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Oppo Find X5 Pro Camera unibody ceramic frame close up
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aa2020 recommended

Oppo Find X5 Pro review: Beautifully bespoke, both inside and out

Oppo's customized chassis meets customized hardware, but does it gel?
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February 24, 2022
aa2020 recommended

Oppo Find X5 Pro

The Find X5 Pro is a technological showcase for Oppo's custom charging and imaging hardware, encased in a unique chassis design that ensures the handset stands out from the crowd.

Retail price: £1,049.00

£1,049.00 at Amazon

What we like

Exquisite design
Brilliant 120Hz display
Fast wired and wireless charging
Reliable battery life
Great low light camera
Excellent selfie snapper

What we don't like

Oversaturated main camera colors
Pre-installed apps and bloat
Logos and branding tarnish the aesthetic
Expensive outside of the UK

Our scores

Battery
Display
Camera
Performance
Software
Design
Audio
Value
aa2020 recommended

Oppo Find X5 Pro

The Find X5 Pro is a technological showcase for Oppo's custom charging and imaging hardware, encased in a unique chassis design that ensures the handset stands out from the crowd.

The Find X5 Pro embodies the best mobile technology that Oppo has to offer (outside of its China-only Find N foldable, at least). Sporting a futuristic aesthetic, an updated version of the company’s Color OS software, and a powerful new camera setup, Oppo is building on the core principles of the Find series’ DNA and looking to snag some air time from the other biggest names in the business. But does the latest Oppo flagship do enough differently to stand out from last year’s iconic Find X3 Pro? Find out in Android Authority’s Oppo Find X5 Pro review.

Oppo Find X5 Pro
£1,049.00 at Amazon
About this Oppo Find X5 Pro review: I tested the Oppo Find X5 Pro over a period of one week. It was running Color OS 12.1 A.13 on the January 2022 security patch. Oppo notes that the A13 version is not the finalized commercial software build. The unit was provided by Oppo for this review.

What you need to know about the Oppo Find X5 Pro

Oppo Find X5 Pro back white
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  • Oppo Find X5 Pro (12GB/256GB): £1,049 / €1,299

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is very much a follow-up to 2021’s Find X3 Pro flagship, both in terms of aesthetics and hardware features. That’s right, Oppo skipped over the X4 moniker, as it’s considered an unlucky number in China. The Find X5 Pro is a showcase for Oppo’s best-in-class features, including its 80W SuperVOOC fast wired and 50W wireless charging technology, high-end performance, and powerful Color OS 12 software. There’s also a more affordable Oppo Find X5 model in the series, boasting a similar design but with a few small compromises to the hardware package.

Oppo positions the Find X5 Pro as a photography powerhouse. In addition to a triple camera setup, the phone debuts Oppo’s in-house Marisilicon X image signal processor to bring more powerful AI photo processing smarts to the handset. Like its sister brand OnePlus, Oppo has also partnered with Hasselblad for picture color processing. Oppo really wants you to know that it cares about photography — you can’t escape that fact based on the branding plastered over the phone.

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The Find X5 Pro comes in your choice of Ceramic White (pictured) and Glaze Black color options. There’s just a single memory configuration, offering 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, with no microSD slot to expand the available memory. Oppo includes an 80W SuperVOOC charger, a USB-A to USB-C cable, and a plastic protective case in the box.

Oppo sells the Find X5 Pro in the UK and across Europe. Pre-orders in the UK open on March 10, 2022, with a final release date set for March 24. It won’t be making its way to the US in an official capacity, however, Oppo notes that the phone now supports the n13, n18, and n25 5G bands that are popular with North American carriers. That means the Find X5 Pro will play nicer with some networks than its processor when roaming or if imported. The handset also sports dual 5G SIM slots and eSIM capabilities.

Design: Back to the future

Oppo Find X5 Pro Curved Glass Unibody
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  • Microcrystalline ceramic, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm
  • 218g
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • IP68 rating
  • Stereo speakers
  • Ceramic White and Glaze Black

Last year’s unibody design split the crowd and the more asymmetrical look of the Oppo Find X5 Pro is sure to do the same. Built from a nanometer microcrystalline ceramic that Oppo boasts takes over 168 hours to construct, the series’ now iconic curved unibody has been slightly reshaped this year to accommodate a tweaked camera housing. I can best describe it as a mashup between sports car aerodynamics and a slight sci-fi vibe, but however you label it, the Oppo Find X5 Pro looks great to my eye. I’m less sold on the Hasselblad and Marisilicon branding though — it’s a bit much and somewhat spoils the clean, futuristic aesthetic.

