Those who know me know very well that in the last 5 years my tech heart has belonged to the Xiaomi brand but when I received this OPPO Find X2 Neo my faith began to waver and not for the very high level hardware features but for a variety of reasons I'm going to tell you in this full review.
Talking about the sales package of a phone is always one of the least interesting parts of a review but in this already from the first feeling we realize that we are dealing with an important samrtphone. The company offers inside the sales box, a protective and transparent silicone cover, wall power supply capable of reaching 30W of power and VOOC 4.0 flash charging technology, data cable and USB Type-C charging , earphones with Type-C output and a film already protected to protect the display, as well as user manuals.
Let's start from the analysis of the design of this smartphone, which thanks to quality materials and finishes make the phone stand out among the most beautiful in circulation in the technological panorama. Of course maybe Find X2 Neo does not shine for originality but already from the back we understand that we are dealing with a smartphone that winks at beauty in the broadest sense of the term. We find in fact a glass back with a matte finish that also enjoys a good oleophobic treatment against fingerprints and dirt in general.
The appearance is interrupted only by the brand logo and the photographic module inserted in a slightly protruding capsule arranged vertically on the upper left, offering 4 cameras and a Dual Tone LED flash. The curved lines of the edges that taper along the frame made of aluminum with opaque paint are appreciated, which houses in the upper part the second microphone for the reduction of environmental noise and two small plastic bands to improve the reception of the antennas.
The volume buttons are located on the left profile while the on / off button is specularly inserted, characterized by a green notch, the same as the OPPO brand, a finesse that denotes the attention to detail by the company.
To finish, the SIM card slot in Nano format is inserted in the lower frame. Oh, our Find X2 Neo is already a single SIM but able to offer the new 5G network technology with practically perfect reception performance and signal stability. The antennas with 360 ° design will match according to the position held by the user, adapting to different scenarios such as gaming, ensuring that the signal is always strong enough. It is true that there is also a space dedicated to the micro SD, but on the other hand we would do nothing since the device offers a storage space of 256 GB. In conclusion, the examination of the profile, we also find the main microphone, USB Type-C input for charging, audio output via headphones supplied and OTG function but the possibility of video output to external screens is absent, as well as the system speaker with stereo audio through the ear capsule.
The best sound I could appreciate on a smartphone, not only for the combination of the Dolby Atmos stereo sound between the two ultra linear speakers, with the same level for both drivers but also for harmony with each sound frequency, with the presence of well balanced bass and no out of tune at high volume.
Before moving on to the front of the device, I must express a special praise to the ergonomics of this smartphone, despite the rather abundant measures (159 × 72.4 × 7.7mm) which go into the background considering a thickness limited to only 7,7 mm for a final weight of 171 grams. And precisely the curved design allows us to handle the smartphone with extreme agility and if we are afraid that it may escape from our hands we could rely on the protective cover provided.
So here we are facing one of the flagships of this smartphone, namely the display, a 6,5-inch double-curved OLED panel that does not suffer from involuntary touches at all. We have a 20: 9 format with 92,1% screen / body ratio, Full HD + resolution with HDR10 + certification (moreover compatible with games like PUBG Mobile) and a PPI 402 contrast ratio of 5 million: 1, but above all a refresh rate at 90Hz and, touch sampling frequency 180Hz. Before giving you the opinion on this display, I also introduce the fingerprint reader inserted under the display, one of the lightest and most reliable that I could try on a smartphone, which also offers a series of visual effects for its action release, which once again underline the attention to detail by OPPO.
Returning to the quality of the display, this offers us a really high brightness with a peak of up to 1100 nits, giving extreme visibility even in direct sunlight. A brightness so high that it also allows the device to be unlocked through the selfie camera inserted in the dedicated hole in the upper part (moved to the left). Furthermore, always to underline the attention to detail, I would like to point out that during the face Unlock phase, a pleasant ring light effect is created around the hole. In addition, the display of OPPO FindX2 Neo has passed the TüVRheinland Low Blue Light Content certification, which effectively relieves visual fatigue and is characterized by the delicacy and protection of the eyes.
