Oppo Find X5 Pro: the complete test

With its Find X5 Pro, Oppo is slowly entering the category of manufacturers making their own chips. For this first step in this direction, instead of starting on a 100% internal chip like Google and its Pixel 6/6 Pro, Oppo started with an image processor, which we have already told you about, MariSilicon X. But on controls, we still find Qualcomm’s flagship, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Also read: Interview with Simon Liu, the eccentric director of Oppo’s photography department (February 2022)

Component selection, integration, Android tweaking and of course photo partitioning: a chip is not everything. The challenge at each terminal is to know if the manufacturer has found a good balance. And here to know if Oppo finally manages to impress itself in advanced terminals.

Powerful, autonomous and quickly recharged

Oppo masters the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 well with the controls in this Find X5 Pro. With solid autonomy – 14.08 in general mode and 13.43 in video streaming – the terminal holds perfectly all day with activity – or even more if you are careful. Discharge is regular and recharging fast. Very fast: 42 minutes is enough to go from 0% to 100% with the included 80W charger – yes, there are still brands that supply chargers!

However, if it is not the king in the form of so-called “synthetic” tests that averages the tasks entrusted to a CPU, its GPU is a model of power. Under the AntuTu 9 Gpu, it shows a score of 432233, the highest of our tests at the moment (back then for Samsung, which integrated a custom GPU from AMD to the lowest score of 399060!).

Players therefore have every interest in keeping an eye on this smartphone – yes, if they have more than € 1,000 to put in a smartphone. Be careful though, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 heat remarks do not come out of nowhere. The chip engraved in 4 nm by Samsung goes up to 43 ° C when very busy. We understand the rumors of a return to TSMC next year, where Taiwanese will master better nodes with low energy consumption.

In terms of operating system, the device comes with an Android 12, on which Oppo places its Color OS overlay. A fast and functional version of Android that does not meet the slowdowns that can sometimes be experienced with Samsung’s One UI for example. The icons in material design is a bit bland but very readable. The device is not saturated with unwanted applications, and those that are – PUBG or Amazon – are uninstalled in a second. The system update is error free and very fast, not like some brands (hi Sony!).

Screen: correctly colors in “natural” mode

In “standard” mode as supplied, the color rendering of the terminal is incorrect. And even archifaux: with a Delta E of 5.73, we are entitled to flashy tones that would have their place in the (bad) pubs of the 1980s. In early 2022, when good taste prevails (no), recommend we that you change the color rendering to “Natural” mode. Fashion as with its Delta E of 1.78 makes it possible to take advantage of light shades.

Without being the screen master, the Find X5 Pro offers very good performance, whether in terms of contrast level, in terms of maximum brightness (768 cd / m² including 803 cd / m² peak) or floating screen. With a native definition of 3216 x 1440 pixels, this 6.7-inch panel offers a very good image resolution of 526 dpi. And thus offers excellent reading comfort.

Configured at the factory to 120 Hz, the screen does not suffer from any jerkiness – we also feel that Oppo has very good control over Android and its overlay. However, if the terminal manages to switch from 1Hz to 120 Hz as needed (read text, video, games), those most concerned about autonomy will have an interest in limiting themselves to 60 Hz.

Photo 1/3: sensors certainly large, but not huge

Find X5 Pro is spoiled when it comes to ultra-wide angle: Instead of relying on a small sensor, as most competitors do, the module equivalent to a 15 mm f / 2.2 receives the same sensor as the main module, IMX766. Thanks to its larger light-sensitive surface, this 50 Mpix sensor (12.5 Mpix output) in 1 / 1.56 ” format gives much better results than smaller models, especially in low light.

It is the same sensor, which is therefore the core of the main module, a 25 mm f / 1.8 equivalent. A sensor not bought off the shelf, but developed in conjunction with Sony, which Oppo should start mastering since it was introduced last year in its Find X3 Pro.

On paper, the X3 and X5 look pretty similar, but the optics have been revised (15mm instead of 16mm for the ultra-wide angle, 25mm f / 1.7 instead of 26mm f / 1.8 for the wide-angle and a glass front lens). And above all, the sensor of the main module benefits from mechanical stabilization of the sensor, which is combined with optical stabilization. In fact, operator blurring is rare.