Fortunately, the ceramic material is nowhere near the fingerprint magnet of Find X3 Pro’s glass design. However, you will still notice the odd streak and smear. There’s a decent level of grip to it, unlike glass phones, and Oppo claims the ceramic coating is strengthened and scratch-resistant. It certainly feels sturdy. You’ll find Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on the front and the whole package is wrapped up in an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The bottom line — the Find X5 Pro is a very nicely built smartphone.

The Oppo Find X5 Pro's futuristic design is backed up by cutting-edge hardware.

Oppo flanks its ceramic and glass build with an aluminum frame. A power button is located on the right and two slightly small volume buttons on the left. Along with a USB-C port on the bottom, of course, which sits next to a speaker grille. The microphone port located right next to the dual-SIM tray extractor feels like a recipe for disaster though.

While we’re on the subject of speakers, they are boosted by Dolby’s Atmos technology, which is increasingly common at this price. The sound is as decent as you’ll find from any rival mobile setup and there’s a reasonable balance between the top and bottom speakers that’s better than most. As usual, the bottom port produces most of the bass and volume, but the balance is good enough that accidentally covering a port doesn’t completely ruin the sound. Even so, bottom-facing ports aren’t great for gamers who will end up holding their phone landscape. The Find X5 Pro is also outfitted with all the essential Bluetooth audio codecs, with support for LDAC, LHDC, and Qualcomm’s aptX suite.

Also read: How to pick the best case for your new phone

Oppo provides a familiar suite of security options, including pattern, PIN, and face unlock. We wouldn’t recommend the latter, as it’s simply based on the selfie camera rather than more secure facial depth-mapping capabilities. Fortunately, the in-display fingerprint scanner is ultra-snappy and responsive. Setup is a breeze and the Find X5 Pro unlocks via the finger in a split second. I’ve barely had a single mismatch in a week of use, which is exactly what you want a top-notch fingerprint scanner.

If there’s one complaint I have about the Oppo Find X5 Pro’s design (aside from those pesky logos) is that there aren’t enough options. As great as the phone looks, black and white colorways are a little dull compared to some of its competitors. Yes, you’re probably going to throw a case on it anyway, but a custom color or textured finish is a nice way to personalize an expensive purchase like this. Can you tell I still miss the Find X2 Pro’s leather?

Display: The best in the business

Oppo Find X5 Pro ColorOS 12 quick settings
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  • 6.7-inch AMOLED LTPO
  • 3,216 x 1,440
  • 525 PPI
  • 20.1:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate

Oppo nailed a top-tier display experience with the Find X3 Pro and has carried that same excellence over to the Find X5 Pro. Headline specifications include a 6.7-inch WQHD+ resolution panel, backed by 120Hz LTPO AMOLED technology, a 1,000Hz peak touch sampling rate, and an eye-watering 1,300 nit peak brightness. However, the phone certainly doesn’t get that bright for general viewing, instead, that’s reserved for highlights during HDR content playback. After you flick the setting’s toggle on, that is (make sure you do that!).

The phone’s software is also set to FHD+ resolution out of the box. This decision saves battery life at a small cost to image sharpness, though you’ll struggle to notice on a display of this size. Even so, the display looks immediately fantastic and there are plenty of options to tweak should you want to experiment with P3 and wider color gamuts or adjust the white balance. But I don’t think there’s any need to here.

The Find X5 Pro flawlessly flips between dynamic refresh rates to save on battery.

One of the Find X5 Pro’s more interesting display features is the LTPO panel’s variable refresh rate. Oppo states the display automatically adjusts between 1Hz and 120Hz for optimal smoothness and power consumption. I haven’t seen the display fall below 10Hz, but that’s still a healthy power saving over constantly running at 120Hz.

I’ve recently experienced some lousy variable refresh rate implementations which stutter as the frame rate changes while moving between apps. Foruntlatey that isn’t the case with the Oppo Find X5 Pro, despite how aggressive the phone is at lowering its refresh rate. Swapping down to 10Hz is instantaneous and happens virtually as soon as you’ve stopped scrolling, unlike other devices that switch based on the app or more extended periods of inactivity. If I weren’t using a frame counter, I wouldn’t tell that the phone was switching frame rates. Importantly, you’ll always see 120Hz smooth motion no matter what app you’re using, which makes the most of the excellent panel’s capabilities. The refresh rate only dips when the page goes static or when you’re watching lower frame rate content.

