Oppo Find X5 Pro hands-on: Hasselblad help and a new AI chip

Oppo’s latest phone X5 Pro looks and sounds like an expensive, powerful flagship. With a 6.7-inch WQHD+ screen that can reach 1,300 nits of brightness, adaptive refresh rates, and a new AI chip designed in-house to improve low-light camera performance – even at 4K – the device is ready to take on the competition. There are also two 50-megapixel primary camera sensors, a new (but familiar-sounding) Hasselblad collaboration, and look at this gorgeous thing.

Facts about X5 Pro

Oppo hasn’t announced a new flagship phone yet this year, instead of focusing on its MariSilicon X neural processing unit (NPU), an intriguing attempt at foldable. But that’s where the Mobile World Congress comes in, which is shaping out to be a pretty quiet mobile exhibition so far.

It’s good news for Oppo. Barring any leftfield surprises (Samsung and Huawei both have press events this week) it can take center stage. Fortunately, Oppo has provided a device ahead of the public reveal, so I’ve got some early impressions and thoughts to add to proceedings.

The Find X5 Pro borrows heavily from the Find X3 Pro’s shape and style from last year, but I think it looks even better. The camera unit now has a diagonal slope at the bottom, so it should fit in your hand better. There’s no space-age, hyper-reflective silver color option this time, just glossy black or ceramic white. It was a bit much.

This black one is prone to picking up fingerprints and smudges, but I didn’t mind scratching it before filming this preview or taking images for my narrative. The ceramic body, according to Oppo, is made of nanoscale microcrystalline ceramics. The material takes 168 hours to make, but according to Oppo, it results in a phone that can withstand scratches with a hardness of 1200 HV (Vickers Pyramid number). In comparison, stainless steel has a hardness of 200, whereas diamond has a hardness of 10,000. In summary, you might not need the protective case that also comes in the box. On the screen, there’s also Gorilla Glass Victus.

I believe it’s fantastic. While it may not be as distinctive as the Pixel 6’s cyclops design, it does stand out among the army of phones with squarish camera arrays. The design has a little uniqueness to it. There are also several (relatively?) well-known specifications. It’s yet another phone featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, which is undoubtedly the most powerful Android phone chip on the market right now. There’s also a 5,000mAh battery, which is larger than its predecessor’s. In my perspective, larger batteries are usually better.

Oppo appears to be focusing on cameras with the Find X5 Pro. Camera hardware, processing, user interfaces, and everything in between have all been updated by the corporation.

A freeform lens is included in the ultrawide camera at the top of the Find 5X. When using those wide angles, Oppo claims that this will lessen image distortion – that bizarre stretched effect at the corners of an image. It features an f/2.2 aperture and a field of view of 110 degrees. It’s a 50-megapixel sensor with pixel binning algorithms for “2um binned pixel size,” according to Oppo.

The second 50MP camera, located below it, uses the same pixel binning processes as the first, but has an f/1.7 aperture with a glass and resin composite lens. According to Oppo, using glass in just a portion of the lens array can increase colour accuracy by up to 77 percent. This camera also features five-axis optical image stabilization to boost your chances of a clear shot, and improve imaging performance across low-light settings. All of those axes of stabilization mean this sensor takes up a lot more space inside the Find X5 Pro, but there was still room for a 13-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture and a new 13-channel spectral sensor. Last year’s Oppo flagship had a mere 5-channel sensor, but this upgrade will improve color accuracy and the precision of white balance settings.

What do you think?

Written by Emma Ava

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