The honeymoon period for HTC has been over for quite some time now, but the phone maker has recently picked itself up from the ground and come back roaring – or least trying to.
In the face of formidable opponents like Samsung, with its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineup, and high-end offerings from LG and Sony, HTC had no choice but to revamp its One X smartphone within months after it was released. The result is the HTC One X+, a faster phone that also packs a bigger battery. But is that all it has to offer?
Meanwhile, the curtain on the fresh-faced Oppo Find 5 was finally lifted, revealing what most already knew and anticipated, such as the phone’s gorgeous 5-inch Full HD display and thin frame, though it also comes with other surprises.
What happens when the relatively newcomer in the Android stage is trying to take on the seasoned player, which admittedly has seen better days, but still got some fighting spirit left? Will the Oppo Find 5 emerge victorious against the HTC One X+? Let’s pit the two and find out.
If first impression counts, both the HTC One X+ and the Oppo Find 5 won’t have any problem leaving those who have played with the two phones bedazzled and mightily impressed. Much has been said about the 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display of the One X+, with most championing its natural color reproduction and sharpness. To put it simply, it’s one of the best displays on a smartphone.
This is the part where the Oppo Find 5 swoops in and flaunts its size. Ironically sporting the same display found on HTC’s Droid DNA, the 5-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) IPS panel on the Oppo Find 5 should amplify everything you love about the display on the One X+ – being that it’s also known as a Super LCD 3. We’re talking about 441 pixel density here, which helps make everything appear super sharp and just a great pleasure to look at.
The Oppo Find 5 takes this round, but the One X+ is more than a worthy challenger.
If you’re rather partial to the polycarbonate unibody design of the One X, you’ll fit right at home with its successor, the One X+. The phone – now with an added red accent – still looks slick and feels as sturdy as ever.
You’ll find the power button and audio jack resting on the top, while the left part is populated only with a microUSB port. The volume rocker sits on the right part of the One X+. Save for the mouthpiece, the bottom part is left untouched, while the speaker can be found on the backside.
The Oppo Find 5 also comes with a unibody design and sports a look that won’t be too out of a place in the house of Xperia. The power button and microSIM card slot are placed on the left, volume rocker on the right, headphone jack on top, and the microUSB port in the bottom.
Both the HTC One X+ and the Oppo Find 5 have three capacitive keys.
Despite gaining a few extra millimeters of waistline since it was first teased, the Oppo Find 5 still manages to be pretty supermodel slim, considering its 5-inch display. At 8.8mm thick, it ekes out the One X+ by a virtually unnoticeable 0.1 mm. And due to the narrow 3.25mm bezel on the Find 5, the phone’s width isn’t that much difference from the One X+.
We’ve always been a fan of HTC’s smartphone design, but the Oppo Find 5 deserves a mention for packing those quad-core CPU and 1080p screen inside its compact shell.
The HTC One X features an updated Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. Benchmark results have shown that it’s an able performer, enough to make it one of the fastest phones in the market. As for the Oppo Find 5, the phone is rocking a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, the same CPU that’s powering the LG Optimus G and the Google Nexus 4.
Due to the top-of-the-line CPUs, there’s no questioning that the two phones will be able to run every app and game you throw in their direction with ease. Of course, the Oppo Find 5 holds an advantage as it comes with 2GB of RAM, which should help you multitask better. You can find out more about the performance of the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip on our review of the LG Optimus G.
If you’re a smartphone snapper, you will find a lot to like about the camera on the two phones. Starting with the HTC One X+, the 8MP camera sensor is complemented with a plethora of features and shooting modes, which include touch focus, face detection, low-light, panorama, HDR and more. The burst mode has been improved to run faster.
The Oppo Find 5 boasts a 13MP camera sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Not to be outdone by HTC, it also has a burst mode that allows users to take up to 100 photos at 5 per second. Oppo said that the phone also packs “a hardware supported HDR” for taking pictures and videos. That’s not all – as the Oppo Find 5 apparently can record video in 120 FPS. Whoa, somebody please alert Peter Jackson! We’ll put these “claims” to the test once we get our hands on a review unit.
For many, the lack of an expandable storage option and removable battery are the downfalls of the two super phones. Note that the One X+ comes with more internal storage (64GB vs 16GB), while packing a smaller battery (2,100mAh vs 2,500mAh).
Folks, it looks like we have a tie here.
If you love HTC phones, you have no choice to but to love the company’s Android skin, HTC Sense. You’ll find Sense+ run atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The One X+ still provides a buttery smooth experience, but the jelly itself is somewhat harder to find amidst all the extra bells and whistles.
The homescreen features four shortcuts at the bottom – or five if you count the app drawer. Pinching out on the main screen will take you to the leap view, where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the seven available homescreens. Don't think you'll be using all of them? Think again! HTC has provided a wide range of widgets that you can place on the screen. Gotta love those HTC widgets!
The Oppo Find 5 also ships with a customized Android 4.1. From what we can tell so far, the skin looks pretty different compared to the one on Oppo Finder. We heard that Oppo has gone to great lengths to design high-res icons fitting for its 1080p display. They definitely look bright and colorful.
We haven't spent much time with the Oppo Find 5, so we're going with the devil that we know better, HTC. Granted, both phones aren't exactly catered to those who are looking for a stock Android experience.
Oppo Find 5 Cons
The HTC One X+ and the Oppo Find 5 are two of the finest phones that your money can buy. Specs-wise, they should both perform similarly in real life, though once again, the Oppo Find 5 has an edge when it comes to multi-tasking with its bigger RAM. It all boils down to just how much you're looking to spend. The unlocked One X+ costs up to $200 more than the Find 5′s $499 price tag, though the latter won't hit the market, U.S. included, until Q1 2013.
If you need more storage and LTE, then the One X+ is the obvious choice. Go with the Oppo Find 5 if you want to pamper your eyes with a beautiful 5-inch full HD display and save some money in the process.
What say you, readers? Which phone are you looking to get more? Should you decide to get the Find 5, does Oppo's lack of retail presence worry you at all? Sound off in the comments below.