OPPO SMARTPHONE: Oppo Find X2 Pro Review
Updated: May 13
Oppo has unveiled the Oppo Find X2 Pro alongside the Oppo Find X2 at its MWC 2020 replacement event – and going on first impressions, the Pro model could be one of the most accomplished smartphones of 2020, as it seems that Oppo has maxed-out almost every feature on the handset.
Well, that's true apart from two noteworthy areas, which you’ll already be aware of if you've read the ‘cons’ above.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom from 2019 sits on our list of the best smartphones, so the Find X2 Pro has a lot to live up to, especially since Oppo now describes the Reno series as its mid-range device lineup, sitting below the Find X2 duo.
We got hands-on with the Oppo Find X2 Pro to see if its undoubted strengths are enough to make up for its weaknesses.
Oppo Find X2 Pro price and release date
Oppo was due to announce the Find X2 Pro and Find X2 at MWC 2020, but following the cancellation of the mobile show due to the coronavirus outbreak the phones were unveiled at a standalone event.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro will cost you £1,099 / AU$1,599 (about $1,450), which gets you 512GB storage and 12GB RAM – that’s the only storage/RAM option. We don't currently know if the phone will be coming to the US, but it's certainly coming to Australia and the UK in May this year.
The “mini cinema” display
Oppo calls the Find X2 Pro a, “mini cinema in your pocket,” and for good reason. The 6.7-inch AMOLED display has a 3,168 × 1,440 pixel resolution making a sharp 513 pixel-per-inch density, 120Hz refresh rate with 240Hz touch sampling, and HDR10 Plus which upgrades SDR video to HDR quality. Plus, the colors are calibrated from the factory.
The curved sides minimize the bezel, and there are only a few millimeters at the top and bottom not taken up by display. It’s mostly screen on the front, but sadly Oppo has abandoned the motorized camera from the Find X and opted for a punch hole camera instead. It’s certainly far less complex, and does let Oppo give the Find X2 Pro an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, but the punch hole is something we’ve seen on many other phones for a while, and therefore the phone lacks the initial visual excitement generated by the Find X’s completely uninterrupted screen.
Camera and battery life
On the front of the phone is a 32MP front-facing camera in the aforementioned cut-out segment. We haven't been able to fully get to grips with the Oppo Find X2 Pro's camera yet. We've taken a few shots using the phone, and these seemed to be good but nothing we've shot yet has blown us away.
There are a few interesting features Oppo has included, such as the phone’s ability to capture raw images (raw files capture more brightness and color information that regular JPEG images, giving you more scope to process them in image-editing software), and autofocus based on Sony’s PDAF used in Sony Alpha cameras. There’s also 4K video recording at up to 60fps.
In terms of battery life, you’re getting a 4,260mAh power pack, which would normally be pretty generous for a flagship phone, although because of the large screen and high-end display tech it may not actually last very long. The screen is the biggest drain on power for most phones, so it’s possible that the battery here will only get you through a day of use, and maybe less.
The charging speed may make up for that though, as the Oppo Find X2 Pro uses Oppo’s 65W VOOC charging, which will apparently get the device from empty to 100% in 35 minutes or less. That’s an incredible charging speed, rivaled only by one or two other Oppo phones, so if industry-leading charging speeds are a priority for you, this phone should be well worth considering (unless Xiaomi pops up with its rumored 100W charging any time soon).
The Find X2 Pro is a significant step forward for Oppo. It’s a flagship phone with all the latest desirable tech like 5G, feature-packed cameras with zoom, super fast charging, and a choice of flashy colors, which has at last been paired with software that doesn’t irritate in moments. It’s well-made, good-looking, and lovely to have in your hand.
The Find series has been Oppo’s true range-topping phone for years, and it’s great to see a new version for 2020. No, it doesn’t have the same initial jaw-dropping appeal of the Find X, but the Find X2 Pro is a far more refined package, making it much more usable. Flashy motorized cameras attract attention, but phones that deliver on features and usability attract buyers, and sidestepping this kind of (admittedly super cool) feature is a mature decision that should pay off for Oppo this year.