OPPO is a name that has been synonymous with some great hardware over the last few years, albeit with its software needing some work done to improve the user experience.

However it seems lately OPPO is looking to get out of its previous budget market and focus more on its mid-tier and high-end offerings, so when the company recently announced the launch of its newest flagship, the OPPO Find X5 Pro, we wanted to see if it could potentially take on the recognised high-end manufacturers within the Android ecosystem, namely being Samsung with its Galaxy S range and Google with its Pixel line up.

So, can the OPPO Find X5 Pro be a potential threat to Samsung and Google, and can it handle a barrage of daily usage that I tend to put my devices through, let’s have a look?

What’s in the box

So I have to say, the box that OPPO sent is, well, big, to put it mildly. Inside the box came the Phone box with the Phone, usual leaflets and guides, SIM tray tool, a soft plastic cover, USB-C cord (approximately 1 metre) and the base charger plug, which offers up to 80w of power to charge the Find X5 Pro in minutes.

There was another box which contained the wireless charger, a 1-meter USB-C cord and usual paperwork documents. The only issue is that it didn’t come with its own base charger port, which means you are limited to the one that comes with the device itself. The wireless charger offers OPPO’s 50W wireless charging, more on this later.

The design

Taking the OPPO Find X5 Pro out of the box and holding it in my hand, it does feel slightly heavier than my Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and my partner’s Samsung Galaxy S10 as well, not too heavy that it becomes too heavy to hold or use the device for long periods.

The review unit we received was the White version, whilst I prefer the black or darker colours to hide potential marks and dirt over time; the white colour is very striking and quite beautiful.

The front of the OPPO Find X5 Pro comes with a 6.70-inch punch hole AMOLED display (3216 × 1440) with a 120Hz refresh rate and it is absolutely beautiful with colours that present clear and vivid.

The punch hole for the front-facing camera is located near the left top side of the device which houses a 32 MP front camera. The front speaker is located in the middle top of the device whilst the under-display fingerprint sensor is much more accurate and responsive than others I’ve previously used.

The left-hand side of the device houses the volume rocker, whilst the bottom houses the Dual SIM card slot, microphone, USB-C port and speaker grill next to the charger port. with the right side housing the standby/on/off power button. There are multiple microphones that assist with noise reduction during phone calls.

The rear of the OPPO Find X5 Pro houses the triple camera set up which is made up of a 50 MP Main Camera, a 50 MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera and a 13 MP Telephoto Camera alongside a single LED flashlight. The camera housing is of a slightly unusual look, it’s not quite an oblong or square or rectangle shape and protrudes outwards by 1-2mm. Also laying the phone flat on any surface does mean you will have a see-saw effect without using the included cover.

Under the hood and Performance

The OPPO Find X5 Pro is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform alongside a MariSilicon X Imaging NPU and an Adreno 730 at 818MHz GPU. 12GB RAM and 256GB of onboard storage are good news, sadly the storage can’t be expanded by a MicroSD card. So you’re forced into cloud, or self-storage options if you run out of space.

The OPPO Find X5 Pro does come with the ability to use 2 SIM cards in one device so if you’re after a device that is both your work and personal device in one, then the Find X5 Pro might be the device you’re looking for. There’s a full range of connectivity you can reasonably expect of a device at this level, perhaps with the exception of Wi-Fi 6e.

Further complemented by both 4G and 5G connectivity. Sadly, given the northwestern suburbs of Sydney are patchy at the moment with my telco provider, I wasn’t able to get or maintain a 5G connection but 4G was still strong and just as fast as possible.

Lights, Camera, Action!

The OPPO Find X5 Pro has a triple rear camera set up including A 50 MP Main Camera, a 50 MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera and a 13 MP Telephoto Camera alongside a single LED flashlight. It’s worth noting that there is no macro lens, for some important but for others, it won’t be missed. Having recently partnered with Hasselblad, you’ll get outstanding colour enhancements for photography under pro mode. It’s worth noting that these features are only available on the pro mode, but without it, you’ll still get excellent photos.

You’ve got plenty of modes to choose from in the camera app including Night, Video, Photo, Portrait, Pro, Hi-Res, Panorama, Movie, Slo-Mo, Timelapse, Long Exposure, Dual-View Video, Sticker, Text Scanner and Xpan.

The OPPO Find X5 Pro front-facing camera is a 32MP camera and again, the quality of the pictures taken was pretty damn good. They are certainly ready for the inner social media influencer; producing quality shots with colour, contrast and vibrancy all being on point.

Software

The OPPO Find X5 Pro comes with Android version 12 with of course the device utilising OPPO’s infamous ColorOS version 12.1 and to be fair, it does seem OPPO have listened to some of the criticism relating to ColorOS received in the past.

Don’t get me wrong, there is room for improvement like always but I did find this version of ColorOS to be more butter smooth and less laggy than previous OPPO devices I have used and reviewed in the past. It also seems OPPO has moved toward greater customisation of the device.

Lightning fast charge and outstanding battery life

As stated, the OPPO Find X5 Pro comes with OPPO’s SUPERVOOC charging capabilities with both an 80W charger which you can plug directly into the device via the USB-C to USB A cord into the wall charger but the Find X5 Pro does come with a 50W wireless charger as well.

The only caveat with the Wireless charger is that it doesn’t come with the charging brick, so you will have to use the wall charger that is within the main packaging or a second one. For those that pre-ordered, the wireless charger was included.

Charging the device with the wireless charger having about 38-45% battery life, the wireless charger was able to give a full 100% charge within 25-30mins. To ensure that the wireless charger doesn’t overheat, it does have an inbuilt fan to keep the device cool during use.

Plugging the phone directly into the mains via the 80W charger, battery charging was faster than the wireless charger which is a bonus should you want to increase your battery power if on the go in a hurry.

Battery life I have to say is very well done considering with medium to high usage I still had between 50-70% battery life left at the end of the day. With light usage, I still had about 75-85% battery remaining at the end of the day.

Should you consider buying one?

The OPPO Find X5 Pro is well and truly an ultra-premium device with it ticking the right boxes such as great battery life, super-fast charging, stunning screen and a great user experience with software that just flows well and it buttery smooth.

OPPO has delivered a genuine competitor to the latest from Samsung, Google and Apple.

The pricing starts at AU$1799.00 which is quite steep, but it is cheaper than the likes of a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – just without a stylus/S-Pen that the Ultra comes with.

I can easily say, I recommend the OPPO Find X5 Pro and suggest if you’re after an ultra-premium device to put the OPPO Find X5 Pro on your shopping list.

The OPPO Find X5 Pro is available through OPPO directly, JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman, Bing Lee alongside telco providers such as Telstra and Vodafone in either black or white colour options.

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