Oppo Find X5 Pro review – Reviews – Technology

The Oppo Find X5 and the Oppo Find X5 Pro are the latest smartphones from the famous Chinese brand Oppo. The Find X5 series is the successor to the Find X3 series, released last year. Confusingly, there was no Oppo Find X4 series. We got our hands on the Pro model to see if it’s worth your money.

Both handsets have an unusual design, standing out from the competition with a distinctive camera bump and curved screen. Sure, the Pro is more feature-rich than the base model, but it’s also more expensive.

Oppo Find X5 Pro review: summary

The Oppo Find X5 Pro has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a £1049 phone, competing with other best deals of 2022 so far, but does it top the charts?

In testing, we loved the phone’s fast charging feature, but found that the fast charging feature and the much-loved Hasselblad cameras fell short of the best smartphones currently on the market. The Xiaomi 12 Pro smokes the X5 Pro for fast charging, but is a less well-balanced phone otherwise, while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus and Ultra handsets generally perform better in the photography stakes.

Really, it’s nip-and-tuck in the competition between the ‘best of the rest’ smartphones (ie those that aren’t from the biggest brands – Samsung and Apple). The Oppo Find X5 Pro takes on the OnePlus 10 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro, beating them in some departments and falling behind in others.

Main characteristics:

  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor
  • 256 GB of storage, 12 GB of RAM
  • Hasselblad Triple Camera Bay
  • 120Hz variable refresh rate display
  • IP68 rating
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 80W wired charger
  • 50W wireless charging capability

Advantages:

  • unique design
  • Large display
  • Good specs
  • Quick Charge
  • Battery outperforms some competitors

The inconvenients:

  • fingerprint magnet
  • Hasselblad camera not best in class
  • Dear

What is the Oppo Find X5 Pro?

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is the upgraded version of Oppo’s latest smartphone, the Oppo Find X5. Confusingly, it’s the successor to Oppo’s Find X3 Pro, as there was no Find X4.

It’s a premium phone that costs over £1000 and as a result competes with some premium handsets.

In an attempt to claim its place in the market, the Find X5 is packed with features. Read on for our breakdown of the best and worst parts of Oppo’s new phone.

How much does the Oppo Find X5 Pro cost?

The Oppo Find X5 Pro costs £1049 in the UK. That puts it on top with premium handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro.

It’s a bold pricing strategy that gives the Find X5 Pro a lot to match.

For more on these competitors, check out our Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Plus vs Ultra breakdown, or check out our OnePlus 10 Pro vs Xiaomi 12 Pro guide.

Buy the Oppo Find X3 Pro for £1049 at Currys

Features of the Oppo Find X5 Pro

The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. This processor is the latest and packs a lot of power, but it also has issues and in some handsets – like the Xiaomi 12 Pro – it’s been implicated in overheating issues.

We had brief hands-on experience with the standard version of the phone, which is powered by an older chip – and that unit suffered a lot from overheating issues, so we were worried when we started our testing of the Pro model. During our testing period, we experienced times when the Find X5 Pro got hot, but at no time did it reach an alarming temperature or force quit apps.

The phone is available with 256 GB and 12 GB of RAM. This storage capacity matches competition from OnePlus and Xiaomi, but rival handsets from Apple and Samsung can be purchased with more storage. In terms of RAM, it’s more than the Xiaomi 12 Pro or the Samsung S22 Plus.

Oppo has collaborated with photography brand Hasselblad on the phone’s camera offering. On the back, there’s a 50MP wide-angle, 50MP ultra-wide, and 13MP telephoto camera. On the front, there’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera.

Oppo Find X5 Pro screen

The Find X5 Pro flaunts a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, which seems to be pretty much standard for flagship versions right now. The OnePlus 10 Pro, Xiaomi 12 Pro and Google Pixel 6 Pro all offer more or less the same display size.

Again meeting a new industry standard, the Find X5 has an adaptable refresh rate, stepping down from 120Hz as needed. This means you can have smooth scrolling during heavier use and then a lower refresh rate when appropriate to save battery.

During testing, we streamed a variety of videos from platforms such as YouTube and Netflix and found that the display consistently rendered color and detail impressively. However, during an extended stream, the handset did get noticeably warm, particularly around that distinctive camera bump.

Battery Oppo Find X5 Pro

The Oppo Find X5 Pro packs a 5000mAh battery, which is as good as you’d expect. It’s also quite durable and in testing we found the Pro’s battery to last very comfortably all day, even with fairly heavy use. It slightly outperformed the OnePlus 10 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro in this regard.

What is more impressive is the fast charging of the phone. In the box, there’s an 80W fast charger that can boost the battery from 1% to 100% in 30-40 minutes. It’s not the best on the market right now, but it’s a fantastic deal.

The phone also packs 50W fast wireless charging capability, but you’ll need to get the wireless charger yourself.

Camera Oppo Find X5 Pro

Other than the Hasselblad XPan mode – which offers a nice old-fashioned wide-angle shot, reminiscent of shooting on film – we haven’t seen much evidence that the Hasselblad-Oppo crossover has paid off much.

That said, it’s still a very solid camera offering. It’s quick and easy to use, with a wide range of settings. The meager 2x telephoto zoom is a bit short, but the wide-angle capabilities of this camera array are impressive.

The selfie camera is also good, although it doesn’t deliver colors with the depth of some competitors.

When shooting video you can do it in 8K if you want and there’s pretty solid image stabilization too. Overall, we were impressed with the video offering.

Ultimately, this is a pretty good smartphone camera that doesn’t beat the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus.

Design of the Oppo Find X5 Pro

The Find X5’s distinctive look is probably the first thing you’ll notice about it. The way that distinctive camera bump tilts into the rear panel really stands out from the competition and overall the handset feels very premium. It also has a bit of heft and feels heavier than some competitors, like the OnePlus 10 Pro.

However, we found the ceramic back panel a little frustrating. It’s quite a nice surface to touch, but it also makes the phone an absolute fingerprint magnet. Of course, this won’t matter for those of you using the phone with a case, but for others it’s a real drawback in an otherwise attractive design.

There’s nothing unexpected here when it comes to the layout of the volume and power buttons, as well as the USBC and SIM ports at the bottom.

Overall it’s a really unusual design and we love it, it’s just a shame how easily the back of the phone gets scarred during use. The standard model’s matte back is much better in this regard and feels good too, despite being a cheaper option.

Our verdict: should you buy the Oppo Find X5 Pro?

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a very, very good smartphone with some frustrating hiccups. That fingerprint magnet back will frustrate some users and the fuss Oppo has made about the Hasselblad camera collaboration doesn’t feel justified. Really, it’s debatable whether this phone is a big improvement over its predecessor, the Oppo Find X3.

In terms of consistent performance, it seems to outperform the Xiaomi 12 Pro – which costs the exact same price – thanks to Xiaomi’s overheating issues. Some of its specs are even better than equivalent Samsung handsets, but overall we preferred the Samsung Galaxy S22 series phones.

There’s a lot to like here if you’re an Oppo fan and this unique design really stands out from the crowd. The battery is a good size and the fast charging capabilities – both wired and wireless – are a real bonus.

Where to buy Oppo Find X5 Pro

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is available from a range of UK retailers right now. We have also included links to some key competitors.

Notable alternative purchases: Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and OnePlus 10 Pro

For more on the latest phones, head over to our tech section or check out our full guide to the best smartphones to buy in 2022.

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