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Oppo reveals Find X3 Pro 5G smartphone to compete with Samsung and Apple


The Oppo Find X3 Pro is the company’s flagship handset for 2021 (Oppo)

Oppo has yet to become a well-known name in the UK, but it’s the biggest smartphone brand in China after knocking Huawei off the top spot.

Hoping to make a dent in the minds of Western consumers, Oppo is launching its 2021 flagship, the Oppo Find X3 Pro here in the UK on April 14.

It’s a 6.7-inch Android phone that packs all the top-tier specs and, as such, commands a £1,099 price tag. There are two more affordable versions of the phone, the Find X3 Neo and Find X3 Lite at £699 and £379 respectively.

All three phones are fully 5G-ready, but the Pro is the one Oppo is putting forward to compete with the likes of the iPhone 12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. It features four camera lenses, consisting of wide-angle and super-wide-angle 50-megapixel main lenses (both using Sony IMX 766 sensors) alongside a 13-megapixel telephoto camera and a 3-megapixel microlens.

The 50-megapixel main cameras have a f1.8 aperture and use ‘intelligent pixel-combining’ to capture 12.5-megapixel images as standard.

Aside from the array of cameras, what’s particularly noticeable about the back of the Find X3 Pro is the camera bump has actually been housed inside the chassis of the phone. It’s first of its kind to have this kind of camera tech nestled inside a unibody frame rather than stuck on afterwards.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro moulds the cameras into the phone’s unibody (Oppo)

While the camera tech is what sells a phone nowadays, Oppo is pointing to the screen of the Find X3 Pro as the big differentiator.

The screen, with its tiny hole-punch selfie camera, has a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. But it’s also got what Oppo calls ‘a 10-bit-full-path Colour Management System which captures, stores and displays photos in unparalleled colour with cutting-edge clarity.’

It means the 3,216 x 1,440 screen has the potential to display up to a billion colours. Compared to the mere 16.7 million found on other smartphones.

The processor inside is the latest Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform while the battery is a 4,500mAh non-removable lithium ion that can be charged at 60W fast charging via USB-C or 30W through wireless charging with Oppo’s ‘AirVOOC’ charger.

‘The Find X Series continues to enjoy huge success globally. The new Find X3 Series pushes innovation synonymous with Oppo even further,’ said Maggie Xue, President of Oppo Western Europe.

‘Our flagship Find X3 Pro 5G smartphone combines true image capture performance with a one-of-a-kind, elegant design. With this new series our focus was to help customers bring colours to life and inspire them to explore new possibilities with the latest technology.’

It also comes in Blue (Oppo)

The phone will be available in a choice of either Gloss Black and Blue.


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