Oppo Find X5 Pro review: The new flagship standard

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a stand-out smartphone in a sea of flagships that all look the same

Oppo Find X5 Pro review
Oppo Find X5 Pro review

Bottom line

Thanks to its stunning design and being packed with high-end features, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is a stand-out smartphone in a sea of flagships that all look the same. Apple and Samsung should take note, because this is a flagship phone that truly challenges them. It’s just a shame that it’s quite pricey and that it can’t be purchased in the U.S. 

Overall
4.4

Pros

  • Stunning design with a ceramic finish
  • Phenomenal AMOLED display
  • Incredible camera with excellent low-light photography
  • Speedy performance
  • IP68
  • Great battery life
  • Fast charging 

Cons

  • Bloatware
  • Only 2X optical zoom
  • Pricey
  • Not available in the U.S.

Oppo recently released their Find X5 Pro flagship smartphone and color us impressed. It’s not only loaded up with features and cutting-edge tech, it’s possibly one of the best-looking phones on the market right now. This 5G Android powerhouse is competing with iPhone 13 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra. The Oppo Find X5 Pro has so much going for it that it’s hard to even define its stand-out quality. The camera, screen, specs, and battery/charging options are among the best you can find on the market right now. Should you buy the Oppo Find X5 Pro? Read on for our in-depth Oppo Find X5 Pro review.

Design / Form

The design and finish of the Find X5 Pro screams “premium” and flagship. It’s hard to stand out these days when phones are almost entirely screen, but X5 Pro pulls it off. The edge-to-edge screen beautifully melts into the sides of the phone with its Gorilla Glass Victus face. The back is made of mirrored ceramic with round tapered sides and ultra-smooth curves for the camera bump.

The camera bump is like a giant water drop melting into the back of the phone. The camera lenses are all perfectly flush with the bump. There’s no hard edges anywhere on the phone. The device has some heft, but also a premium feel with no plastic to be found. The ceramic back is brilliant and unique — it’s smokey, black, metallic, and reflective all at the same time. If you don’t like Glaze Black it also comes in a very clean ceramic White.

Fingerprints are noticeable in certain light but it’s much better than we’d expect for a glossy back. We didn’t even have to wipe it down while shooting photos of it. The back has a glass-like feel to it, which many found to make it less grippy — I personally found it more grippy than iPhone’s smooth matte back. The smooth curved sides also help with a more comfortable grip.

Oppo does include a protective case with the X5 Pro, which is certainly appreciated. While the case is a little boring with a matte black finish, we love that it’s thin, light, and well fitted. There’s good protection to all sides without much bulk. It’s also easy to take off when you feel like celebrating X5’s design.

Oppo also comes with a very thin screen protector already perfectly applied. It’s hardly noticeable, and it’s much thinner than most after-market screen protectors we’ve seen. Thankfully it looks and feels as good as the glass.

I found Oppo to feel as good as it looks. It IS a large phone, but executed well and fairly palm-able for most hands. That said, my smaller-handed friends found it to be a bit too much for comfortable one-handed use and noted it’s top-heavy. Compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max it’s actually narrower and taller — yet they have the same screen size. The curves and tapered edges give it a nicer in-hand feel. It weighs 218 grams versus iPhone’s heavier 240 grams. Oppo is also lighter, narrower, and a touch taller than Samsung’s S22 Ultra. As an everyday iPhone 13 Pro (non-max) user, I found Oppo to feel quite natural. It was nice to have the extra screen real-estate while only being a few mm wider.

Display

Oppo Find X5 Pro display

We’re obsessed with the aesthetics of the Find X5 Pro, and the screen is a key factor. With the screen on, this phone seriously shines. The edge-to-edge screen is bright, vibrant, detailed, and all-around beautiful. The 6.7″ display is AMOLED, and it really shows off the rich contrast and inky blacks. The resolution is an impressive QHD+ at 3216×1440 which squeezes 525 pixels into every square inch. This pixel density is greater than iPhone’s 458ppi and the Samsung’s 500ppi. The display supports 10-bit color, which translates to over a billion colors. To top it all off, the refresh rate is 120 Hz for silky smooth UI transitions. The excellence of this screen is very noticeable and Oppo’s ColorOS Android operating system knows how to flaunt it. We haven’t seen a phone screen that looks better than Find X5 Pro, but there are a couple of flagships out there that come close.

The screen actually defaults to a still high FHD+ (2412×1080) resolution and I’m not shocked that I didn’t even realize I wasn’t using the full QHD+ (3216×1440) for weeks. The lower resolution is still 394ppi, which is an excellent pixel density. You can have this setting on auto-select, which adjusts depending on your display content.

There are plenty of options to make the display even better for your eyes. There’s the natural tone display that adjusts the screen temperature based on ambient lighting, there’s eye comfort which can reduce blue light on a schedule, there are light and dark modes, and then there are a few enhancing options specific to this phone. Image Sharpener, video color enhancer, and bright HDR video mode can all be configured in the phone’s display settings or with a quick setting toggle.

We love that there’s an always-on option for the display. It can be configured with a variety of clocks and animations, and can display notification icons, date, and battery. It even outlines the fingerprint sensor. This is all made possible by the OLED display which keeps most of the pixels effectively turned off during this time.

Finally, there’s no notch, just a small hole punch camera on the top left which blends right in with the menu bar.

Features / OS / Usability

Being able to unlock the phone with both Face and Touch is the feature that makes us happiest. The optical touch sensor is embedded under the screen and is effortless to use and setup. Plus, there are multiple animations that you can choose from and we don’t get tired of watching a vortex whirl around our thumb when unlocking. The face unlock is just about as good as it gets — it takes a fraction of a second and works at an angle. It even works with some masks! Finger unlock can actually be used while the screen is “off” (with the always-on screen) which makes it even quicker to unlock your phone.

The Find X5 Pro comes packaged with the latest Android OS 12, and on top of that is Oppo’s ColorOS 12. We dig a lot of the features added in ColorOS, and they really help the screen pop. That said, there’s still some unnecessary bloat that we could do without. Thankfully most bloat is removable and there’s no noticeable effect on the superior performance. There’s so much personalization baked into Android these days that it’s easy to make this phone your own. The gestures really amplify the usability.

The phone is IP68 water and dust resistance, so it can withstand most any weather. With that, the included screen protector, and the included case, the X5 Pro is well equipped to handle everyday life.

Performance

The specs do not disappoint on this flagship phone. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which has 8 cores and reaches speeds of 3GHz. It comes with a whopping 12GB of RAM and if that’s not enough you can bump it up an extra 7GB if you have extra storage. There’s 256GB of storage. Depending on your region you may be able to get 512GB. There’s no expandable storage. 256GB is plenty of storage unless you record a lot of high-resolution video, and then you’ll need to invest in a good cloud storage option.

Notable specs and features

We’ll save the camera specs for the next section, but Oppo is so serious about camera quality the X5 Pro packages a neural processing chip dedicated to imaging. The MariSilicon X is an Oppo designed chip geared towards unprecedented picture quality and speed with the camera. There’s also a dedicated GPU, the Adreno 730 @818MHz. Finally, there’s NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6, Dual-SIMs, eSim, and global 5G service. Unfortunately, 5G did not work on my pre-production review unit with T-Mobile in the US.

There are dual speakers built-in — one on the bottom of the unit near the charger and the other at the top of the screen. The speaker separation makes for a wider soundstage. The speakers get louder than my iPhone, but they do distort at higher volumes. At normal volumes, the speakers sound good, but we wouldn’t describe audio quality as one of the many strengths.