After about two years of having sold its Find X smartphone in the Philippines, OPPO has now seen fit to take things to the next level by debuting its replacement. Join us as we welcome the Find X2 to our fair shores!
The Find X2 is kitted out as befits a high-end phone, with a beautiful screen, great design, and some killer features. Let’s take it for a spin, shall we?
Taking things forward
After some time of iterating and playing around with pop-up camera modules and the like, OPPO has chosen to take things forward with a Samsung-esque punch hole for the front-facing selfie cam of the Find X2. Not that this is a bad thing, we do appreciate the simplicity (and we’ve always thought that the less moving parts a phone has, the better, as they can get worn out over time), but we wish that this solution didn’t look so much like Samsung’s.
But another benefit of having switched to a punch hole is the reduced effect upon the screen. The Find X2 has a beautiful screen—an enormous 6.7-inch QHD and OLED screen with slim bezels and only a hint of a ‘chin’ and ‘forehead’. The punch hole simply means less disruption and bother for viewers.
And buyers will also love to hear that the screen of this phone also boasts a 120Hz refresh rate, once again akin to Samsung’s top of the line units. 120Hz makes for much a smoother and faster user experience, which is great when combined with a screen of this caliber.
We were also impressed that the Find X2 comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner so as to save a little space. It worked pretty well with us unless our fingers were a little dirty or moist.
You’ll also be happy to hear that this screen features Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, as does the phone’s rear, to help ensure that it keeps on looking beautiful no matter what you put it through. And the phone as a whole has an IP rating of 54, which means that it’s safe from minor dust intrusion and splashes of water. (That being said, please do use a case.)
The Find X2 can be had in Ceramic Black and OPPO’s lovely sea-green Ocean Glass. Our test unit came in the latter color and we really like it.
Powerful camera set
OPPO has entered into the megapixel races with the Find X2, albeit to less an extent than with the Find X2’s ‘big sibling’ the Find X2 Pro. That latter high end phone comes with a three-lens setup made up of two 48MP snappers and a 13MP telephoto lens with optical image stabilization. The Find X2 ‘makes do’ with a slightly less powerful three-lens arrangement, consisting of a single 48MP lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 13MP telephoto lens augmented by an LED flash.
Even though this camera set gives away a little bit to the Find X2 Pro in terms of raw specs, when we put it through its paces we were still quite happy with it. It took sharp, bright and clear photos and nice videos, the quality of which shone through beautifully on the phone’s great display, especially with the 120Hz refresh rate enabled.
As for the selfie camera, it’s a 32MP lens. We were pleasantly surprised to hear that the megapixel count was so high despite the punch hole camera being so small. We were also happy that the quality of pictures and video was good despite the hole’s minuscule size.
Good hardware, software
Backing all this up is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor set, which runs at 2.84GHz, and an Adreno 650 GPU as well as a whopping 12GB of RAM. As you can expect, this proved a heady combination which ensured that our test phone ran strongly and smoothly no matter what we asked of it. (12GB of RAM is a lot even by laptop or PC standards, of course.)
The Find X2 comes with 256GB of non-expandable internal storage, which is quite generous, and if for whatever reason that’s not enough, you can always avail of cloud storage options, which are pretty well priced these days.
You might also be interested to hear that the Find X 2 is a 5G phone. Unfortunately we couldn’t test it as 5G is of course not yet available here in the Philippines. When it does drop, we’ll be able to give it a try for ourselves.
You might be wondering about the battery. The Find X2 comes with a 4,200mAh battery that’s just about enough to eke out a full day’s worth of usage on a full charge if you’re a light user. If you bump up the screen to 120Hz, go out and take plenty of photos or videos, and/or use the phone moderately or heavily, you can expect to need to recharge by the afternoon or even the middle of the day. But not to worry, you won’t need to be plugged in for too long, as the phone offers 65W rapid charging.
Software-wise, the Find X2 is at the leading edge of Android phones. It runs Android 10 overlain by OPPO’s own ColorOS 7.1, which is pretty decent as far as OS overlays go.
We really liked the OPPO Find X2. It iterates what was good about the old Find X and keeps it fresh and competitive with the current crop of high end phones. Of course it’s not as much of a beast as OPPO’s own Find X2 Pro, but it isn’t meant to be.
We would think that the Find X2 is really worthy of consideration especially for those of you who want a good phone, are prepared to pay for a high end phone, but may not be ready to go for the top end or just aren’t into what passes for top level features these days.