Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

OPPO Find X first look: A Samsung Galaxy S9 on steroids

OPPO Find X first look: A Samsung Galaxy S9 on steroids

If history is any indication, there's a chance these systems won't fare well in the long term especially if you drop the phone while clicking a selfie which does happen a lot. Unlike many Android OEMs that have begun embracing the notch-style display, Oppo has pushed the envelope with a motorised slider at the top that comes out while launching the front or rear camera. Unlike many expected, the Oppo Find X comes with no display notch.

All that drama would be for naught if the Find X was packing sub-par cameras; happily, on paper at least, that's not the case.

Other manufacturers now opting for a notchless edge-to-edge display have relocated the speakers below the screen thanks to new sound-emitting display technology, however it is uncertain how Oppo has handled the change-up itself.

Hardware-wise, no prizes will be given for guessing that the Find-X gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8 GB of memory, and 256 GB of storage.

It has a motorized sliding dual rear cameras with a 16-megapixel primary and a 20-megapixel secondary camera set up with LED flash, OIS, AI portraits and AI Scene Recognition technology that can identify 800 scenes.

Oppo has, until now, been content to leave North America and Europe to its OnePlus sibling, but that all changes with the Find X. In Europe, it'll go on sale in August, priced at 999 euros. Unfortunately, pricing is unavailable at this point but OPPO did state that it will be priced less than some of the other top-end devices now out on the market.

Oppo has teamed up with the famous auto maker for this special version of the Find X in other ways.

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OPPO's ColorOS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo is enriched with the usual artificial intelligence benefits including Google Assistant.

The Oppo Find X (announced Tuesday) has a screen that stretches from the very top of the phone, wraps around the sides and goes nearly to the very bottom (the phone has a thin bottom bezel, aka a "chin"). OPPO also introduced Omojis, the company version of Apple's Animojis. The phone also lacks a headphone jack.

Metal and glass are the materials of choice on the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X. Both handsets have glass front and rears, which sandwich a metal frame.

OPPO hasn't shared any details on worldwide availability beyond advising it will be going on-sale in the US. Rs. 1,33,795). The standard model will be available in Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue colour options. The camera is also powered by AI assistance.

There's also a 3,730 mAh battery, complete with fast charging.

The Find X's design has some potential drawbacks, though they're hard to assess without actually using the phone for some time.

Oppo also unveiled a Lamborghini edition of the smartphone.

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