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Oppo announces Find X2 Pro flagship

Today Oppo is announcing the Find X2 Pro, its first phone to use the Find name since the original Find X in 2018. Unlike that phone, it doesn’t use the still-unique motorized sliding mechanism that helped Oppo achieve a notchless display. But like that phone, it does see Oppo turning out the sleekest, fastest, most premium device it possibly can in order to compete with the highest-end models from the likes of Samsung and Huawei.

The Find X2 Pro is available either in black ceramic or an orange-and-gold vegan leather version akin to the concept phone that Oneplus showed off at CES, its definitely different but very refreshing considering the usual colours you see flagships draped in.

The display is also great, in fact its one of the best panels available in a phone — if not the best. The X2 Pro packs a 6.7-inch 3168×1440 OLED display with curved edges, HDR10+ support, and a refresh rate of 120Hz, putting it up there once again with the Galaxy S20. Unlike Samsung’s latest flagship, however, you can use the 120Hz mode at the full 1440p resolution, and Oppo also dynamically adjusts the refresh rate based on on-screen content. There’s an optical in-display fingerprint sensor and a small hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera.

Oppo has stated that they are pairing the display with a dedicated custom chip for image processing. It’s called the O1 Ultra Vision Engine, and it handles upscaling of video content to 60 or 120fps, as well as converting it to HDR. You can activate or deactivate it with a button in the notification shade so thats a plus if this feature doesn’t turn out great. It’s also worth noting that sister company OnePlus has already confirmed that it’ll be using the same tech for its next phone.

The Find X2 Pro has a 48-megapixel main camera, but it’s not the same IMX586 sensor that most Android phones have been using for the past year; Oppo worked with Sony on a new part called the IMX689. The sensor is much bigger at 1/1.43 inches, which means the pixels are 1.12 microns in size. That’s still smaller than the 1.4-micron pixels you tend to find on more conventional 12-megapixel sensors, but this should be an upgrade in terms of light-gathering ability.

Oppo is also including a second-generation periscope telephoto camera in the Find X2 Pro. It’s a 13-megapixel module with an aperture of f/3. Optically, it still only offers 5x the reach of the primary camera, but Oppo is claiming 10x hybrid zoom and up to 60x digital zoom. Compare that to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, where the “100x Space Zoom” camera is actually just a 4x telephoto — albeit one in front of a 48-megapixel sensor with greater cropping potential.

Finally, there actually is an IMX586 sensor in this phone after all — it’s just that Oppo is using it for the ultrawide camera. That means the ultrawide has a half-inch sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view. Oppo also says it can focus down to 3cm in macro mode. The selfie camera, meanwhile, has a 32-megapixel sensor.

Oppo are ensuring that the Find X2’s regular specs are as high-end as anything on the market. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and stereo speakers. The haptics are very good. The phone runs ColorOS 7.1, based on Android 10. The battery is 4,260mAh and supports Oppo’s SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging, which in this case is said to provide a full charge in 38 minutes. There’s still no wireless charging, unfortunately.

Oppo is also releasing a non-Pro version of the X2. The main difference is in the camera system, which uses a less exotic telephoto camera and a different ultrawide sensor with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 12-megapixel resolution, both of which are supposed to make it a better option for video. Beyond the 4,200mAh battery, 256GB of storage, slightly thinner and lighter built, and the fact that you can’t get it in orange vegan leather, the specs are otherwise the same.

Overall, the Find X2 Pro is unquestionably going to be one of the most powerful and premium Android phones on the market, and it’s priced as such — the phone will cost €1,199 (~$1,350) in Europe, while the regular X2 is €999 (~$1,130).

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