All in all, this display is every bit a match for the industry-leading Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of raw specifications, including pixel density, refresh rate, and almost the same peak brightness. The panel looks great, and I’d say the variable refresh rate implementation is the best in the business.

Performance: Not quite all there

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Adreno
  • 12GB RAM
  • 256GB storage

Packing a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, it’s perhaps no surprise that we don’t have any complaints about the Find X5 Pro’s performance. Combined with 12GB of RAM, multitasking and gaming are as smooth as butter on the Find X5 Pro. Gamers are likely to see a major upgrade compared to last year’s model, as graphics performance has closed right in on the market leader, Apple, this generation.

Just like the Find X3 Pro, however, Oppo doesn’t maximize its latest chip’s potential out of the box, opting instead for slightly lower performance to help prolong battery life. Not that this interferes with the day-to-day performance of your apps; they’re plenty smooth and multitasking is a breeze on a phone with 12GB RAM. If you want maximum performance for gaming and the like, you’ll have to manually toggle Oppo’s performance mode on. This results in benchmark scores much more in line with what we’d expect from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. However, even here we’re seeing a slightly lower multi-core CPU score than expected.

To put these results into perspective, the out-of-the-box app performance isn’t any faster than the last-gen model. But that’s not a problem as such, year-old phones perform just fine after all, but it’s a little underwhelming when compared to other first-wave Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Still, the performance mode is there for those who demand raw power with no regard for power consumption.

The Find X5 Pro holds some speed in reserve until you flip the performance mode switch.

All is not lost for performance junkies though. Gaming is where the big gains are and even without performance mode on the Oppo Find X5 Pro flies in this regard. I clocked solid frame rates across Call of Duty Mobile and the highly demanding Genshin Impact. Oppo notes a 30% graphics jump over the previous generation but 3DMark’s Wild Life benchmark suggests the gains could be even higher in certain situations. The company’s Game Optimizer tool also gives you control over performance levels while playing, as well as notifications, quick floating window access to common apps, and other useful tools. Oppo also touts a 1,000Hz “instantaneous” touch sample rate, and although everything feels extremely responsive, I didn’t notice anything game-changing.

See also: The best 5G phones you can buy

Oppo’s Find X5 Pro is also up to date in the 5G department, at least where it counts. There are no mmWave capabilities here, so you won’t hit the insanely fast speeds touted by some networks. However, this is less of an issue for Oppo’s sub-6GHz-focused target markets which lie outside of the US. The Find X5 Pro has a couple of 5G tricks up its sleeve too, including dual-SIM and eSIM support, additional 5G bands for better roaming, and Oppo’s 360 degrees Smart Antenna System. The latter ensures a robust connection by picking the best two out of its four antennas.

Those looking for the best networking capabilities won’t find Wi-Fi 6E support onboard here, just plain Wi-Fi 6 instead. It’s not a deal-breaker and might be a conscious decision owing to a lack of 6GHz licensing in some of Oppo’s primary markets. There’s no UWB support either, which you will find on the latest Galaxy and Pixel handsets. Again, this isn’t the worst omission, but it does mean that the Find X5 Pro isn’t ultra future-proof in the wireless department compared to the competition.

Battery: All day in a flash

Oppo SuperVooc 80W
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  • 5,000mAh
  • 80W SuperVOOC wired charging
  • 50W AirVOOC wireless charging
  • 10W reverse wireless charging

All of Oppo’s display and performance optimizations pay dividends when it comes to battery life. The Find X5 Pro will easily last power users through a full day of screen-on-time thanks to its 5,000mAh dual-cell battery. Those with lighter or mostly social-oriented workloads will likely make it well into a second day before feeling the need to reach for a charger.

You’re looking at six to eight hours of reasonably heavy use here, which is marginally better than last year’s model and among the better flagship performers we’ve seen, at least in the Android space. I also extrapolated over 10 hours of video streaming playback, which is great for a long-haul trip. However, do be aware that exclusive heavy use of video recording and high-end gaming will drain the battery a fair bit faster. Even so, the most demanding users will be satisfied with the battery life on offer from the Find X5 Pro. If you require even longer screen-on time, there’s always the option to switch the display to 60Hz, enable power saving mode, and turn off various other features.

