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New flagship phone takes on the opposition



The Oppo find X5 series was launched globally last Thursday and received widespread acclaim from regular mobile phone enthusiasts to super users around the world.

The latest offering from the former budget brand is packed with the most up-to-date tech you’d expect from a flagship device, such as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and two of Sony’s IM766 camera sensors.

You also get 3 cameras – a wide, an ultra-wide and a 12MP telephoto. The wide and ultra-wide are your two “main” 50MP shooters, the primary with a 5-axis OIS stabilizer and the latter giving you an ultra-wide angle. These are linked to their internal NPU (Marilicon X Imaging NPU, a neural processing unit).

All of this means you’ll be able to take breathtakingly sharp and color-accurate photos of all the things you love, and it will even be possible to shoot 4K at night. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

The OPPO Find X has two camera modules from Sony
The OPPO Find X has two camera modules from Sony

I had the opportunity to talk to the team behind the device during a live stream last Saturday, and they assured me they were taking notes of what users want.

One of the key elements of their new approach is Oppo’s commitment to a greener future.

This means that everything has been done with the environment in mind, from the packaging materials to the materials used to make the phone, and most importantly the 80w SUPERVOOC charger, which in combination with the 5,000 mAh battery has increased the charge cycles to 1,600.

This doubles the battery life of the previous generation of the Find X, which ultimately means you can keep the device longer.

This really excites me because it means less e-waste and allows even us tree huggers to celebrate the launch of a new electronic device.

Of course there is still more that can be done and I would like to see even less e-waste in the future, such as a device that lasts a lifetime.

I can dream, right?

However, this is an important step in the right direction and the innovation can only bode well for the future.

Unfortunately, the device is not cheap and will cost you around R20 000.

Can OPPO justify this price tag given all the other options you have?

Well, it must be said that the rival options are not much better in price and OPPO is one of the fastest growing smartphone manufacturers in the world.

So, given the specs on offer, the Find X is a tempting premium device and is sure to become a strong OPPO site for the established brands such as Apple’s iPhone & Samsung’s Galaxy range.

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