OPPO Find X5 review: Solid high-end smartphone with a few drawbacks
The OPPO Find X5 is an interesting attempt to combine high-end features of the Pro-model for a lower price. Can it convince? We tested it for you!
In the previous generations of the Find-X series, at least in the global market, there was no “normal” model without an addition in the name. We only had the Neo, but that's over now. With the Find X5 for less than 1000 euros, OPPO promises almost the same experience that the Pro delivers. Can this be adhered to? Let's start with the clear differences.
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OPPO Find X5 without Ceramic and Infinite Curve
The OPPO Find X5 comes without ceramics. Although the back is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, it feels similar to the material that OPPO itself calls "OPPO Glow". So it has a matte texture that is still relatively high-quality to the touch. In any case, the material repels fingerprints well.
Infinite Curve disappears a little
The Infinite Curve found on the Find X5 Pro further developed can only be found to a limited extent in the Find X5. You can clearly see where the red pencil went. Nevertheless, I like the camera element, since the lenses are completely behind a glass, so that you only have one increase. A "lip" around the camera module is also clearly noticeable, which I didn't really find disturbing.
Hardware almost identical to the Find X5 Pro
OPPO saves little on the internal hardware. You get eight gigabytes of RAM and 256 gigabytes of internal storage. as ProOf course, the processor is not the Snapdragon 8 Gen1, but the flagship from last year, the Snapdragon 888. Apparently, as usual with OPPO, no savings were made on cooling it. The Snapdragon 888 never got too hot in any daily scenario that would make the phone uncomfortable to hold.
Camera also almost the same, including MariSiliconX chip
The entire camera setup is solid identical to that of the much more expensive one Pro-model. We find the Sony IMX766 as the sensor for the main and ultra wide-angle camera and there is also the double optical zoom with 13 megapixels.
The "Powered by MariSilicon" lettering is also on the camera module. So that means that the same MariSilicon X from the Find X5 Pro located in the normal Find X5. And it should be possible to exploit all the features of the chip.
What is really still missing? The five-axis stabilization, a stand-out feature of the more expensive brother. Nevertheless, the videos were relatively stable, even with "only" three axes.
On the underside of the Find X5 you will find the dual SIM slot (eSIM is also supported), the USB-C port and one of the two speakers.
Display is the biggest downgrade
Now we come to the most significant downgrade compared to the Find X5 Pro. The Find X400 is just under 5 euros cheaper, something must be missing somewhere. And that can be clearly felt on the display.
Although the display is also an AMOLED panel, it does not have LTPO technology. This allows the 120 Hertz display to be reduced to a refresh rate of one Hertz in order to save battery. So it's a regular AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and slightly milder colors. That depends on the manufacturer of the display, which one BOE is the fifth largest display supplier in the world. Nevertheless, you can clearly see that Samsung's displays are simply better.
The display is not bad, you would definitely get along with it in everyday life. But once you have the display of the Find X5 Pro or realme GT2 Pro, which use LTPO 2.0 from Samsung, you can see a clear difference in the quality and also the representation of the colors.
Loudspeaker & fingerprint sensor
The speakers are significantly better than the Find X3 Pro. They produce a much better stereo effect and a louder sound without becoming tinny. As always, you should listen to the speakers in real life. It's difficult to convey this with just text or videos.
The fingerprint sensor is again an optical one. Still a hell of a lot faster than the Find X3 Pro but then he is not. Not much will happen there either. But I didn't have the impression that savings were made here. An ultrasonic sensor would be nice to see anyway.
My conclusion on the Find X5 from OPPO would probably be: packed a lot, saved a little wrong. Personally, I would have preferred a better display, but then accepted slower charging at 65 watts. By the way, the wireless charging speed of the Find X5 is limited to 30 watts, which is more than enough. If the price drops from 999 euros (RRP) to around 850 to 900 euros or if you get a lot of goodies, as with the pre-order campaign, then it's worth it. If you don't want to do without anything, you should continue to the Find X5 Pro to grab.