With the introduction of bezel less smartphones in 2017 every single smartphone manufacturers started looking for a way to push the bezels at top and bottom more and more.But there were certain limitations like the front camera, earpiece and other sensors that made the complete removal of bezels impossible. Some moved the camera to the bottom while others took the help of a notch to house all these modules but both these approaches were criticized.
Recently Oppo a smartphone OEM came in with most innovative approach yet. This involves the whole top of the phone popping up and out of the chassis to reveal the rear dual camera, front camera as well as the 3D facial recognition sensors. This is by far the most interesting and intriguing solution but at the same time did arouse some questions. We will talk about those later. First we have to go through the rest of the phone.
Design of Oppo Find X is on par with other flagships in 2018. At front it has a dual curved Amoled display from samsung which is covered by Gorilla Glass 5. Just like the front we get Gorilla Glass 5 on the back too while the frame of the phone is made out of aluminium. There are no cameras, buttons or fingerprint sensor at the front or back of the phone which give the phone a clean look. The phone comes in two colour variants including Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue.
Oppo find X supports a 6.4 inches Amoled display from Samsung which is curved at both side just like we get on Flagships from Samsung. The display resolution is Full HD, it covers the entire front of the smartphone without any interruption which gives it the largest screen to body ratio of 93.85 ever on a smartphone and this makes the viewing experience even better.
The smartphone houses top of the line specs that are characteristics of a 2018 flagship. First of all it has a Snapdragon 845 an Octa-core processor clocked at 2.8 GHz along with 6GB or 8GB of RAM as well as up to 256GB of on board storage. It has a Adreno 630 for the best gaming experience available.It will come with Android 8.1 out of the box with Oppo’s Color OS 5.1 on top. It has Bluetooth 5.0 but does not have a headphone jack which is unfortunately a feature of flagships these days.
The Pop Up Module
This is where things get interesting. While looking normally at the phone we don’t see a single camera nor any other sensors. That’s because Oppo has hid it in a Pop Up module at the top of the smartphone. Only when we open the camera application or any other third party application that uses camera we see it popping up and down. This raises question about the durability of the phone. Well Oppo claims that they have tested the pop up module up to 300,000 times. So I guess we will have to take their word on that.
The phone has a dual camera on the rear which has a 16MP primary camera and a 20MP secondary camera both with an aperture of f/2.0. It will deliver good shots and portraits in the broad daylight but the night shots quality is still in question given small aperture.
The front camera is of 25MP and will have AI beautification capabilities to give you ultimate selfies and portraits.
Fingerprint and 3D Facial Sensors
We can’t find any physical fingerprint sensor in the smartphone because there isn’t.Instead we get a 3D facial recognition hardware along with the front camera. Every time you want to unlock your phone the pop up module comes up recognizes your face and unlocks the phone and all of this happens in 0.5 seconds which is pretty fast. Although we still have concerns about the accuracy of sensors.
For a display that big Oppo has thrown in a pretty decent sized 3750 mAH battery which is going to be charged through USB Type C at the bottom and it also supports Oppo’s proprietary VOOC Flash Charge technology. This technology will help the smartphone to charge upto 50% in half an hour which is pretty good.
Reservations With Pop-Up Design
This new Pop-UP design with moving parts does look futuristic and exciting but with the mobility comes two of the main concerns about the protection of the smartphone.
First with the camera moving in and out you can’t really make the phone water and dust resistant neither Oppo Find X is. So the phone has no IP rating which means you can’t risk taking it near water or and sandy places. Kind of a bummer actually for a flagship in 2018.
Second problem is the design of a protective case for the smartphone. Because the pop up module moves from top as well as the side which makes it kind of difficult for case manufacturers.
Oppo is teasing the phone on social media in Pakistan but price still has not been announced.The phone will probably go on sale with a price tag of more than Rs 90,000.
This our review on Oppo Find X.Let us know what you think. For specification Click here.