Oppo Find X5 – REVIEW From [A-Z]
The Oppo Find X5 Pro is Oppo’s latest high-end flagship. It’s pricey and features a lot, but is it worth the money?
Oppo Find X5 Features
The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. The processor is up to date and offers plenty of power, but it’s also problematic and in some phones – such as the Mi 12 Pro – it’s involved some overheating issues.
We had brief hands-on experience with the standard version of the phone, which was powered by an older chip — and the device had serious overheating issues, so we were concerned when we started testing the Pro model. During our testing, we experienced a few moments when the Find X5 Pro warmed up, but it didn’t reach worrying temperatures or force close apps.
The phone offers 256GB and 12GB of internal memory. This storage capacity is on par with competing products from OnePlus and Xiaomi, but competing phones from Apple and Samsung can be purchased with more storage. In terms of memory, it surpasses the Mi 12 Pro or the Samsung S22 Plus.
Oppo has teamed up with photo brand Hasselblad to develop the phone’s camera offerings. There’s a 50 MP wide-angle camera, a 50 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 13 MP telephoto camera on the back. There is a 32 MP selfie camera on the front.
Oppo Find X5 Pro display
The FINd X5 Pro sports a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, which seems to be standard for flagship versions these days. The OnePlus 10 Pro, Mi 12 Pro, and Google Pixel 6 Pro all offer more or less the same display size.
The Find X5 once again complies with new industry standards, with an adjustable refresh rate that can be stepped down from 120Hz as needed. This means that if you’re using it more often, you can scroll smoothly, then lower the refresh rate when appropriate to save battery power.
During our testing, we played a variety of videos from platforms such as YouTube and Netflix and found the display to be consistent, with an impressive ability to reproduce color and detail. However, the phone did noticeably heat up during long sessions of streaming, especially around that protruding camera bump.
Oppo Find X5 Pro battery
The Oppo Find X5 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery, which is the size you’d expect. It’s also very resilient, and during testing we found the Pro’s battery lasted a full day very comfortably, even with fairly heavy use. In this regard, it easily outperforms the OnePlus 10 Pro and Mi 12 Pro.
Even more impressive, however, is the phone’s fast charging capabilities. There is an 80W fast charger in the box that can charge the battery from 1% to 100% in 30-40 minutes. It’s not the best out there, but it’s a fantastic deal.
The phone also has 50W wireless fast charging, but you’ll have to buy a wireless charger yourself.
Oppo Find X5 Pro camera
Aside from the Hasselblad XPan mode — which offers a nice old-fashioned wide-angle lens reminiscent of a movie lens — we haven’t seen much evidence that the Hasselblad Oppo crossover has achieved much.
That said, it’s still a very solid camera offering. It’s fast and easy to use, and offers a variety of settings. The paltry 2x telephoto is a bit short, but the wide-angle capabilities of this camera array are impressive.
The selfie camera isn’t bad either, though it doesn’t deliver the depth of color that some rivals have.
If you’re shooting video, you can shoot in 8K if you want, and the image stabilization is pretty solid, too. Overall, we’re impressed with the video offering.
At the end of the day, this is a very good smartphone camera, only marginally better than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus.
Oppo Find X5 Pro Theme
The Find X5’s distinctive look is probably the first thing you notice about it. The way the prominent camera hump slopes down to the rear really sets it apart from the competition, and the phone feels very premium overall. It’s also a bit heavy, and feels heavier than some competitors — like the OnePlus 10 Pro.
However, we found the ceramic back to be a bit frustrating. The surface feels comfortable in the hand, but also makes the phone an absolute magnet for fingerprints. Of course, for those who use a phone with a case, it won’t matter, but for everyone else, it’s a real disappointment in an otherwise attractive design.
There’s nothing unexpected here, in terms of volume and power button placement, and the USBC and SIM ports on the bottom.
Overall, it’s a very unusual design and we like it, it’s a shame the back of the phone gets marked easily during use. The matte back of the standard model is much better in this regard, and it feels good, even though it’s a less expensive option.
But if you’re an Oppo fan, there’s a lot to like here, and this unique design really stands out. The battery is decently sized, and the fast-charging capability — wired and wireless — is a real bonus.