OPPO is a smartphone brand that isn’t well-known in the West, but they’re one of the key players in India and China, operating under the BBK Electronics umbrella like fellow brands OnePlus, Vivo, and Realme. The brand recently expanded to Europe, and in an effort to compete with the more premium offerings from rival smartphone brands, launched the Reno series this year. The Reno series has already seen two different releases and is about to see its third release. On the other hand, OPPO’s other premium smartphone series, the Find series, hasn’t seen a new release since the middle of 2018. During a discussion with OPPO after the company’s Innovation Day, however, we learned that the Find series will be brought back next year. The OPPO Find X2 is launching in Q1 of 2020, and it’ll be OPPO’s premium flagship smartphone with the company’s latest breakthrough technologies.
OPPO’s 2018 Find X was an Android smartphone that was ahead of its time. In a year full of notches, the Find X was the first smartphone to have no notch. It was also the first phone without a proximity sensor, and the first Android smartphone to support 3D facial recognition. The Reno series carried over the no-notch design, but many of the other features first-seen on the Find X weren’t brought to the Reno smartphones. That’s because the Find series has OPPO’s best technologies, and while there may be some overlap with the Reno series, OPPO says they’re targeting two different audiences.
So what can we expect from the upcoming Find X2? First, OPPO says they collaborated with Sony on their latest image sensor technology to create a larger sensor size for better light sensitivity. Specifically, they’re using Sony’s new 2×2 On-Chip Lens Solution, which brings a new “All Pixel omni-directional PDAF” technology. This technology improves the overall focus performance by the micro lens structure and basement layout of the image sensor, makes it so that the focus performance does not depend on the object shape or pattern, and enables high-speed auto-focus using phase differences in every situation.
Next, the OPPO Find X2 will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 865 at last week’s Snapdragon Tech Summit, and we’ve covered what’s new in the SoC in extensive detail already, so I recommend reading our announcement article on the new platform. The Snapdragon 865 can only be paired with the Snapdragon X55 modem, which supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies for 5G, but OPPO’s Head of Global Sales, Alen Wu, and 5G scientist, Henry Tang, confirmed during a media round-table discussion that the upcoming device won’t have mmWave antennas – meaning it’ll only support sub-6GHz frequencies for 5G connectivity.
Finally, OPPO confirmed they’re placing major emphasis on the display quality of the Find X2. The company states there are big gaps in the mobile display industry in terms of display resolution, refresh rate, colors, and dynamic range, so we can expect the Find X2 to excel in each of these areas.
We’ll learn more about the OPPO Find X2 when it launches in Q1 2020. We don’t have any word yet on pricing or availability, but we can expect it to be expensive given it’ll have 5G support, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, OPPO’s cutting-edge smartphone technology, and is in OPPO’s premium Find series.
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