The OPPO Find X2 Neo is the new variant of the Find X2 series that keeps its price lower than the regular Find X2 by saving on a number of points. That is how it ends up in the price category of the OnePlus 8. Here you can read our findings.
OPPO Find X2 Neo
The OPPO Find X2 series contains two premium phones with the Find X2 (999 euros) and the Find X2 Pro (1149 euros), and we were already very enthusiastic about this in our review. You can safely call him a dark horse in the premium segment, which comes with a solid screen, durable materials, and strong camera performance.
Meanwhile, the Find X2 series has been expanded with two new scions: the Find X2 Neo (699 euros) and the Find X2 Lite (599 euros). The Neo is the most high-end of the two and OPPO made choices in the areas it wants to save. In terms of price, the phone comes directly opposite the OnePlus 8 that I was able to test earlier, and here you can read my findings of the Find X2 Neo.
OPPO Find X2 Neo – the pros
1. Housing and design
OPPO’s Find X2 Neo is very similar to its more expensive brothers, which is only positive. The phone has a sleek and simplistic look, with four camera lenses arranged vertically on the back and a subtle gray-blue appearance. The Find X2 is clearly smaller than the Find X2 and the Pro version, and you will see an extra lens on the back. The camera module protrudes much less strongly from the housing than with the Find X2 Pro.
Where the Find X2 also lets you choose between ceramic or a finish with Corning Gorilla Glass 6, this phone only gives you an ordinary glass finish. The screen of the phone with the subtle, curved edges on the front and back still feels the same and you immediately get the feeling that it feels good in the hand and that it is a premium device. Another positive aspect of this phone is the weight of 171 grams, which I certainly appreciate given that smartphones are usually getting bigger and heavier.
I am also a fan of the color where light gray eventually turns dark gray and blue. The phone is very shiny, so fingerprints are quite visible. That was much less the case with the Find X2 Pro. Nevertheless, this remains an attractive device that has been carefully designed and radiates style.
2. Fingerprint scanner
OPPO’s Find X2 Pro has one of the most enjoyable fingerprint scanners you can find, and this also applies to this Find X2 Neo. The fingerprint scanner is again under the screen and it offers a large scanning area. The scanner is still incredibly fast and it works flawlessly.
This phone has a strong battery performance, and the 4025 mAh battery was also the Find X2 Pro too strong. This phone lasted just over a day on average with a single charge and the numbers on the AccuBattery test are also favorable. With the screen on, the phone lasts for 10 hours and 44 minutes, while in standby it survives 80 hours and 55 minutes. The combined time of AccuBattery should represent a realistic usage scenario, and according to those figures, it is good for 30 hours of 17 minutes of use.
The flip side of the coin is that the phone charges less quickly compared to the Find X2 and the Pro version, as it lacks the 65-watt charger and exchanges it for a 30-watt VOOC 4.0 charger. Together with the included charger, you can reach half of your maximum capacity in 20 minutes. The phone does not support wireless charging like the other Find X2 devices.
The OPPO Find X2 Neo has a speaker grill on the top that doubles as a telephone speaker and on the bottom is a second speaker. Such two stereo speakers are certainly a plus, because not every phone can work with a double speaker. Compared to OnePlus 8, which also has two speakers, the sound is a bit softer and less pure.
The OPPO Find X2 has four lenses on the back, and the phone has the same main camera 48 MP main camera of the Find X2 that comes with a 1 / 2.0 “sensor size and an f / 1.7 aperture. The Pro version is the only one larger 1 / 1.43 “sensor used with the larger pixel size.
If we add the other sensors, we notice differences with the Find X2. The phone uses a different 13 MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and the wide-angle camera opted for a smaller 8 MP sensor. As the fourth camera, there is a 2 MP monochrome sensor to optimize the colors of the photos. Finally, there is a 44 MP camera on the front.
Below you see the photos taken with the OPPO Find X2 Neo on the left and photos of the OnePlus 8 on the right. First, you see photos with a wide-angle camera, followed by two photo series with the main camera. Then you will see 2x zoom, 10x zoom, and finally the selfies.
The OnePlus 8 only wins the camera comparison in terms of the wide-angle camera and the phone also has more natural colors across the board, unlike the Find X2 Neo with its oversaturated pictures. Still, the Find X2 Neo makes all the difference in terms of detail, dynamic range, and underexposed conditions. The Neo clearly has the better main camera, tele camera, and selfie camera, although we hope that the colors can be adjusted with a software update.
