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

Oppo Find 5: An Android-Based Smartphone You Won't Find On Shelves

Whether you're talking about paint, toys, or electronics, there's this stigma hanging over Chinese production that affects the way a lot of think about quality. Although many of the stories we hear are no doubt steeped in fact, there are also plenty of beautifully designed products that we simply never get to see here in the U.S. For evidence of this, you don't need to look much further than Oppo's recently-eclipsed smartphone, the Find 5.

If the name Oppo doesn't ring any bells, that's probably because the company was only established in 2004 and is typically known for its high-end home theater equipment, specifically the BPD range of Blu-ray players. Oppo's first entry into the world of Android-based smartphones arrived in July 2012 with the Finder (X907), which was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8620 dual-core SoC. It also came equipped with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED+ display sporting a 800x480 reslution and, of course, Android 4.0. Although the phone was not aimed at the North American or European markets, and didn’t receive much attention in the press, it was notable for two reasons. Having a thickness of just 6.55 mm meant that it edged out the Huawei Ascend P1 S by 0.03 mm, making the Oppo Finder the world's thinnest smartphone at the time. The Finder was also known for being literally as as tough as hammer, and capable of being used as one in a pinch.

In contrast to its spiritual predecessor, the Find 5 (also known as the X909) clearly has broader ambitions of being a global phone able to compete on equal terms with any other high-end smartphone. To that end, the Find 5 offers an array of desirable features, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core SoC, a 13 MP rear camera, broad network support, and one of industry's first five-inch displays with a 1080p native resolution. Following its unveiling at the aptly titled "The Fifth Element" launch event in Beijing last December, the Find 5 arrived on North American shores in February 2013 as an unlocked device selling directly from the manufacturer with a very competitive unsubsidized price of $499 and $569 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models, respectively.

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Oppo Find 5 (X909)
SoC:Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
CPU Complex:Qualcomm Krait 200 @ 1.5 GHz Quad-Core
GPU Complex:Qualcomm Adreno 320 @ 400 MHz Quad-Core
Memory:2 GB LPDDR2
Display:Five-inch IPS LCD, 1920x1080Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0
Camera:13 MP AF HDR rear with f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash1.9 MP front
Storage:16 GB or 32 GB NAND
Cellular Radios:UMTS / HSPDA / HSUPA / HSPA+ / HSPA+42 (850, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
I/O:802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz)Wi-Fi Direct with Miracast Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DPNFCmicroUSB 2.0
Battery:2500 mAh Lithium-ion (non-removable)
Dimensions:141.8 x 68.8 x 8.9 mm, 165 g
OS:Android 4.1.1 with Custom Skin

On paper, the Find 5's technical specifications and attractive price point certainly seems to offer a compelling combination, one that could potentially allow it to compete in one of the industry's most demanding segments and establish Oppo as a top-tier smartphone manufacturer alongside the likes of Apple, HTC, LG, or Samsung.

Although the Find 5 is fairly dated at this point, it's still available as Oppo's mid-range model. Besides, the company is continuing to develop top-tier hardware at great off-contract pricing, and has even become the first manufacturer to use a custom ROM by default, with a CyanogenMod version of the company’s new flagship available soon.

  • 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.