With the Find X5 Pro, Oppo is slowly entering the category of manufacturers that make their own chips. For this first step in that direction, instead of starting with a 100% internal chip like Google and the Pixel 6/6 Pro, Oppo started with an image processor we’ve already talked about, the MariSilicon X. controls , we still find Qualcomm ‘s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
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Data selection, integration, Android tweaks and of course photo partition: a chip is not everything. The challenge for any terminal is to know if the manufacturer has found a good balance. And here to find out if Oppo finally manages to impose itself in high-end terminals.
Powerful, autonomous and fast rechargeable
Oppo holds the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 well in the controls of this Find X5 Pro. With stable autonomy – 2:08 p.m. in general use mode and 1:43 p.m. in video streaming – the terminal will last perfectly throughout the day of activity – or even longer if you are careful. Discharge is regular and recharging is fast. Very fast: 42 minutes is enough to go from 0% to 100% with the 80W charger provided – yes, there are still brands that supply chargers!
Unless it’s the king of so-called “synthetic” tests that calculate the average task assigned to a CPU, its GPU is nevertheless a model of power. Below the AntuTu 9 Gpu, it displays a rating of 432233, the highest of our tests at the moment (then for Samsung which incorporated a custom GPU from AMD for the lowest rating of 399060!).
Therefore, players have every interest in watching this smartphone – so if they have more than € 1,000 to put in a smartphone. Be careful though, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 heating remarks are not coming out of nowhere. The 4 nm chip engraved by Samsung rises to 43 ° C when it is very busy. We understand the rumors of returning to TSMC next year, as the Taiwanese will conquer better nodes with low energy consumption.
In terms of operating system, the device has Android 12 on which Oppo places the Color OS coating. A fast and functional version of Android, which does not deal with the slowdowns that you can sometimes encounter with the Samsung One UI for example. The icons inside hardware design they are a bit bland, but very legible. The device is not saturated with unwanted applications and those that – PUBG or Amazon – are uninstalled in a second. The system update is flawless and very fast, not like some brands (hello Sony!).
Display: correct colors in “natural” mode
In the “default” mode as delivered, the color rendering of the terminal is incorrect. And in fact archifaux: with Delta E 5.73, we are entitled to fancy tones that would have their place in the (bad) pubs of the 1980s. In early 2022, where good taste reigns (no), we suggest you change the performance color in “Physical” mode. Function that, with the Delta E of 1.78, makes it possible to take advantage of light shades.
Without being the champion of screens, the Find X5 Pro offers very good performance, either in terms of contrast level, maximum brightness (768 cd / m² including 803 cd / m² peak) or the liquidity display. With an inherent resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels, this 6.7-inch panel offers a very good 526 dpi image resolution. And so it offers excellent reading comfort.
Factory set to 120 Hz, the screen does not suffer from jerky movements – we also believe that Oppo has very good control of Android and its overlay. If the terminal manages to change from 1Hz to 120 Hz as required (text reading, video, games), those who are more interested in autonomy will be interested in limiting themselves to 60 Hz.
Photo 1/3: sensors definitely big, but not giant
The Find X5 Pro is spoiled when it comes to wide-angle: instead of relying on a small sensor like most competitors do, the 15mm f / 2.2 equivalent unit gets the same sensor as the main unit, the IMX766. Thanks to its larger photosensitive surface, this 50 Mpix sensor (12.5 Mpix output) in 1 / 1.56 ” format gives much better results than the smaller models, especially in low light.
It is this same sensor that is therefore located in the heart of the main unit, a 25mm f / 1.8 equivalent. A sensor that was not bought off the shelf, but developed jointly with Sony, which Oppo must begin to dominate since it was introduced last year at the Find X3 Pro.
On paper, the X3 and X5 look quite similar, but the optics have been revised (15 mm instead of 16 mm for the wide-angle angle, 25 mm f / 1.7 instead of 26 mm f / 1.8 for the wide-angle and glass front lens). And above all, the sensor of the main unit benefits from the mechanical stabilization of the sensor combined with the optical stabilization. In fact, operator blur is rare.
