OPPO Find X uses pop up cameras to avoid having a notch

OPPO Find X uses pop up cameras to avoid having a notch

When you launch the camera app or unlock its display, the OPPO Find X’s motorized top portion slides out, revealing the front (25MP camera with 3D Facial Scanning System) and rear (16MP + 20MP) cameras. This approach to avoiding an iPhone X-esque top notch (which would usually house the front camera, speaker, sensors, etc.) “reclaims” more screen space (the Find X has a 93.8 percent screen to body ratio) and avoids a camera bump on the phone’s rear. There’s only a slight chin bezel, and that’s the closest we’ll get, for now, to a real all-screen device. The OPPO Find X (6.4-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, up to 256GB ROM, 3,730mAh battery with VOOC fast wired charging, Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS on top) was launched today at Paris, France. It is now available for ordering in China and marks the company’s return to flagship-spec’d phones since they launched the Find 7 in the Philippines in 2014.


Update July 12, 2018: OPPO Find X now available in PH for pre-order at P49,990.


The Find X will cost £999, which is around $1,150, which in turn is around PHP61,273. But note that this price seems to be just for the 256GB ROM variant. OPPO has also launched a Lamborghini edition of the Find X for £1,699 (around $1,967). This special edition variant has an engraved logo plus a faster charging feature compared to the non-Lambo edition: it can charge its 3,400mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent in 35 minutes.

Above: The motorized camera panel in action. With those curved sides and rounded corners, the Find X calls to mind the Samsung Galaxy S9 series. GIF Source: The Verge.


A More Stylish Solution

While the Vivo Nex employs the same motorized camera principle, the Find X seems to have the more elegant implementation – it uses the width of the phone’s forehead and hides both rear and front cameras; while Vivo’s Nex only hides the front camera in a small, squarish slide-out panel. But the Nex has an in-display fingerprint sensor (the first smartphone to become widely available with such a feature), while the Find X has no fingerprint sensor at all (face unlock is your default option, with PIN and pattern swipe as back up).

The OPPO Find X (6.4-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, up to 256 ROM, 3730 mAh battery with VOOC fast wired charging, Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS) achieves a 92.25 percent screen to body ratio by hiding the front and rear cameras in a motorized slide out panel on top of the phone.

Wear and Tear Worries

To unlock the Find X, press the power button, swipe on the screen, and the motorized front camera panel slides out to sign you in. This constant use of the motorized mechanism can be a source of worry: what if you drop the phone, or if dust and crumbs get inside the panel? (Granted, the same worries apply to the Vivo Nex.) Despite these concerns, OPPO’s approach to notch-less-ness is as elegant as it is efficient. (We’re just wondering how you put a case on it?)

The OPPO Find X (6.4-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, up to 256 ROM, 3730 mAh battery with VOOC fast wired charging, Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS) achieves a 92.25 percent screen to body ratio by hiding the front and rear cameras in a motorized slide out panel on top of the phone.

Compared to other Flagships

Now, comparisons can’t be avoided. Unlike other 2018 flagships, the Find X is not water or dust resistant (Huawei Mate 10 Pro, P20 Series), there’s no headphone jack or wireless charging (Samsung Galaxy S9 Series), and the battery is below 4,000 mAh (unlike that on the Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro). There’s no stand out flagship camera feature like the Huawei P20 Pro’s 5x hybrid zoom or the LG G7 ThinQ’s secondary rear wide angle camera. Also, the presentations on the Find X did not mention the 5x optical zoom technology that OPPO already announced last year.

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The OPPO Find X (6.4-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, up to 256GB ROM, 3730 mAh battery with VOOC fast wired charging, Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS) achieves a 93.8 percent screen to body ratio by hiding the front and rear cameras in a motorized slide out panel on top of the phone.

Twin Milestones

The Find X is not just a design milestone for the company – it will be the first smartphone the company will be selling in both North American and Europe with carrier and price details to be announced soon. Previously, OPPO phones were limited to China, India, the Philippines, and other Asian markets. Check out The Verge’s hands-on with the Find X right here.

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Image and GIF source: The Verge.


Update June 20:

  • Screen to body ratio value changed from 92.25 percent to 93.8 percent. Corrected value came from official press release of OPPO Ph. Earlier value came from The Verge.
  • Price cited, in Euros and converted into USD, then into Philippine Peso.
  • Added info on OPPO Lamborghini edition and its price.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.