The last 12 months have been very good for phones; We’ve had the excellent Samsung Galaxy S21, the class-leading iPhone 13 Pro Max, the smart Google Pixel 6 Pro, and the sleek OnePlus 9 Pro as top-tier flagship phones and worthy entrants on our best phones list. But I think a phone has been overlooked, despite critical acclaim.
In my Oppo Find X3 Pro review from early 2021, I got excited about how it’s one of the best Android phones you can buy right now and a worthy rival to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. I wasn’t the only one, as other tech sites, like our brother TechRadar, praised the Find X3 Pro as well.
But as the year progressed, I didn’t see the Find X3 Pro featured in many of the best phone recaps, discounting our top phones in the UK list, nor did I get much talk about it. In comparison, the aforementioned flagship phones generated a lot of interest after launch. This is somewhat understandable given that the Find X3 Pro was not launched in the US and it shares many components with the OnePlus 9 Pro (the phone makers share a parent company), which is cheaper at £ 829 compared to the sizable one. £ 1,099 from the Find X3 Pro.
Your investment aside, I still feel like the Oppo Find X3 Pro has been overlooked this year, which is sad because it’s a really good phone.
All the best specs
For starters, the Oppo Find X3 Pro has an enviable spec sheet. A Snapdragon 888 chip is paired with 12GB of RAM and a healthy 256GB of storage space. Combined with a 6.7-inch QHD + AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate that can dynamically adapt to how the phone is used thanks to an LTPO panel, the Find X3 Pro feels blazingly fast, sometimes almost too fast, with some landslides. through applications at high speed.
Build quality is fantastic too, with the screen curving smoothly in a glass chassis that integrates the camera module, meaning that camera shock is kept to a minimum. Sure, the shiny silver-gray model I have absorbs fingerprints, but I think it looks good and feels very comfortable.
Speaking of cameras, they are fantastic and deliver images that are on par with the best camera phones. They can’t beat the Google Pixel 6 or iPhone 13 Pro, but I think they are worthy competitors in general phone photography for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. And I would choose the camera performance of the Find X3 Pro over the OnePlus 9 Pro, because the color reproduction of the latter is not to my liking.
The Find X3 Pro isn’t perfect by any means: battery life could be better, there’s an annoying section on the keyboard where a swipe of the finger can drop the custom Color OS stickers with embarrassing consequences, and the fingerprint scanner. it is too low on the phone screen.
Otherwise, the Find X3 Pro is brilliant and I’ve found myself using it for much longer than I normally would as someone testing a lot of phones.
A technological showcase
But the real catch is how the Oppo Find X3 Pro drives a lot more innovation than meets the eye. The aforementioned integrated camera module isn’t something I’ve seen on any other phone, and it apparently took a lot of research to get it right. Some may not like the look or claim that the camera design is too iPhone-like. But I think it’s great, it makes the phone more pleasant to hold as my fingers don’t catch on the edges of a module.
And then there is the microscope camera. It makes real microscopic photography easy, allowing you to see the fibers of a shirt or the layers of wood on the surface of a table. Yes, it is a gimmick and difficult to use properly, but it is something that actually feels different than a mediocre macro lens or an upgraded telephoto camera. With some evolution, this type of camera could produce some very impressive shots that one could only dream of getting on a DSLR.
Then there’s the use of the same Sony sensor in the ultra-wide lens and it’s in the main lens, something the OnePlus 9 Pro also does. As a result, there is no real color shift when taking ultra-wide photos compared to those of the main chamber. That makes the ultra-wide camera much more useful than the ones on other phones; I’ve never liked the change in color and clarity you get when switching to an ultra-wide camera on other phones, and I often prefer to go back to fit things in the frame of the main camera.
Cameras can also capture native 10-bit color photos, supposedly making them richer in colors that can then be viewed on the 10-bit screen. I don’t notice a big difference between standard and 10-bit photos, and the Oppo’s screen is quite similar in quality to the OnePlus 9 Pro; both are excellent.
But it still shows that Oppo is driving technological innovation here by offering a display that can do more than rival phones. It also doesn’t hurt that the screen has a 240Hz touch sample rate to make it feel super responsive.
And there are custom smart features that will sharpen videos and mix standard dynamic range content into high dynamic range. There are also more options for modifying the always-on display, giving it the customization advantage over the OnePlus 9 Pro in my opinion. Neither of these are must-have features, but they show just how generous Oppo is in tech options and explores innovation and different design approaches.
This is not much of a surprise to me, as I saw hints of this in the phone’s predecessor, the Oppo Find X2 Pro, with its beautiful vegan leather back, bourgeois design, large screen, and an excellent 5x telephoto camera that sadly left behind. fall into the Find. X3 Pro. But this shows that instead of building on past successes, Oppo is keen to experiment with the features of its flagship phone and deliver a smartphone that is truly exciting rather than iterative; I’m really looking forward to what the Oppo Find X 4 might bring to the table.
As such, the Oppo Find X3 Pro is both a great phone overall and a sleek tech showcase that really shouldn’t be overlooked.
Yes, it is expensive, but if you find a good deal, it is worth considering. And Oppo as a whole remains one of the smartphone brands to watch out for in 2022, particularly when it has created a foldable phone in the form of the Oppo Find N.