Oppo Find X5 Pro Review: Hello Beautiful!
Based on the success of the Find X3 Pro, Oppo has recently launched the Find X5 Pro in select markets around the world – unfortunately, India is not part of the list. As the company’s latest flagship, the Find X5 Pro 150W comes with a host of exciting features, including support for super-fast charging and more. But that doesn’t stop the device from showing up there. It’s also hidden under the surface of Oppo’s new MariSilicon X (NPU), which Oppo claims greatly helps improve the low-light performance of the Find X5 Pro’s camera system. But, does it actually do that? Well, let’s find out in our review of Oppo Find X5 Pro.
Oppo Find X5 Pro: Design and Display
Make no mistake, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is more than just a beauty item. In fact, it looks like a luxury item. Take a look at it, and I’m sure it makes a list of the most beautifully designed smartphones I’ve ever tested. It largely depends on the fact that Oppo has designed this phone for a look, and the moment you set your eyes on the device, it is clear. It has an attractive curvy ceramic rear panel with a camera module which is one of the best adoption for a camera module design we have seen on a phone.
Unlike many of its competitors, the design of the Find X5 Pro does not seem mechanical. Its curves and cuts seem very normal and thanks to the polished back, the phone actually looks a lot more expensive than this. Another good design decision from Oppo is that they keep things really clean and concise with the design of the Find X5 Pro. As such, the back panel contains only finely machined camera modules and in addition only the Oppo and Hasselblad branding.
This back panel melts into the phone’s metallic frame, which in turn melts into the front display of the Find X5 Pro. It has a nice 6.7-inch 120hz panel that supports 240hz touch sampling rate. In our experiments, we have seen the display go a little over 1000 nits in high brightness mode. However, Oppo claims that the panel can touch 1300 nits when displaying HDR content. In our experiments, we found that the display of Find X5 Pro in natural presets is quite color accurate. However, when set to a vivid profile that is responsible for covering the wide DCI-P3 color gamut, the color accuracy of the display is tossed.
Oppo Find X5 Pro: Performance
Underneath the hood, the Oppo Find X5 Pro + hides a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. This is a configuration we’ve seen in a few other flagship phones recently. And much like them, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip remains a mixed bag in the Find X5 Pro as well.
The chipset does not hit the stable peak and instead, its effectiveness in CPU throttling tests remains ubiquitous, as the chip generates some degree of extra heat. There was nothing to worry about performance, but the phone dropped to about 85 percent of its performance during testing. While it’s true that Find X5 Pro offers strong performance, thanks to its rich feature set with an overall enjoyable gaming experience, it doesn’t manage to do it consistently across the board for all games or benchmarks for that subject.
While gaming, for example, the Find X5 Pro handles demanding titles relatively well, such as Call of Duty 5 and Asphalt 9 Legends, but shows signs of frame dipping in a session of Jenshin Impact. Unlike the first two titles, the phone did not show consistent performance, with the frame rate declining.
The Find X5 Pro’s benchmark results weren’t too exciting either, as we’ve tested some benchmarks in the past with lower scores than phones. On both the AnTuTu, Geekbench and 3DMark WildLife scores, the performance was not what we expected, while the results of other things were worse than phones like last year’s ROG Phone 5s powered by Snapdragon 888+ SoC. On the Find X5 Pro, the problem seems to be poor heat management, with the phone getting a little hot after long gaming sessions or even during benchmark testing.
This thermal performance affects the battery performance of the device, the phone loses charge really fast when it gets a little hot. But when operating at controllable temperatures, the phone performed well in the battery section. At the heart of this performance is the large 5,000mAh pack of Find X5 Pro, which offers good standby and screen-on-time moderate use. We got about two days of use from the phone when we use the phone sparingly, the increase in gaming on the device drastically reduces the battery of the phone. However, it should be noted that during our testing, we set the phone to run at FHD + resolution and 120Hz refresh rate instead of maximizing QHD + resolution.
But one of the biggest strengths of the phone is that it only works when the battery level in the Find X5 Pro Dip increases. Yes, we are talking about support for 150W SuperVOOC fast charging. When fully charged, this new charging technology fills our Find X5 Pro with almost 50 percent in about 13 minutes and almost 100 percent in 32 minutes. These are impressive numbers, but compared to devices like the OnePlus 9 Pro or the yet-to-be-launched OnePlus 10 Pro, the benefits don’t seem to be significant.
Oppo Find X5 Pro: Camera
Moving on to the camera performance of the Oppo Find X5 Pro, the device supports a five-axis optical image stabilization system with a 50-megapixel primary lens. There is also a 50-megapixel lens, but it is used as a wide-angle camera. Last but not least, there is also a 13-megapixel telephoto lens that can click up to 2x optically zoomed photos.
This hardware is supported by Oppo’s MariSilicon X Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which has paired with Hasselblad’s color tuning algorithm and promises to improve color balance and overall results in low light conditions. The reality, however, is somewhat different from Oppo’s claims.
Yes, it is true that the camera system of the Find X5 Pro can take really good shots if it consumes enough natural light. However, the device’s low light performance is not comparable to the preferred results of the iPhone 13 Pro or Galaxy S22 Ultra. But it goes without saying that the Find X5 Pro performs poorly in low light conditions. We’re just saying performance could have been better.
The ultra-wide lens of the Find X5 Pro is quite impressive, the lens has been shot with lots of details. But overall, the shots from this lens come out fine during the day, leaving little to be desired for low-light images. Our least favorite is to set up a telephoto lens on the device. However, this is not the result of poor performance of the lens. Rather, it is because of the low usability of telephoto lenses in general.
Oppo Find X5 Pro: Roy
First, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is not available for purchase in India and there are no plans to launch it in Oppo’s country at the moment. As such, this judgment is not going to buy advice, and the scope of this judgment will be limited to giving you an idea of why Find X5 Pro is good and why it is not good.
Initially, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is a fantastic phone, arguably the best looking phone to be launched in the recent past. In fact, it is such a well-designed phone, its solo appearance may be the reason for buying Find X5 Pro. Then, it’s true that it offers really fast 150W fast charging and hides beneath the surface flagship-grade hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chip. The phone’s cameras are also positive, with the Find X5 Pro usually clicking really impressive shots using its primary lens. And I forgot about the display? Yes, Find X5 Pro has the most colorful right panel on the phone right now to complete the package.
But the good thing about the Find X5 Pro is that we also get a phone that is a little heavy to hold and slippery at the same time. Its ColorOS 12 based software is also not the easiest to use and as we have seen in our review, the phone tends to overheat when given the responsibility of running heavy-duty applications.
Still, the Oppo Find X5 Pro’s MariSilicon X NPU still seems to be a step in the right direction. It is truly a flagship, and can easily absorb the power of the world’s iPhones and Galaxy S22 Ultras. Sadly, it will not be able to do that in India as Oppo has no plans to launch the device in the country soon.