“Screw the notch!”. There is a quest within the cell phone industry right now to give us, the consumers, the most screen real estate as possible, like the Find X. As much as the majority of, well, everyone hates the notch that is the way the industry is leaning. Much like the way most OEM’s have ditched the headphone jack.
Cell Phone Industry: We need a notch in order to give you the most screen real estate and still have room for the front facing camera and all the sensors.
Oppo: Hold my notch.
Plain and simple the Find X has to have at least some bezel. Well, Oppo managed an incredibly impressive 93.8% screen to body ratio! Think about that for a second. When you look at the screen you will see only 6.2% bezel, the rest is screen! In all honesty, the rest of the body of the phone looks a lot like the Galaxy lineup of phones. The edges curve and it’s the all too familiar glass sandwich design. But ‘wait’, you say, ‘I don’t see a selfie cam! How am I gonna show off for the gram if I don’t have a selfie cam?’ Well…
It’s hard to show in pictures, but the selfie fiends shouldn’t fret. When you want to take a selfie, the camera actually slides up from the top of the phone. Not only that, but your rear cameras are also on this sliding mechanism. The first thing I thought was ‘I wonder just how durable this is going to be’. Well, apparently Oppo thought of this. They say this sliding mechanism has drop protection and should hold up to over 300,000 slides. ‘But, wait’ you say, ‘I’m looking at the pictures and I don’t see a fingerprint sensor’. Well…
It’s a good thing that sliding mechanism for the selfie cam is rated so highly. The only way to unlock this device is through facial recognition. Oppo calls this ‘O-Face’. Yup. O-Face. I can’t tell you how hard I laughed when I heard this. Moving on. Oppo will be using 15,000 dots to recognize your face to minimize failures and to assist in the speed of unlocking the phone. They claim the failure rate is 1 in 1 million and is 20x more secure than your fingerprints.
There was a lot on display with the Find X. Display. Haha. Moving on. Oppo also announced a couple partners with the release of the Find X. First up is Qualcomm, this is big because all the flagships use Qualcomm chips these days. There are cheaper options out there, but Qualcomm is most widely used and recognized. Yes, the Snapdragon 845 will be in the Find X. There was also a partnership with Lamborghini which will produce a Special Edition Lamborgini Find X.
We are also treated to dual rear cameras. Neither of which is a wide angle lens though. If I could be disappointed in anything about this phone it would be that. I really think if you are going to have dual rear cameras, one of them should be wide angle.
AI features seem to be where Oppo spent a lot of time with the software. The system can see if you have a flight and set a reminder for you. Or it can learn your way to work, so in time it can alert you to anything that might make your morning commute a bit slower.
In what seems like a neverending obsession with emojis Oppo is doing their thing too. They call is O-Moji and it’s exactly what you think. You can create an emoji that mimics everything you do while on camera. If you don’t use it, it might keep your kids busy for a bit.
To round out the specs we were treated to 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage. That is both huge and almost necessary. I didn’t see anywhere to put an SD Card so such a huge amount of storage should satisfy just about anyone. We’re also looking at a 3730mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge. This charging technology will give you 2 hours worth of talk time on just a 5-minute charge.
Pricing and Availability
If you are like me and you live in the United States you won’t be able to find this phone anywhere. If you live in Europe though you are in luck. You should be able to buy this phone come August. At the time of this writing, pre-orders were not up yet. What would you expect to pay for a phone like this? While I was watching the live stream I was becoming less and less enthused just because I was thinking about how expensive this phone was going to be. While Oppo said there would be different configurations the model with 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage would be priced at €999. The Lamborghini edition would be priced at €1699.
There are few phones that I actually look forward to anymore. Most, are basically the same without any actual new features. The Find X made me drool a bit. The color is gorgeous. Think what HTC has been doing lately, just better. It’s almost all screen and without a notch. The cameras hide away when you don’t need them, but pop up when you want them to. This phone is so new it almost made me forget there’s not a headphone jack. Almost.
All of that is not to say I don’t have some concerns. Can the O-Face (haha) be fooled? What happens when the sliding mechanism inevitably breaks? How fast can that camera show itself if I need to ‘capture a memory’? With all that screen, how fragile will this device actually be?
All that said, yes I would absolutely love to get my hands on this device. What are your thoughts on this phone? It’s gorgeous, but do you think it will hold up? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments! Better yet, if you decide to get the Find X take some pics and tag myself (@DCJReviews) and @DontHateTheGeek on Twitter.