Oppo Find X5 Pro: It sure does cost that much in Australia
After first being announced at Mobile World Congress last month, the Oppo Find series is finally launching in Australia. Here's the most important stuff you need to know, including the specs, release date and some super interesting local pricing.
Last year, we saw the release of Oppo's most impressive phone to date, the Find X3 Pro. In addition to beefy specs, it had a micro-lens camera that was capable of some serious witchcraft.
This year, we're excited about how Oppo plans on topping this, but there are a few interesting things to address first.
Unlike previous years, there is no "Neo" variant in the range. Instead, the middle child of the range is simply called the Find X5.
We're also left wondering why Oppo skipped the Find X4. Who knows!
And lastly, despite how damn cool the 3MP micro lens was on the Find X3 Pro, there is no mention of it in the X5 Pro. This seems odd, especially considering how much of a big deal Oppo made of it last year. And with good reason, it was awesome.
But as we ponder these questions, let's dive into the phones and their Aussie pricing.
Oppo Find X5 Pro camera
We have seen Oppo do some great stuff with its camera offerings over the last few years. Without Huawei as a competitor in the Australian market anymore, it's really been able to come into its own as a dominator in this space.
However, Oppo seems to have taken a leaf out of Samsung's S22 Ultra book by not offering any hardware upgrades to its flagship cameras this year.
Once again, we are met with 50MP wide, 50MP ultra-wide and 13MP telephoto lenses. And on the front, we have another 32MP selfie cam.
Now to be fair, these are big lenses to begin with. But as I mentioned in my S22 Ultra review, it does raise an eyebrow when hardware isn't upgraded year on year.
But much like Samsung, Oppo does assure buyers that they'll find upgrades in the software – and considering the price tags, I sure hope so.
Some of the software beefiness includes Hasselblad Camera for Mobile, a 5-axis system to help with shaky cam and noise reduction, and an advanced image system.
Oppo also highlights improvements to its night-video offering with a specially designed imaging NPU, the MariSilicon X. Oppo says it's based on a 6-nanometer process that improves the resolution by 4x and makes 4K ultra-night video possible for the first time on Android.
As for the front-facing camera, it apparently is also getting a software bump from the MariSilicon X Imaging NPU, allowing for improved dynamic range and true-to-life textures.
Interestingly, the regular Find X5 has the same lens array as the Pro, but with some slight software differences, which makes sense. Still, it will be very interesting to see how they compare.
As for the Find X5 Lite, it has a 64MP primary lens coupled with 8MP wide-angle and 2MP macro lenses. It also has a 32MP selfie cam.
Oppo Find X5 Pro specs
When it comes to the Oppo Find X5 Pro specs, you can expect the latest 8th generation Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset as well as an upgraded 5,000mAh battery with 80W SuperVOOC fast-charging functionality.
As for the memory, you're getting just one option and it's the same as last year – 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Fortunately, this is more than enough for most people.
Other standard niceties include 5G, iP68 water resistance and AirVOOC wireless charging up to 50W.
The regular Find X5 is a little more modest, rocking the Snapdragon 888 processor that was found in the Find X3 Pro last year. It also has a lower IP54 rating as well as just 8GB RAM. Still, that's pretty good, as it has the same 256GB storage option and a 4,800mAh battery with the same 80W fast charge. You'll also find 30W of wireless charging.
The baby Lite is also pretty decent considering it's the paired-back model. The MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC processor is joined by 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charge. However, there is no mention of wireless charging or an IP rating, so be careful about getting this one wet.
You won't find many surprises when it comes to the design of the Find X5 Pro. Like its predecessor, it has a distinct camera bump that is baked into the rear of the device. And on the front, you'll find a punch-out lens in the top left corner.
It also has the familiar 6.7-inch AMOLED (3216 x 1440) display with up to 120Hz. And while we don't recommend dropping devices, it will hopefully be at least a little protected by its Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. But also, always buy a case and whack on a screen protector.
As for colours, don't get too excited. Oppo is keeping it classic with white and black options.
The Oppo Find X5 and X5 Lite are of course smaller at 6.55 and 6.4 inches, respectively. The X5 also has up to 12Hz refresh, with the Lite coming in at 90Hz. Both devices have a less distinct design, with the camera arrays more firmly baked into the chassis. It's a standard but quite classy look.
While the regular X5 has the same colourways as the Pro, the Lite offers a blue option instead of the white.
Oppo Find X Pro Australian price and release date
Okay, we know about the phones now, but what about the prices?
Some choices sure have been made here. And it seems Oppo is trying to position itself as a premium option in the Australian market.
And when it comes to the flagship Find X5 Pro, it is firmly placing it in the same space as the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. In fact, at $1,799, it is only $50 cheaper than these competitor flagships. This is a huge move from Oppo.
Sure, those of us who know the brand are aware that the Find X series is great, especially when it comes to the gorgeous cameras. And it has been gaining increasing traction in Australia, especially after Huawei was all but booted from the market.
But this price is a big step up from previous generations and I wonder how it will play, or if Aussie consumers will stick with what they know. After all, Apple and Samsung have market share and the prices are so similar.
Only time will tell what will happen, and I do hope this works out for Oppo. More mainstream competitors in the market is always a good thing in my humble opinion.
And in my experience, Oppo flagships are indeed incredible. But will the Find X5 Pro be $1,799 worth of great? Watch this space.
As for the younger siblings in the series, the Find X5 will start at $1,399 (another big price tag considering the specs) and the Lite from $799.
All 3 devices will be available for pre-order from 4 April and will go on sale on 19 April. There are pre-order offers attached to all 3 products.
For the flagship Find X5 Pro, you get 1x OPPO Enco X, 1x OPPO Watch Free, 1x OPPO AIRVOOC Charger and 1x OPPO Find X5 Pro Kevlar Case when you pre-order before 19 April.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Find X5 reviews in the coming weeks.