The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G is an almost perfect phone. There is a lot to like – Qualcomm SD865, 12/512GB, 120Hz 3168×1440 screen, the top rating DxOMark camera, massive battery, IP68 – all for $1599.
The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G is its flagship phone – and as such it has all the latest tech. It was due for launch at Mobile World Congress and today, 6 March, we had a hands-on ‘first look’ session with some pre-release samples. Public availability – expect sometime in April.
The Pro version is the most fully specified – in some markets, it will have a base X2 model.
Availability: Q2, 2020, from most Telcos and major retailers.
Market position – Challenger to Samsung S20/+/Ultra 5G and other flagships
OPPO (as part of the BBK group) can claim to be the second
or third largest smartphone maker in the world. It is a first-class, quality-assured,
research, design and manufacturer.
On research, it has 2500+ 5G patents including a unique 360° 12-antenna system (most have two-to-four).
On the design front, it offers more than just a glass slab – 120Hz screen refresh (and the software to drive that), SuperVOOC 2.0 charging (38 minutes 0-100%), OPPO’s legendary sound quality (Dolby Atmos) and its camera prowess – the current DxOMARK champ. It scores 134 for stills and 104 for video on a pre-production model test. And it meets or exceeds the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max on every test.
And like Samsung, it owns its factories so it is not reliant on third-parties.
Its handset failure rate is one of the lowest in the industry;
it has invested in Australia with offices, support, warehousing and more – no offshore
call centres and dodgy third-party repairers.
So, my message is
that it deserves serious consideration.
OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G Specifications
Qualcomm SD865 – the 2020 flagship processor and
Adreno 650 GPU – it will play all mobile games
12GB LPDDR5 (the latest and fastest) and 512GB
UFS 3.0 (452GB free – ditto)
Qualcomm X55 Gen 2 3/4/5G modem
Missing – microSD but it has OTG and will support
up to a 2TB external SSD
10-bit (8+2 dithering) screen for 1 billion colours
240Hz touch sampling rate for games
Motion compensation technology brings 24/30fps videos to 60/120 fps
Gorilla Glass 6
This is a premium screen that supports 120Hz at 1440. OPPO has
developed its Ultra Vision System that adapts the screen refresh and resolution
to the content and ambient light conditions.
It looks gorgeous with silky smooth scrolling, particularly on 4K content.
OPPO’s camera expertise means you get the best sensors and matched optics that work in two modes – idiot-proof for most of us, and pro mode.
Now a word about cameras. For example, Samsung S20 Ultra has a 108MP sensor that nana-bins to a 12MP image. The finished image size is what is more important.
Primary camera – Wide angle
48MP (bins to 12MP)
Sony IMX689 Sensor
1.12um pixels binned to a huge 2.24um
1/1.4 sensor size, f/1.7, 7P lens, OIS
68.4° field of view
All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF with a focus success rate of 97%
OIS + EIS
12-bit True Capture
48MP (bins to 12MP)
Sony IMX586 Sensor
½” sensor size, f/2.2, 6P lens
120° field of view
OIS and EIS
13MP Periscope Telephoto
f/3.0, 5P lens, OIS,
5X Optical zoom
Second-generation 10x Hybrid Zoom
up to 60x digital zoom
32MP Selfie Camera
f/2.4 aperture, 5P lens
Our first look produced some impressive shots. The All Pixel
Omni Directional PDAF means every pixel focuses – it should be blazingly fast. It
seamlessly swaps lenses as needed so you can select macro (3cm) to 60x digital
zoom simply by pinching the screen zoom.
OPPO also has extensive AI camera capabilities including a
new Ultra Night Mode 3.0, a new Ultra steady video mode, and all the usual object
identification, beautification and AR emojis etc.
The single sim model is for Australia. There is no eSIM. It uses Qualcomm’s Gen 2 X55 modem.
It has a unique 360° 12 antenna setup (eight for 5G). In a quick test it had -53dBm (lower is better) compared to -93dBm for the S20 Ultra 5G. This should have excellent reception everywhere and found the next three nearest towers – the S20 Ultra5G did not.
It has LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19,
25, 28, 29, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, and 66 – a world phone.
It has 5G bands n1 (2100), 3 (1800), 5 (850), 7 (2600), 28A (700), 40 (2300), 41 (2500), 77 (3700), 78 (3500 as used in Australia) and 79 (4700). This covers most current global 5G sub-6Ghz bands as well as re-farmed 4G bands for dual-receiving DSDS.
The pre-release model did not support mmWave bands 257 (28Ghz), 258 (26Ghz for Australia), 260 (39Ghz) and 261 (28GHz). You can find a complete list of 5G bands here.
Similarly, the Wi-Fi signal strength is -37dBm (lower is better) compared to the S20 Ultra 5G at -50dBm. It also holds the maximum 866Mbps speed to six metres. (On a Wi-Fi AC router -not tested on AX).
BT 5.1 supports SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX, aptX LL and aptX HD – it has a hi-res music DAC.
NFC supports Google Pay and BT pairing.
GPS is the latest dual-band with accuracy to 4 metres. It is perfect for turn-by-turn navigation.
Ringtone is 82dB – great. Music is 80dB, and handsfree voice
is 78dB. When we do a full review, we will check the frequency response. It appears
to have decent bass and a good sound stage – as far as a smartphone can.
It has three mics (one for ANC) and follow-me mic tracking.
4260mAh. OPPO’s VOOC means it is two 2130mAh batteries (in parallel) and two chargers in the one physical brick. This is incredibly clever as it means you get the combined 4260mAh without the heat or safety issues and charging two smaller batteries at once means 38 minutes for a 0-100% charge. It also means 10 minutes will give a 40% charge.
The charger is a standard 5V/2A (10W) or in SuperVOOC 2.0
mode 10V/6.5W (65W). The catch 22 – you need to use the supplied yellow cable –
any standard USB-C cable will charge at 10W.
It can also use any USB-C PD 3.0 or QC 4+ charger but won’t be as fast as the SuperVOOC 2.0
But there is more to this phone. Despite a 120hz refresh screen that can be a battery sucker it’s AI, and battery management gets the discharge at idle to a very low 130mAh.
Finally, there are a lot of battery management/saving parameters that you can adjust. It should easily last 24-36 hours.
USB-C is the 3.1 version for 5Gbps data transfer.
165.2 x 74.4 x 8.8mm (Laser cut and diamond polished Ceramic black back) x 207g
165.2 x 74.4 x 9.5mm (Vegan Orange leather back) x 200g
It looks and feels premium – the vegan leather is a nice
touch. Warranty is 2-years.
GadgetGuy’s take – the OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G is a category leader
Huge ram (12/512GB), fast 120Hz adaptive screen, ultra-fast
battery charge, a camera that tops the DxOMark – at $1599. What more could you
Well apart from Qi charging, no eSIM and microSD (no big
issue with OTG) it is a category leader.
It is closest to the Samsung S20+ 12/512GB at $1899, but
some specifications verge on the S20 Ultra 5G (Periscope camera).
Now, if Australians can learn to pronounce OPPO (it is Oh-Po) not Op-Po (not like hippo) it should do very well.