While the OPPO Find X5 Pro may have stolen the headlines (and Scott’s heart) back in April, there’s also the Find X5 and Find X5 Lite in the family. While these models offer more budget friendly specs and features, they still gives a great look at what OPPO can do, and when I got the chance, I jumped at taking the Find X5 for a spin.

Priced at $1,399 RRP, the Find X5 offers a lot of what it’s flashier sibling can with the same triple rear (50MP main, 50MP ultra wide, 13MP telephoto) camera and 32MP front facing camera setup along with MariSilicon X NPU for photography as the Pro. There are of course some differences with a slightly different, though still flagship level (last year) Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8GB RAM and 256GB of on-board storage. 

At $400 less than its flagship sibling, but retaining those same camera chops, there’s good reason to think the Find X5 will offer great value for money. I’ve been using the Find X5 for 2 weeks now, and here’s how it went.

Hardware and Design

As the middle offering in the Find X5 range, the Find X5 offers a ‘smaller’ 6.55” AMOLED FHD+ resolution display, which includes an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

While the Pro model has a ceramic rear, the Find X5 has a matte glass texture finish which is soft touch and feels extremely nice in the hand and as a bonus, it won’t show fingerprints. The Find X5 didn’t spend much time out on its own though, I quickly put the included TPU case on the back to offset my butterfingers.

There is one thing to note for the Find X5 is that there is no IP rating, though the Pro model gets an IP68 rating – so be careful around water. 

The rear of the phone of course features the camera island, which, like last year’s Find X3 series has a moulded look with gently sloped edges surrounding the camera sensors. It’s a very refined way to include the camera island, though it rocks when you place it on a desk with or without the case.

OPPO places their volume rocker on the left, with the power button – with splash of OPPO green in the centre – on the right which is easy to control and remember when fumbling to change volume in the dark. I tend to prefer this split control for one-handed use and I also appreciate the nicely ‘clicky’ feel the buttons have when you press them.

There’s a USB-C port, speaker and the SIM tray with Dual-SIM support on the base of the phone and that’s about it – just be careful to use the SIM ejection hole, not the microphone which sits right next to it – or you could be in trouble.

The box for the Find X5 includes the usual, including a Safety Guide, a suggestion to recycle your old mobile using Mobile Muster, a card with details on OPPO Premium support, SIM ejection tool, 80W SuperVOOC power brick and USB-C cable.

Display

The 6.55” AMOLED display on the front of the Find X5 is a beauty to behold, with FullHD+ (2400×1080) resolution and a beautiful 120Hz refresh rate which makes everything look buttery smooth when you’re playing a game, or just scrolling around using the phone. There is a front-facing camera offset to the left at the top of the screen, but I can’t say I noticed it much in day to day use.

The high refresh rate will drain your battery faster than the 60Hz option which you can choose in settings – but the phone lasts a full day on the 120Hz refresh rate and that’s something I think is more than ok.

As with most AMOLED displays, the colour profile can be a little overwhelming for some people, so OPPO have given you control over this with their Screen Colour Mode which allows you to choose between Vivid, Natural and a Pro Mode which lets you tune it yourself. 

With a peak brightness of 1000nits, the screen is easy to read, even in full sunlight. You can of course dim the screen if it becomes too bright – or switch to Dark Mode if it’s still too bright as well.

Overall, the screen is pretty brilliant, with only my personal preference for flat displays holding this back. The curved edge is fairly decent at accidental touch rejection, so it’s a good implementation. 

Performance

The Find X5 is running a fairly decent platform, using last year’s flagship System-on-Chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. It’s paired with 8GB of RAM in Australia and comes with 256GB of on-board storage – there’s no microSD card expansion, but the review model I have is dual-SIM capable. 

The phone runs cool, even under intense loads thanks to the advanced cooling system implemented by OPPO which offsets some of the criticism of the SD888 last year which saw some overheating issues. OPPO has implemented a super large area vapour chamber and graphene film applied to components, which appears to have worked quite well. 

Under GeekBench, the phone performs quite well on the multi-core, though did seem to fall down against competitors on the single core – but the day to day performance of the Find X5 leaves me in no doubt that this is a great combo. 

By the numbers, the phone also includes Wi-Fi 6, but not Wi-Fi 6E which the Find X5 Pro includes, but it does include Bluetooth 5.2. It’s 5G compatible, with the Snapdragon X60 5G modem running the show and covering all the Australian 5G bands.

Battery and Charging

Inside the Find X5 you’ll find a 4800mAh battery with support for 80W SuperVOOC wired charging and 30W AirVOOC wireless charging.

The FInd X5 offers a solid all-day battery life, with a few hours going over the line if you need them. While you wouldn’t want to try to go multiple days without the extreme battery saver, it will easily get you through from 6am to 11pm with quite a bit of screen-on time.

The big source of joy for me when using OPPO phones is the 80W SuperVOOC charging thanks to the included 80W charger in the box. The 80W charging is phenomenally good, charging the phone to full in 40-45 minutes – or you can just get a top up with 50% charge in about 12 minutes – magic!

