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The Oppo Find X2 Neo - whilst a bit of a mouthful - is something I’ve dubbed the ‘Inter-Mid-Premium’ handset. This is a handset with the looks and features of a premium flagship, but with the price much more closer to a mid-range handset – hence my new titling of Inter-Premium, which I’ll explain more of below.
Usually with reviews, I’ll jump straight in to the specifications and what the device/product can do – but I really want to take a moment to say how Oppo have really gone the full distance with how they want the X2 Neo to be perceived, and the packaging is no exception. The box is very classy, very premium, and the contents are really well packaged - this isn’t a review about a box, but you definitely get a sense of “premium” when you see it.
Now, out of the box, the X2 Neo is just 7.7mm thick, and as such it currently makes it the worlds thinnest 5G Smartphone, but whilst it’s very slim, it’s also packing a glorious 6.5-inch AMOLED curved display. Available in two colours – Starry Blue and Moonlight Black, for the review I have the Moonlight Black version, which is a really good looking device, but the Starry Blue is definitely more eye catching.
Each of the colours have what Oppo calls an “elemental colour process” which creates a unique visual effect, where metallic textures shift to glass under differing lights, and that’s not far off the mark. When moving the Moonlight Black version around, it shimmers from black to almost purple, and it really does look the part – but, it’s very prone to fingerprints. Luckily, Oppo include a case in the box, so you might want to apply that to keep it clean (and safe).
On a pop-culture note, due to the phone being called Neo, I would have had the two colour options in red and blue - a reference to The Matrix where Neo has to choose the red pill or blue pill - not that Starry Blue and Moonlight Black look bad by any means, they look fantastic!
Now, back onto that 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, not only does the X2 Neo have a very pleasing aggressive screen-to-bezel ratio, but it also has a high refresh rate of 90hz, so that 6.5-inch FHD+ display at 2400 x 1080 with a pixel density of 400ppi really packs a punch and is incredibly fast and smooth when navigating content. It might not be the 120hz refresh rates of its big bother, the Oppo Find X2 Pro, but it’s also substantially cheaper, and 90hz still looks and feels gloriously fast – especially when coming from standard 60hz display devices.
Underneath that screen, the X2 Neo is sporting the Snapdragon 765G, which is partnered up to a whopping 12GB of RAM – that’s 4GB more than some PC’s – and also has 256GB of built in storage. the Snapdragon 765G has a really good stock performance, and provides 10% faster graphics rendering compared to the standard Snapdragon 765.
This makes the X2 Neo a really fast device, and I’ve encountered no hiccups when running apps or games, and because of that 90hz refresh rate, navigating the device as a whole is always sharp and smooth, with no lag when scrolling through content on Twitter or Instagram, and good FPS when playing demanding games. The Adreno 620 GPU integrated in the Qualcomm SoC enables you to play demanding titles, but still maintain a smooth gaming experience. The X2 Neo also incorporates a multi-layer cooling system, to keep the device running at a low temperature.
The X2 Neo has an in-screen optical fingerprint sensor as well as biometric authentication via 2D face recognition using the front camera. Both versions unlock the Oppo phone reliably and also quite quickly, with my only gripe being the face recognition doesn’t unlock the phone fully, you need to swipe up once it’s worked. This can be turned off in the settings, and allows the device to unlock instantly, but it’s annoying this is a feature that is hidden away in the settings, as once it’s turned off the X2 Neo unlocks with blazing speed.
On the back of the device you have the Oppo logo in the bottom right, and the quadruple camera setup at the top left. Consisting of a 48MP main sensor with OIS, a 13MP telephoto lens with 5x Hybrid Zoom, an 8MP wide-angle lens with 115-degree field-of-view, and a dedicated 2MP mono camera. The X2 Neo provides good camera results, and whilst I wouldn’t say the cameras are as good as say,
the Huawei P30 Pro, they’re definitely very capable cameras. Colours are bright and sharp and the autofocus is nice and snappy. There’s a bunch of modes in the ‘Pro/Expert’ options, which gives you more room to play with ISO and White Balance among other things.
Video can be recorded at up to 4K/30FPS, and in good lighting the X2 Neo shoots some fantastic shots. There is a night mode, but this would be where I’d give the P30 Pro the advantage – the X2 Neo gives really good results in dark situations, but the resulting picture is a lot more noisier than the P30 Pro’s night mode.
That’s not to say the X2 Neo’s is bad, just the P30 Pro’s is better – but it’s also more expensive. A 32MP selfie camera is housed in a punch-hole on the top-left corner of the display, and gives some great selfie shots – but there’s no wide mode up front.
Overall, the X2 Neo has a really great camera set up, that whilst not perfect, it really does give some excellent results, and is more than capable in good lighting. I’ve gotten some really good shots – some using studio lights and the Pro/Expert mode to adjust ISO, and some outdoors, but the low- light shots are a little grainy – perfectly good, but grainy.
Oppo Find X2 Neo - Photo Samples
As mentioned earlier, the X2 Neo is a 5G enabled device, and whilst I wasn’t able to test this (5G isn’t available in my area just yet) its also supports 2G/3G/4G and I’ve not had any issues with signal as of yet – but, the antenna band around the device seems to have no issues picking up signal, so any problems in the future would most likely be carrier issues. As well as 2G/3G/4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, the X2 Neo also sports NFC and Bluetooth 5.1.
Battery wise, the X2 Neo has a 4,025 mAh battery, which charges to 100% in under an hour, thanks to the fast charge of Super VooC 4.0. Whilst the devices charges pretty fast, it’s mostly not needed as the battery life is very good. At the end of most days, the X2 Neo was still hovering at around 34%, and then on charge ready for morning.
Overall, the Oppo Find X2 Neo is a terrific handset, and I love that this is essentially a Premium phone, but with a mid-range price in comparison to it’s older sibling, the X2 Pro. The X2 Neo is available for £599, which is still borderline premium territory, admittedly, but the features available are mostly found on £800-£1000 devices.
I’ve been using the Oppo Find X2 Neo for nearly two weeks now, and I’m honestly in love with it – it’s sleek, stylish, incredibly fast, has 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage, has a 90hz 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a great camera set up, all for under £600 – what’s not to like?
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The Oppo Find X2 is a fantastic handset, with a stunning 6.5-inch AMOLED 90HZ screen, slim profile, 12GB RAM and great quad-camera set up, all for the excellent price of £599.