Charging-wise, Oppo’s proprietary SuperVOOC charger has been tuned up to 80W of power this time around, taking you from empty to 100% in about 32 minutes on average. However, it took an average of 39 minutes to finish topping up the battery in our testing. The phone hits 25% in five minutes and 50% battery in just 11-12 minutes. Despite the higher power rating, that’s not really any faster than the 31 minutes it took to full up the last-gen Oppo Find X3 Pro. Of course, the new model has a larger battery to charge but it’s also worth noting that the 80W charger only hit 66W peak in our testing and is sustained for less than a minute.

The Find X5 Pro will easily last power users through a full day and lighter use will push to two.

But more important than raw speeds, the Find X5 Pro debuts Oppo’s Battery Health Engine technology. Designed to ensure that fast charging doesn’t degrade long-term battery capacity too quickly, Oppo now rates the battery good for 1,600 full cycle charges. That’s double the 800 cycle lifespan of its previous products. We won’t know if it’s done its job until many months down the line, but it’s at least a positive sign that Oppo is investing in battery health tech to counterbalance its ever-rising charging speeds.

Oppo has fixed a significant bugbear from our review last year, too. The Oppo Find X5 Pro charges correctly with USB Power Delivery plugs, albeit at a slower 18W. This is vastly improved from the sub-10W charging we saw last year and ensures that the handset will charge quickly-ish with battery packs and third-party charging accessories.

The Find X50 Pro also supports 50W wireless charging using a compatible AirVOOC dock. We haven’t tested this option, but Oppo states that it tops up the Find X5 Pro to full in 47 minutes. When using a more universal Qi wireless charger, the handset received up to 15W of power. The phone can also reverse wireless charge at 10W — double the usual 5W power you’ll find on most phones — to quickly power up your wireless earbuds and other small accessories.

Camera: Beyond the branding

Oppo Find X5 Pro Camera lenses close up
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  • 50MP, 5-axis OIS (f/1.7, 1.0μm, 1/1.56-inch, 25mm, 80-degree FoV)
  • 50MP ultrawide (f/2.2, 1.0μm, 1/1.56-inch, 15mm, 110-degree FoV)
  • 13MP telephoto (f/2.4, 1.0μm, 1/3.4-inch, 52mm, 2x optical zoom)
  • 32MP front camera, (f/2.4, 0.8μm, 1/2.74-inch, 21mm, 90-degree FoV, RGBW)
  • 4K video up to 60fps

While we’re still waiting to see what the Oppo/OnePlus merger means for their broader ecosystem, it’s already opened the door for Oppo to share in the Hasselblad camera partnership. Oppo has signed a three-year partnership with the legendary camera brand, which sees Haddelblad tweaking the Find X5 Pro’s camera color processing for added artistic flair. That’s not the only key camera change this year, Oppo is also debuting its in-house Marisilicon X image signal processor.

Read more: Why custom imaging processors are the next mobile photography battleground

In a nutshell, Marisilicon X is built to run Oppo’s AI imaging algorithms right on the RAW data coming from the camera, improving noise reduction, low light for photos and 4K videos, and RGBW sensor processing, which comes into play for the Find X5 Pro’s selfie camera. The Find X5 Pro also sensibly drops the gimmicky 60x super macro “microlens” found on its predecessor. Combined with twin 50MP Sony IMX766 sensors and an improved 13 channel spectral color sensor, Oppo is talking up a big camera game this year.

Before taking a gander at the shots below, Oppo notes that the software our Find X5 Pro was running is not quite the commercial build. Specifically, a further update will refine the camera experience, particularly where stabilization is concerned. You can check out the full-res image samples in this Google Drive folder.

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a solid shooter at a casual glance. Exposure and white balance are particularly pleasant in outdoor lighting. Details are also decent, if not a little heavily processed in places. The use of large image sensors across the wide and ultrawide lenses provides consistent exposure and noise across these two cameras, whether you’re shooting a standard or macro shot. The 2x zoom camera, used for the first snap above, also performs admirably in daylight, although its details certainly aren’t as clean as the larger sensors.

However, as good as many of the Oppo Find X5 Pro’s daylight images look, the camera has a major issue with color oversaturation and oversharpening. That Hasselblad partnership certainly isn’t aiming for accuracy.

