Finding the best phone in today’s rapidly developing technological world is not an easy task, that’s why we’re here to highlight one of the latest and most useful phones currently available in the market. The Oppo Find X3 Pro is Oppo’s most premium flagship smartphone of 2021, bringing brand-new features and customized tech to a flashy-looking device. This phone is also a successor to the Find X2 Pro from 2020, the highest end-device in the Find X2 line and the Oppo Find X3 Pro is nothing short of a super-smartphone, matching the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max in features as well as price.
There is no doubt that this phone is currently, the highest-priced Oppo phone available in the company’s product line and this raises the big question that is; Do the features justify the price tag? This question earns its importance when one considers the fact that it has several flashy and useful features, but the price is on the level of major flagship phones, such as iPhone or Samsung, and that brings greater scrutiny on the phone and the “flashy and useful features” it comes with.
As the common saying goes: The first impression is the last impression, and for most the first impression is formed the moment they first lay eyes on the phone and witness its design for the very first time. The phone has a glass back, which curves smoothly upwards in the top-left corner to form the camera bump, which has an iPhone-like triangular lens placement. According to Oppo, this curved-glass rear design is an engineering marvel and is available in black or blue. Interestingly, although glass-backed phones are rather common, and are actually considered to be the norm, many Oppo fans may prefer the predecessor to the phone, as the Find X2 Pro came with a faux-leather body, which had a completely different feel that isn’t very common. The Find X3 Pro also falls short in comparison to the X2 Pro because the X2 Pro was two-toned in color, which is by far more aesthetically pleasing. So far, it might even be safe to say that, upon a glance, the Find X3 Pro may seem like a step-down from the unique looking and prettier Find X2 Pro.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro weighs 193g, so it’s light by flagship standards, and it’s noticeable when you’re holding it. It measures 163.6 x 74.0 x 8.26mm, so it’s pretty thin compared to some of its rivals too. On the right edge of the phone, there’s a power button, while the volume rocker is on the left edge. The handset has a USB-C port, but no 3.5mm headphone jack, which seems to be slowly becoming the norm, much to the chagrin of audio jack fans. As a whole, the layout of the buttons and phone dimensions are in line with what the average person in 2021 may expect from a smartphone, as all the classic features are checked off one at a time. Earlier we mentioned the curved glass edges of the phone, which is another feature that can be observed with premium smartphones.
A common feature of newer gaming phones is to focus on the display, to the extent that even most other flagships have started implementing higher levels of quality into the display of their phones, and this year Oppo is no different. The Find X3 Pro has a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a QHD+ resolution- similar to many Smart TVs, and 1300 nits max brightness. Considering that the average laptop display is roughly 600-700 nits bright, this puts the Find X3 Pro brightness at double most laptops, meaning that even in full daylight, the screen will be easy to read; allowing users to use their phone without having to awkwardly tilt their phones when outside in the sun. The quality and brightness allow for a wide range of vibrant and bright colors to “pop” from the screen, drastically improving video watching experiences for most users.
Speaking of colors, the display is capable of showing over 1 billion colors, which is head and shoulders above most competitors, which means that the color accuracy is top-notch; this is great news for photographers and selfie-takers. This is where Oppo’s Full-Path Color Management System comes into play, this feature ensures that the photos, videos, and other files don’t get compressed and tweaked too much on their way from their source to the phone’s display, allowing it to maintain its original integrity.
Although the Oppo Find X3 Pro is not touted as being a gaming phone, the remarkable 120 Hz max refresh rates beg to differ. Although the settings don’t allow it to remain at the max, the fact that it can reach that level means that transitions on the screen, animations, and games will all be displayed as smooth as silk. When you’re choosing the phone’s settings, you’re given two choices: 60Hz, or a variable refresh rate that goes between 10Hz and 120Hz depending on what you’re doing, and that allows the phone to optimize itself for the user’s viewing experience, without burning through the battery life.
Since Oppo is indeed a Chinese firm, it would be most apt to compare the Oppo Find X3 Pro’s camera to other Chinese phones. This model of Oppo has a better camera than many of the other China phones, in fact, it’s better than many of the phones in the same Oppo series. So here’s a quick run-down of the camera specs: The rear of the phone has cameras mounted on the back, a 50MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide, a 13MP telephoto lens, and a 3MP microlens snapper. There’s also a 32MP selfie camera on
the front. The front-facing camera may have a resolution of 32 MP, but unfortunately, it doesn’t use pixel-binning, which means that large selfies cannot be taken with this lens. Despite this setback, the picture quality is good, and in summation to AR stickers, it also puts forward a variety of settings to optimize the user’s appearance. Now it’s time to look at the quad-camera setup on the back, which is equipped with two main sensors. These are available for wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle shots, but only the former can make use of optical image stabilization. The latter can convince with good imaging performance in daylight, but it does a lot of sharpening; admittedly it doesn’t overdo it as much when it comes to depth, so that the depth of field looks more homogeneous than with Samsung, for example. In return, the subjects look more saturated.
