Oppo Find X5 Pro review

This premium smartphone might not be mainstream, but could it be your next mobile? Tested at £1049 / AU$1799

Smartphone: Oppo Find X5 Pro
(Image: © Future)

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

While the Oppo Find X5 Pro excels in day-to-day use, its AV performance could be better with its audio capabilities in particular letting it down.

Pros

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    Good HDR video

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    Bundled fast-charger

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    Nice design and solid user experience

Cons

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    Sound lacks dynamism and drive

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    Curved screen causes halo effect

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    Colour accuracy could be a little better

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A premium device at a premium price, Oppo’s Find X5 Pro smartphone boasts the flashy design and standout camera that we all now expect of flagship phones. Our primary concerns, though, are picture and sound quality, and here it’s a bit more of a mixed bag.

Still, those determined to avoid the usual high-end options and instead go for something out of the ordinary will find much to like here, particularly if they’re willing to spend some time in the settings menu.

Price

As standard, the Oppo Find X5 Pro comes in a 12GB RAM and 256GB storage configuration costing £1049 / AU$1799 (about $1314 – unfortunately the Find X5 Pro isn’t officially available in the US). There appears to be a 512GB version available in China, but there’s no sign of that making its way to the UK or Australia. It’s worth noting that there’s no option to expand this via SD card.

The Oppo’s price puts it up against some stiff competition. For similar money you could buy an iPhone 13 Pro Max or Sony Xperia 1 III, and you’re even encroaching on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Oppo’s sister company, OnePlus released its 10 Pro flagship this year, and it shares a lot of features with the Find X5 Pro, including a Hasselblad branded camera system, and it’s a fair bit cheaper.

Design

Smartphone: Oppo Find X5 Pro

(Image credit: Oppo / Future)

The Oppo Find X5 Pro comes in two stunning finishes, Glaze Black and Ceramic White, that adorn the weighty, premium ceramic body and smooth, polished aluminium frame.

The rear of the phone houses a camera bump unlike any other phone we’ve seen. Instead of a step-up style bump that feels separate to the rest of the phone, Oppo has engineered a fluid camera cluster that melts into the rest of the ceramic backing to create a seamless finish.

It's certainly unique and eye-catching, and it's equally as impressive as the camera system it is housing. Inside is a powerful array of Hasselblad cameras, consisting of a 50MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide camera that reaches a field of view of 110 degrees and a 13MP telephoto camera.

Features

Smartphone: Oppo Find X5 Pro

(Image credit: Oppo / Future)

The camera system is ideal for a budding photographer, with every lens you could need on a phone to capture both close up targets, or squeeze sprawling vistas into a single shot. Colours look punchy and, together with the phone’s colourful display, the Find X5 Pro is an ideal companion for snapping shots on the go. 

The Oppo Find X5 Pro features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor which, when paired with the aforementioned 12GB of RAM, keeps things running smoothly at all times. Apps load quickly and there are useful software management options to make sure the phone is running at maximum efficiency. There are a few instances where this software is a bit intrusive, though. For instance, when you try to close all apps and the phone insists that’s unnecessary in terms of performance – we don’t care, Oppo, we would like to close all apps please.

Bundled in the box is the Oppo Find X5 Pro’s most convenient feature, an 80W SuperVooc charging adapter. It's always nice to get a charger in the box these days as many manufacturers are leaving them out, and it's especially nice when the bundled charger can juice up the phone at a blistering rate – a 50 per cent charge takes just 12 minutes.

Android 12 is running the show here, albeit with Oppo’s ColourOS on top. This has a colourful if slightly intrusively cartoonish art style, although this can be rectified through Android’s extensive customisation suite. Day-to-day use is buttery smooth, with no software issues or glitches thrown our way during testing.

Picture

Smartphone: Oppo Find X5 Pro

(Image credit: Oppo / Future)

Up front is a 6.7-inch curved display running at 3216 x 1440 resolution (525ppi) in a 20:9 aspect ratio, and the LTPO AMOLED screen supports variable refresh rates right up to 120Hz. The display has a hole punch camera nestled in the top left corner that can be used for facial recognition and remains fairly unobtrusive to the viewing experience. There is also an under-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. 

