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Oppo Find X3 Pro Review
Apr 20, 2021
We appreciate the effort of Oppo to relentlessly push forward by breaking the status quo by coming up with unconventional innovations – be it a swivel or a pop-up camera, geometry-inspired panels, the VOOC fast charging or the soccer themed phones.
The latest flagship from Oppo doesn’t shy away from innovation either. Apart from the top tier specs and design, the Find X3 Pro is proud of its 10-bit color supported by 10-bit cameras and a 10-bit display which ensures that you are viewing what you have captured in its entire grandeur.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro was advertised with the slogan Awaken Color. The gist is that you can capture and view 1 billion colors with a single click of a button. It’s not something that you won’t either find nor do anywhere else, not at least with that ease.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro was well designed which envelops the internal components in a waterproofed body with an extraordinary shape. The curves around the rear camera are something we’ve seen for the first time. It’s something so unconventional and unique making it the first phone with such a design.
Oppo Find X3 Pro specs:
163.6x74.0x8.3mm, 193g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back, aluminium frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins).
These specs do surprise us, especially the microscope camera. We also praise Oppo for providing an official IP68 rating, since Xiaomi phones don’t feature it.
The Find X3 Pro will be sold in many regions aside from China and the company is also giving a free global warranty, the same one that Apple provides with its iPhones and MacBooks. It’s one of the aspects you should be concerned with when purchasing a Chinese phone, and we appreciate the effort that Oppo is making to bring its top-grade game to the table.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro ships in an actually huge box packed with a lot of stuff. There is a 65W VOOC 2.0 power adapter and a 6.5A rated USB-A to C cable shipped with the phone.
The contents of the box also include a USB-C EarPods-like earphones and a black rubber protective case with a matte finish.
The screen is covered with a thin film of plastic, but it is nowhere near the level of the screen protector. There is a Gorilla Glass 5 that guards the screen, so you are well covered in that department. This cheap film gets smudgy in a matter of seconds, so we recommend peeling it off and going for a proper protector, only if you need it, that is.
The Design is the first thing that anyone would notice when they take a first look at the Oppo Find X3 Pro.
Oppo Find X3 Pro is kind of a sandwich – meaning there is an aluminum frame with glass sheet on either side. There is some sort of attractive charm about the organic curves that makes you wanna pick up the phone in your hands and a desire to feel the material.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro comes with a slightly curved Gorilla Glass 5 sheet on the front, when the screen is off, the X3 Pro looks identical to the X2 Pro, and it would be very difficult to distinguish. When you turn the phone and look at the rear panel, you’ll instantly tell them apart, as the Find X3 is one of its kind.
We appreciate that Oppo is giving the IP68 rating for the dust and water resistance. The front is equipped with a 6.7” QHD 120Hz AMOLED panel. The screen itself isn’t curved but it’s the glass that has been curved around the longer sides. As for the bezels, they are really thin and we’ve actually adapted to live with the small punch-holes like the one you can see on the Find X3 Pro.
The fingerprint scanner is placed underneath the screen, and it is the fastest you can find in the market. Its performance, both in terms of speed and accuracy, is comparable to the conventional scanners out there. The result of the reader is actually trouble-free and more than satisfactory.
There is a very thin grille above the display, which hides the stereo speakers. We have a doubt whether the earpiece is a standalone or the speaker itself acts as one. In terms of power both the speakers on top and bottom stand at par, which is a rare occurrence.
The back panel of the Black version is super glossy, it’s more on the gray side rather than black. The brand made it that way intentionally since it wanted the back to look like ceramic, and it did succeed in doing so. The downside of such a rear panel is that it is extremely prone to fingerprints and smudges.
The other version is simply called Blue which comes with an anti-glare frosted finish. This one feels a lot smoother and is resistant to fingerprints and smudges to some extent.
You might think that the Blue version would provide more grip, but that’s not the case since it’s the glossy version which offers more grip. When holding the phone, the fingers do tend to stick to the glass even though the frame is most slippery as it is thin, curved and glossy making it somewhat difficult to pick up from the desk.
The rear camera is apparently the real deal here, it looks gorgeous. We can divide the camera module in the right and left column. The right column includes the dual-LED dual-tone flash, the 3MP micro camera with a LED ring around it, and the 13MP tele camera. The left column consists of the two 50MP wide-angle snapper.
The LED flash around the 3MP camera though not that bright is essential for the microscopic photography. When shooting photos at a range of as close as 1mm the phone is sure to cast a shadow over the subject, hence the flash will be a big help.
Moving on to the side frame, we can see the volume rockers on the left while the power/lock key on the right side. The top section is home to the tiny mic pinhole, whereas the bottom as usual is overloaded. At the bottom section you’ll find the dual-SIM tray, the USB-C port, the mouthpiece and the other stereo speaker.
As for the measurements, the Find X3 Pro measures 163.6 x 74 x 8.3mm and weighs 193g, that’s about similar to the Find X2 Pro. The Find X3 Pro is 24g lighter than the Ceramic version of Find X2 Pro and weighs 7g less than the Vegan Leather model. The smartphone feels really light in comparison to other flagships of the same caliber.