Performance and specs:
As with most of its 2021-flagship peers, the Oppo Find X3 Pro has the Snapdragon 888 chipset, the best processor available to Android phones as of the time of its release, promising fast performance speeds and battery optimizations. As such, this is a powerful phone – with the Geekbench 5 benchmark test, the device provided a multi-core score of 3257, nearing the top percentiles in terms of performance. We should note, though, that some phones with the Snapdragon 865 (the 888’s predecessor) did steal the lead slightly by a margin, with the OnePlus 8 and Motorola Edge Plus being ahead at 3401 and 3344 respectively. The Xiaomi Mi 11 and Asus ROG Phone 5 with the Snapdragon 888 did beat the Oppo Find X3 Pro by a fair amount, at 3569 and 3732 respectively, but at this high end of the processing spectrum, few will likely notice the difference, especially as we’ve reached the stage where the Oppo Find X3 Pro is being compared to a gaming phone (The ROG 5), the difference is to be expected. You’re getting 12GB of RAM with the phone as well as 256GB of storage, which is a hearty amount – there’s no expandable storage, though, so if you need more you might want to consider a cloud storage account. There is room for two SIM cards though. The Oppo Find X3 is good for gaming, thanks partly to the chipset and the phone’s 12GB of RAM, partly due to the phone’s good-looking screen, and also in part because of Oppo’s Game Space mode which mutes notifications and optimizes processing while you’re gaming. The Dolby-tuned stereo loudspeakers on the phone sound above average – good for playing games out loud or watching movies, but we did find the rear, speaker, was noticeably louder than the top one, sometimes spoiling the surround sound aspect of the audio a little.
Most Android phone makers have their own custom Android forks, and Oppo is no different, with its ColorOS sitting above the base Google OS. The difference between the two operating systems lies mostly in design, though Oppo brings enough new features to make ColorOS a great take on Android.
By default, ColorOS has quite a soothing design with vibrant colors that take advantage of the display specs, app icons that are rounded, and the font is sans serif, the success of which depends on user preference. But ColorOS has a huge number of customization options that allow the users to have the OS design unique to them. There are options we see in many phones, but there are some that you might not find in other phones: advanced menu layout customization, the ability to design your own always-on display, various ways to change how app icons look. Thanks to the specs mentioned above, the Find X3 Pro is fast to navigate and use, allowing effortless use, and a hassle-free experience. There’s an in-display fingerprint scanner here too, and we found it super snappy to use – sometimes we barely got to see the indicator scanning our finger, it was that quick.
Many flagship smartphones suffer from reserved battery lives – big screens and complicated features can be quite a drain on power – but we’re happy to report that the Oppo Find X3 Pro, with its 4,500mAh power pack, seemed fine in use. Through our testing, we found the phone lasted a day through light and medium use, and it was only under heavy use, like tons of gaming and video recording, that it didn’t last a good 12 hours. It seems unlikely the phone will last two full days of use though, no matter how lightly you use it. Charging is done at 65W speeds, and that’s some of the fastest we’ve seen in a mainstream flagship phone, though certain devices can charge even faster. It takes about 40 minutes to charge the phone from empty to full with this.
We were happy to see the Find X3 Pro has a smart-charging mode, so if you plug the phone in when you go to bed, it’ll time the charging to get you to 100% just when you wake up. This avoids overcharging and can be great for the longevity of a phone’s battery. Unlike the Oppo Find X2 Pro, there is wireless charging here, at 30W, which will be useful for you, fans of cable-free powering, especially since 30W is faster than many phones charge even with wires. There’s also reverse wireless charging, so you can use the phone to power up other wirelessly charging devices.
Case – Find X3 Pro with unique camera design:
Contrary to the current trend, the Oppo Find X3 Pro has become even a bit lighter, although the battery has grown in capacity; this makes it one of the lightest smartphones with such a large display. The latter is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, while ceramic glass is used on the back, which has a curved camera hump. Not only does this look much more elegant, but it also avoids crevices and edges where dust can collect. The curved edges and camera mounts do mean that the phone will be unstable when resting on
it’s back. The battery is permanently installed and can’t be replaced by the user. Like the predecessor, the Find X3 Pro is also protected against dust and water ingress according to the IP68 standard. It’s available in black, white, and blue. The gap dimensions of the Find X3 Pro are tight and even. When stressed through a bend test, it creaked slightly, with some minor give to it, but otherwise, it was sturdy, so users don’t have to fear accidentally sitting on it once or twice. The aluminum frame has a high-gloss finish, but it’s not particularly susceptible to fingerprints. The SIM card slot protrudes slightly and can accommodate two nano-SIM cards.