The base model in Oppo’s new smartphone series can’t be described as “Pro”, but it still has a lot of advantages to recommend over many of the mid-range phones we’ve tested based on what I’ve seen so far.
5G connectionThis device offers the latest generation of mobile data
triple cameraThis phone’s camera module has three sensors for photographic versatility.
80W fast chargingYou can fully charge your Find X5 in just 34 minutes.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro was one of our favorite phones last year and we still continue to call it one of the best phones you can buy right now. It’s clear that a lot of attention has been paid to its direct successor, the Oppo Find X5 Pro, but we’ve also taken a look at the standard Oppo Find X5.
This device may not be at the top of its tree, but it still has a lot of strengths, from the insides to the design. After trying it at MWC 2022, here’s what I made of it.
Design and screen
- Attractive finish
- good screen
Oppo’s premium phones have been known for their sleek and aesthetic designs, and that certainly continues with this device. The screen is bent on the sides, and the camera module practically does not protrude from the rear panel, almost flush with it.
What particularly pleased me was not only the look but also the matte frosted glass feel on the back of this phone, which is immediately and noticeably different from any other smartphone I’ve held in my hands; it is very comfortable, even cozy in the hand and does not look or feel cheap at all. The matte finish means it won’t leave fingerprints, and the camera module is the only part that captures light thanks to its reflective surface.
The display is also a positive. At 6.55 inches and a sharp (though not top-notch) 1080x2400p resolution, it’s still very bright thanks to HDR10+ support and over a billion colors. Brightness tops out at 1,000 nits so the display always seemed perfectly crisp and clear, and the max refresh rate of 120Hz also ensures smooth scrolling. In the demo version of the phone that I used, it worked very well in various applications, and only its far from ideal resolution showed that this was not a full-fledged flagship.
There is no 3.5mm headphone jack or SD card slot for storage expansion.
- Strong main and ultra-wide cameras
- Improved zoom gives more mixed results
The Oppo Find X5 has a triple rear camera system, led by a 50MP main sensor that also has a 50MP ultra-wide and 13MP telephoto lens with 2x zoom.
I took some shots with the device in the MWC showroom and found the results to be impressive. There were bright and bright spotlights all around me, but the camera handled them well and managed to capture a lot of color and detail in the shots.
The only feature I have some doubts about is the digital zoom, which goes up to 20x and is lauded in some promotional material, but seems a little underpowered to me, with no significant enhancements that make such a feature really useful. However, I need to try a little more before giving a full review.
Performance and battery life
- Promising processor
- Impressive fast charging
The Find X5 is powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset, which is not only a very powerful piece of silicon that should be supremely capable of running demanding games and all your favorite apps, but it also provides 5G connectivity. It’s the same processor you’ll find in the powerful OnePlus 9 Pro, so performance is likely to be very good (although we’ll only know after we’ve used it for a longer period of time and run tests). The only downside is that it doesn’t use the newer Snapdragon Gen1 chip seen on most recent flagships, including the X5 Pro sibling.
I haven’t had enough time with the X5 to test battery life, so we’ll have to wait and see how the 4,800mAh cell holds up to daily use before reaching a final verdict. However, I was treated to a demonstration of the possibility of charging. Oppo has made fast charging technology one of its key focuses in its range of phones, and it’s not hard to see why. Although mind-blowing 240W fast charging hit the headlines, the 80W fast charging supported by the Find X5 is also extremely impressive, with the device fully charged in just 34 minutes. You can literally sit back and watch percentage points tick in front of your eyes, and even a few minutes of connection will make a significant difference. It also supports 30W wireless charging for even more convenience.
Oppo Find X5 looks like a very versatile device. In my short time with it, I have discovered many positive things that make me eager to try it for a longer period of time. The design is comfortable and attractive, the screen is bright and pleasing to the eye, the cameras seem to work well (unless you try the maximum zoom), and the fast charging capability seems amazing. At this stage, it seems that there are few shortcomings, but we can only reach a final verdict after we have carried out a thorough review process.
The table below shows the main characteristics of the Oppo Find X5 and how they compare with its more expensive counterpart.
Date of first revision
Oppo Find X5
50 MP + 13 MP + 50 MP
72.6 x 8.7 x 160.3mm
1080 x 2400
Snapdragon 888 5G
Black, white, purple
Oppo Find X5 Pro
50 MP + 50 MP + 13 MP
73.9 x 8.5 x 163.7mm
3126 x 1440
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 + MariSilicon X
White ceramic, black glaze
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An abbreviation for milliamp-hours and a way of expressing the capacity of batteries, especially small batteries in phones. In most cases, the higher the mAh capacity, the longer the battery will last, but this is not always the case.
OLED and AMOLED
Display types that use self-illuminating pixels to provide greater contrast and brighter colors than conventional LCDs, as well as sharper blacks.