Oppo found a really creative way to kill the smartphone 'notch'

Yolanda Curtis
June 20, 2018

Chinese smartphone maker finally took wraps from its much teased flagship device - Oppo Find X. With the launch of Oppo Find X, the company proved that they are doing innovations in the smartphone segment.

Rather than follow the standard notch answer to edge-to-edge displays, Oppo has gone with a mechanical pop-up camera behind the display, leaving the screen free of any cutouts for the selfie camera and facial-recognition sensors.

Oppo Find X comes with a 6.42-inches AMOLED Full HD+ display with 2340 x 1080 resolution and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The Oppo Find X is a truly bezel-less smartphone and is also the world's first to offer screen to body ratio of 93.8%. It's similar to what Vivo has done with its Nex phone but in Oppo's case, it's not just a tiny pop-up module for housing just the front camera.

Atop Android 8.1 Oreo, Oppo has loaded the latest version of its custom interface, ColorOS 5.1. But that's alright. The Find X is the craziest bit of technology we've seen coming out of China off late - after the Vivo Nex - and because Oppo is fairly active in India, chances are the Find X may come to India as well. The smartphone has a carbon fibre back, instead of the shiny metal back seen on the base variant, and the Lamborghini logo is pasted on the back of the phone as well as the fast charging adapter.

According to The Verge, the camera module can move into the "ready" position within 0.5 seconds.

The Find X will cost £999 (roughly $1,150) in Europe and will ship in August across the continent; it isn't clear when it'll arrive in North America, and if it'll come to other regions. Frankly, we're not surprised, given that OPPO is no stranger to taking an unorthodox approach to smartphone camera systems.

Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage. The company is expected to reveal the price later today at an event in Paris.

Other specs include up to 256 GB of native storage space, a dual rear camera setup with 20- and 16-megapixel sensors, and a 25-megapixel front camera.

Oppo Find X: yay or nay?

Without question, the OPPO Find X is the company's most attractive effort to date, an indication that OPPO has caught up with Apple and Samsung in the smartphone-design stakes.

The rear duo are a 16MP (f/2.0) primary and 20MP (f/2.2) secondary, with OIS support. This technology uses 15,000 nit facial dot recognition which Oppo boasts is 20 times safer than using a fingerprint.

OPPO already has experience in the field of rotating cameras so there should be no issues with the durability of the sliding system though it should be noted that since this is a moving part, it will wear down eventually. The front camera can also be used for the 3D emoji feature for livening up your chats.

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