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Oppo Find X review: Sexier and more innovative than the Galaxy S9

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Like most newer phones, the Oppo Find X comes with a USB Type-C port.

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The phone can get a tad hot at times, especially when playing games, and it seems there's some throttling when it warms up too much. Most processor chips do this to ensure that your phone doesn't combust, but I noticed that it happened quite frequently on the Find X -- leaving me wondering if it has insufficient cooling.

Oppo Find X battery, camera and benchmarks

Oppo has been making phones with great cameras for a while now, and the Find X's dual rear shooters are pretty impressive. The 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel cameras take plenty of great shots, and a recent firmware update made it even better -- tricky portrait shots don't mess up on background blur, while colors seem bright and vivid.

Low-light imaging is also great and I found that it could even properly meter the background lights on posters, letting me see text without it being blown out. I'm honestly impressed with the quality of the shots. Sure, some of them can look a little too processed, but the average person who wants sharp pictures won't mind that too much. The front selfie camera has a feature that does a 3D scan of your face, then lets you customize how you want your face tweaked. You can manually set your eyes to be bigger, cheeks thinner and chin stronger.

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You can customize how the beautification program enhances your face. 

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Check out the test shots below. This is one impressive camera phone.

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The "enhanced" pictures make me look weirdly slimmer, but you'll note that it distorts the background.

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 This HDR shot lets you capture the details of the tower outside without being overexposed while still keeping the indoor details.

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Shots in bright daylight are full of detail.

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My cats may look really good in this shot, but zooming closer reveals smudging and lost detail in the fur.

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The portrait mode's background blur can be rather unnatural, but it does look nice.

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The background blur is good enough that it can figure out spaces in between this photographer's arms and blur it accordingly.

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As for the phone's performance, it does run 3D games well initially, though the frame rate dips somewhat as it warms up. I noticed this in particular on Marvel Strike Force, where certain animations felt less smooth compared to when the game started.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-equipped Find X held up pretty well against other phones with the same chip, achieving very similar results in our 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited and Geekbench 4 tests. The Find X is as fast as the Vivo Nex or the LG G7 ThinQ.

With a 3,730-mAh battery, the phone lasted 17 hours, 29 minutes in our CNET Video Labs tests. I typically got a full day of use -- and then some.

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Oppo Find X
62,338
Vivo Nex
63,324
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
59,436
LG G7 ThinQ
56,714

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

GeekBench v4.0 single-core

Oppo Find X
2,326
Vivo Nex
2,449
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
2,406
LG G7 ThinQ
2,436

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

GeekBench v4.0 multicore

Oppo Find X
8,232
Vivo Nex
9,145
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
8,827
LG G7 ThinQ
8,742

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Hardware specs comparison


Oppo Find X Vivo Nex Samsung Galaxy Note 9 LG G7 ThinQ
Display size, resolution 6.42-inch AMOLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels 6.59-inch; 2,316x1,080 pixels 6.4-inch Super AMOLED; 2,960x1,440 pixels 6.1-inch IPS LCD; 3,120x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 401 ppi 388 ppi 516 ppi 563 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.17x2.92x0.37 in 6.38x3.03x0.31 in 6.37x3.01x0.35 in 6x2.8x0.31 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 156.7x74.2x9.4 mm 162x77x8 mm 161.9x76.4x8.8 mm 153.2x71.9x7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.56 oz; 186g 7.02 oz; 199g 7.09 oz.; 201g 5.7 oz, 162g
Mobile software Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera Dual 20-megapixel, 16-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel, 5-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Dual 16-megapixel (71 degree, f/1.6 and 107 degree, f/1.9)
Front-facing camera 25-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel (f/1.9)
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256 GB 128GB, 512GB 64GB
RAM 8GB 8GB 6GB, 8GB 4GB
Expandable storage None None 512GB Up to 2TB
Battery 3,730 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 3,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor None Underscreen Back Back
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No Yes Yes Yes
Special features Pop-up cameras, 3D face unlocking, quick charging, gesture controls Pop-up selfie camera, gesture controls Water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; S-Pen with Bluetooth connectivity; Iris and facial scanning Water resistant (IP68), wireless charging, DTS:X 3D Surround, Quad DAC
Price off-contract (USD) Converts to $735 Converts to $585 $1,000 (128GB), $1,250 (512GB) $750
Price (GBP) Converts to £560 Converts to £445 £899 (128GB), £1,099 (512GB) £599
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$995 Converts to AU$790 AU$1,499 (128GB), AU$1,799 (512GB) AU$1,099

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