OPPO Enco Free2 earbuds announced for £89 with ANC – Cheaper & different design vs Enco Free

This morning I woke up to two press announcements about active noise cancelling TWS earbuds. One, which is the fifth press announcement about the Nothing earbuds over since April, trickling annoyingly small bits of details. The other from OPPO, that just went straight in and announced everything. The OPPO Enco Free2 earbuds are the perfect … Read more

OPPO Find X3 Neo Review – A serious alternative to the OnePlus 9 & Xiaomi Mi 11

The OPPO Find X3 Neo was launched in March as an affordable alternative to the £1k+ OPPO Find X3 Pro. While the X2 Neo had a mid-range chipset, making it feel like an overpriced but premium midrange phone, this uses last year’s flagship Snapdragon 865. To me, this helps justify the cost, offering competitive performance … Read more

OPPO Find X3 Neo Camera Samples & Initial Review – An impressive alternative to a flagship device

The OPPO Find X3 Neo launched last month as part of the Find X3 series launch, acting as an affordable alternative to the Oppo Find X3 Pro. The big difference with this phone vs last year’s Find X2 Neo is the shift from the ageing mid-range 5G Snapdragon 765G to the Snapdragon 865, which featured … Read more

OPPO Find X3 Pro launched with two 50MP cameras & SD888, making it the best alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G was always going to be one of the best (and most expensive) phones of the year.

It has now been officially announced with a specification as impressive as you might expect.

While it was no surprise that this would use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, this makes it the first premium flagship to launch in the UK with it. From my testing of the Xiaomi MI 11 and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the SD888 is still the best chipset to have.

Impressive Dual 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensors

This is the first phone to use the new Sony IMX 766 sensor, and it doubles up on this by offering the same sensor for both the main wide lens and ultra-wide lens. I prefer ultra wide shooting when travelling so it is great to see this lens get some love.

The sensor may not sound as impressive as the 108 MP Samsung lens but the sensor itself is physically larger at 1/1.56″ giving a  1.0µm pizel size vs 0.8µm of the Samsung/Xiaomi. Oddly the sensor is smaller than the 48 MP 1/1.43″ Sony sensor used on the X2 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro. However, I assume other things will allow it ot offer superior performance.

Where the phone stumbles is the other cameras. The telephoto zoom lens is a standard 13MP 5x zoom affair, which is good but unremarkable, a far cry from the dual zoom lenses we saw with the S21 Ultra or the Huawei P40 Pro+.

Then, bizarrely, OPPO has added a new 3MP microlens. I have seen some of the microscope zoom shots carried out by reviewers, and to be fair, it is impressive, but how useful is it really?

Display

The display follows both Xiaomi and Samsung offering an AMOLED display running at 3216 x 1440 (QHD+) with 120Hz refresh rate. At 6.7-inches, it is a touch smaller than the other brands.

Battery

The battery is good, but nothing groundbreaking 4500 mAh with a 65W fast charge and 30W wireless. I had hoped to see the 125W charging Oppo announced in the middle of last year. It seems odd that the flagship device for 2021 wouldn’t feature this.

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OPPO Reno4 Z Review – This Dimensity equipped phone allows OPPO to compete with pricing vs Xiaomi and Realme (+ it is super cheap on contract)

OPPO have a lot of amazing phones, I have always found they excel at the upper end of the market, in particular, the Find X2 Pro is probably the only £1k+ phone I would have been tempted to buy myself this year. For their mid-range phones, they have always suffered a little in perceived value … Read more

Oppo Reno 4 Z with MediaTek Dimensity 800 & 120Hz LCD launches today for £329, Reno4 5G with SD765G for £449

OPPO will be officially launching the Reno4 Series today at 9:30 AM during a live stream event on their social channels. However, it would seem someone hit the publish button on their sponsored Amazon adverts early, confirming pricing and key details. The adverts themselves lead to 404 page not found. The two adverts I have … Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G vs Mediatek Dimensity 800 Compared – How does the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite stack up against the OPPO Reno4 5G?

Today, Xiaomi was the first company to launch a phone with the brand new affordable 5G chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 750G. Priced at just 279-Euros, this is incredible value for money. Related: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G vs Snapdragon 765G & 730G & 690 Compared The chipset inside the Xiaomi should trade blows with its bigger, … Read more

Oppo Reno4 Z 5G may launch in the UK tomorrow with MediaTek Dimensity 800. Realme may follow next week with a Dimensity based phone with a 125W UltraDart charger

This is 100% speculation made by myself based on launches in the next few days and current phones available in other regions. MediaTek has officially announced that the Dimensity 800 will be coming to Europe with a launch planned this week. When I pressed my PR contact further, I was given the official statement from … Read more

ColorOS 11 arrives on OPPO Find X2 Series and Reno3 Series first with 28-plus phone models, including the Find, Reno, F, K, and A series.

Bit late with this news, but OPPO have officially launched their ColorOS 11 based on Android 11. It includes all the befits on Android 11 with a range of tweaks introduced by OPPO themselves. Perhaps the most newsworthy part is what devices will actually get the upgrade. They have a rollout plan graphic but then … Read more

Oppo A72 5G with Mediatek Dimensity 720 (MT6853V), triple camera, & 90Hz display to launch soon

Serial leaker Digital Chat Station has revealed the existence of a new affordable OPPO A72 phone set to launch soon. The phone has popped up a couple of times in the past, including on Chinese certifying authority TENAA’s website earlier this month. China Telecom also lists the phone with some key details. The smartphone is … Read more

Oppo Find X2 Series finally available to order. X2 Pro £1,099 – X2 £899 – Neo £599 – Lite £399

Even though Oppo announced the Find X2 series almost 2-months ago (back when we were allowed to do things) you have not actually been able to buy the phones. Not sure why they did that. Anyway, Oppo, today, had a second launch, this time to announce you can buy their phones. The two flagship phones, … Read more

Another Oppo Reno3 variant to launch on 16th of March – International 4G model probably with Helio P90

Oppo will continue to expand their Reno3 line up to be just a little bit more confusing on the 16th of March. This time it will be for the global version of the standard Reno3, unlike the Reno3 launched in China this will not have 5G and will have a very different chipset. Currently, the … Read more

Oppo Find X2 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra & Plus Compared – The Find X2 could be the best premium flagship of the year so far with a lower price than Samsung.

I have been quite critical of Oppo recently, but this is mainly due to the confusing naming scheme of their phones, rather than the actual hardware itself. With the launch of the Oppo Find X2 Pro, which has the same appearance of the Reno3 Pro 5G, Oppo have launched what could be one of the … Read more

Oppo Find X2 vs Realme X50 Pro Compared – What we know so far

The Oppo Find X was one of the most innovative phones of its time, starting the shift away from the notch and toward mechanical or sliding pop-ups. Oppo has since used the shark fin style pop up found on several of the Reno phones. They are now set to launch the follow-up phone, the Oppo Find … Read more