Oppo Find X launches with no notch, almost no bezel and three pop-up cameras | TechRadar
News · Review · Phones by Jeet 5 months ago0 Oppo Find X, the Chinese company's flagship smartphone with almost 94 percent While Oppo spokesperon has confirmed that the phone will land in the UK, no specific date for this has. Reads our hands on reviews: Vivo Nex | Oppo Find X . Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and North America, with a release date set for August. The Oppo Find X is a beautiful jumble of a phone with many great ideas. The Find X has not been officially released in the UK, but you can import It's a metal and glass sandwich, with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back.
The Oppo Find X has a Both handsets have glass front and rears, which sandwich a metal frame. The glass is almost uninterrupted on the rear of the Find X, with no cameras to break up the finish, although there is a break in the glass for the rising camera module.
The power switch is on the right of the phone, the volume keys are on the left, while on the bottom edge you'll find a USB-C port, single speaker and the SIM tray.
There is no headphone jack however. The Oppo Find X measures The Oppo Find X has a premium glass and metal design Unsurprisingly the Vivo Nex is taller and wider thanks to its larger screen, but it's actually slimmer than the Find X, measuring x 77 x 8mm.
It's heavier too, at g. The Nex does boast a headphone jack - on the top edge - while on the bottom you'll find a USB-C port and single speaker.
The power and volume keys both reside on the right of the Nex, with an additional key on the left which fires Vivo's own smart voice assistant. The two phones take a novel approach to camera integration, and they have to as they've stretched the screen almost as far as it can go, leaving no space for selfie snappers.
We'll start on the rear of the Vivo Nex though, as the dual camera setup isn't hidden away in the body of the phone.
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On the Oppo Find X, none of its three cameras are visible before you open the camera app. That's not to say they're perfect. Mounting speakers on a device's back cover is an accepted practice, but it also means you'll occasionally shoot sound directly into your mitts.
The other issue here, though, is one of depth The Find 7's speakers get plenty loud for when you need to power all those mobile dance parties and what does come out is undeniably crisp. After a few moments of listening, however, you'll probably start to notice an absence of forcefulness in that sound, even in tracks that roll and thrum with energy.
Par for the course for smartphone speakers? Sure, but it can still be a bummer. Software The Find 7 is physically pretty vanilla, but the software is anything but. At its core, it's Android 4.
No, wait, don't groan just yet. I'm about as big an Android purist as you'll find, but Oppo's approach -- while peculiar and extensive -- does bring lots to the table. Our own Richard Lai did a deep dive on ColorOS when he reviewed the more curious N1, but read on for a quick recap and my own take.
That impression doesn't last for long. You see, the whole shebang is eminently skinnable; what you see out of the box almost certainly isn't how things will look after a few days. By my count, there are close to various styles available for the Find 7 in the preloaded Themes app, with some obviously more up your alley than others.
Oppo is far from the first OEM to embrace skinnable interfaces, but it adds plenty of appeal for folks who can't stand the notion of rocking the exact same thing as everyone else. There's a camera interface that lives to the right of your home screens by default, too. It's a little kooky -- you're presented with a full-screen widget that shows you what the camera is pointing at, and tapping to snap a shot yields a photo with a Polaroid-esque white border.
You can peck out little notes on those borders too, in case you just needed to complete the visual metaphor.
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Oppo calls these more static screens "exclusive space" panels, but there are only two on board: Thankfully, they're just as easy to dismiss as deleting an extra home screen. The notification bar is a two-parter: Swiping down from its right half reveals a lightly tweaked version of the classic Android notification shade.
Swipe down from the left, however, and you'll be looking at a gesture panel that implores you to trace out a shortcut pattern or create one of your own. Only two gestures are ready for you out of the gate: You can trace a circle on the screen to invoke the camera, and drawing a "V" fires up the rear LED for use as a flashlight.
The real magic happens when you move outside of that single panel. Try tracing a circle on the 7's screen while it's sleeping -- it'll instantly spring to life and bring up the camera interface.
I'm not exaggerating when I tell you I fell in love with this seemingly simple feature; I've set mine to wake and unlock with a simple swipe up on a dark screen, kind of like on the HTC One M8. Alas, it's not quite as flexible as I hoped it would be -- you can connect certain actions like calling someone or recording audio to pre-made gestures, but you can't define your own pattern to be used on a sleeping screen.
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And then there are the little touches, which I'm convinced make the biggest difference. Pressing and holding an app in the launcher causes them all to start wiggling in anticipation, and tapping the X in the corner prompts you to confirm its deletion.
Should you accept, that's that; the app simply disappears from your life. It's a decidedly iOS-like touch, but it's not one I'm unhappy to see. Swype also came pre-installed on our test unit. I found myself installing Google's own stock implementation shortly after my first boot, but that's a purely personal choice -- the Swype keyboard has never been a slouch, and it's likely to be a welcome addition for some people.
Absolutely not, but that's not to say what Oppo has cooked up is bad by any stretch. It occasionally feels overwrought, but it never feels overbearing. You get the impression that Oppo had the best intentions when crafting its user experience, even if you don't always agree with its decisions.
Camera Say goodbye to the swiveling selfie camera of days past -- Oppo went with a more traditional camera setup this time around, which means the device lacks the kooky charm that made the N1 such a head-turner.
As it turns out, the Find 7 actually uses the same megapixel Sony Exmor sensor as the much cheaper OnePlus Onewhich means most of the imaging issues we've run into in the past are still present. I'd hardly call any of them dealbreakers: Soft focus will occasionally and subtly mar some of your more frenzied shots, and color saturation isn't quite as punchy as I'd like.
In optimal conditions, you won't have to worry about these issues as much, but it's still disappointing to see an otherwise ambitious phone let down by a decidedly average camera.
It's easily one of the cleaner camera interfaces I've come across: Separate shutter and video-recording buttons are nestled along the screen's right edge, and a simple settings grid can be invoked with a tap on the lower-left corner of the screen. Changing modes -- from slow shutter to GIF to panorama to HDR -- is handled by a separate menu that hovers near the shutter buttons, though you'll want to proceed carefully. Consider HDR mode, for instance: Photos tend to look a little too lurid even for me, so I've come to prefer the undersaturated results from Auto mode just a bit more.
And then there's the ballyhooed "Ultra-HD" feature, which essentially takes a series of 10 shots and stitches the four best together into a single megapixel image.Oppo Find X: Motorized Madness!