The Find X5 Pro camera certainly doesn't aim for color realism.

The hay bale shows this aggressive level of oversaturation quite clearly, across the browns, blues, and greens of the scene. While some might like the added pop, I’d rather dial it in post than be stuck with it. The second and third samples above show a troubling side-effect of dialing up the colors — clipping. The brickwork and flower petals end up offering flat smears of color as all the detail has been clipped out of the file. The last sample above showcases an oversharpening issue that you’ll find across a few samples with more complex textures. The sheer strength of the halos indicates a very high level of sharpening post-processing. It’s not a great look.

Oppo’s color processing and heavy contrast have a knock-on effect for the camera’s HDR capabilities. While still very powerful, the comparison with the Pixel 6 Pro above highlights the lack of subtle colors and shades from Oppo’s phone. You’ll spot much more detail and mid-greys in the foreground tree, clouds, and back of the barn in the Pixel’s picture while the Find X5 Pro loses this subtle detail due to its stretched contrast.

When it comes to night photography, the Find X5 Pro’s camera setup sees a major improvement over the Find X3 Pro, seemingly thanks to the Marisilcion X processor. Exposure-wise, the multi-frame capture and low-noise processing capabilities of Oppo’s custom silicon work wonders, making out colors and fine details whether you’re in limited indoor lighting or shooting at dusk. Quality low light snaps are achievable whether you’re using the main, ultrawide, and even the zoom camera, the latter being a particular rarity. You don’t have to use the phone’s night mode, although the phone automatically switches to a longer exposure time in darker conditions.

This was the case in the very low lux second shot below, where you’ll spot plenty of detail on the black camera which is still well balanced against the white of the phone. Similarly, the stary sky scene was captured in just three seconds compared to nearly 10 on the Pixel 6 Pro. The Find X5 Pro can indeed shoot virtually in the dark.

See also: The best camera phones

However, you can probably spot that the white balance isn’t quite right in the first snap. The handset also struggles to focus in very low light, which isn’t unusual. The phone would benefit from a laser AF system to ensure you can make the most of the phone’s low-light capabilities. Likewise, the long exposure time for night shots can result in some blurring if you don’t have the steadiest hands. Although the phone’s five-axis stabilization technology helps somewhat.

Marisilicon X equips the Find X5 Pro for powerful low light photography.

If you’re interested in a comparison, I snapped the same very low lux scene on the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Huawei P50 Pro. Without night mode, the Pixel 6 shows how dark the scene was. The Find X5 Pro’s color balance isn’t quite as good as the Pixel’s Night Sight mode, but it’s otherwise a very good match. Huawei is still the one to catch here, though. The phone produces an equivalent result with a virtually instantaneous capture. So the Find X5 Pro sits somewhere between the two — it’s a solid low-light shooter.

Moving on, let’s look at the camera zoom. With a 2x optical zoom lens and small sensor, we’re certainly not expecting superior long-range results and indeed that’s the case. The zoom performs well in daylight at 3x and can extend to 5x without too many blemishes. But don’t chance your arm with a 10x snap or beyond; the Find X5 Pro can’t go toe to toe with the likes of the Galaxy S22 Ultra for distance. The telephoto lens’ wide aperture does help ensure a bright exposure even when zooming in at longer ranges, which helps the snapper punch above its weight. However, close inspection of the finer details reveals a rather heavy sharpening pass just like the main camera, so the results aren’t the cleanest.

There’s reasonably consistent color grading when switching between the three lenses and we’re still looking at heavily saturated colors all around. However, in the shots above you probably spotted that the sky is more purple in the ultrawide snap while the green saturation is dialed up even further when switching to the 2x telephoto. Once again, the Find X5 Pro’s color processing doesn’t quite get it right.

Speaking of the ultrawide lens, it offers a significant 0.6x step back from the main lens, with the focal length switching to 15mm from 25mm respectively. Close inspection of the ultrawide shot above reveals a small amount of chromatic aberration but it’s certainly not a major issue. Oppo’s improved lenses and correction algorithm appear to be very good, ensuring minimal signs of warping at the edges of your shots. Details are also reasonably well presented but you will spot those telltale sharpening halos around hard edges, such as the tree branches.

