In all, it is the most beautiful glass slab I have ever seen.

Congratulations OPPO for daring to be different. Just as Apple had the notch, I suspect we will see more pop-ups. OPPO will go down in smartphone history as an innovator. You can’t ask more than that.

Screen

Screen6.42” (same size and curve as the GN9)
2340 x 1080, 401ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, 93.8% S-T-B-R
430 nits (typical)
100% DCI-P3 colour space, Gorilla Glass 5

At 6.42” very few phones in the price bracket can compare. The front is almost all screen except for a very small top and bottom bezel.

It is a Samsung made AMOLED screen – not a QHD 2960 x 1440 as per the GS/N9 but still of the same quality. Interestingly the GS/GN9 (and other QHD screens) default to 2280 x 1080 or lower to save battery, so the Find X screen is pretty much an apple for apple comparison.

Find X

You can change colour settings from cooler to warmer (infinite adjustment), and there is a blue-light setting.

It supports 100% DCI-P3 colour space (excellent and something like 231% sRGB) and has very accurate colours.

It also has video display enhancement that is HDR in all except name (we suspect for licensing reasons). When you play HDR content (and we have some test material), it brings out details in the shadows and stops highlights flaring out. The Qualcomm 845 chip supports ULTRA HD PREMIUM, a new standard for 4K capable smartphones.

While the GS9 leads the pack for outdoor readability (376 typical to 631 nits max) the Find X has 426 nits (typical) and is about 10% less readable. It is way above any premium IPS LCD screen.

Oh, and because it is AMOLED, it supports VR games and content.

Performance

Processor 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2018 Flagship processor)
8-core Kryo 385 CPU @2.8GHz
Spectra 280 image sensor processor for still/video to 60fps
Hexagon 685 DSP for always aware AI
Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine
Secure Processing Unit (SPU) for security
GPUAdreno 630 GPU
Open GL ES 3.2, Open CL 2.0, Vulkan, DirectX 12
H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, DisplayPort over USB Type-C support
Ultra HD Premium video playback and encoding @ 4K (3840×2160) 60fps,
10bit HDR, Rec 2020 colour gamut
RAM8GB/128GB (106GB free)

The link to the Qualcomm’s 845 website above is because OPPO has one of the better hardware implementations using Qualcomm’s native features. Many makers shave cost by using different brand modems etc.

It runs about the same speed as any smartphone using a Qualcomm 845 SoC, e.g. LG G7 ThinQ, Sony Xperia XZ2 and HTC U12+. The GS/N9 use either an 845 or an Exynos 9810 SoC that is similar.

The Adreno 630 GPU performs extremely well on its 1080 screen and 50% better than the Kirin 970 in the Huawei P20 Pro. There is good mobile gaming grunt here.

With a Qualcomm 845 and 8GB, the phone performs very smoothly.

Communications

CommsWi-Fi AC dual-band, 2×2 MU-MIMO
BT2.1+EDR, BT5.0

Wi-Fi AC achieves the maximum 867Mbps at 2m from our D-Link AC5300 router. It holds on well to about 15m and then gradually drops off to 30m. Very good.

While most phones quote Bluetooth 4.x or 5.x, few include the BT 2.1+EDR that is a secure implementation for closer pair devices. This stops man-in-the-middle snooping. It also has Sniff Subrating to improve battery use with Bluetooth devices.

Sound

SoundEarpiece (part of the pop-up) with almost invisible bezel slot when the pop-up is retracted.
Single bottom firing speaker.
Real Original Sound Technology by Dirac (works with headset or Bluetooth) gives as huge +/-12dB adjustment to bass, midrange and treble.
Headphone monitor (live karaoke experience in headphones).

The Find X ringtone reaches 82dB – that is loud. Handsfree was crystal clear reaching up to 75dB.