As for picture quality, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is crisp and delivers a solid HDR performance, making for an enjoyable viewing experience overall. Netflix’s Lost In Space looks great on the Oppo’s AMOLED screen, with inky blacks to reflect the depth of endless space while the pinpoint stars burst through with surprising impact.

As the Robinsons’ ship loses power and the lights dim, it’s still easy to pick out details within the shadows and, to juxtapose, grandiose scenes of an ice-clad foreign planet retain their epic scale. It's not all perfect, though: the edges of the ice-capped mountains in the background of the scene are a tad fuzzy and when compared with our Award-winning Sony Xperia 1 III, the impression of depth and overall detail levels are slightly lacking.

Oppo Find X5 Pro tech specs

Smartphone: Oppo Find X5 Pro

(Image credit: Future)

Screen size 6.7 inches

Screen type AMOLED

Resolution 3216 x 1440 (525 ppi)

Operating system Android 12/ColourOs

Finishes x2

Battery size 5000mah

Dimensions (hwd) 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm

Weight 218g

Storage 256GB

By default, the Oppo comes in a slightly overbearing Vivid mode that tends to accentuate colours a bit too much, though there is a suite of picture settings, including a Cinematic mode that utilises Display P3 for apparently faithful colour reproduction, as well as a Brilliant mode that uses the widest colour gamut for an almost blindingly bright picture. There’s also the option to customise colour temperature in a couple of the presets. Even so, despite vast amounts of tweaking, the Find X5 Pro never quite reaches the cinematic accuracy of its Sony rival, particularly when the latter is in its Creator Mode.

That isn’t to say that the Oppo looks unnatural. Playing an episode of 2007 teen drama Skins, it retains the colour in characters’ vibrant clothing while keeping skin tones natural. That said, this lower resolution video suffers with soft edges and slightly ill-defined textures to skin and clothing. The Xperia does a better job of retaining detail and keeps edges a little sharper and more defined, with skin textures specifically looking noticeably better.

The other issue with the Oppo’s display is its curved edges, which create some distortion and, on white and lighter coloured backgrounds, produce a strange glowing halo effect that runs down the edge of the screen. Whilst this doesn’t cause too many issues as it’s such a slim part of the screen, it does bring into question whether the Oppo is more dedicated to form than picture performance.

Sound

Smartphone: Oppo Find X5 Pro

(Image credit: Future)

While the Oppo Find X5 Pro’s picture is good overall, it’s rather let down by its audio performance, with a lack of dynamic expression and rhythmic drive, as well as slightly mushy bass when using a range of headphones (with the necessary third-party USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor). Grand compositions such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra's rendition of In The Hall Of The Mountain King feel unnervingly tight and claustrophobic, with little separation between the vast array of instruments. The instruments lack texture and reverberation, leading to a processed and unnatural delivery that fails to capture the grand scale of the piece. Dynamics also suffer here, with the jump from quiet to loud also feeling restrained.

The same can be said in relation to the Oppo’s speakers. They too make a mess of the classical piece with the same compressed, claustrophobic arrangement and overall lack of definition, stifling the piece's grand composition and making it a less than ideal option. 

For something more conventional, Billie Eilish’s Bury A Friend sounds decent, though not much better than that. The thumping bassline is certainly present (as much as we can expect from a product like this), but it lacks definition and sounds a bit soft. Thankfully, the bass isn’t too overbearing, so vocals remain clear and distinct.

Verdict

Oppo’s Find X5 Pro is a solid device in most ways. It's packed with features, user friendly software and it provides an enjoyable, if not mind blowing visual performance. However, it's marred by an audio experience that’s easily surpassed by the class leaders.

An iPhone 13 Pro Max costs roughly the same money and features fantastic sound and picture quality, as well as an equally solid build and feature set, and the Sony Xperia 1 III is another great option if you prioritise picture and sound quality. You might also want to consider waiting for the Xperia 1 IV, which is just around the corner and could be even better.

Still, if you’re determined to go with an outsider choice for your next phone and sound quality isn’t much of a priority, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is certainly worth a look.

SCORES

  • Features 5
  • Picture 4
  • Sound 3

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