Related: The complete guide to ultrawide camera phones

The Oppo Find X5 Pro’s bag of photography tricks extends to the front camera. Powered by a 32MP RGBW sensor, it’s one of the more unique solutions on the market. The inclusion of a white pixel into the bayer filter is designed to improve light capture, which certainly works in practice. The low light sample below is well exposed without too much noise, thanks to the combination of the RGBW sensor and dual RGB+W processing pipeline in Oppo’s Marisilicon X. RGBW sacrifices some color detail though and, combined with a small-ish sensor, our low light snap is a little washed out and too soft. But it still performs better than most.

Outdoor and indoor selfies look great, if again not a little too colorful, particularly when it comes to skin tones. Oppo offers a bewildering range of face, skin, and background tweaks with its selfie suite, but these are thankfully toned down by default. The selfie and rear camera also work with Oppo’s portrait mode with very pleasing results. The Find X5 Pro’s bokeh blur looks subtly soft but can be dialed in further if you like. The phone’s edge detection algorithm is also up there with the best in the business. It doesn’t struggle too much with fine hairs, but can still be tripped up with background objects placed right behind you. Overall though, the selfie and portrait camera experience is decidedly top-notch.

With regards to video, the Find X5 Pro’s excellent low light capabilities fully carry over. You’ll have no trouble capturing decent exposure, colors, and detail even at 4K in low light. The results aren’t quite as clean as the stills but are still very good. Strangely, the camera defaults to the ultrawide lens for video capture and you annoyingly can’t swap between lenses while shooting. Although you can shoot dual-view front and back video using the main and telephoto cameras. There’s also no 8K video mode, but even if it were available we’d still recommend you shoot in 4K until the technology actually catches up.

Oppo's selfie and portrait camera experience is decidedly top-notch.

Oppo also bundles its ultra-steady pro stabilization technology to even out the most violent screen shakes. Although it works well, it does produce a few stretching artifacts, and there’s really little use for it when shooting with the main lens, given it already offers five-axis hardware stabilization. Sadly, you can’t use ultra-steady pro with the zoom camera, which is where it would be most beneficial. The camera also supports 1080p software video bokeh blur from the main and telephoto lenses. Object detection and tracking work well but you’ll easily spot from edge artifacts on moving subjects, so this mode is only so helpful. Still, there’s plenty to dive into here if you like video and, overall, the capture experience is well above average.

Photography terms explained: ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and more

See the screenshots below if you’re interested in a tour of the familiar-looking Camera app UI. It hasn’t changed much since the Find X3 Pro, and there are still plenty of advanced photo and cinematography modes for those that want to go a little deeper than standard point-and-shoot mobile photography.

Software: The best Color OS yet

Oppo Find X5 Pro ColorOS 12 apps
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  • Android 12
  • Color OS 12.1
  • Three years OS updates, four years security patches

Color OS has come along leaps and bounds in recent years and Oppo is so close to nailing it with Color OS 12, which is based on Android 12. It’s pretty, for a start, as well as fast and fluid. Theming is consistent across the UI, various menus, and Oppo’s apps, which shows great attention to detail. A word of warning though — Color OS 12 is a dangerously deep skin. It’s not bloated as such, settings keep well out of the way if you don’t want them, but there’s a Mariana Trench’s worth of options, toggles, and tweaks to explore if you’re so inclined. Even after a week with the Find X5 Pro, I don’t think I’ve come close to exploring all the possibilities, let alone working out quite what my ideal setup is.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Color OS

First up is theming. Color OS 12 implements Android 12’s dynamic theming, automatically pulling colors from your wallpaper and applying them across system toggles, notifications, and the like. You can also pick your own if you prefer. Oppo goes much further though, offering full control over icons, quick setting icon styles, fonts, fingerprint sensor animations, edge lighting colors, a huge range of always-on display settings, as well as a powerful theme import engine. If you love to make your phone your own, Color OS 12 has the tools to do it.

Oppo’s Find X5 Pro is rich with options to improve your multitasking capabilities too. The combination of the Smart Sidebar and Flexible Windows adds a nice dynamic to popping in and out of your most regular apps with ease. Flexible Windows can pop up in addition to Android’s standard split-screen feature but it feels like overkill even for the more ambitious multitaskers. Likewise, Oppo’s Quick Launch features lets you quickly swipe into apps when unlocking your phone from the fingerprint scanner. That said, I’m not sure the long-press required to active Quick Launch quite lives up to the feature’s name.

