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Oppo Find X3 Pro review: the Chinese phone to beat

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You might know of Oppo as a company opaquely related to OnePlus, but it recently became the leading smartphone maker in China — the beneficiary of Huawei’s sanctions-induced slide in sales even in its home market.

If you have the option and you’re shopping for a high-end phone, it’s worth checking out, because this is one of the sleekest Android devices you’ll see this year.

Good Stuff Sleek design Great screen Strong all-around performance Bad Stuff Microscope camera is cool but not very useful No periscope telephoto Expensive and not widely available worldwide From the front, the Find X3 Pro looks almost identical to the OnePlus 9 Pro.

7-inch 1440p 120Hz curved OLED screen with a hole-punch selfie camera in the top left; since Oppo and OnePlus share a supply chain, it’s almost certainly the same Samsung panel.

Turn the Find X3 Pro around, though, and it looks nothing like the OnePlus — or any other phone, really.

The Find X3 Pro feels relatively light and thin for a 2021 flagship phone, at 193g and 8.

The Find X3 Pro has a microscope camera with a built-in ring light.

In all likelihood, you’ll only ever make use of this capability by creating your own content with the Find X3 Pro’s cameras, and even then the advantage is going to seem niche.

The heart of the system is two identical 50-megapixel Sony IMX 766 sensors for the main camera and the ultrawide; it’s not the biggest sensor out there, but it more than holds its own against flagship competitors.

There’s also a 13-megapixel 2x telephoto camera, which doesn’t match the other cameras’ performance.

This is a little disappointing from Oppo, which did more than any other company to popularize periscope telephoto cameras.

Granted, zoom lenses are never the best-quality optics on a smartphone, but this feels like a step back from the 5x unit on last year’s Find X2 Pro.

It’s quite difficult to get subjects in full focus because of the extremely shallow depth of field, but you can absolutely capture ethereal images unlike anything you’ve ever seen from a smartphone by holding the Find X3 Pro up to threads, food, or OLED screens.

If you can think of a ton of reasons you might want a microscope-class camera on a phone, by all means enjoy this one.

Oppo’s ColorOS skin is far snappier than it used to be, to the point that OnePlus itself is using it for phones in China now.

The 4,500mAh battery doesn’t quite make this a two-day phone, but I never had any problem getting through a single day of heavy use.

Battery life is helped by the fact that Oppo has finally put put wireless charging on a flagship phone.

Oppo’s 30W wireless system can supposedly charge the Find X3 Pro to 100 percent in 80 minutes, though I don’t have the necessary proprietary charger to test that.

It sounds minor, but the addition of wireless charging is really all I needed to be happy with the Find X3 Pro as an everyday phone.

I could’ve done without the microscope camera, sure, but Oppo is now as capable as any other Android manufacturer at turning in legitimately premium, performant phones.

Don’t think you’ll get it at the sort of brand discount that OnePlus made its name with, though.

I think the Find X3 Pro is a reasonable competitor to that device, but I can’t see too many people picking it over the larger and more trusted brand.

Still, the Find X3 Pro is an excellent device on merit, and further cements Oppo as a company worth paying attention to.