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As a fan of all forms of tech, I’m always on the lookout for mid-range phones to recommend to friends and family that won’t make them feel like they’re missing out. After looking at the OPPO Find X3 Lite, I am starting to believe that OPPO is the brand that is doing precisely that.

Design & Build Quality

You could never tell that the Find X3 Lite 5G is not OPPO’s high-end device because this phone looks just as sleek as the Pro models. It has a slim design with slightly round edges. It also has a screen that almost covers the phone from edge to edge. Even the selfie camera is just a small round lens hiding discreetly in the top left corner.

OPPO Find X3 Lite punch-hole 32MP Selfie camera | TheEffect.Net

OPPO Find X3 Lite punch-hole 32MP Selfie camera | TheEffect.Net

The phone is available in both Starry Black and Astral Blue/Silver colours. I was able to get my hands on the Starry Black model for this review, and I have loved it so far. The Find X3 Lite also came with a transparent case in the box. While this is a very small detail, I was very appreciative of it. Including this in the box meant that the phone was protected, but I could still see the beautiful colour on the back. It also meant that I did not have to spend additional money on getting a protective case.

OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

Cameras

For a mid-range phone, the OPPO Find X3 definitely doesn’t skimp on cameras. The phone has a 32MP selfie camera and four different rear cameras. It has a 64MP primary camera supported by an 8MP Ultra Wide-Angle Camera, a 2MP Mono camera and a 2MP Macro camera. This basically means that your phone is decked out to take impressive photos and videos that do a decent job of competing with higher-level phones in certain lighting conditions.

OPPO Find X3 Lite camera module | TheEffect.Net

The OPPO Find X3 Lite camera module | TheEffect.Net

The Selfie camera is great for photos as well as video. It even has the capability of shooting 4K at 30 frames per second video. This is perfect for anyone who takes selfies a lot or goes on many video calls as the quality will look great. I was also pleasantly surprised with the quality of the photos the camera can take in low light. Without flash, I expected them to be really dark, but surprisingly, the phone does great at recognising light.

An ultra-wide angle sample photo

An ultra-wide angle sample photo from the OPPO Find X3 Lite

A wide angle sample photo from the OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

A wide angle sample photo from the OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

A 2x digital zoom photo sample from the OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

A 2x digital zoom photo sample from the OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

A 5x digital zoom photo sample from the OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

A 5x digital zoom photo sample from the OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

The four rear cameras worked exactly as you would expect them to. They took good photos and had all the different modes we have gotten used to in phones. They are reliable for sure, but they are nothing extremely outstanding. One impressive feature about the rear cameras is that they can record in dual mode. This means that you can shoot a video using the front and back cameras simultaneously. While this is not a feature I would use a lot, It would be helpful on occasions like birthdays or surprises where it would be cool to record the reactions of both parties.

A Portrait Mode sample shot on the OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.NetPerformance

I always expect midrange phones to work well for a few weeks and then start to lag after. I have had the Oppo Fix X3 Lite for over two weeks now and have really put it through its paces and this is yet to happen. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip. The chip supports 5G bands6 making the phone 5G ready. It also offers 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which makes for a really smooth performance.

While 128GB is standard for a mid-range phone, I found it a little disappointing that I could not expand that with a Micro SD card. I realise that removing the micro SD card slot is slowly becoming the new norm in phones but it is still a little disappointing.

OPPO Find X3 Lite charging port and 3.5mm headphone jack | TheEffect.Net

OPPO Find X3 Lite charging port and 3.5mm headphone jack | TheEffect.Net

Battery

The OPPO Find X3 Lite packs an impressively large 4,300mAh battery so, thanks to this large battery and the AMOLED display, I had no issue getting through a full day of heavy use on this phone during our review with nearly 20% battery left. If you’re a lighter user of your phones, you might even manage two days use, which is quite the feat.

Another really impressive feature for a mid-range phone is the fact that the phone supports Superfast charging. Many companies disable this feature in their midrange phones to push consumers to go for the higher end Pro models. Oppo did not do that, which is amazing.

Conclusion

This phone is quite impressive for a midrange device. The screen is smaller and the chipset a bit slower than the Oppo Find X3 Neo and Pro models but that is to be expected this is the cheaper model of the trio. Overall, I was impressed by what OPPO has achieve with their entry-level device in the Find X3 line.

Pricing & Availability

The OPPO Find X3 Lite is available, starting at €399 prepay and no upfront fee on selected bill pay plans. It’s available in black at Three, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Harvey Norman and Tesco Mobile, and is available in silver, exclusively at eir.

OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

OPPO Find X3 Lite | TheEffect.Net

REVIEW: OPPO Find X3 Lite - A Solid Performer
  • Design & Build Quality
  • Cameras
  • Performance
  • Battery
4.1

Summary

This phone is quite impressive for a midrange device. The screen is smaller and the chipset a bit slower than the Oppo Find X3 Neo and Pro models but that is to be expected this is the cheaper model of the trio. Overall, I was impressed by what OPPO has achieve with their entry-level device in the Find X3 line.

John Reilly

About John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net