There is also the functionality of the Always On Display which can be customized with various graphics as well as lighting effects for the reception of calls and notifications in general, with which, however, it is not possible to interact. It is possible to adjust the color temperature and contrast as well as to take advantage of the dark mode and the DC Dimming function, avoiding the display flicker at low display brightness. Ok it's true I made you a pippone on the technical specifications, but it is right to mention them because we are faced with a screen that manages to return a truly excellent color rendering, arousing emotions in the use of multimedia content, thanks also to support for Widevine DRM Level 1. It is a pity that Amazon Prime Video is currently missing certification, where unfortunately streaming content cannot yet be enjoyed in HD. Finally, it is possible to take advantage of the on-screen navigation gestures for a better experience while completing the design is the presence of a large ear capsule and proximity and brightness sensors that work very well.
Given the premises it is reasonable to think that OPPO has equipped Find X2 Neo with the best processor in circulation and in fact it is just like that. But I'm not talking about the emblazoned Snapdragon 865 but rather the Qualcomm Snapadragon 765G SoC, octa-core (1 x Kryo 475 @ 2.3 GHz, 1 x Kryo 475 @ 2,2 GHz, 6 x Kryo 475 @ 1,8 GHz) with process production at 7nm with a maximum clock of 2,3 Ghz which is accompanied by the Adreno 620 GPU. In addition, the company equips the terminal with 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage.
The SD765G processor also allows 5G connectivity with SA / NSA with optimization of consumption thanks to an automatic transition between 4 and 5G depending on the signal for battery savings of up to 30%, with an upload speed of up to 1.6Gbps and a download speed of up to 3.7Gbps. Acronyms and numbers that perhaps say little to users who do not pay particular attention to the data sheet but who seek answers on the actual performance of so much hardware and the answer is that OPPO Find X2 Neo is a real firecracker.
The hardware and display combo at 90 Hz, shows an extremely fluid device in every area, from the simplest one, such as social and internet surfing to the more demanding of gaming, allowing you to take advantage of the most modern and most expensive titles in terms of performance , without ever detecting anomalies and excessive temperatures, also thanks to the VC liquid cooling system with thermo-conductive gel as well as the copper sheet and the double-layer graphite sheets providing an overall heat dissipation capacity of the entire body. The hardware is completed by the presence of a Bluetooth 5.0 module, NFC chipset for mobile payments, 802.11ax WiFi and GPS, all elements that work very well in performing their functions. FM Radio is absent.
But as an old advertisement cited, the power is nothing without control, which is entrusted to the proprietary ColorOS 7 software on an Android 10 basis with security patches updated in March 2020. I must be honest, I come from over 5 years of Xiaomi's MIUI interface and therefore I know little about the interface of the OPPO brand, but I can undoubtedly say that I was immediately comfortable with the settings, finding many of the functions I was used to with MIUI, such as the ability to clone apps to have a double instance on a single device, as well as the game space mode with which the game performance is further optimized for a better user experience. Basically I can say that I have never encountered lag and that the general optimization of the system is of the highest quality. On Find X2 Neo I liked the sidebar that through a swipe opens a small menu of shortcuts and applications, a useful way to take advantage of the curved edge. The only bug that I found was in the statistical data of energy consumption, as it is given a value in days instead of hours, but nothing that cannot be fixed with an update. All in all an intuitive, quick and customizable experience.
Everything has a positive effect also on the autonomy front, thanks to a 4025 mAh battery that recharges completely in 1 hour thanks to VOOC 4.0 technology, which is reduced to 50 minutes if we put the device in airplane mode. This alone is enough to make you understand that we should not have autonomy problems in any way, but this does not mean that you will always be attached to the current, quite the opposite.
It all depends on the use we make of OPPO Find X2 Neo, but even in the worst case scenario you will be able to guarantee yourself a full day without batting an eyelid. I am attaching some screens relating to the hours of active display, but you must keep in mind that I personally do not enjoy WiFi and that I make a shameless use of Hotspot, therefore in my opinion the results obtained are more than satisfactory, considering an average of at least 2 half hours of offline multimedia content, from 250 to 300 daily notifications, no energy saving tricks and at least 1 hour of streaming multimedia content as well as 2 hours of hotspot in and at least 50 minutes of call.
