Price (RRP): $999
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
- Qualcomm SD765G
- 3/4/5G Gen 2 Qualcomm modem
- Quad 48MP rear camera
- 32MP selfie
- 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
- Australian Website: here
- Price: $999
- Colours: Starry Blue, Moonlight Black
- 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.
- From: JB Hi-Fi (outright), Telstra (on plan), Woolworths Mobile (on plan) and Bing Lee (outright)
- 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.