The majority of the system must be acquainted to anybody who has used an Android gadget, nevertheless, and is filled with customisation choices for its look and operation.

It comprises some small oddities and irritations, together with fast launching of the camera requiring a double-press of the amount button as an alternative of the facility button, which is frequent in China however it doesn’t work when enjoying music. To flip off the cellphone you need to maintain each the amount up and energy button for a few seconds, too, which doesn’t work reliably, usually capturing the amount to most as an alternative.

Oppo will help the Find X5 Pro with software updates together with three main Android model upgrades and a complete 4 years of safety updates from the cellphone’s launch. That is a big enchancment over final year’s mannequin however lags behind Samsung’s 5 and Apple’s six-plus years of help.

Camera

the hasselblad camera app on the Oppo Find X5 Pro
The Hasselblad camera app has loads of options, together with full handbook management and the power to shoot 10-bit pictures, however few units or apps help them exterior of the cellphone’s gallery app. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

New for this year is a partnership with camera-maker Hasselblad matching Oppo’s subsidiary OnePlus’s from final year. The Find has three cameras on the again and a 32MP selfie camera on the entrance, the latter of which is strong however unremarkable.

The most important 50MP camera usually shoots superb pictures with wonderful element, dealing with a variety of lighting situations properly, together with very low gentle, with aplomb. It would sometimes oversaturate some colors in a picture, as if it had pre-applied a filter, however in any other case did nice job.

The 50MP extremely large camera will be good however usually produced pictures that seemed washed out. The 13MP 2x telephoto camera is okay for what it’s, however is clearly inferior to the 2 different cameras and miles behind the competitors at this worth, which frequently have 3, 5 and even 10x optical zooms getting you meaningfully nearer to your topic.

The cellphone additionally shoots good video in as much as 8K decision, with wonderful stabilisation in 1080p modes. Overall, the principle camera is de facto good, however the extremely large and weak zoom let the Find down in contrast with equally priced or cheaper rivals.

Price

The Oppo Find X5 Pro prices £1,049 in black or white.

For comparability, the Google Pixel 6 Pro prices £849, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ prices £949, the Galaxy S21 Ultra prices £1,149 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max prices £1,049.

Verdict

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a nice-looking, slick Android cellphone.

It has most of the high-end options it is best to anticipate, together with Android’s high chip from Qualcomm, good battery life, an awesome display, uncommon again design and extremely quick charging.

Its most important camera on the again is excellent, however the cellphone is let down slightly by its ultra-wide camera and its 2x telephoto camera is especially weak in contrast with the competitors. The ColorOS software is enhancing, now with 4 years of help, however it nonetheless has a lot of little niggles. The largest drawback is the cellphone’s £1,049 RRP is just too excessive for what it presents.

When premium rivals supply extra succesful 4x zoom cameras for much less or mega zoom cameras for slightly extra, 5 or extra years of software help and comparable or higher screens and designs, Oppo nonetheless has a lot work to do to justify its very excessive asking worth.

Pros: good display, high efficiency, lengthy battery life, very quick charging, fascinating design, good most important camera, water resistance, quick in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Cons: costly, ultrawide camera is inconsistent, lack of prolonged optical zoom for the camera is poor, solely 4 years of software help assured, ColorOS not polished sufficient, design marred by ugly logos, again is just too easy and slides round on not-quite-flat surfaces.

the fingerprint scanner on the Oppo Find X5 Pro’s screen
The in-screen fingerprint sensor is without doubt one of the quickest and most dependable you may get. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

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