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The Oppo Find X Is A Minimalist’s Dream Phone Comes True

The future of smartphone, according to Oppo, is a nearly all-screen one at the front with no notch, curved sides and with the front camera hidden in a motorised compartment that juts out from somewhere within the device. Sounds familiar? That’s because vivo has introduced a similar concept with the vivo Apex concept phone that will later make its way to the consumer market as the recently-launched vivo NEX. Only thing is that Oppo does it more elegantly and a tad more futuristic-looking with the Find X.

Let’s first talk about that very important component that Oppo calls “Stealth 3D Cameras”. When you fire up the camera app, a sliding structure that takes the shape of the device and which carries both the front and dual rear cameras pops out at 0.5 seconds, ready to snap at a moment’s notice. The sliding structure also contains an array of sensors including the proximity sensor, infrared camera, flood illuminator, and Dot projector, which projects 15,000 dots on user’s face to verity the owner and unlock the device. The implication here is that the sliding structure will work a lot throughout the day as users unlock and snap pictures, and that inevitably raises questions about its durability. Motorised parts bear a higher chance to breaking down compared to static ones, you see.

That concern aside, Oppo also took a bold step on relying solely on its dot-projection, 3D face recognition technology (Oppo calls it O-Face) as its one and only unlocking method, much like the iPhone X. No in-screen fingerprint sensor. O-Face can also be used to facilitate mobile payment with China’s Alipay integration, making it the first Android phone to do so. In a less useful way, O-Face enables Oppo’s own take on Animoji, with Omoji letting users to generate their own cartoon avatar and sharing them in chat apps.

The whole sliding structure mechanism paves the way for Oppo to implement the highest screen-to-body ratio on a smartphone yet at 93.8%. The Panoramic Arc Screen has curved sides ala Samsung Galaxy’s flagships and a minimal chin at the bottom. At the back, it achieves a nearly flushed design with the absence of any camera lenses and fingerprint reader. A true minimalist phone. Adding to the aesthetics value are its two gradient color options, Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue.

The Find Series is Oppo’s premier flagship line. As such it is packed with some of the latest and greatest specs. The full specs list is as below.

  • 6.42-inch AMOLED display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 256GB internal storage memory (further expandable via up to 400GB)
  • Dual SIM
  • Android 8.0 Oreo (with ColorOS 5.1)
  • 16MP + 20MP dual rear cameras
  • 25MP selfie camera
  • 3,730mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge fast-charge technology

There is the Find X, and there is the Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition, a more souped-up variant that sports the world famous carmaker’ signature carbon fibre texture and logo as part of the design. Hardware-wise, it has the advantage of 512GB built-in storage and a more-advanced SuperVOOC flash charge that enables the charge power to exceed 50W for the first time.

Set to be shipped sometime later in August, the Find X costs €999 (around RM4,630) and the Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition €1699 (around RM7,875). With the launch, Oppo has also announced their formal entry into the European market, starting with France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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