The level of detail is good, the color reproduction is fair (especially the ultra-wide-angle and wide-angle modules) 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 should welcome the fact that these good performances are maintained in low light. No major color drift, no excessive digital noise. The pictures are well exposed and the colors are correct. Again, the slightly larger sensors give a little more detail, but Oppo draws an excellent score here.

Photo 2/3: limited zoom effect

In the balance sheet represented by the design of an advanced smartphone – you have to juggle power (heat, energy consumption), available space, the price of components, etc. – Oppo has made a quality choice of components. And since the choice is to give up, Oppo has here spent its turn on the telephoto lens, as with last year’s Find X3 Pro.

Logically, but a little surprising for a company that had acquired its first letters of nobility with the super telephoto lens in Find X2 Pro. A terminal that offered a 129 mm f / 3.0 equivalent, i.e. a 7.6x zoom based on the ultra-wide angle.

Next to these 129mm, the 52mm equivalent of the Find X5 Pro is much more modest. If this allows him to stay in the fight against the iPhone 13 Pro / Pro Max (77 mm), this will not allow him to replace a compact trip that Find X2 Pro could do. To take advantage of a powerful zoom, the Google Pixel 6 Pro (eq. 104 mm) or especially the Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (eq. 230 mm) is more suitable.

Please note that this is not a rating: On a daily basis, it is more useful to take advantage of camera modules that integrate better quality and larger sensors (impossible to integrate into a telephoto / super telephoto lens). But you need to know the limits of the choices that manufacturers make.

Regret regarding optical design: As with too many terminals, the oleophobic treatment on the front lens is either absent or ineffective (difficult to know). The risk of clogging is real, so much so that Oppo has integrated a dirt detection algorithm into its shooting software (which will no doubt measure the contrast ratio in relation to an optimal ratio). But as the picture above shows, nothing beats a good wipe.

Picture 3/3: Hasselblad and MariSiliconX

Started with OnePlus, the partnership with the Sino-Swedish Hasselblad (which belongs to the Chinese DJI) is expanded to the parent company Oppo. A partnership that we outlined for you during our meeting with Simon Liu. And which for the time being is mainly about a working frame in terms of color. For the rest, apart from an orange shutter button (Hasselblad color), an X-Pan-style panorama mode and a “Pro” mode 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. However, if the Swedes, because of their film heritage in particular, know how to make boxes – as well as calibrate the colors of their medium format sensors from newer cameras – they do not have Fujifilm’s or Kodak’s colorimetric expertise. However, it is in these emulsion simulations or in colorimetric profiles that have “dog” that we hope Oppo stands out.

Also read: The French DNA of GoPro’s technological prowess (2019)

When it comes to MariSiliconX, GoPro’s precedent suggests that we have not seen anything yet. For its Hero 6, launched in 2017, GoPro got rid of its chip supplier Ambarella and developed its own chip, GP1. A chip that equipped nine generations of cameras (from Hero 6 to Hero 9) before being replaced by GP2 in Hero10.

But between Hero 6 and Hero 9, GoPro learned to master its chip, better calibrated the amount of available memory, changed the sensors, refined its algorithms, etc. So much so that the performance level – digital noise processing, but above all electronic stabilization quality – on a Hero 9 is far above a Hero 6. With the exact same chip!

Moreover, if Find X5 Pro already offers good performance, it is a sure bet that if the MariSilicon X chip provides any benefit, it will only be in several months. Or to the following terminals. For now, the chip has so far failed to make a major difference with the competition. However, you need to keep an eye on the terminal and monitor software development to measure the development of Oppo’s mastery.

Not enough storage space for an “image” product

With such a photo and video potential, we expected Oppo to offer enough storage options to photographers and videographers who would make great use of it. Without asking for a 1 TB version, 512 GB seemed to us to be a good compromise for those who want to limit their access to the cloud. We were right … except for France, which decided not to market the 512 GB version and focus on a single 256 GB version.

If we can understand that this limits the number of references that the young French branch of Oppo has to juggle – the company is not yet very well known in France – this remains very unfortunate, both in terms of uses and image. Even if that means you offer a terminal with an advanced camera part, you might as well accompany it with storage that reflects its capacity, right? And if financial reasons prevent it, it would be welcome to offer a memory expansion in Micro SD format, right?

In any case, and unlike Apple and Samsung, Oppo in France is unable to adapt the storage capacity to the photo and video potential of its device. And that’s a shame.

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