The software doesn't rip off iOS
If there's one thing that Oppo finally got right, it's dropping its iOS copycat ways. What you get is an operating system that more closely resembles stock Android, while still keeping bits that are popular in China, such as apps sitting on the home screen instead of an app drawer. There's also gesture support, but implemented more naturally: Swiping up from the middle brings you back to the home screen, while swiping up on either side goes back.
While it's a pretty simple implementation, it has nothing on the iPhone's ease of use. The phone also doesn't start with gesture control turned on, and having tried both, I still prefer the standard onscreen buttons for navigation.
One thing that could be improved is the keyboard position. If you're using the onscreen buttons, the keyboard is raised slightly so it feels somewhat natural. When you're using gestures though, the keyboard sits right at the bottom, which forces you to type much lower, and it feels terribly unwieldy. Also, if you have a virtual d-pad control in games, the edge to edge screen can make trying to hold the phone a little tricky because you'll find yourself trying to get your thumb in the right place while trying to not accidentally touch the display. There's less of a buffer for resting your hands, compared to older phones with lots of bezel space.
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.
Check out the test shots below. This is one impressive camera phone.
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 .
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.
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)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256 GB||128GB, 512GB||64GB|
|Expandable storage||None||None||512GB||Up to 2TB|
|Battery||3,730 mAh||4,000 mAh||4,000 mAh||3,000 mAh|
|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|