The Find X5 Pro lets you customize your lock screen shortcuts, change the swipe and knock features, raise to wake, various haptic doodads, and a whole host of other toggles. Honestly, it’s easy to overdo it and have two or three extras turned on that you probably don’t need or even end up wanting. Still, it’s great to have these power user options available.

Color OS 12 looks and runs great out the box and you can tweak virtually everything, but can we cool it on the pre-installed bloat and app stores, please?

Sadly, Color OS 12 isn’t flawless. In fact, I have a couple of major gripes with it. Let’s start with this: stop recommending me apps from your proprietary App Market. Pre-installed bloat is already bad enough and remains so with the Find X5 Pro. The last thing I want is my home screen cluttered with “Hot Apps” and “Hot Games” app folders I have no interest in, from an app store I (and no doubt many others) don’t want to make an account for. You might expect and tolerate this from a budget phone, but not one in this price tier.

Thankfully, you can toggle the folders off, but there’s still an unholy amount of pre-installed apps to remove too. For example, there’s the Hey Fun game store, Game Center which also offers game downloads, and an Oppo Store app pre-installed. Oddly, the latter only serves Indonesia and Malaysia so is just taking up storage space for other regions. The Lazada and Shopee apps are similarly SEA region-oriented. Why can’t Oppo just not add them to my phone if I pick an unsupported country on setup? I know that brands want to lock extra revenue but bundling store after store is redundant and frankly annoying on a phone that already has Google’s Play Store.

While you can uninstall some of the pre-installed apps, a number of them, including the App Market and Game Center, can only be disabled. We’ve asked Oppo if we can expect these services pre-installed on all launch devices or whether they will be region-specific, and will update the article once we confirm the situation.

It’s a curious state of affairs. On the one hand, the Find X5 Pro pushes its own stores and features like Omoji (really?) and O-Relax (relaxing sounds are nice, I guess). On the other, it embraces Google Photos for the default gallery, Google Discover Feed, and Google’s power off menu complete with Google Pay front and center. Color OS 12 is at its best when it finds a happy middle ground, expanding on Android’s features without reinventing the wheel unnecessarily. While there are lingering issues and too much pre-installed bloat, Oppo hits the mark more often than it misses with the Find X5 Pro — Color OS 12 is (mostly) really good.

Oppo promises three years of OS updates and four years of monthly security patches for the Find X5 Pro. That’s not the best in the business, that title belongs to Samsung, but is pretty much average for flagship-tier smartphones coming out of China. The phone will still be secure until at least 2026, which isn’t too bad.

Oppo Find X5 Pro specs

Oppo Find X5 Pro
Power
5,000mAh battery
80W wired charging
50W wireless charging
Connectivity
5G (sub-6GHz)
Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Dual Band
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Display
6.7-inch AMOLED LTPO
Curved display
20.1:9 aspect ratio
WQHD+ resolution (3,216 x 1,440)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (1Hz to 120Hz)
RAM
12GB
Dimensions and weight
163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm
218g
Storage
256GB
No microSD card support
Software
Android 12
ColorOS 12.1
Materials
Ceramic back
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus front
Colors
Ceramic White
Glaze Black
Durability
IP68 certified
Video
REAR:
- 4K at 60fps

FRONT:
- 1080p at 30fps
Cameras
REAR:
- 50MP wide (1.0μm, ƒ1.7, 25mm, 80-degree FoV)
- 50MP ultrawide (1.0μm, ƒ2.2, 15mm, 110-degree FoV)
- 13MP telephoto (1.0μm, ƒ2.4, 52mm, 2x optical zoom)

FRONT:
- 32MP wide (ƒ2.4, 21mm, 90-degree FoV)
Processor
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Audio
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
Security
Under-display fingerprint sensor

Value and competition

Oppo Find X5 Pro Black Press Image
Oppo Find X5 Pro
A unique looking phone with unique hardware to match.
The Find X5 Pro is a technological showcase for Oppo's custom charging and imaging hardware, encased in a unique chassis design that ensures the handset stands out from the crowd.

There’s a lot to love with Oppo’s Find X5 Pro. Between the excellent display, super-fast charging, all-day battery, and wonderful design, Oppo has far surpassed the fundamentals and is very much at the top of the technological pack. Color OS 12 is also a mostly polished piece of kit that’s every bit as good to use as Oppo’s hardware, you’ll just need to eradicate some bloatware before you can really enjoy it.

