Tech Corner: Looking at the business end of the Android market with the Oppo Find X3 Pro
Three months on and it’s still the phone I use daily.
Welcome to the party, pals. You’re reading another edition of Tech Corner and this week we’re taking a look at the pricier end of the Android phone market.
Oppo made an entrance to the Irish consciousness last year with Reno 4 Pro which did receive a positive reception, but didn’t really showcase all of Oppo’s capability.
The Find X3 Pro flagship was an opportunity to solidify its place as a dom in the crowded smartphone market and three months on from its release, it’s clear Oppo grasped the opportunity with both hands.
With recent news that Oppo and OnePlus are set to undergo an even deeper integration, it got me thinking once again about the best Chinese smartphones available and the Find X3 Pro immediately sprung to mind.
We’ve already discussed some of the more budget friendly options out there in the form of the Google Pixel 4a 5G, but for those seeking a little more performance and upgrades, Oppo offers a very tempting alternative to traditional powerhouses like Apple and Samsung.
You're paying a flagship price and for that you do get top-notch screen, IP68 water/dust resistance, a slick glass design (that is a fingerprint magnet), and a very impressive camera system.
The Find X3 Pro also boasts a minor upgrade over last year's Find X2, going from 4,260mAh to 4,500mAh. It also offers 65W wired charging meaning that you can go from zero to 100% in just 35 minutes, although it usually reaches full charge in as little as 30 minutes, which considering the size of the battery is no mean feat.
For anyone hoping to use it for gaming, the Snapdragon 888 chipset and 12GB of RAM means you're not going to be left behind. While in real world every day use, you can expect zero delays switching between multiple apps.
While the Find X3 Pro does not have any industry leading hardware in its cameras, but it does have a respectable array nonetheless backboned by two identical 50-megapixel Sony IMX 766 sensors for the main camera and the ultrawide.
In addition to those two, there is also a third 13MP telephoto camera that offers up to 3x optical, 5x hybrid optical zoom and 20x digital zoom.
There's also a novel micro lens which allows you to snap close up photos unlike anything ever seen on a smartphone before (I've included a video below which showcases it very well).
Clip via Marques Brownlee
Now we get onto the meaty matter of the price, the Oppo Find X3 Pro (12GB/256GB) is on sale in Ireland for €1,149, which is €50 cheaper than last year's Find X2's starting price at its release.