The smartphone notch is a compromise solution. Customers want bigger screens without sacrificing pocket space. Phone companies need to squeeze in a cacophony of sensors and a decent selfie camera to the front face of the device. There’s also the phone speaker, because the device is a smartphone and that’s actually its primary function. So what to do? If you’re Apple, and a bunch of other device makers, you build a notch. But if you’re Oppo, you build the Find X, which has a different kind of solution.
Oppo is breaking out of the Chinese domestic market. It’s been in Australia for a little while now with the very good R11S. The Find X is Oppo’s latest flagship model, and one designed for major developed markets like the United States and Europe. It’s an edge-to-edge smartphone, and you might ask where all the front facing camera is. The answer is that it pops up from behind the screen.
This means that the device has an amazing 93.8 per cent screen to body ratio. Much like the Kardashian harpies, who have a 93.8 per cent plastic to soul ratio. This is undoubtedly an achievement, but the popup mechanism is definitely something that is more likely to fail. It is a new and different solution, but introduces a new failure pathway for the phone. If it gets stuck, it’ll either be unable to raise up for any photos (front or back), or it’ll be permanently up, meaning that 93.8 per cent ratio becomes decidedly less.
In terms of specs, the Find X has a 6.4 inch screen with rounded corners and edges. The width of the screen panel is 1080p. It uses a Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. There’s also a 3,730mAh battery to help last the day. It does have quick charge, similar in function to OnePlus’ Dash Charge. Software-wise, the phone uses Android 8.1 with Oppo’s Colour OS layered on top.
The Oppo Find X is launching in August 2018 with a price of EU999 (or about AU$1,500) price. There’s also a Lamborghini edition for EU1,699. Both editions are pricey, and Oppo needs to justify those prices against the competition, particularly the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. There’s also the upcoming Apple phones to consider too. Let’s see how this device fares in use.