Priced at £1,049 in the UK (£50 less than its predecessor), the phone nestles nicely between Samsung’s latest Plus and Ultra models and that feels spot-on for what you’re buying. The Find X5 Pro is perhaps not quite as well-rounded, but the handset scores a few design wins that certainly justify the price tag. The only area that’s truly hit-and-miss, and it’s a big one, is the camera. Aside from the amazing selfie camera, the Find X5 Pro is an OK shooter but it’s not quite as flexible or robust as other handsets around this price bracket.

Case in point, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra ($1,199) costs just £100 more but packs 10x optical zoom capabilities that the Find X5 Pro can’t match. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, was our most highly rated camera phone of 2021, and we’re already seeing good things from the updated model. Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra also has the best software support guarantee of any Android phone, with four years of OS and five years of security updates. Also, the Galaxy S22 Plus ($999) has an upgraded camera this year and costs £50 less than Oppo’s flagship. Granted, the Find X5 Pro charges faster and certainly looks more unique, so it boils down to your priorities.

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The Sony Xperia 1 III ($1,299) is a little more expensive but commands a flexible camera setup, wonderful build quality, as well as gaming and multimedia-oriented features. Charging aside, it’s a good match for the Find X5 Pro’s design, imaging, and gaming focuses, even though its processor is now a generation behind.

On the other side of £1,000 sits the Google Pixel 6 Pro ($899). Google’s flagship certainly doesn’t have an answer to Oppo’s fancy charging technology, but it’s still a great-looking phone with a solid camera and it retails for significantly less. Plus, Google offers a slightly longer five years worth of security updates too. I’d also suggest checking out the iPhone 13 series, and specifically the top-tier iPhone 13 Pro Max ($1,099). It’s a beast of a phone backed by Apple’s enviable ecosystem, though its unadventurous design can’t hold a candle to the Find X5 Pro’s bold looks.

For those across the rest of Europe, the €150 price increase over the Find X3 Pro is much harder to stomach. That’s more expensive than both the Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and well above the Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S22 Plus. If you’re not in the UK, we suggest you wait for a price drop.

Oppo Find X5 Pro review: The verdict

Oppo Find X5 Pro Curved Glass Camera
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The Oppo Find X5 Pro is undoubtedly the company’s most comprehensive smartphone to date. However, it’s a case of cumulative small improvements rather than anything revolutionary compared to 2021’s Find X3 Pro. Performance is still in the same ballpark unless you’re a serious gamer, the futuristic design is ironically very similar, charging support is improved but not really any faster, and Color OS 12 is a little further refined but still bloated in places. Even so, this certainly doesn’t detract from the fact that the Oppo Find X5 Pro is an excellent phone.

Oppo has clearly focused its most meaningful changes in the camera department, particularly with its custom Marisilicon X chip and Hasselblad partnership. Oppo is taking photography more seriously, removing gimmicks like the microlens, but the results are still hit and miss. The phone lives up to its marketing with the low light photography and videography capabilities, but these gains are thrown away by the frankly ridiculous color saturation applied to its pictures. That said, some may like the look and the handset offers excellent selfie and portrait capabilities too, which lots of users will love. The camera takes nice-looking snaps for social media, however, the setup is unlikely to win over the most serious photography enthusiasts, especially when you factor in the limited optical zoom compared to its periscope-toting alternatives.

Oppo's Find X5 Pro successfully combines cutting edge custom hardware with a beautiful bespoke design.

Even so, it’s not too hard to reconcile the phone’s target market with its relatively steep price tag — in the UK, at least. At £1,049, we’re talking just below Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max money, which is just right given that the Find X5 Pro doesn’t quite offer the same ultra-premium photography suite and overall software ecosystem. Not to mention that these two are the best in the business when it comes to long-term support for their flagship products. Things are more questionable in Europe, where the €1,299 price tag overshoots its big-name rivals.

Nevertheless, I can recommend the Find X5 Pro to anyone who digs a unique design and loves to customize the look and feel of their mobile experience. There’s personality here that you don’t get elsewhere. Spend a few minutes kicking the bloatware off the phone and Color OS 12 is a really lovely piece of software to use in isolation. Combined with ultra-fast charging, battery longevity, and a smattering of other improvements, there’s a wonderfully imperfect phone here for those who can get on board with Oppo’s futuristic vision.