Which Oppo Smartphone to Choose in 2022 A Complete Guide
ALL ABOUT OPPO PHONES
WHO IS OPPO?
Oppo is a Chinese smartphone brand belonging to the Oplus group, which oversees brands like OnePlus and Realme. However, these different entities insist heavily on the fact that they are independent of each other. Founded in 2001, it quickly developed in Asia before arriving in France in 2018.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF OPPO?
It isn’t easy to establish general advantages for the brand since they differ according to the models. However, Oppo terminals generally offer comfortable autonomy and fast, even very fast recharging on premium models. In addition, it often offers unique design elements that we do not see elsewhere. The brand sometimes also reserves exciting surprises on its flagships at the photo level.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF OPPO?
The faults of Oppo smartphones vary by model. After being criticized for a long time, its home interface, ColorOS, has significantly improved through its version 7. In addition, the brand seems to have a few arguments compared to the competition in the mid-range segment with Oppo A.
WHAT ARE THE RANGES OF OPPO SMARTPHONES?
Since it arrived in France, the Chinese manufacturer has distinguished itself by a clear and precise catalogue. Oppo puts forward three distinct ranges with quite distinct aims.
- The Find X: the flagship of the brand. The named smartphones offer innovative technical characteristics intending to appeal to technology buffs.
- The Reno: the devices take up some of the flagship elements of the Find X to offer you a quality phone at a reasonable budget.
- The A’s: these are perfect smartphones for small budgets with essential features such as good battery life.
In a world where Huawei no longer has access to Google services, Oppo could take its place. Here are his best smartphones.
Long popular in Asia and a fortiori in China where the brand was born, Oppo officially arrived in France in 2018. After a rather difficult start, in particular, due to a product costly at its launch, the brand corrected the current shot in 2019 to become in 2020 an unmissable part of the mobile telephony landscape.
It succeeded in making its hole in favour of an unforeseen event: the American embargo prohibiting Huawei from using Google services, in fact putting aside a competitor for the less important. It is an understatement. Oppo, the compatriot on the sidelines, can seize the ground and manage to score thanks to a complete range, but sometimes unclear. So let’s put things down.
It is also impossible to mention Oppo without speaking of OnePlus, formerly semi-independent; the brand has been brought more closely into the fold of Oppo, with whom it now shares R&D, but also its OS. We describe the range in our OnePlus smartphone comparison—the latest in the big family: Realme, which aims for more affordable products.
OPPO FIND X3 PRO
To say that the successor to the excellent Find X2 Pro was expected around the corner. And Oppo does not disappoint! Fairly classic on its front, the Find X3 Pro surprises at the back with a photo block that emerges from the back in a very fluid way.
The 6.7-inch OLED screen is bright and displays a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is generally excellent, and it may be criticized for colours that could have been a little more accurate.
On the processor side, we find a Snapdragon 888 and, therefore, first-rate performance, even if we notice that it does a little less well than the Xiaomi Mi 11, which nevertheless has the same processor. In terms of autonomy, we reach two days, but it is mainly the fast charging that impresses: we go from 5 to 95% of battery in 30 min! And unlike some (cuckoo Apple and Samsung), the 65W charger is provided.
A few words about the ColorOS 11.2 interface, pleasant to use, the latter shines with its many possibilities for customization. As long as you spend a little time in the options, there is a way to compose an experience with small onions.
The overall photo experience is good, with a quality primary sensor and shots pleasing to the eye. We would have liked a slightly more powerful optical zoom, but it is not prohibitive. Above all, the microscope function surprises and seduces with its power and quality. We don’t deny that it’s a bit of a gimmick, but it’s enjoyable.
OPPO RENO 6
Situated between the ambitious Find range and the affordable A series, the Reno occupies the posh mid-range place at Oppo. If the Reno 5 had never arrived here, the Reno 6 would have arrived with great fanfare. First observation: it breaks with the current Android codes and will seek its inspiration from Apple’s side. The resemblance is more than evident with the last iPhones, except for the notch replaced by a punch.
While the phone is light, its large size makes it more comfortable to use with two hands. The 6.4-inch panel does not leave lasting memories. It is very prone to glare, but the refresh rate of 90 Hz is a bit poor given the price positioning.