The level of detail is good, the color rendering is fair (especially the ultra-wide and wide-angle units) and Oppo has found a balance between digital noise and smoothing in dark areas. But we do not take advantage of the wealth of details that can be produced by larger sensors such as 1 / 1.28 ” (Huawei Mate 40 Pro) or even 1 / 1.12 ” (Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra).
However, we must welcome the fact that these good performances are maintained in low light. No significant color shift, no excessive digital noise. The images are well exposed and the colors are correct. Again, the slightly larger sensors give a little more detail, but Oppo has a great rating here.
Photo 2/3: limited zoom power
In the balancing act represented by the design of a state-of-the-art smartphone – you have to juggle with power (heat, energy consumption), available space, price of components, etc. – Oppo has made a quality selection of components. And since the choice is given up, here Oppo switched to the telephoto lens, as in last year’s Find X3 Pro.
Reasonable, but a little strange for a company that had acquired its first letters of nobility with the super telephoto lens of Find X2 Pro. A terminal that offered equivalent f / 3.0 129 mm, ie 7.6x zoom starting from the wide angle.
Next to these 129 mm, the corresponding 52 mm of the Find X5 Pro is much more mediocre. If this allows him to continue running against the iPhone 13 Pro / Pro Max (77 mm), this does not allow him to replace a compact trip like the Find X2 Pro could. To take advantage of a powerful zoom, Google Pixel 6 Pro (104 mm) or especially the Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (230 mm) are more suitable.
Keep in mind that this is not a crisis: on a daily basis, utilizing camera units that incorporate better quality and larger sensors (impossible to integrate into a telephoto / super telephoto lens) is more useful. But you should know the limits of the choices made by the manufacturers.
We regret the visual design: as with so many terminals, oil phobia treatment on the front lens is either absent or ineffective (difficult to know). The coverage risk is real, so much so that Oppo has incorporated a dirt detection algorithm into the download software (which undoubtedly needs to measure the contrast ratio relative to an optimal ratio). But as the picture above shows, nothing beats a good sweep.
Figure 3/3: Hasselblad and MariSiliconX
Starting with OnePlus, the partnership with Sino-Swedish Hasselblad (owned by Chinese DJI) is expanding to parent company Oppo. A collaboration that we described to you during our meeting with Simon Liu. And that, at the moment, mainly concerns a working framework in terms of colors. Other than that, apart from an orange trigger button (Hasselblad color), a panoramic X-Pan style function and a “Pro” function with manual clutches, there is not much to put under the tooth.
We are also quite skeptical about the level of color science that Oppo can recover from Hasselblad. If, because of their cinematic heritage in particular, the Swedes know how to make boxes – as well as calibrate the colors of the mid-range sensors of their recent cameras – they do not have the colorimetric know-how of Fujifilm or Kodak. However, we hope that Oppo stands out in these emulsion simulations or in “dog” colorimetric profiles.
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When it comes to MariSiliconX, GoPro’s precedent suggests we haven’t seen anything yet. For its Hero 6, released in 2017, GoPro got rid of chip vendor Ambarella and developed its own chip, the GP1. A chip that equipped nine generations of cameras (from Hero 6 to Hero 9) before being replaced by GP2 in Hero10.
However, between Hero 6 and Hero 9, GoPro has learned to dominate its chip, better rated the amount of memory available, changed sensors, improved its algorithms, and more. So much so that the level of performance – digital noise processing, but above all the quality of electronic stabilization – of a Hero 9 is far above a Hero 6. With exactly the same chip!
Also, if the Find X5 Pro already offers good performance, it is a safe bet that if the MariSilicon X chip has an advantage, it will only be in a few months. Or for the following terminals. Because for now, the chip has not managed to make a significant difference with the competition. However, you need to monitor the terminal and monitor software developments to measure the evolution of Oppo’s dominance.
There is not enough storage space for an “image” product.
With such photo and video capabilities, we expected Oppo to offer several storage options for photographers and videographers who would use it a lot. Without asking for a 1 TB version, the 512 GB seemed like a good compromise for those who would like to limit their access to the cloud. We were right… except for France, which decided not to make the 512 GB version available and to focus on a 256 GB version.
In any case, and unlike Apple and Samsung, Oppo does not manage, in France, to align the storage capabilities with the photo and video capabilities of its device. And that is a pity.