In a world where Huawei no longer has access to Google services, Oppo could take its place. Here are his best smartphones.
The best Oppo smartphones at a glance
Long popular in Asia and a fortiori in China where the brand was born, Oppo officially arrived in France in the summer of 2018. After a rather difficult start, in particular due to a product excessively expensive at its launch, the brand corrected the current shot in 2019 to become in 2020 an unmissable part of the mobile telephony landscape.
It managed to make its hole in favor of an unforeseen event: the American embargo prohibiting Huawei from using Google services, in fact putting aside a competitor for the less important. This is an understatement. The compatriot on the sidelines, Oppo can seize the ground and manage to score thanks to a complete range… but sometimes unclear. So let’s put things flat.
Let’s start with the most luxurious of Oppo smartphones: the Oppo Find X2 Pro, the successor to the Find X first of the name that launched the brand in France. If the first was a questionable proposition, the Find X 2 Pro is consensus. The object has everything of a high-end 2020 phone and this can be seen from the particularly worked design. It is notably symbolized by a screen punched and curved on the sides as well as by a very nice imitation leather rear face which differentiates it from its competitors.
In addition to aesthetics, it does not forget the technique with a very beautiful AMOLED QHD + 120 Hz panel with a diagonal of 6.7 inches. It also has the merit of being well calibrated and particularly bright. The same goes for the engine with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor accompanied by no less than 12 GB of RAM. It’s just the best on the market right now, of course with 5G compatibility.
The photo part is also well equipped with a trio of sensors, including a 5x telephoto allowing to perform a 10x hybrid zoom as well. More generally, he does well in photos, even if he commits a few slight odds, especially in ultra wide-angle. Finally, on autonomy, it is a good student, but we still regret the absence of wireless charging. At more than 1000 euros, that’s a stain. Water resistance is however present. You will find all the details in our review of the Oppo Find X2 Pro.
The Find X2 Pro is particularly successful and the brand has declined it in a more accessible version: the Find X2 Neo. It was initially marketed at 699 euros, still 500 euros less than the Pro version. To reduce costs, Oppo made some technical changes.
Aesthetically, we do not change much except the rear surface which is no longer in imitation leather, but in glass. Technically, however, there are more concessions. The main one is the use of a Snapdragon 765G processor instead of the 865. This is unfortunate. Not so much because the chip is inherently bad, but because the competition puts the 865 in precisely this same price bracket. We first think of OnePlus, but this is the case with others like Realme and its X50 Pro, yet sold 100 euros less.
The screen goes from 6.7 inches to 6.5 now with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and not 120. It’s a little better, but in use, we keep this impression of fluidity so pleasant. Finally, on the photo part, Oppo blows hot and cold depending on the sensor and the situation. Overall, it’s positive and we appreciate the presence of a 5x telephoto, but there is room for improvement. In short, the Find X2 Neo is a good option, but it faces very stiff competition.
To learn more, you can check out our full review of the Find X2 Neo.
Launched at 449 euros, the Oppo Find X2 Lite is now sold around 279 euros excluding promotions. Enough to make it one of the most interesting smartphones in the Oppo range, because we must admit that at this price it is well equipped.
If the design is generally attractive, we regret the choice of a notch for the front camera. It’s all the more a shame that the 6.4-inch AMOLED screen is very good, with perfectly calibrated colors and decent brightness. The main camera does a good job with detailed shots in pleasing colors, even doing quite well at night.
Where the Find X2 Lite stands out is by adopting a Snapdragon 765G much more powerful than what we are used to. If you like to play on your smartphone, it is possible to have fun in good conditions. Last advantage of this processor: it provides support for 5G!
In terms of autonomy, this model is in the industry average and benefits from a 30W fast charge that fills the battery in 1 hour 15 minutes.
The Oppo Find X2 Lite is a good phone and its recent price drop makes it one of the best deals around in this price range right now. Find our handling here.
Finally, the entry level consists of two smartphones with the Oppo A9 and Oppo A5. It is the first one that convinces us the most thanks to its very good price-performance ratio, even if the “ around 200 euros »Is particularly competitive since Realme and Xiaomi are already fighting fiercely there… and remain the champions in our opinion.
However, the Oppo A9 integrates does not demerit with its 6.5-inch LCD panel, its Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor or its quadruple photo sensor which is doing very well with regard to its price. Its 5000 mAh battery is its main asset since it offers two days of use.
It is therefore an intrinsically very correct smartphone and the best “cheap” option from Oppo. You can find more information in our Oppo A9 2020 test.
Oppo launched in the spring of 2020 an Oppo A72 from its hat. The latter shares some of its characteristics with the A9. For example, there is a 6.5-inch LCD screen, with a Full HD definition against HD previously, and the same Snapdragon 655. The panel is also stamped, in accordance with the aesthetic canons of 2020.
There is a quadruple photo sensor at the back, with however some optimizations on the main 48-megapixel sensor whose aperture has been improved. On paper, it should do better on the night shots; in fact, it is not folichon, far from it. The smartphone compensates for the day with well-adjusted color shots.
Last interesting element: its 5000 mAh battery which allows it to pass the course of the day of use without any problem; thrifty users should even be able to take two days away from a socket. But should we choose the A72 rather than the A9? In our opinion, the improvements of the A72 do not justify the additional cost of around sixty euros for the moment.
To learn more, you can read our full review of the Oppo A72.
Who is Oppo?
Oppo is a Chinese smartphone brand belonging to the BBK Electronics galaxy which also oversees brands like OnePlus, Realme or Vivo. However, these different entities insist heavily on the fact that they are independent of each other. Founded in 2001, it quickly developed in Asia before arriving in France in 2018.
What are the advantages of Oppo?
It is difficult to establish general advantages for the brand since they differ according to the models. Oppo terminals, however, generally offer comfortable autonomy and fast charging. In addition, it often offers unique design elements that cannot be seen elsewhere.
What are the disadvantages of Oppo?
The faults of Oppo smartphones vary by model. However, the company’s interface, ColorOS, is often criticized. That being said, the latest version, ColorOS 7, has significantly improved things. Moreover. The brand is also fairly regularly seen behind in the photo, mainly in the high-end and premium price segments.