The OPPO Find X3 Lite has the lowest cost of the Find X3 series that range from $749 to $1699. It holds its own against similarly priced mid-range 5G phones, but we are not sure if it deserves the Find X3 moniker. Why? Because elsewhere, it is a Reno5 5G.
Sometimes the family name works because they are all from the same mother, but this bears almost no familial resemblance. So before you buy, have a look at our OPPO Find X3 familial differences article. The differences, in brief, compared to both the Pro and Neo are
Qualcomm SD765/Gen X52 Gen 2 modem
Wi-Fi 5 AC 433Mbps
4200mAh battery (still SuperVOOC 2 65W fast charge)
No Qi or reverse charge
Mono speaker (Dolby Atmos support)
64+8+2+2MP EIS camera and 32MP selfie
In its own right, fairer comparisons to the OPPO Find X3 Lite are the LG Velvet, Moto Edge, Google Pixel 4a/5 and even the 2020 OPPO Reno4 and 4Z.
We issue the standard warning that you must buy the genuine model with Australian firmware. Why? Because 5G IMEI numbers are registered with the Telcos and must be activated here. It can also make a 000-emergency call (not 911) without a SIM. Look for the Australian and NZ regulatory mark under Settings, About Phone, Regulatory. We have named and shamed the major grey marketers here. Get a genuine ‘Made for Australia’ model. Do not buy the Reno5 5G – it is for Asia only.
OK, another ‘Astral Blue’ slab, but I rather like the textured finish. Astral Blue or Starry Black – they look more youth-focused than the bigger siblings. And it has a 3.5mm audio port that some will love. The textured finish means no fingerprints and great grip. Otherwise, it’s a flat-screen with a single O-hole selfie top left and a quad-camera bump rear top left.
Screen – Bright, colourful 90Hz OLED
6.4″ 60-90Hz (Auto-adjusts when an app does not support 90Hz)
Left top O-hole selfie, AMOLED The screen edge is slightly curved but does not affect touch areas
2400 x 1080
Depth Brightness Black Contrast Delta E Vivid Gentle Temp adj
16.7M 430 typical, 600 max, 750 peak (Tested 400/580/740) pure black infinite 3.5 (<4 is excellent) after tweaking from 5.6 93.28% NTSC/135.13% DCI-P3 (Tested) 73.72% NTSC/100% sRGB (Tested) Cool to warm
Daylight Angle AOD Dark Blue light
More than bright enough for direct sunlight AMOLED allows for extreme off-angle viewing Yes – not customisable Yes Yes
HDR10/HLG, Widevine L1, HDCP 2.3. It plays Netflix HD HDR.
The screen has up to 90Hz refresh and 3.2ms G-t-G. Add the Qualcomm SD765, Adreno 620, OPPO Game Space app, and it is suitable for most medium to high frame rate games
Glass not specified (possibly GG3 or 5) and pre-fitted screen protector
Fingerprint Face ID
Optical under glass – Test: 10/10 8/10
It’s a lovely bright screen with excellent colour gamut and good daylight readability. Place it beside the Find X3 Neo, and you can see the subtle differences – still, it is very good.
X52 5G Gen2 sub-6Ghz only, limited Carrier Aggregation support
Mid-range frame rates
1288GB (105 free) UFS 2.1 Androbench Tests Internal: 950/470Mbps sequential read/write – lower-end SSD territory Remember to turn OTG connection on for external storage USB-C 2.0 supports a maximum of 480Mbps or about 60MBps half-duplex. Maximum external storage sequential read/write rate is about 30/30MBps
Geek Bench 5
Single: 604 Multi: 1793 Open CL: 1248 Vulcan: 1223
Throttle 15-min test
Max: 157,158 GIPS, Average: 153,700, minimal loss over 15 minutes CPU temp reached 50°
The SD765G is the Goldilocks chip for 2020 (just right) – that democratised 5G. It performs pretty well, the same in OPPO Reno 4 and 5, Vivo V20 Pro, Moto Edge, Google Pixel 4a/5, LG Velvet and about 100 more.
This only has USB-2.0 480Mbps (60MBps half-duplex) data transfer rate. It is barely fast enough to record 4K video to an external drive. It is a shame that it does not use the X3 Pro USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 5Gbps (625MBps).
Lack of throttling shows OPPOs expertise in temperature management.
Comms – Plenty fast but limited to 433Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 AC 1×1 dual-band MIMO (maximum speed 433Mbps) Signal Strength 5Ghz – distance from Netgear RAX200 AX1100 router 2m: -23dBm/433Mbps 5m: -42dBm/433 10m: -58dBm/433 15M: -63dBm/433
Test: 12.5/9.3Mbps, 35ms – average in a 3-bar reception area
1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/38/39/40/41/66 World phone
Sub-6Ghz NR: n77/78/38/40/41/1/3/5/7/8/20/28 Not mmWave
-105dBm/31.6fW in a 3-bar reception area (very good) Found next tower at -114dBm/20fW Found the third tower at -116/12.6fW
It is not often that a smartphone finds three towers – and it occasionally found a fourth!
While it has OPPOs excellent antenna design, the signal strength (femtoWatts) indicates it is more suitable for city, suburbs and regional city use.
