Oppo Find 5 Review: A Phone Of Firsts From A Brand To Watch

Test Setup And Benchmark Methodology

Test System And Comparison Unit Specs

At this juncture, it's worth noting that whilst the Find 5's Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC could certainly claim to be on the metaphorical bleeding edge when it first launched in Q1 2013, two quarters is a very long time in our industry. Unsurprisingly, it has now been surpassed by a number of newer processors.

With this in mind, we've selected our comparison devices to provide an illustration of the Find 5's relative position in the current smartphone market, and to demonstrate the performance differences between some of the key SoCs that have been released in recent times. We start off with the nearly legacy Samsung Galaxy S3 with its dual-core Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU, then move onto the Google Nexus 4, which also features a Qualcomm S4 Pro SoC, and then onto the Snapdragon 600-equipped HTC One.

Rounding off our comparison suite are two devices from the current high-end of the spectrum: the Apple iPhone 5s, which includes the company’s own A7 SoC with the class-leading PowerVR G430 graphics core, and the Sony Xperia Z1 which features Qualcomm's newest SoC, the Snapdragon 800.

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DeviceSoCCPU CoreGPU CoreMemoryDisplay
Oppo Find 5Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ6084Krait 200 (quad-core) @ 1.5 GHzAdreno 320 (quad-core) @ 400 MHz2 GB LPDDR25” IPS @ 1920x1080
Apple iPhone 5sApple A7ARM v8 (dual-core) @ 1.3 GHzPowerVR G6430 (four-cluster) @ 300 MHz1 GB DDR34” IPS @ 1136x640
HTC OneQualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ6084TKrait 300 (quad-core) @ 1.7 GHzAdreno 320 (quad-core) @ 400 MHz2 GB LPPDR24.7” Super LCD3 @ 1920x1080
Google Nexus 4Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ6084Krait 200 (quad-core) @ 1.5 GHzAdreno 320 (quad-core) @ 400 MHz2 GB LPDDR24.7” IPS @ 1280x768
Samsung Galaxy S3Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Krait (dual-core) @ 1.5 GHzAdreno 225 (dual-core) @ 400 MHz2 GB LPDDR24.8” SAMOLED @ 1280x702
Sony Xperia Z1Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Krait 400 (quad-core) @ 2.2 GHzKrait 400 (quad-core) @ 2.2 GHz2 GB DDR35” TFT @ 1920x1080

Benchmark Suite and Methodology

All mobile devices are tested in their respective stock configurations using the most recent official firmware (specific details provided below) with the Wi-Fi connected and SIM card removed (after network initialization).

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Operating System:Android 4.1.1
Build:X909EN 12.A.10 GLO 010 130719
Browser:Opera 16.0.1212.63780

Our test suite consists of five major sections: CPU, GPU, Web, Display, and Battery. All tests are performed using the most recent version of the relevant benchmarking tool, with the one exception being Web testing on Android devices. Those are run on a static version of the Chromium-based Opera 16 browser to ensure consistent comparisons across the platform.

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CPU Benchmarks:AnTuTu v4.1
CF-Bench Pro v1.1
Primate Labs Geekbench v3
Principled Technologies Mobile XPRT v2013
GPU Benchmarks:Futuremark 3DMark v1.2.0.1232
Rightware Basemark GUI Free v1
Rightware Basemark X v1
Epic Games Epic Citadel v1.07
Kishonti GFXBench v2.7.2
Silicon Studios Mobile GPUMark v2
Web Benchmarks:Rightware Browsermark v2.0
Futuremark Peacekeeper v2.0
Impact HTML5 Benchmark
Principled Technologies WebXPRT v2013
Display Measurements:Brightness (Minimum and Maximum)
Black Level (200 nits)
Contrast Ratio (200 nits)
Color Temperature (200 nits)
Color Gamut Volume (sRGB and AdobeRGB)
Battery Tests:Video: MXPlayer Pro/Photos looping the 1080p Sintel trailer (200 nits, muted)

With the groundwork now established, let’s move on to CPU testing and see how the Find 5 fares in computational performance.

  • khaledegy200
    looks quite good.
    btw The audio and storage rows in the first page are mixed up.
  • Mr Fender
    Hey guys, you forgot about their ColorOS - now it's basically the official firmware of OPPO Find5.
  • marclee37
    I live in Hong Kong ssp, I see there are much many other China brand good looking good quality Android phones- 2gb ram is a norm, 3gb ram started to appear. 1080 screen, 5" screen, 13M cam, these are basic general spec, for price no more than US$320.
  • house70
    Being unlocked, it is a perfect go-to phone for trips abroad. As far as hardware, the only "downside" is the lack of LTE bands in it's radio.
    SOftware is where it lacks, though. I got this because Oppo promised frequent updates to the OS, and TBH the Android-based variant it came with was not too bad of an experience. Then it became clear that the development team does not really know what they're doing (same minor but annoying bugs with every release, now barely coming through with 4.2, etc). They could have given CyanogenMod the kernel and drivers and let them pick up the development. CM-based ROMs are functional, but still plagued by bugs that come from lack of access to proprietary code.
    Basically, their approach (at one point there were 2 or 3 versions of ROMs in development, none out of a beta state) stretched them way too thin, and it shows.
    Last but not least, ignoring many requests of just embracing AOSP and let the plethora of apps do the rest was not a smart move on Oppo's part.
  • danlw
    As an Audioholic, I have heard of the Oppo name. Their Blu-Ray players are considered by many in the high-end community to be top quality. In fact, Lexicon, a maker of ultra-elite electronics, actually stuck a $500 Oppo BDP-83 inside a new case and sold it for $3,500! (Audioholics: Lexicon BD-30 Blu-Ray Player (Oppo BDP-83 Clone) Review)

    With this phone, however, I doubt Apple will stick it inside their own chassis and call it ther own. It is mildly interesting, but as is often the case, forays into new market segments by otherwise high quality manufacturers are often precarious.

    By all means, get an Oppo Blu-Ray player. As far as the phone, they need to get through their growing pains.
  • batman4u
    why a review on a phone thats been on the market for a whole year already
  • programit
    Why isn't the phone compared to current versions of others. I see you put it against the latest iphone and a 16 month old dates Samsung S3. Why not the S4 or Note3 which are current models and hence what it is up against.
    It seemed a bit biased and not truly giving a comparison with current market phones.
  • UVB076
    @programit, this phone is a year old.
  • nebun
    got to love the iPhone 5s....like it or not....it's the best all around...the benches speak for themselves...did it mention "NO CRAPWARE and FAST OS UPDATES"
  • allanitomwesh
    About damn time! Now write something about the Find 7 and it's 2K display.