I can’t’ help it – I love the OPPO Find X2 Neo 5G almost as much as I love the OPPO Find X2 Pro. It and the even lower cost Find X2 Lite complete OPPOs current 5G line-up.
In fact, if I had not reviewed the $1599 OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G first (review here 4.9/5), I would have easily been convinced the $999 OPPO Find X2 Neo was to be its affordable flagship.
Oh, and then there is an OPPO Find X2 Lite 5G as well at $749. I can tell you that you are not losing much by saving the few yuan. You can find our comparison chart for all three models here.
So, what are the OPPO Find X2 Neo good points?
6.5″ AMOLED 90Hz screen
3/4/5G Gen 2 Qualcomm modem
Quad 48MP rear camera
4025mAh battery and VOOC Flash 4.0 30W – 100% in 60 minutes
And it is really thin at 7.7mm
What is it missing?
Qi charge (but not usually at this price)
Micro-SD expansion (OTG to 2TB fixes that)
IP rating (the Pro has IP68 – this is splashproof)
Yes, it is that good, although the Lite version is tempting. Its main downgrade is in the screen (60Hz) camera (lower specified quad), and 8/128GB RAM – saving $250.
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Australian review – OPPO Find X2 Neo Model CPH 2009AU
Warranty: 2-years and now includes International Warranty Service (IWS) in Asia, Europe, Africa, America and Oceania for devices purchased from OPPO Authorised retailers – not those damned grey marketers.
Note: 5G has extremely limited coverage, and for the majority of the time, you will get 3/4G speeds.
Country of Manufacture: China
OPPO (Est 2001) is a privately-owned Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company headquartered in Dongguan, Guangdong. It is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics Corporation (Est 1995) along with OnePlus, Vivo, and Realme (and other brands including VSun, XTC, and IMOO). Its executives and long-term staff own many of the shares. BBK is currently the second-largest smartphone maker in the world (Source CounterPoint February 2020). It is most definitely not part of the Huawei/ZTE/China spying debate.
Mandatory warning – dodgy online sellers
We have named and shamed the main grey market opportunists here. Note: Kogan/Dick Smith are NOT authorised resellers despite any claims to the contrary.
First impressions – EXCEED
Please OPPO, stop sending me boring black (sorry Moonlight Black) after you teased me with very colourful Find X2 Pro Orange Vegan Leather! Moonlight Black is a highly polished piano black (versus Starry Blue), and a huge fingerprint magnet so use the clear bumper case provided.
It is a glass slab, left top O-hole for the selfie, very thin (7.7mm) and light (171g) with gently curved glass edges. It is almost all screen with an under-glass fingerprint sensor. This also links to NFC and Google pay – in one touch.
I love the 20:9 format – tall and slim, and it’s a delight to use one-handed. But the camera bump makes it wobble on the desk – use the clear bumper case to fix that.
BTW – the Find X2 Neo is also called Reno 3 Pro 5G in some parts of the world. Reno Z and Reno 2 Z were some of Australia’s top-selling smartphones in 2019.
Screen – EXCEED
It is 6.5″, 2400×1800, 402ppi AMOLED, 20:9, 93.4% STBR covered in Gorilla Glass 5. It has a 90Hz (auto/60/90Hz) and up to 180Hz touch sample rate. Gamers will like the 2.8ms G-Y-G response time.
We measured it at Typical/HBM (High Brightness Mode)/Max at 500/800/1100 nits (it is bright), and as AMOLED has pure black, you get infinite contrast. The screen is 97% DPI-P3 calibrated (vivid) and has 100% sRGB (web colours). You can adjust the colour temperature from warm to cold. Perfect for daylight use. It has TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort Certification.
You can view FHD video from YouTube et al. as it is Widevine L1 certified.
Summary: As good as it gets without the over-the-top battery-draining 120Hz screens.
Processor – EXCEED
It is a Qualcomm SD765G (5G) that has become the staple of a new breed of 5G phones (either 765G or 768G). You will find it in OPPO Find X2 Neo/Lite/Reno 3/Reno 4, Motorola Edge, realme X50, vivo X50, Samsung A71, LG Velvet and about 70 more.
This is the first SD765 we have tested. I like it because it is a new 7nm Soc with 1 x 2.4GHz, 1 x 2.21GHz and 6 x 1.8GHz cores that really give it the ability to scale up or down to suit loads.
It has the X52 Gen 2 5G modem and a Gen 5 AI that is great for photography and to optimise gameplay. OPPO tend to stick fairly closely to a Qualcomm reference design.
Games – EXCEED
The G stands for gaming functions like a game ‘smoother’; and fast loader. Add that to OPPOs game boost and an Adreno 620 GPU, and it can handle even the more complex games with respectable frame rates.
Geekbench – EXCEED
The single/multi-core and compute scores are 621/1820/1260. This is similar to the 2019 SD855 flagship processor.
CPU Throttle – EXCEED
It started at 153,828GIPS and kept that up for 15 minutes at 100% Load. That reflects what I have come to expect from OPPOs terrific thermal management. Even under load, it never exceeded 37°.
