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.

Battery-life and Charging

The large 5000 mAh battery has been treating us well, yielding over a day of regular use and multiple days of minimal use. This is with the always-on display and always-listening google assistant enabled. This phone is spec’d with superior charging options. There’s a built-in USB Type-C 3.1 port capable of fast charging at 80W. It reportedly can charge the phone from 0% to 50% in an impressive 12 minutes.

If you have a wireless charger capable of up to 50W you can charge to 100% in only 47 minutes. My review unit came with an 80W “SUPERVOOC” charger for the UK. With an adapter for the US it charged at 66 watts and only took 16 minutes to charge 50% and 43 minutes to charge 100%. Using a regular 61 watt USB-C laptop charger it took 40 minutes to charge 50% and 80 minutes to charge 100%, this is because it’s not built with the VOOC speed charging.

One feature we loved having is reverse wireless charging — you can use the Oppo to charge any wirelessly charged device at speeds up to 10W. Since fast charging can put more strain on the battery, Oppo guarantees the battery will retain 80% charge up to 1600 charge cycles.

Should you buy the Oppo Find X5 Pro?

A month into using Oppo Find X5 Pro and we’re still obsessed with looking at it. The screen is so visually engaging, especially with the wallpaper constantly cycling. We’re equally obsessed with the back of the phone and the ultra suave curves and shimmering ceramic. The camera has been such a pleasure to use. We love how fast and effortless it was to take professional-grade shots, especially in low light! The only thing it’s missing is better optical zoom. The battery and charging options are also big highlights. The fast charging speeds are insanely fast. And reverse wireless charging has come in handy. Android 12 and ColorOS has been really slick and usable, and we love how much personalization there is. It’s easy to take advantage of all the phone’s features.

Surprisingly, there’s almost nothing bad to say about Find X5 Pro… other than the price and limited availability in the U.S. Oppo Find X5 Pro was released on March 14th for €1299 ($1,448). This price tag is not unreasonable given the specs and the market, but it is certainly expensive and not at all competitive. Thankfully this phone is so well loaded that it can easily last you for years to come. The pricing, availability, and even configuration changes by region — as of now, it’s unlikely that the device will come to the States.