Article has been updated with retail price and value-for-money rating.
Two identical flagship lenses. 32MP front facing camera. One huge battery and fast charging. 120Hz AMOLED display. Top of the line ceramic housing. A premium collaboration with Hasselblad. The list goes on.
The new Oppo Find X5 pro is as flagship as flagship gets.
The fourth iteration of this phone, seemingly skips the unlucky number 4 in its name, but doesn’t skip out on features that truly come at a cost. For the budget conscious, you might want to stop reading. But we know you can’t help but want to know what you just might be missing out on.
PRICE: S$1699 [pre-order at S$1599]
PROCESSOR: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 + MariSilicon X Imaging
DISPLAY: 6.7” QHD+ AMOLED, 3216 x 1440 pixels
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 12 (ColorOS 12.1)
REAR CAMERAS: 50MP ultra-wide-angle (f2.2, AF supported) 50MP Main Camera (f1.7, AF supported, dual-OIS 5-axis stabilisation), 13MP telephoto (f2.4)
FRONT CAMERA: 32MP f2.4, fixed focus
MEMORY: 256GB (non-expandable); 12GB RAM
BATTERY: 5,000mAh dual cell (Fast Charge 80W SuperVOOC, 50W AirVOOC, 10W Reverse Wireless Charging)
In a world where flagships have multiple camera lenses but only deliver the best performance in one of them, Oppo has chosen to not cut any corners. Armed with two 50MP cameras on the wide and ultrawide, we’re promised seamless switching between lenses and zero compromise of quality when using either. There is, however, a third lens. A 13MP telephoto lens, hidden above the flash, that seems more like a good to have in comparison to its siblings.
Together with the MariSiliconX chip, images are separately processed from its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which boasts an improved signal-to-noise ratio allowing for better low-light performance. Digital zoom goes up to 20X but anything above 10X won’t be worth it, trust.
Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) is also spectacular and the night shots look super clean. Colours come through really vibrant without looking unnatural, true to the Hasselblad style. The other Hasselblad colour filters seem a tad gimmicky though.
Surrounding the sloping camera unit is a pristine and beautiful ceramic backing that comes in two colours – Ceramic White or Glaze Black. This is a welcomed feature for those looking for a truly hardy phone. Oppo even gives you a case right out of the box, which kinda feels counterintuitive for having a ceramic housing. But hey, it’s a free case for the first few weeks when you’re still gingerly carrying the phone around.
And just when you think the case was wow, Oppo has pre-installed a screen protector for the display so you won’t be paying a visit to the neighbourhood handphone shop this time round – sorry Ah Seng, maybe next time.
The 5000mAh battery should easily last you a day but Oppo’s packed in an 80W SuperVOOC charger that goes from 0%-50% in 12 minutes. Oppo also made super fast wireless charging possible with the 50W AirVOOC technology and has included reverse wireless charging capabilities.
|Great camera features (OIS, night mode) and image quality
Battery life and fast charging
Hasselblad filters feel gimmicky
ColorOS 12.1 comes preloaded as expected and it packs the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset along with a roomy 12GB of RAM. The 256GB storage with no MicroSD slot might possibly be a cause of concern especially with the huge image files from the gorgeous sensors. But if there’s one thing our mask-filled world definitely appreciates, it’s an in-display fingerprint scanner on top of face detection.
And in case you’re feeling a little left out, Oppo has their very own Omoji avatar. That’s right, because what’s a flagship without a create-your-own avatar feature to annoy your chat groups with. Android wasn’t the first to do everything – just saying.
With all that said, the premium flagship truly is a phone for the phone enthusiast looking for everything money can buy in a phone. It does stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of its competitors but the one slight edge has to be the camera system. –chef kiss-
BATTERY LIFE: 9/10
VALUE FOR MONEY: 6/10 *revised to 7.5