If you’re like me, unless very sloppy or reckless and naive, you probably won’t be changing phones a lot.
It’s more likely to be able to see how smartphone technology has changed over time from generation one too. For me, a geek, we think of it as an improvement with one feature at a time, and this can make finding something exciting to talk about somewhat of a struggle.
There is a phone that shakes the world bit, breaking the mould or so…
The OPPO Find X5 Pro is undoubtedly attractive, and it’s either your thing or not is a given that its design is unlike any other smartphone on the market. I’ve yet to find anyone who dislikes it, just people who don’t care about how phones look and don’t comprehend why I’m so enthusiastic about this model.
In case you weren’t aware, the latest trend in top-of-the-line handsets is to stay away from glossy and curvaceous finishes and, in some cases, return to polycarbonate rear panels in place of glass.
The OPPO Design team considered that and then went in the opposite direction. And I am in love with it.
I’m not one for cars, and however, the ones I’ve always preferred were those with a lot of curvy. That is why I’m awestruck by the new style of the Find X5 Pro. They’ve employed a brand new type of microcrystalline ceramic to make a unibody, one-piece rear panel which claims to be two times as durable as glass. It is reported that OPPO devotes 168 hours to the panel before heating it to 1000 degrees before polishing it to a stunningly flawless finish with diamond knives and diamond liquid.
It’s impossible to believe, but that’s precisely how the thing appears.
The asymmetrical camera module extends just a few millimetres from the stunning rear panel, resembling an eddy on the surface of a pond. The whole thing looks like something which has had a test in the wind tunnel to determine the lowest resistance.
I could talk for hours about how great the Find X5 Pro looks, but there’s more to discuss.
The stunning 6.7-inch WQHD+ display: OPPO has this 10-bit display capable of displaying more than a million colours. I’ve never counted all of them, but it appears to be an abundance of vibrant colours. It’s also very bright and clear. It’s a great device to stream video. The camera with a punch-hole is situated in the top left corner when streaming in portrait mode and the corner to the bottom when streaming in landscape mode – that’s about the minor noticeable spot you can place it.
However, this isn’t the best spot to be looking for live streaming or recording. You’re much more likely to be looking at the middle of your phone, which makes it appear as if there’s something much more interesting in the background, just behind the viewer’s right shoulder.
I don’t believe I’ve examined an OPPO phone with a poor selfie camera. So why would this one be different? There are some excellent features on offer available both in the hardware and software. The amazing 90-degree field view automatically kicks in for group selfies. Being able to alter the background blur using an easy-to-use slider makes taking professional, shareable images straightforward.
Before we get back to the primary camera with a Hasselblad enhancement at the back, both Wide Ultra-Wide and Ultra-Wide cameras have 50MP cameras, capable of recording the footage at that incredible 10-bit resolution and delivering the same colour quality between the broad and not-so-wide images. This year OPPO has forgone the clever-but-not-very-useful macro-lens of 2021’s Find X3 Pro for a 13MP telephoto lens, resulting in vastly improved optical zoom performance – thanks also in no small part to the new 5-axis OIS image stabilisation system.