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The OPPO Find X5 is intended to be the ‘pared-back’ version of the larger and pricier OPPO Find X5 Pro. That’s a super common tactic for smartphone makers these days, because you can grab the attention of folks who can’t or won’t meet the asking price for the premium model. Meanwhile, you can make it clear that if you want the very best goodies, you’ll only get them in the flagship variant.

So, how does the Find X5 perform on its own merits and does it deliver some of OPPO premium offerings for a much more affordable price point? Let’s find out.

Design & Build Quality

The OPPO Find X5 Pro, the true flagship of the range has a smooth and slick style, with a contoured camera bump that fits neatly into the hand, giving the phone an almost liquid look. It’s quite lovely and distinctive.OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.NetYou might expect the OPPO Find X5 to be the same, only smaller. That’s what most phone makers opt for across the same ranges of a given phone. Sadly, that’s not the case with the Find X5. There’s some subtle differences that can’t help but make the Find X5 feel less premium but, for some, this more ‘textured, non glossy’ back might actually be a plus given it results in more grip when out of a protective case and also doesn’t show up fingerprints like the glossy ceramic back of the black Find X5 Pro.

OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.NetAt the rear of the OPPO Find X5, the camera bump has the same essential slightly warped square shape as the Find X5 Pro, but without the same flowing edge.

At the front, it’s running with a 120Hz-capable, 6.55-inch FHD AMOLED panel wrapped in Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which should give it reasonable durability for simple bumps, drops and scratches. Unfortunately, the Find X5 isn’t officially IP rating certified so it’s not stated to be protected against a drop in the sink/toilet but we’d be hopeful it could survive such a fate if plucked out immediately after.

Cameras

The Find X5’s camera array follows the familiar path of being not-quite-as-snappy as its premium sibling.

It’s equipped with a triple rear-lens camera compromising a 50MP wide, 50MP ultra-wide and 13MP 2x Optical Zoom telephoto lens, while the front hole punch camera gives you a 32MP sensor to capture your selfies with.

A Selfie sample from the OPPO FInd X5 | TheEffect.Net

A Selfie sample from the OPPO FInd X5 | TheEffect.Net

The real star of the show here is meant to be OPPO’s own MariSilicon NPU, which OPPO claims gives it an edge in photo post-processing. We’re definitely seeing a trend here in terms of manufacturer exclusive silicon for camera purposes, with Google for example making many of the same claims around the Tensor processor found on its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones.

That does only work if the silicon is up to the task, and here, for the most part, the FIND X5 definitely delivered as it shoot quite well in regular and low-light conditions.

It’s got a prominent over-saturation of colour that we’ve seen on some previous OPPO phones but that’s a matter of taste that some may prefer – and it’s one you can always process after the fact if you don’t like that heavy HDR look.

An ultra wide angle camera sample from the OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.Net

An ultra wide angle camera sample from the OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.Net

A main camera sample from the OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.Net

A main camera sample from the OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.Net

A 2x optical zoom camera sample from the OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.Net

A 2x optical zoom camera sample from the OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.Net

In low light, the OPPO Find X5 Pro shoots reasonably well, but again, that over-saturation in post-processing can give some of its shots a slightly odd hue. Comparatively, I also found it tended to capture scenes a little darker than other premium smartphones, which was also something I noticed testing out the Oppo Find X5 Pro in the same situations.

A 'Night' photo sample from the OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.Net

A ‘Night’ photo sample from the OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.Net

Here is what the viewfinder could actually see before taking the ‘Night’ photo, showcasing just how much light the Find X5 was able to pull in, thanks to its custom MariSilicon chip. | TheEffect.Net

There’s also the limitation of that 2x Optical Zoom, which you can punch up to a maximum of 20x with hybrid digital zoom. As you’d expect, the further you push matters, the chunkier your pixels will get.

Battery Life

The Find X5’s battery is actually two series-connected cells, which combine for a total capacity of 4800 mAh. It supports SuperVOOC (Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging) This technology allows you to flash charge a device – you can go from almost completely flat to fully charged in roughly 40 minutes.

The Find X5 also has the ability to perform reverse wireless charging – the ability to use your phone to charge another device. This is a pretty cool capability but it will drain the phone’s battery really quickly, it’s really only for a quick top up charging of things like earbuds or smartwatches if you get caught out. The reverse charge will only work for wireless charging compatible devices, and may not work on some proprietary devices.

The battery life of the X5 is excellent – using the default screen settings the phone went a full two days of medium to heavy use before needing a charge.

The Find X5 has 8 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage space as its only model variant – though ColorOS and the preloaded apps use roughly 14GB and surprisingly the Find X5 doesn’t support any expansion storage.

Conclusion

The Find X5 is a great phone. Aesthetically pleasing and effortlessly functional, using the phone is a seamless user experience. Perhaps in part because of this, it’s very easy to forget that a lot of effort and high spec componentry went into making it ‘just work’. You can find yourself thinking that the price of €899 is a bit high but in this case, given the experience, the display, the battery life and the hardware provided by this phone justifies the cost.

OPPO Find X5 | TheEffect.NetPricing & Availability

The OPPO Find X5 is available for €899 SIM free or through eir on contract starting at €149 for the phone upfront and €59.99/month.

OPPO also has a great ‘Gift with a purchase’ offer for both the OPPO Find X5 Pro and OPPO Find X5 exclusively with eir. All customers who pick up either smartphone on eir in will receive an exclusive OPPO gift bundle, with an RRP of €449, that includes the OPPO Enco X Wireless Earphones, OPPO Watch Free, AirVOOC 50W wireless charger, and a Kevlar Aramid protective case.

REVIEW: OPPO Find X5 - Midrange Momentum
  • Design & Build Quality
  • Cameras
  • Battery Life
4.3

Summary

The Find X5 is a great phone. Aesthetically pleasing and effortlessly functional, using the phone is a seamless user experience.

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