Overall, the design of the Find X3 Pro is unique and resembles a bit a distinct approach towards how the camera module can look, and this new design seems to have done wonders for the brand. As for the waterproofing, it’s something we do appreciate. If not for the thin and curved frame, the phone would have earned the title of a phone with perfect design but it seems to have missed the mark by a whisker, though.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro is equipped with the same display as the Find X2 Pro. The Find X3 Pro packs a 6.3” LTPO AMOLED panel of 3,216 x 1,440px resolution or 525ppi density. The panel has 10-bit color support and can display more than 1 billion colors vs. 16 million on most of the competitors. It is to be expected since the phone is HDR10 and HDR10+ certified.
The screen of Find X3 Pro features 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz.
Concluding with the specs, the screen has a punch hole cut out for the selfie camera. The screen is guarded by a slightly curved Gorilla Glass 5 sheet.
Oppo claims that the phone offers 500 nits of typical manual brightness, auto (sunlight) brightness bumps up the brightness to 800nits and a peak brightness of 1,300nits in a small area.
The brightness is surely at par with what the company promises. At the end of the brightness slider the screen offers 493 nits but it can jump up to 505 nits with different color modes. With the brightness set on Auto the brightness can shoot up to 774 nits. As for the lowest the brightness can go as low as 2.2 nits which is excellent.
The phone has an adaptive refresh rate. You can choose between 60Hz and 120Hz. The dynamic refresh rate can go down to 5Hz when needed. The refresh rate doesn’t seem adaptive after all. It’s possible that either Oppo sugar-coated the thing or is yet to improve the implementation through software update.
In the end, the phone features Widevine L1 DRM, meaning you can have fun watching your favorite shows and movies in 1080p HDR10 quality.
Battery Life and Charging Speed:
The Oppo Find X3 Pro packs a 4,500mAh battery that’s 5% larger than the featured by Oppo Find X2 Pro. In theory it seems to be adequate, although we know it isn’t. Since the battery has to power the Snapdragon 888 chipset and the 120Hz LTPO AMOLED display.
The phone can make it through 23 hours of calls, 11 hours of web page browsing or over 13 hours of playing videos.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro features 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast wired charging. The phone is shipped with the VOOC power adapter in the retail box. Furthermore, the phone comes with 30W AirVOOC wireless charging support, but there is a small catch, you need an appropriate charger for that. Just in case your Bluetooth accessories are low on juice, there is 10W reverse charging support for the top-up.
The bundled 65W power adapter will charge the phone from 0 to 40% in mere 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, the charger replenishes 82% battery and 100% in just 28 minutes.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro features a dual stereo speaker setup placed symmetrically on the top and bottom. The sound from the top speaker comes through the earpiece grille. However, we’re not sure if the earpiece and speaker are one single piece of hardware or they are two separate hardware. We say this because both speakers are synced perfectly. They both are equally efficient in terms of loudness and sound quality, which is apparently rare in hybrid setups.
The speakers do sound great with Dolby Atmos support. As far as loudness is concerned, the speakers perform really great. However, the sound quality is average. The speakers do offer bass and high-tones, but they are actually tuned mid-tones that sound great. According to us the speakers aren’t bad, it’s just that they are not at par with the competition.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro packs Snapdragon 888 chipset which is supported by the LPDDR5 12GB RAM. The chipset comes with an improved eight-core tri-cluster processor which in terms of performance is 25% better than the Snapdragon 865 chip. The chipset offers the new Adreno 660 GPU which performs 35% better than the Adreno 650 GPU.
The handset is equipped with a vapor-chamber cooling system which keeps the powerful chipset and the battery running and prevents the phone from heating up. It works well especially when playing games and fast charging. The phone may get warm but not to the extent where you might have to worry.
Camera and Photo Quality:
The rear panel of the Oppo Find X3 Pro is home to the camera bump which houses the quad-camera setup – a 50MP main camera, 50MP ultrawide sensor, 13MP telephoto shooter and 13MP microscope snapper. The camera bump also has the dual tone LED flash and a dedicated ring LED flash around the microscope. The front of the phone has a 32MP selfie camera sitting behind the punch hole.
The two 50MP cameras click 12.5MP photos by default (4,096 x 3,072 px). Oppo claims that the output of cameras will provide color consistency on both the shooters. There is also the 50MP mode that you can choose on either of the cameras.
The main camera clicks some really outstanding photos. The photos have abundant details, there is nearly no noise visible, color seems to be accurate and true to life and the dynamic range is high but not too high.
The photos rarely looked unnatural and over/under processed. The images this phone clicks can very well be said to be the best among the current flagship phones.
The 12.5MP photos from the ultrawide camera are at par with the primary snapper in terms of color accuracy. The photos shot on ultrawide shooter have excellent details, no noise, superb contrast and amazing dynamic range. Furthermore, the images are natural-looking and well balanced. This time around the sharpness is tuned even better, it's just the perfect amount making the photos flawless.
However, the new configuration as promised does reduce the chromatic aberration and barrel distortion.
