OPPO Find X5 and X5 Pro: Photography Reinforcementment and the MariSilicon X chip

The new batch of high-end smartphones is coming to life: the OPPO Find X5 and X5 Pro, the new flagships of the manufacturer that has been gaining ground over the years and this year want to compete again with the best on the market.

To achieve this they have a characteristic design for the shape of its camera module, but also with a unique combination of photographic sensors that are enhanced with the debut of OPPO’s chip, the MariSilicon X, an NPU dedicated to making the images of this mobile better than ever.

OPPO Find X5 and X5 Pro technical Sheet

OPPO Find X5 ProOPPO Find X5
Screen6.7-inch WQHD+ 10-bit 120Hz AMOLED LTPO (1 to 120Hz)
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6.55-inch FHD+ 10-bit 120Hz AMOLED LTPS (10 to 120Hz)
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ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
NPUMariSilicon X the 6 nmMariSilicon X the 6 nm
Main Memory12 GB LPDDR58 GB LPDDR5
Storage256 GB UFS 3.1256 GB UFS 3.1
Front Camera32-megapixel Sony IMX709 RGBW sensor, adaptive angle, and optics with f/2.4 aperture value32-megapixel Sony IMX615 sensor and optics with f/2.4 aperture value
Rear CamerasMain: 50 megapixel sensor, f / 1.7, 5-axis optical stabilization and G + C lensesUltra wide-angle: 50 megapixel sensor, f / 2.2 and Freeform lensesTelephoto: 13 megapixel sensor, f / 2.4 and 2x optical zoomMain: 50 megapixel sensor, f / 1.8 and 2-axis optical stabilizationUltra wide-angle: 50 megapixel sensor and f / 2.2Telephoto: 13 megapixel sensor, f / 2.4 and 2x optical zoom
Operating SystemAndroid 12 + ColorOS 12.1Android 12 + ColorOS 12.1
Wireless Connectivity5G
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
Battery5000 mAh4800 mAh
Charge80 watts SuperVOOC
50-watt AirVOOC
80 watts SuperVOOC
30 Watt AirVOOC
Designceramic and metalglass and metal
Colorsblack and whiteblack and white
Dimensions163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm160.3 x 72.6 x 8.7 mm
Weight218 g196 g
Price1299 euros999 euros

A design marked by the fusion of the camera module in the chassis

The front parts of the cell phones make it difficult to differentiate one from another, and manufacturers know well that the rears are the ones that give the option to make a difference with competitors.

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That’s where the designs are trying to go in new directions, and certainly, in the OPPO Find X5 Pro, they have made an effort with a rear in which the camera module, traditionally “glued” to the housing, ends up merging with a smooth curve that makes us forget a little the known “hump” imposed by these modules.

The Find X5 is less ambitious in this section, yes, and its camera module is aligned with the rear itself and barely protrudes a millimeter. If you’re not a fan of those bulky camera modules of other phones, this option is certainly striking.

That camera module -they had already done something similar with the Find X3 Pro- feels much more part of the Find X5 Pro thanks to that curious construction with a bulge that joins slightly sunken sensors to improve protection.

OPPO Find X5 and OPPO Find X5 Pro

OPPO also wanted to differentiate the base model, the OPPO Find X5, from its big brother, the OPPO Find X5 Pro in terms of screen dimensions. The former is slightly smaller (6.5 inches versus 6.7), and here perhaps the manufacturer has missed an opportunity to go for a somewhat more compact base model.

What it has done is to use different materials depending on the model. The Find X5 features a chassis combining glass and metal, while the Find X5 Pro is made of ceramic and metal.

A very Pro Pro, sacrifices in the X5 Find

The spec sheet of both models makes it clear that the truly ambitious model for this year is the Find X5 Pro. In it, there is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, while curiously in the Find X5 has last year’s Snapdragon 888.

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OPPO Find X5 and OPPO Find X5 Pro

That already marks the first difference that continues with the screens. LPTO technology is the one taken advantage of in the Pro model, which gives more play in terms of its variable refresh rates that can range from 1 to 120 Hz. in the Find X5 there is also support for 120 Hz, but with LPTS technology (variable from 10 to 120 Hz) and above all lower resolution.

There are also sacrifices in RAM (12 GB in the Pro model, 8 in the standard) and protection against water and dust (IP68 in the Pro, IP54 in the standard), but probably the other most important difference is in the camera module, which changes the main lens, with worse aperture and worse optical stabilization in the Find X5.

That said: both feature the MariSilicon X NPU and also generous batteries both in capacity and fast charging: up to 80 watts in wired charging and up to 30 watts with wireless charging.

Cameras are not alone: MariSilicon X NPU arrives

Last year we learned that OPPO was working on its chips, but these were not full-fledged SoCs, but coprocessors specifically aimed at helping in the photographic section.

OPPO Find X5 and OPPO Find X5 Pro

In December 2021 we finally knew the result of that effort: the OPPO MariSilicon X arrived, NPUs manufactured with 6 nm photolithography and giving access to interesting options in image post-processing and in capturing both photos and (especially) video.

This NPU is responsible for the aforementioned photo processing and allows, for example, to improve the HDR treatment, in addition to recording 4K video at night at 30 FPS without raising the ISO sensitivity. This coprocessor is also responsible for managing the color adjustment algorithms and has a calculation capacity of 18 TOPS.

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The cameras of the OPPO Find X5 and X5 Pro feature filters specially developed by Hasselblad. One of them, the XPan filter, emulates the aesthetic finish of Hasselblad’s iconic XPan panoramic camera.

The collaboration with this renowned manufacturer has been limited to software – they have not been involved in the development of the photographic hardware – but the use of Hasselblad’s HNCS technology for colorimetry adjustment, for example, stands out.

The commitment to the sensors is almost identical in both, but the dual use of the Sony IMX766 sensor in the OPPO X5 Pro stands out. This outstanding optic of the Pro model makes the difference for its RGBW matrix that allows collecting more light -especially in low light- and thus achieves better results in both photo and video mode.

OPPO Find X5 and OPPO Find X5 Pro

There is also better stabilization on the main sensor of the Find X5 Pro, which is five-axis versus the two-axis of the Find X5’s sensor, which will also help to better avoid shaky photos and videos.

One of the interesting features of these cameras in combination with the MariSilicon X NPU is their ability to record “ultra night 4K” video which according to the manufacturer improves the perceived resolution of night video by four times, with less grain and superior color reproduction.

That NPU also helps in post-processing the front-facing camera, which features a striking 32 Megapixels sensor that OPPO says offers improved dynamic range and better textures for your selfies.

These phones also can activate the camera’s ‘Always on’ mode to capture gestures, although that may also raise privacy concerns.

Pricing and Availability of the OPPO Find X5 and X5 Pro

The new OPPO Find X5 and Find X5 Pro will be available for pre-order, and will be available for purchase starting next March 14 with the following prices:

  • OPPO Find X5 Pro (12 / 256 GB): €1,299
  • OPPO Find X5 (8 / 256 GB): €999

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