4G/LTE (Dual Sim version)

LTELTE Cat 18 Downlink/Cat 12 Uplinks (1200/150Mbps)
LTE FDD:B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/32/66
TD-LTE:B34/38/39/40/41
Supports Telstra LTE-B channels
SimDual – both can be 4G
OtherVoLTE and VoWi-Fi depends on the carrier
HD and Ultra HD voice

Outside Telstra George Street Sydney (4GX) it crept over 1Gbps. On Telstra four bar reception on the NSW central coast, it is 150/30Mbps. This is like the GS/N9, LG G7, Sony XZ2 and HTCU12+.

Dual sim can both be 4G. You can set different ringtones.

I particularly like the VoWi-Fi feature (as on all 845 phones) that makes calls over Wi-Fi when available – it reduces the use of mobile data.

Operating system

OSAndroid 8.1.0
ColorOS
Update to Android P coming

This is the best, lightest ColorOS yet. Benchmarks show it good optimisation for the Qualcomm 845.

It focuses on AI (by the Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP processor) and is always aware. It adapts to your usage patterns and can begin to show suggestions (swipe right). In the short time, we could not test this fully. It will interrogate calendar appointments, weather, world clock, flight info, among many other sources. You can select/configure these, or leave them to the “Smart Assistant”.

Find X

Build

Colours Glacier Blue or Bordeaux Red
BuildMetal frame
Gorilla Glass 5 front and back withstand drops from up to 1.2m
Scratch Protector
300,000 camera slide testing – 10 years typical use
Dimensions156.7 x 74.2 x 9.4 mm x 186g
IP RatingOPPO says it will withstand normal rain use

I am confident that OPPO has solved any pop-up camera issues. 300,000 tests – 5-10 years of typical use.

I would use the bumper case.

A full teardown is here.

What’s missing

Missing3.5mm audio jack (USB-C adaptor supplied)
Qi charge
NFC
IP rating
Notification LED

It is up to you if these are deal breakers.

Camera

Rear Camera 1
Primary
Rear camera: 16MP RGB (Sony Exmor RS IMX519), f/2.0, 1.22µm
PADF, OIS, HDR, 2X digital zoom, single LED flash,
Automatic scene detection for food, snow, pets, sunsets, grass, etc
Expert mode as well.
Rear Camera 2
Depth/bokeh/detail
20MP RGB f/2.0, 1.0µm (Sony Exmore IMX376k)
Selfie25MP, f/2.0, .9um, HDR, Beautify and 3D smart capture (Sony IMX576 sensor)

The Sony Exmor IMX519 is a 16MP sensor, 1.22 um pixel (mid-size), with Phase Detection Autofocus. It does not have EIS (electronic image stabilisation). It is capable of video at [email protected] or [email protected] OPPO add optical image stabilisation (OIS) to the main lens and its AI features.

The second 20MP camera uses a Sony IMX376 sensor. Its purpose is solely to assist the primary camera in resolving detail and for depth calculation when doing bokeh/portrait shots. Interestingly the Qualcomm 845 does not support a 20MP second camera, and OPPO uses this sensor in pixel binning (pixel stacking to select the best pixels) shooting in 5MP for greater detail.

It is very much a proven format of the R15 series (GadgetGuy review and Exmor details here) and OnePlus 6.

The result is faster, clearer shots with less noise. It also works well with OPPO’s beauty software. In summary, it allows lower ISO with shorter exposure times.

But the second difference to the R15 series is the Qualcomm 845 SoC and its dual 14-bit Spectra 280 image sensor processors. This adds artificial image stabilisation and gives the previous setup so much more post-processing power enabling even better results.

AI

Find X can detect 800 scenes to identify the environment and adjust features such as lighting and contrast accordingly.