OPPO Find X2 Neo – the negatives
The OPPO Find X2 Neo has a smaller 6.5-inch screen compared to the Find X2 and the Pro version, which is a positive thing because it gives consumers more freedom of choice. OPPO has clearly cut back on the quality of the screen, which is a pity. It is no longer a QHD panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate, but a screen with a resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels and a 90 Hz refresh rate.
There is nothing wrong with those two features, given the lower price of the phone, but the phone does have to lose a lot in terms of the brightness of the AMOLED screen. If you put the phone next to the OnePlus 8, the difference is much bigger than you would expect, given that the phones have an identical price tag. If you take the devices more outside, you will also notice that the OnePlus 8 screen is much more readable in the strong spring sun.
The viewing angles and color reproduction are strong for both phones and OPPO also has a good automatic brightness function, but you can not ignore that this screen is clearly less good compared to the Find X2, the Pro version, and the OnePlus 8. OPPO also does not reveal anything about the use of Gorilla Glass.
The OPPO Find X2 Neo is truly a remarkable phone in terms of performance. The Snapdragon 865 will be exchanged for the Snapdragon 765G which is intended for the high mid-range, and although both chipsets come with 5G support, you have to lose power with the Neo. The Neo is still waiting for an update before it can start working with the super-fast internet.
Despite the less powerful chipset, OPPO provides this phone with a solid 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, although the brand uses the slower UFS 2.1 storage as opposed to UFS 3.0 with the Find X2 and the Pro version. It is not clear to me why OPPO is not simply releasing a more affordable model of the Find X2 Neo that has a bit less RAM and storage to give the phone a softer price tag, as users who are satisfied with the Snapdragon 765 will probably also have 8 GB RAM agree.
The Find X2 Neo feels fast in daily use, but the difference with the OnePlus 8 was noticeable after switching. I also noticed that in games that required a lot of graphic power, such as The Elder Scrolls: Blades, because there the OnePlus 8 performed almost flawlessly without noticeable frame drops, while the game ran well on the OPPO phone, but it was clearly not as smooth as the OnePlus 8.
This is also evident from benchmarks in which the OPPO Find X2 Neo achieved an AnTuTu score of 314503. The phone, therefore, performs less well than phones that appeared with the Snapdragon 855, which is Qualcomm’s high-end chipset from last year.
OPPO’s Find X2 Neo runs on Android 10 and the ColorOS 7.1 shell, and that software environment has become more beautiful with each update with a system-wide dark mode, but also more functional. It is getting easier to find your way on an OPPO phone, although it still takes a bit longer to organize your home screen compared to some other devices.
I am also not the strongest supporter of OPPO’s ‘Smart Assistant’. That’s a side screen from which you can quickly access some important functions, so the concept is similar to the old OnePlus Shelf or the Huawei Assistant. The ‘Smart Assistant’ offers too little added value and I would rather have seen relevant news via Google Discover. The Find X2 Neo also cannot count on monthly security updates, and it is running on the March security patch at the time of writing. The Find X2 Neo will be able to count on two years of system updates.
OPPO has presented a slimmed-down version of its Find X2 with the Find X2 Neo, and in some areas, OPPO is making the right choices with which to lower the price, but in other areas, the Chinese company is less successful.
An example of such a success is the camera setup which is a lot more versatile compared to the OnePlus 8, and it feels as if it can compete with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro in the field of photography, which costs 300 euros more. OPPO has therefore successfully saved on camera area because the performance remains strong. The Find X2 Neo also largely has the recognizable, strong design of the other Find X2 devices, and the fingerprint scanner and battery are also very popular.
Where OPPO makes less clear and good choices in terms of performance. The Neo is strongly committed to an optimal 5G connection and a good portion of RAM and storage, but in terms of raw power, it must bend firmly for the OnePlus 8. In addition, I expected more from the screen and also in terms of OPPO can still take steps.
Still, the OPPO Find X2 Neo is a fine device, and for those who attach more importance to a strong camera setup than to the very best performance, this budget flagship is a must. Especially if you also want to be completely futureproofed by supporting 5G.
Buy OPPO Find X2 Neo
The OPPO Find X2 Neo is available in the colors Starry Blue and Moonlight Black for a suggested retail price of 699 euros. You can find the phone already at T-Mobile, but soon he ends up including Belsimpel.