Battery – damned fast charge
OPPPO SuperVOOC 2 5V/2A/10W and 10V/6.5A/65W It also supports any PD and QC charger (5V/2A/10W – slower) Claim: 100% in 35 minutes Test: 0-50% – 12 minutes 0-100% – 40 minutes Using 5V/3A standard USB charger and cable – approx 4 hours
Tests All at 90Hz
Video Loop test: 1080p/50%/aeroplane mode – 17 hours Netflix 1080p/50%/Wi-Fi – 14 hours Typical use 4/5G, Wi-Fi, – 14 hours MP3 music test: 50% volume played from storage – 24+ hours 100% load Battery drain – 8 hours GFX Bench Manhattan 3.1 Battery: 397.9min (6.63Hrs) and 2038 frames GFX Bench T-Rex: 486min (8.1 hours) 3310 frames PC Mark 2.0 battery drain: 14.48 hours
Battery life is spectacular, and with OPPO SuperVOOC 2.0 charge, it is almost irrelevant as 40 minutes will fill it. It eats all comers in this class. In any case, it will give you over 15 hours of screen-on time or two days of typical use.
OPPO SuperVOOC 2.0 is one of the safest fast charging methods. The trick is that it uses two 2100mAh series-connected batteries and two charger circuits, so it never stresses the battery. This requires an OPPO charger and cable that delivers 2 x 5V/3.25A circuits equivalent to 10V/6.5A/65W.
Sound – Mono
Earpiece (front and up-firing) and down-firing speaker Mono Dolby Atmos-certified for decoding to its mono speaker or stereo headset
AK4376 Stereo 32-bit DAC, 16dB SNR for excellent BT transmission Single TFA9892 digital amp capable of 6.6W RMS at 8W Considered superior to the Qualcomm Aqstic SD765G amp
Media – 78 Ring – 80 Alarm – 80 Earpiece – 55 Handsfree – 75
There is no sound stage for a mono device It has solid mid and low treble for clear voice.
This has the standard Dolby Atmos presets – smart, movie, gaming and music. They don’t make a significant difference to the speaker frequency response but do impact BT and cable headphone use.
The BT 5.1 drove our reference Sony WH-1000xM4 in SBC and LDAC modes and provided good clear sound and plenty of volume. We also tested with the M3 version that supports aptX and its variants. There was plenty of volume and an excellent clear feed.
Not rated, but we understand its similar to IP52 – spray resistant
In the box
Bumper cover 65W charger USB-A to USB-C cable 3.5mm earphones
Excellent workmanship rather than the masterpiece of the Find X3 Pro or Neo. It is made to a price and is exceeds what you can expect. Add to this the positive feedback from readers about its after-sales service and 24-month global travellers warranty.
It now has a trade-in program, and this brand is serious about keeping its customers. You can’t go wrong.
Google Android 11 Security patch date: 5/2/2021
All standard apps, Google Lens and Assistant. Dedicated Google Assistant key.
Mostly productivity and utilities
Assume two OS update. Security patches should come monthly
Optical Goodix Fingerprint sensor FaceID
We won’t go into ColorOS 11.1 except to say that it is the grease on pure Android’s wheels and makes this phone far more fluid and easier to operate. It also allows OPPO to tune the operating system to the hardware for best performance.
OPPO Find X3 Lite camera – overall one of the best for this price
The Find X3 Pro and Neo use the new Sony IMX766 50MP sensor, but this reverts to the more traditional quad camera with a 64MP primary (bins to 16MP), 8MP Ultra-wide. 2MP Macro and 2MP mono. It is a camera set up comparable with most in this class.
It is the same throughout the Find X3 range and takes terrific selfie shots in most light conditions.
Electronic image stabilisation (EIS) means that it crops the larger frame to achieve a stable horizon. It will shot [email protected], but we recommend either [email protected] for non-tripod shooting.
The Find X3 Pro and Neo have many flagship features and similarities; the Lite is totally different.
Overall, it is what I expect from a mid-range smartphone built largely to a Qualcomm reference design. And that is probably the most significant issue – there are dozens of adequate competitors. Apart from the excellent SuperVOOC 2 fast charge – which is reason enough alone – it does not stand out of the crowd.
So it is not a decision to buy this or the excellent Find X3 Neo or Pro – it’s a decision about what 5G phones you can get for $749.
And then if 5G isn’t needed (and that is for most of us), you can get down under $399 with the OPPO A91 ($299), Moto G30 ($299), or realme 6 ($299) – all with great cameras.
The Find X3 Pro scored 9.8/10, and that is about as good as it gets. It faces off to the Samsung S21+ and Ultra, and I suspect it has a slight edge.
The Find X3 Neo is $500 cheaper, but at this price, we still expect a better IP rating, and we think USB-C 3.1 should be standard for any flagship without microSD expansion. So it came in a smidge lower at 9.6/10.
OPPO Find X3 Lite passed all of our tests, so it starts with a pass mark of 8/10. We have added extra points for SuperVOOC 2.0 charging, a better camera than you could expect and OPPOs unswerving commitment to its users to provide excellent after-sales service. Its trade-in program may help retain its second-hand value too.
OPPO Find X3 Lite 5G
The Find X3 Pro and Neo have many flagship features and similarities; the Lite is totally different.
Value for money
Ease of use
Great grippy textured finish
Bright and colour accurate screen
Killer battery life and recharge time
Camera is as good as it gets for the price
No formal IP rating or microSD
Oversized charger takes up two power point spaces