The ultrawide lens comes with autofocus and is also able to take close-up shots. You can do so when you get the right distance, and when you do the shots are spectacular with mind blowing quality.
Both the cameras can click photos in 50MP, but it might be a waste, since there is no smart upscaling or AI high-res. The photos are merely resized from 12.5MP to 50MP and it's just no good.
The telephoto lens comes with 2x optical magnification and would be a cause of disappointment for those expecting 5x or more, just like the Find X2 Pro. The company seems to have done some research and found that people rarely used the 5x camera, but we still think that 3x camera with OIS would have been an agreeable option. All things considered, this snapper won’t disappoint you, though.
Apart from that, the 12MP photos are amazing – with plenty of detail, high contrast, the dynamic range and exposure. Though, there is a bit of noise visible in shadows but they won’t get in the way.
In terms of sharpness, it is on par with the main camera. However, the buildings, facades and fences seem to be over-sharpened but it doesn’t ruin the quality of the image.
The camera uses some sort of 5x hybrid zoom, but we are not sure why it’s called so. Maybe there is some info from the 50MP camera that is shared with the images, or we may be wrong here. Overall, the photos are of good quality, no complaints here.
Last but not the least, there is the microscope camera that works from about 1mm to 3mm distance. This shooter has its own flash so you needn’t worry about having sufficient lighting. This snapper captures shots that are not visible to the naked eye. There is no other phone in the market that can do so. It is surprising that this lens can capture shots with such good quality, but there is a small catch, the subject needs to be flat and you need a steady hand.
The photos shot with this camera are full of details and well-saturated colors – something that’s not always the case with macro cameras. The photos are on the level where they would make for a lovely Instagram post. If you are fond of such unique photos then this might be your thing, we are sure that you’ll like it.
Main camera (low-light)
The way we would describe the low-light photos shot by the main camera is – it captures exactly what you are seeing. The photos are rich in details, with surprisingly low noise and captures the scene with perfect exposure, color saturation and shadows.
The phone does tune the parameters to sync with reality, but at times that’s not enough. This is where the Night Mode comes into the picture. It does take 2-3 seconds but it does brighten the image and just by the right amount. The Night Mode provides more balanced exposure, mends the blown highlights and improves the details in the shadows, but not to the extent where it looks unnatural.
Whether it’s regular mode or night mode the photos won’t disappoint you.
Ultrawide camera (low-light)
The ultrawide lens is not only usable in low-light but also the one you shouldn’t miss on which the sun sets. Although this shooter doesn’t come with OIS and has a darker f/2.2 aperture, still the camera is able to capture some amusing shots in low-light. The photos have abundant detail, the color saturation is true to life and there is some noise visible but it can be ignored.
When the Night Mode kicks in the photos shot on the phone are quite detailed and there is no noise. The photos are bright, restore clipped highlights and have a lot of detail in the shadows. We find the shot on par with that of the main camera but with a bit short on detail.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro is able to capture portraits with both the main and telephoto shooters.
The portraits captured with the main camera are pretty amazing. The subject separation is impressive and the blur is quite good. The detail on the subject is plenty, the colors true to life and dynamic range worthy of praise.
The telephoto camera is also able to shoot close-up portraits provided the light is ideal, if not then the photos turn out to be soft and noisy. If the lighting is just enough, the photos turn out to be as impressive as the ones captured on the main camera.
Moving on to the selfies, the Find X3 Pro has a 32MP selfie camera and the sensor behind the lens has a Quad-Bayer color filter. The smartphone captures selfies worthy of appreciation in terms of color, contrast and dynamic range. You can also click portrait selfies; they are equally good as the regular selfies. The subject separation is good and blur is appreciable.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro can shoot 4K videos at 60fps on not only the primary camera but also on the ultrawide shooter. Whereas, the telephoto snapper can capture 4K videos at 30fps. The micro cam on the other hand shoots 1080p videos at 30fps. There is no 8K video shooting support.
All the cameras have always-on electronic stabilization but the main camera also has additional optical stabilization. Then there is also the Super Steady action camera-like mode (it does crop a lot from the ultrawide or the main camera).
Finally, the audio is always captured on stereo with nearly 290kbps bitrate. The mics do a wonderful job, as for quality it has a rich sound with deep bass.
The details, sharpening and the color are all amazing, not to mention the dynamic range and contrast which is high and superb. These are among one of the best videos you can shoot on a phone and there is also the EIS which is always involved.
Overall, the Oppo Find X3 is really fun to use. It comes with a spectacular screen and design along with flagship level hardware that makes good on every promise. Everyone will likely appreciate the fast charging. Although it makes good on the promises, it’s not the perfect phone.
An amazing OLED HDR10+ display with 120Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution.
Spectacular water-resistant design.
Fast charging both wired and wireless.
Stereo speakers are loud and equally balanced.
At par with Flagship performance standards.
5G connectivity support.
Both day and night photo and video quality are wonderful.
Amusing unique microscope camera.
Android 11 based ColorOS which offers rich customization options.
Battery life is not the best, could have been better.
The telephoto camera is lacking OIS.
The selfie camera is in need of an upgrade.
It is available in limited markets.
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