By comparison, the SD865 in the Find X2 Pro is 255,658GIPS and had a 12% throttle over 15 minutes.
RAM and Storage – PASS
12GB LPDDRX4 – Exceed
256GB UFS 2.1 – PASS – 217GB free – it is not as fast as the latest
Micro-SD – no
Comms – EXCEED
Wi-Fi 5 AC 2×2 MU-MIMO, excellent signal strength at -52dBm and 866Mbps at 5 metres from the router.
BT 5.1 LE A2DP – the latest tech
NFC: Yes with a fingerprint confirmation link
GPS: Dual-band and fine for turn-by-turn navigation
USB-C 2.0 OTG to 2TB
Almost every sensor apart from a barometer/altimeter
5G – EXCEED for sub-6Ghz
OPPO has developed a 360° antenna system that means it has great signal strength.
It supports n40/n78 5G NSA sub-6Ghz. There is mention that it may receive a firmware update for other sub-6Ghz bands. In any case, the SA mmWave is not readily available in Australia.
In theory, 5G’s DL/UL speed is 3.7Gbps/1.6Gbps. OPPO is one of the few that tell the truth and state that the fastest it can go under ideal conditions is 1.9Gbps/500Mbps.
The real issue is finding 5G reception. In this case, we were able to get 240Gbps/140Gbps standing in the Telstra store in Woy Woy.
4G LTE – EXCEED
It is a single sim which is a bit of a shame given so many are using separate work and personal sims now. But it achieves -82dBm in a 3-bar area – excellent for rural use. Theoretical DL/UL is up to 1299/210Mbps. We achieved 140/40Mbps in a four-bar zone.
No 3.5mm combo jack means that you need USB-C headphones (or an adaptor) or use BT 5.1.
Audio codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX/adaptive/HD, FLAC, OGG, and more
Dual mics for call clarity.
OPPO states that ‘The amplitude of the speaker is 4.0/4.5. The unit is 1dmm’. I have absolutely no idea what this means, and I can’t find any reference on the web.
What it does have is pretty well-matched stereo speakers – an up/out-firing earpiece and down-firing bottom speakers. In our tests, we could barely notice a difference in volume, which reached a loud 81db.
The sound signature is warm and sweet (bass/mid boost) and its perfect for movies and music. Mid-bass starts at an incredible low of 50Hz – almost unheard of in a phone. And then its quite flat to 12kHz – ditto. This was an absolute pleasure to listen to. Note: If you want ‘clear vocie’ (mid-centric) you can adjust the output.
Now it claims Dolby Atmos. What OPPO means is that it can decode Dolby Atmos audio metadata down-mixed to its stereo speakers. It is still 2.0 – and you really need at least 5.1.2 to play real Atmos.
I am not picking on OPPO here – Atmos is one of the most misused and abused marketing terms – you can get an Atmos toaster! Read our Dolby Atmos for Dummies here.
At least it has an Atmos decoder, and that puts it a cut above most stereo speakers on a smartphone.
In our BT headphone test, it had perfect volume and clarity on our reference Sony WH-1000XM3. It even had quite a nice hint of Dolby Atmos spatial separation.
Battery – EXCEED
VOOC 4.0, 5V/2A (standard) or 5V/6A/30W (2 charging channels of 5V/3A each)
Typical use: 15 hours
Wi-Fi and web: 12 hours
T-Rex: 506.2 minutes and 3378 frames
Battery charge with VOOC 4.0 – 58 minutes
Discharge idle 300mA so expect 15+ days at idle
It is not a two-day battery, although you could use aggressive battery settings to get there. It made it through each day of the test with 30-50% left. Who cares with a 60minute recharge?
Build – EXCEED
159.40 x 72.40 x 7.70 mm x 171g
Gorilla Glass 5 sandwich on a metal frame.
Factory fitted glass protector and clear bumper case
It does not have a formal IP rating but its splashproof
Android – EXCEED
Android 10 plus Colour OS 7.1 – Android 11 coming (in Beta). We have written about ColorOS here but in summary
A light touch over Google Android 10 – all Android features are accessible
Adds major value to the device in terms of screen, battery and sound management
Full suite of Google apps including Assistant and Lens
Good OS and update policy for a flagship device
Security Patch 5 July 2020 – amazing!
OPPO tries to release security patches at least quarterly.
Security – EXCEED
Under-glass ultrasonic fingerprint – Goodix and one of the fastest and best giving 99% accuracy (similar)
2D Face unlock – OK, but not as secure as 3D (similar)
Personal information protection that provides faux empty call history, contacts, messages, and events information to apps that request them. An elegant way to stop Facebook sucking up your data.
2D face recognition – 80% reliable in 10 detections
Camera – EXCEED
OPPO is one of the best smartphone camera designers. It was the first to produce a periscope Zoom (OPPO Reno 5G) and now the Find X2 Pro 5G. I can’t fault their use of AI or their camera lens quality and sensor selection.