Oppo is announcing a brand new smartphone that delivers an incredible 93.8 % screen-to-body ratio. In order to achieve this, the camera and other sensors have been relocated to a motorized top section, that slides up in 0.5 seconds when you unlock the phone or launch the camera app.
Oppo, being a Chinese brand, has mainly focused on the Chinese market until now. With the Find X, they make their expansion into the worldwide market with releases confirmed in Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Taiwan, Australia, and India. The US is on the release radar as well, but precise release dates are unknown.
Unlike the Vivo Nex phone presented earlier this year, the section that slides up is as large as the phone itself, as it contains not only a 25 MP front-facing camera but also a 3D facial scanning system and a 16 MP + 20 MP dual rear camera.
The screen is a 6.42-inch wide and that looks pretty fantastic, but keep in mind the resolution is only Full HD, unlike flagships from other brands that achieve QHD resolution on smaller screens.
Security wise, the Find X doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner, on the back or embedded in the screen. It does have face recognition, and because the sensors are built into the camera section, authenticating with this will require the camera unit to slide out. Luckily, this only takes 0.5 seconds, which is quick enough not to be annoying.
The Find X has 3,730mAh battery, and it has Oppo’s VOOC fast charging tech which should guarantee you 2 hours of speak time on a 5 minutes charge.
The Opp Find X has no headphone jack or wireless charging and a single, down-firing speaker, which might hurt its chances with buyers since the price is pretty premium: if it ever comes to the US and chances are it will, it will cost around USD 1.100.
The smartphone market is in full motion and many Asian brands like Vivo and now Oppo are not waiting for Apple or Samsung to lead the innovation race: they are putting their own solutions forward achieve that ultimate ideal: the bezel-less smartphone.
The approach used with the Find X is interesting, but some questions remain: how qualitative is the mechanism that slides the cameras and sensors up and down? Surely Oppo must be confident the mechanism will last at least the phone’s expected lifespan, but that doesn’t take into account malfunctions and fabrication faults. Or the effect of a fall on these moving parts. So while it’s not the perfect solution, it’s probably the best possible approach to a bezel-less design in 2018.
It will be interesting to see how the competition will respond. Rumor has it that Apple is working on a bezel-less iPhone with all the sensors and cameras built-in to the screen, so really curious to see how that will work out!
- Display: 6.42-inch
- Body to screen ratio: 93.8%
- Processor: 2.5GHz octa-core
- Front Camera: 25-megapixel
- Resolution: 1080×2340 pixels
- RAM: 8GB
- OS: Android 8.1
- Storage: 256GB
- Rear Camera: 16-megapixel
- Battery Capacity: 3730mAh
Pricing and Availability
When will the new product be available, and at what price