Oppo Find X3 Pro Review

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The Oppo Find X3 Pro has some fantastic camera innovations, as well as a top display and chipset, but its high price makes it hard to recommend compared to some contemporaries.

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If it wasn’t for its super-high price, the Oppo Find X3 Pro would be incredibly easy to recommend thanks to its good-looking screen, bespoke camera sensors and modes, powerful processor, fast charging and more. However, with this phone costing as much as it does, we’d only recommend it for professionals and those with large budgets.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro is Oppo’s most premium flagship smartphone of 2021, bringing brand-new features and bespoke tech to a flashy-looking device: this is an instruction in why you should pay attention to Oppo as brand that can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Samsung and Apple.

Launching alongside a low-end Lite and mid-range Neo device – there’s no ‘non-Pro’ Find X3 – the Oppo Find X3 Pro is nothing short of a super-smartphone, rivaling the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max in features as well as price. It’s also a successor to the Find X2 Pro from 2020, the highest-end device in the Find X2 line, although while it’s an upgrade in many areas, it’s a downgrade in a few too.

As with all uber-premium smartphones, our biggest issue with the phone is inescapable: its price. It’s very, very hard to recommend a smartphone that costs as much as the Oppo Find X3 Pro, no matter what kind of specs and features are having a party under the hood, and unless you need a top-spec phone for work or have a lot of cash burning a hole in your pocket, it’s worth checking on the Find X2 Neo, or possibly the Samsung Galaxy S21 or Xiaomi Mi 11 if you’re brand-agnostic.

If you can look past the Oppo Find X3 Pro’s astronomical price, though, you’ll find a phone that’s otherwise hard to fault; in fact, two of the ‘cons’ we’ve listed above – the design and the lack of a periscope zoom camera – are really subjective issues that you might not mind.

Firsty, Oppo has long touted its phones’ good-looking screens, and sure enough the display here looks great, especially thanks to some brand-new software called the Full-Path Color Management System. This ensures that videos or photos you capture or stream don’t get compressed or tweaked as they make their way to the device’s display, so no nasty artifacts here.

Secondly, but perhaps more usefully, the Oppo Find X3 Pro has a suite of genuinely novel cameras – and no, we’re not just saying that in a fit of excitement, these rear cameras really are new. The main and ultra-wide snappers have bespoke Sony sensors that are bigger than your average smartphone sensor, and there’s also a ‘microlens’ camera which can take super-close-up photos of tiny details. See the Cameras section of this review for more about those.

The phone does miss out on the periscope camera certain the Oppo phones, including the Find X2 Pro, touted, and as a result isn’t as good for long-distance photography.

ColorOS, Oppo’s Android overlay, is a treat to use here, mainly thanks to the suite of customization options, which far outstrip ‘stock’ Android as well as many other brands’ alternatives. If you like being able to tweak how your phone looks, this is a great option.

We’ve also got to commend the Oppo Find X3 Pro for avoiding some of the pitfalls we’ve seen with other early-2021 flagship phones: the battery life is fine, the fingerprint sensor works well, and the phone comes with plenty of storage.

Putting aside its price for a moment, the Oppo Find X3 Pro easily earns its place in the big leagues, with very few issues to speak of, and if price isn’t an issue then we can definitely recommend it. For most people, though, that price will be an issue, which is why we can’t give this excellent phone a higher score.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro can be bought in the UK and Australia, but as with all Oppo phones, you can’t buy it in the US.

The phone costs a meaty £1,099 / AU$1,699 (which converts to roughly $1,500), and that makes it one of the priciest smartphones we’ve seen recently. That’s for a device with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it doesn’t come in any other sizes.

For some context, the iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,849, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra at $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849, so the Oppo Find X3 Pro sits squarely in the ‘expensive super-phone’ bracket.
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