The phone also supports up to 30W AirVOOC charging, but since I don’t have a 30W wireless charger, all I can say is that it works quite well with the Pixel Stand 2 wireless charger. You can purchase the 50W AirVOOC charger separately for $129.95 if you really want those fast wireless charging speeds though – but the Find X5 will only charge at 30W.

Camera

Of course the big ask of any phone on the market is how the performance of the camera is – and the answer for the Oppo Find X5 is easy: It’s excellent. 

Delving into the details, the Find X5 has the same camera setup as you’ll find in the Pro model. This includes a wide-angle 50MP IMX755 Sony sensor with OIS, paired with another 50MP IMX766 sensor but offering an ultra-wide angle lens with a 110° field- of view. Lastly, there’s also a 13MP sensor offering a 2x Optical zoom on the rear. 

One thing OPPO includes is an all glass optic system for their lenses on the rear, something they say helps ‘improve colour accuracy and eliminate chromatic aberration’. The results speak for themselves as the photos coming out of the Find X5 rear camera array are excellent.

The Find X5/Find X5 Pro include a MariSilicon X Imaging NPU focused on improving photography, including night video recording in 4K.  There’s also colour tuning by Hasselblad – a company with a long history in creating cameras and lenses.

For the front camera you get a 32MP IMX615 Sony sensor which has a decent 81° field of view, which takes a very decent selfie if that’s your thing.

In terms of photos during the day, the Find X5 has no issues at all. It takes a great shot and needs no fine tuning in terms of faffing about with settings if you don’t want to. Pull the phone out, frame it up and take the shot, it just works. The use of the same Sony sensor for both the Main and Ultra-Wide sensors means you can also take the shot without losing any quality – though the telephoto isn’t fantastic at 13MP and offers only a 2x optical zoom, though you can ramp up to a 20x Optical Zoom which is satisfactory in a pinch.

Low-light images are excellent, with the sensors and that MariSilicon NPU doing a lot of work here to offer up excellent quality shots. The Night mode automatically kicks in when the phone detects lower light conditions, so you don’t have to worry about engaging it – but you can select night mode from the carousel in the app.

The Selfie camera offers some good shots, even managing to capture shots of moving subjects fairly easily. 

The OPPO camera app is easy to use, with the main features up front, although there are a good number of features in 

Software

The OPPO Find X5 runs Android 12 with OPPO’s ColorOS 12 software over the top. Out of the box, the phone has a January security update, but an Over-the-Air update is waiting for you when you turn the phone, which brings the phone up to the June 5th 2022 update – and I recently received the July 5th security update

OPPO has previously committed at least two OS updates and three years of security updates during the ColorOS 12 launch. As part of that OPPO released Color OS 13 based on Android 13 last month. The ColorOS 13 update will be rolled out to the Find X5, but as of right now there’s no sign of the software on this review device as yet, but it is coming. 

ColorOS

I’ve been using a variety of skins over the years, and OPPO’s ColorOS has always been a little colourful for me – bordering on cribbing from iOS in some parts, but unlike iOS it allows for a more functional – and configurable – operating system with quite a few personalisation options. 

The default view of ColorOS is fairly good, with the home screen able to be setup as ‘Drawer’ or ‘Standard’ – allowing you to choose if you want to use an app drawer, or simply have all your apps on the home screen similar to iOS. 

The configuration for your launcher affords you the option to change settings with ease, letting you try each out and switch between if you don’t like one of the options. 

There are a number of gesture based inclusions that OPPO include as part of ColorOS. Gestures range from the basic option of navigation using Android buttons, or swipe navigation, through to screen off gestures which give you the option to launch the camera, wake the phone (double-tap) or turn the flashlight on/off – all the way to the Smart Sidebar, a small panel that you can swipe from the right which gives you fast access to your favourite apps.

There is a little bloatware pre-installed on the Find X5, ranging from ‘O’ branded software like O Relax, through to tools and utilities including calculator, Compass, File Manager, Audio recorder and more. There’s also some software included by some sort of partnership including Booking.com, TikTok, Soloop Cut (an interesting app that turns your photos into videos) and weather. 

Overall, there’s some good stuff here and it works well, running fluidly and without any hiccups.  

Should you buy this phone?

Overall, the OPPO Find X5 offers an alternative option if you want the OPPO flagship phone experience but aren’t quite able to afford the Pro model. The “normal” Find X5 offers a lot of the features of the Pro model, just without the bells and whistles – but OPPO has managed to cut the right features to still deliver an excellent phone.

There are some things I’d still like to see though, especially the IP68 water/dust resistance of the pro model to guard against life’s little accidents, but all of the other compromises – including using last year’s flagship SoC, removing the ceramic back etc. are well justified. 

Of course there’s some rough spots on the Find X5 series as a whole. The inclusion of only 2x optical zoom is disappointing across the series, but for anyone wanting an ultrawide for day-to-day shooting, you’ll be well pleased. 

At $1,399 the OPPO Find X5 is right up against options including the Samsung Galaxy S22 as well as the Google Pixel 6 (and 6 Pro when on-sale), but there’s just something very likeable about using the Find X5, so if you can find it on-sale it’s a great phone, but even at RRP it’s a very competitive choice on the market.