Exactly a week after Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo unveiled its stunning new flagship smartphone, the Vivo Nex, another Chinese company, Oppo, unleashed its answer to it in the form of its own version of a notch-less and bezel-less smartphone – the Oppo Find X.
So, here it is folks!
After all those leaks, teasers, and speculations we finally know what the Oppo Find X looks like and all that it has to offer.
The important thing is that Oppo has managed to improve on the main innovative features that Vivo introduced on the Nex, in that it has concealed both the front- and the back-facing dual cameras, instead of hiding only the selfie camera as Vivo has done on the Nex.
The Find X’s screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 percent is, again, better than the Nex’s 91.24 percent, which was the highest found in any smartphone, until this came along to better its short-lived record.
Interestingly, both the Vivo and Oppo, along with OnePlus, are owned by one parent company – BBK Electronics Corporation, based in Dongguan, Guangdong, China.
To start with, the Find X is far too different from some of the other smartphones we’ve seen, not only from Oppo but other manufacturers, as well.
The gorgeous obstruction-free display with that amazing screen-to-body ratio is based on what the company is calling a panoramic design, which is supposed to be a fusion of technology and art.
The 6.4-inch OLED 1080p panoramic art screen covers, practically, the entire front of the device, making it look like a miniature infinity pool, if you will, somewhat reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Like in the case of the Nex, getting rid of the irritating notch required an alternative accommodation for the front-facing camera, a problem which Vivo cracked with the help of a truly creative solution, cleverly placing the 8-megapixel front-facing camera inside the phone’s chassis, to stay concealed, until needed.
Oppo, however, went a step, or two, further and devised a way to not only give you a seamless front but an unimpeded back, as well, by housing all the three cameras in a single tray that slides out on app command.
So, the back of the device also has a 3D arc to it, featuring a reflective gradient design that has a colorful effect, depending on the lighting and viewing angle – something that Oppo claims to have achieved by using a multi-faceted color process.
It’s time now to talk, a bit more in detail, about the feature that makes the Find X really one of a kind – the “Stealth 3D” camera tray that slides up and out from inside the phone’s body to reveal a 25-megapixel front-facing camera and a dual 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel rear camera.
The tray mechanism is activated as soon as you open the camera app; when not in use, it stays hidden to give you that sleek, seamless surface at the front as well as on the back.
Unlike the Nex, the Find X does not feature an under-the-screen fingerprint reader but has a 3D face recognition technology called O-Face recognition, instead.
It is based on a 3D-structured light module, also housed in the sliding tray, comprising a flood illuminator, infrared camera, ranging or proximity sensor, receiver, front camera and dot projector.
It is capable of projecting 15,000 dots, in order to create a precise and complete 3D module of a user’s face to compare it with the registered face of the owner, before unlocking or denying to unlock the phone, depending on whether or not the face is a match.
O-Face recognition also works with the front-facing camera to produce those life-like selfies and animated 3D emojis.
It doesn’t end there; the face-recognition module also supports mobile payment by integrating with Alibaba’s popular mobile and online payment platform, Alipay.
Moving over to the specs, the Oppo Find X comes equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, has 8GB of RAM and provides up to 256GB of onboard storage.
The device has dual-SIM connectivity with LTE; for software, it has Oppo’s Color OS 5.1, based on Android 8.1 Oreo; and it’s powered by a 3,730mAh battery with Oppo’s VOOC fast wired charging – somewhat along the lines of OnePlus’ Dash Charge.
Breaking its practice of limiting its phones to China, the Philippines, India, and some other Asian countries, this time around Oppo is making the Find X available in North America and Europe, as well, and hence, the global LTE compatibility of the device.
However, the company is yet to announce specific pricing and carrier information for the two new markets it’s looking to make its presence felt in.
The Oppo Find X also has a built-in Google Assistant for voice support and boasts a smart low power-consumption mic with BSP module for high activation success rate, as well.
Oppo Find X specs at a glance
- 6.4-inch OLED screen with 93.8% screen-to-body ratio and a screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels
- 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual rear camera
- 25-megapixel front-facing camera (with face unlock)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
- 8GB of RAM
- Up to 256GB of internal storage
- Color OS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo
- 3,730mAh non-removable battery with VOOC fast charging
- 156.70 x 74.30 x 9.40mm dimensions, with a weight of 186g