Oppo’s Find X takes a radical approach to killing the notch

Oppo Find X the next to kill Apple’s notch

The new Oppo Find X sports pop-up front cameras to accommodate a bezel-free display without adopting the controversial notch like other smartphones.

The global launch of the Oppo Find X took place in Paris, France yesterday, i.e. 19th June.

Oppo is a massive smartphone maker in Europe, but its presence in Europe and North America has been extremely limited.

Find X comes with a 6.4-inch curved AMOLED screen with resolution of 1080*2340. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 takes center stage, with the chipset paired with 8 GB of RAM and a healthy 256 GB of storage. The 256GB storage model is expected to arrive in Europe for €999 (around P61,700 in Philippine pesos or $1,158 in USA dollars) sometime in August. The battery is a modest 3,730 mAh unit but it comes with VOOC fast charging support.

There is dual camera setup 16 + 20 MP setups at the back while the selfie shooter is a 25 MP that can create 3D AI selfies. It's also running on Android 8.1, but with Vivo's FunTouch 3.1 interface over the top, which doesn't have the Google suite of apps.

OPPO says the Find X will also be sold in the U.S. There's no word when, or if it's going to arrive at all in the Philippines, but we're confident that the company will bring it here sooner than later. Oppo has had a pretty strong presence in the country with its mid-range offerings, and it will be interesting to see whether the company will see a similar positive response towards the premium Find X.

We have the feeling that Oppo's solution will be far more susceptible to damage. The design-focused choices don't stop there. Instead of having the front-facing camera on the front of the phone, it's hidden on a tray that tucks into the top of the phone.

Both screens here take up nearly the whole of the front of the device, providing a visually alluring spectacle.

Absent from the device is a headphone jack and a fingerprint scanner. The SIM card tray is also located on the bottom of the device along with the speaker, while volume left and right buttons are located on the left side of the frame, and the power button is located on the right.

The Find X's software is clearly inspired by iOS, and just like the iPhone X, it relies exclusively on facial recognition - there is no fingerprint scanner. Check out the pop-up slider housing all three cameras! OPPO also introduced Omojis, the company version of Apple's Animojis. As for the selfie aspect the device uses a host of other hardware to provide users with great shots including flood illuminators, a ranging sensor, and a dot projector. We went from candybar phones to clamshells, to sliders, back to the candybar (with every smartphone following that framework), and then in the pursuit to have bezel-less displays, phones are revising the slider format to hide elements like the front-facing camera. Fast charging tech like VOOC might do the trick while we wait for the holy grail of battery charging: Fast, long-distance, wireless charging.

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