The choice of a Mediatek Dimensity 900 SoC leaves you perplexed; the chip is indeed far behind what the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or 860 offers, which equips the rest of the competition. Therefore, the performance is very average, even if the user experience is generally smooth. The autonomy of a good day is satisfactory, but it is above all the fast charging that appeals since the charger provided will only take 30 minutes to fill the battery.
The three photo module sensors are unequal. If the principal is doing well daily, the wide-angle lacks details, with the bonus of colours that lack consistency. There is also some progress to be made on the calamitous portrait mode.
The Reno 6 is unfortunately poorly positioned from a price point of view. Its cousin, the OnePlus Nord 2, is even better than it on almost all points despite its 100 euros less With big promos, it will, however, be able to seduce lovers of the iPhone look.
OPPO FIND X3 LITE
The little Thumb of the Find X3 range has the difficult task of winning in a hotly contested mid-range. Oppo has chosen sobriety, with a phone which, without being ugly, will not mark the spirits. Lightweight and compact, the Find X3 Lite is pleasant to handle.
The manufacturer has chosen a 6.4-inch OLED panel displaying a refresh rate of 90 Hz for the display. The panel is very average, with low brightness for our taste. Generally speaking, the competition does better at this price point.
On the processor side, we find a Snapdragon 765G that is far from being ridiculous and is starting to show its age a little, especially when compared to its direct competitors. However, we appreciate its correct autonomy, especially the 65 W fast charger delivered, and it will only take 40 minutes to fill the battery.
Despite the four sensors, the quality offered by the photo module remains anecdotal despite a wide-angle that manages correctly.
If it is not catastrophic, the Find X3 Lite is struggling to carve out a place for itself, and it is simply too expensive given its benefits. However, below the 300 euro mark, it could be a decent deal.
The mid-range smartphone segment is hotly contested, and Oppo is trying to carve out a niche with this A94. Relatively thin, the phone offers correct ergonomics, and we appreciate the presence of a fingerprint reader under the screen. On the other hand, we are moderately satisfied with the plastic used; it turns out to be particularly messy.
The screen is in the same vein: okay, but it won’t turn heads. We would have liked it to be a little brighter and significantly higher if it rises above 60 Hz. The Dimensity 800U processor is relatively average; it ensures good fluidity to the system but offers average performance in the game and heats a lot. On the other hand, we are pleasantly surprised by the autonomy. The 4310 mAh battery lasts two days of use. Add to that a fast charge that fills up in 49 min, and you’ve got a smartphone that won’t leave you stranded.
Network side, we note a 5G compatibility. Finally, the photo is probably the big weak point of the smartphone, with a general lack of sharpness and an unnecessary macro mode.
The A94 is, therefore, an average smartphone in every sense of the word, and it will not mark the annals.
Released at 300 euros and now available everywhere for around 220 euros, the A54 is a model that could appeal to trim budgets. Considering its price, the design is unsurprisingly quite banal. As with its big brother, the A94, the phone’s plastic collects fingerprints at an impressive rate.
The LCD screen is quite correct, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. We would have liked it to be a little brighter, but we appreciate its good contrast ratio. With only a Snapdragon 480, we are not in the presence of lightning war, it is sufficient for the OS, but we should not imagine being able to play modern titles. In return, however, we are entitled to two days of autonomy. No fast charging, though: it takes two hours for the 10W charger to fill the battery. Surprisingly enough, given the price, we are entitled to 5G compatibility!
It’s always good to take, but to choose, we would have liked the photo module to be neater. As it stands, it quickly shows its limits when the light drops.
Without standing out, the Oppo A54 offers good services given its price. Its main problem lies more in the fierce competition at this price level.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR OPPO IN 2022?
The Chinese manufacturer has many ideas. A folding smartphone has just been unveiled at the end of the year. The Oppo Find N is presented as a device with folding technology similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The product is a little more compact with a 5.49-inch outer screen. However, the brand has not yet communicated on a possible release in France. We are still entitled to hope for a folding Oppo smartphone in 2022.
The future Oppo Find X4 Pro is starting to make brief appearances within its more traditional ranges. First rumours speak of a design similar to the previous model and a technical sheet still as powerful. In Reno, we will have to wait to find out what the manufacturer has in store for the French market.