Oppo has just unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Find X5 Pro. Does this device leave its predecessor in the dust, or is it a wet firecracker?
Last year, we named the Oppo Find X3 Pro one of the best phones you can buy, thanks to its brilliant display and great design.
Now its successor, the Find X5 Pro is here; but is it really a solid improvement, or rather just an incremental upgrade? Here's the full list of both devices, side-by-side, so you can make your decision.
Design and screen
The design of both handsets is relatively similar, with both offering smooth curves that make the devices comfortable and easy to hold. We found the X5 Pro's glossy finish a little less appealing than the X3 Pro's matte option, purely because of the amount of fingerprints it picks up, but that's still a matter of customer taste.
Both the X3 Pro and X5 Pro have impressive displays, with the pair using 6,7-inch LTPO panels with 1440×3216 resolutions. However, while both have a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, its variability is very different from device to device. The Find X3 Pro can jump between a few different settings, but the X5 Pro is not only completely smooth between 1Hz and maximum, it can also make different areas of its screen vary in rate depending on the task being undertaken on each part of the screen.
The camera system of both devices eschews the approach taken by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which focuses on zoom performance, and instead favors wide and ultra-wide performance. Just take a look at the comparison chart below to see the similar approach Oppo has maintained year over year:
|Rear camera system||Front camera system|
|Oppo Find X3 Pro||50MP wide + 13MP telephoto + 50MP ultra wide + 3MP microscope||32MP wide|
|Oppo Find X5 Pro||50MP wide + 13MP telephoto + 50MP ultra wide||32MP wide|
We were very impressed with the X3 Pro's camera, which delivered bright, punchy images with excellent detail and even performed well in low-light conditions. This handset also had an original 3-megapixel microlens with 60x magnification, but that's missing in the new version.
We haven't had enough hands-on time with the X5 Pro's camera yet to give a final verdict, but from the first shots we've taken, we're once again impressed with the daytime shots and by night. This one was made in partnership with Hasselblad, but we're yet to determine what real difference it made other than some tweaks to the look of the app.
We were impressed with the performance of the X3 Pro when we put it to the test, finding all the video games we played to be smooth and responsive and there was no lag when undertaking less demanding activities. demanding. That's thanks to the impressive combo of a Snapdragon 888 chipset and a whopping 12GB of RAM.
The X5 Pro is also loaded with top-tier specs, including a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and, again, 12GB of RAM. There is also a heavy chamber to better dissipate heat.
The battery is an obvious area of improvement for the X5 Pro, offering not only a larger 5000mAh battery over its predecessor's 4500mAh cell, but also a more powerful 80W charger, rather than that of 65W which charged the X3 Pro in just 40 minutes and blew our minds last year. We can't wait to put these new specs to the test, as it looks like it could be a qualitative upgrade.
It looks like the Oppo Find X5 Pro is a modest upgrade over its predecessor, with the main changes to be found with the battery and charging system. Although there are other on-screen adjustments