I left the photo and video performance chapter last and start by telling you about it with what I found undertone, namely the selfie camera, a unit with a 32 MP resolution. In this case the rule applies that it is not the MPs who make the quality but do not misinterpret my words, I am not saying that the shots are of poor quality, indeed the richness of the details comes out without uncertainties but for example with the portrait mode I noticed some inaccuracies, as well as some burrs in the color rendering of the captured faces. Nothing serious but it is necessary to emphasize that in this case the sensor does not work at its best.
In any case, we find many features linked to this perspective such as automatic HDR, the possibility of using a virtual flash (via display lighting) to obtain brighter selfies in low light conditions, take advantage of LOG color filters and record videos with 1080p resolution at 30 fps also with direct bokeh effect.
It is with the rear quad camera that a world opens up: let's start with the main camera, a 48 MP unit with Sony IMX586 sensor with 1/2 "sensitive area, f / 1,7 aperture and optical image stabilization OIS. We then have an 8MP wide-angle camera with 116 ° anti-distortion FOV that also performs the function of macro photos, with a focus of 2,5 cm at the shortest distance.
The third lens is configured in a 13 MP telephoto lens equipped with a 1 / 2,4 inch photosensitive area, f / 2,4 aperture and 5x hybrid optical zoom while a 2MP black and white camera completes the poker of lenses for the collection of depth of field data.
The main camera actually shoots at 12 MP and if you want to make the most of the sensor, you must select the PRO mode, reachable with simple swipes to call up the Other menu in which we find precisely the Expert mode. The software of OPPO Find X2 Neo seemed to me quite complete and functional, full of functions that go beyond the classic Slow Motion and Time Lapse modes, offering for example a series of stickers to embellish the shots to be proposed on social networks, or the Google Lens integration but also the possibility of exploiting artificial intelligence that often and willingly really favors the final shot for a better performance.
The optics also offer excellent natural bokeh but the true artistic nature comes out with the videos, which can be recorded up to 4K at 30 fps, whose winning weapon is the presence of the UltraSteady Video 2.0 stabilization that makes everything clear and stable , combining both the optical stabilization of the OIS image and the electronic stabilization of the EIS image during video shooting.
The photos in ultra wide mode stand out compared to competitors, although perfection is still far away, as the shots in this mode are slightly faded compared to the real color of the scene immortalized. Good shots in telephoto mode instead, without a drastic loss of detail and without particular background noise, thus allowing to immortalize subjects even quite far away without annoying them.
Finally, there is the AI Ultra Night mode, which guarantees brighter and clearer night scenes that further integrates a Tripod mode to facilitate shooting net of background noise and an almost zero blur effect: so to speak we have a sort of Astro mode proposed in the Google Camera software, which can also be installed via a simple APK given the CAM2API already active.
Overall one of the best photographic sectors that I could appreciate on this market segment, to which is added the possibility of a rather nice video editing thanks to the integrated SoLoop application, allowing you to mix photos and videos with predefined templates, which add filters , music and much more, generating very nice clips to share on various social channels.
I went very far, but I preferred to deepen this OPPO Find X2 Neo, trying to show all my contentment in having found a smartphone that for the first time satisfies me in everything. Find X2 Neo is excellent in every aspect analyzed, perhaps only the price could be slightly high, but personally I would gladly invest this sum without being afraid to regret it after a few days.
The device proposed by OPPO is certainly complete, with strong points such as autonomy, photographic performance, complete connectivity and a breathtaking display. You will certainly understand that for me this device is promoted with full marks and with honors, so if you have this budget to invest, don't miss it, for all the others, instead, I advise you to be patient with slight market devaluations or dedicated offers, because this Find X0 Neo is to be watched. At a list price of 2 euros in the Starry Blue and Moonlight Black colors, there are many alternatives, even with a larger technical data sheet, but almost none is able to provide a complete and balanced experience like the one you can have with Find X699 Neo.
OPPO Find X2 Neo offers
Find X2 Neo is a balanced device, ideal for those who want a modern, beautiful and refined design, without renouncing top-level technical features. Price that may seem high but more than reasoned by virtue that this terminal will accompany you for a long time because you will not tire of it so easily. In short, Find X2 Neo is a real investment.
- PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPARTMENT
- CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS
- ATTENTION TO DETAIL
- ABSENCE JACK 3.5 MM
- ABSENCE OF FM RADIO