The Oppo Discover X sequence has at all times been the producer’s high-end flagship product. In contrast to final yr’s Discover X2 Professional, the Discover X3 Professional isn’t obtainable formally within the UAE. Regardless of of this, we obtained an opportunity to take a look at the system and see what this area is lacking out on.
Design and construct
Recognized for its streamlined smartphone builds, Oppo’s Discover X3 Professional continues the custom. It sports activities a 193g weight and eight.3mm thickness, which is pretty slender and light-weight in comparison with its flagship competitors. It’s also manageable with one hand and the smartphone’s dimensions don’t really feel overwhelming in any approach.
To maintain up with this profile, Oppo has additionally made the again of the smartphone distinctive. Not solely is our model a matte end which attracts fewer fingerprints nevertheless it additionally has a singular curve close to the digital camera module. Oppo calls this the ‘Gradient Arc Digicam’ which does an excellent job with minimising any wobble on a flat floor. However much more so, the cellphone delivers a powerful facet profile. We discovered ourselves simply admiring the spacecraft like end on the flagship which is uncommon for smartphones today.
After all, the design does include a sacrifice. Manipulating glass on this method means Oppo couldn’t use the most recent Corning Gorilla Glass Victus safety on the again. As an alternative, it opted for Gorilla Glass 5, an older model even in comparison with the Discover X2 Professional’s Gorilla Glass 6 nevertheless it doesn’t hamper the construct of the cellphone in any approach.
Utilizing the cellphone with no case throughout our evaluate interval, we confronted no points with micro-scratches. However if you’re fearful about this, Oppo does embrace a pleasant case with the smartphone’s packaging. Furthermore, there may be full IP68 water and dirt resistance to fall again on when required.
Different components of the smartphone are pretty commonplace, which sit across the aluminium body. You discover the facility and quantity buttons on the appropriate and left edge respectively. These are tactile to press and being in reverse edges, screenshots change into simpler to take. The highest edge homes the secondary microphone whereas the underside edge has one a part of the dual-speaker setup, the Sort-C USB port for charging, the first microphone and the twin nano-SIM tray. You possibly can home two nano-SIM playing cards right here with 5G assist nevertheless there isn’t any assist for microSD storage enlargement. Additionally, for those who do plan to import the cellphone by any means, ensure you are conscious that 5G bands might not constantly work with the Discover X3 Professional.
Show and multimedia
The Oppo Discover X3 Professional sports activities a 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED panel with a 5-120Hz variable refresh fee. The QHD+ panel can also be protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and has a peak brightness of 1,300nits. That is one space the place Oppo’s prowess exhibits. Utilizing the panel every day is a deal with barring the exaggerated curves on the perimeters. When gripping the cellphone naturally, this does lead to some unintentional touches. Normally, I by no means encounter these on any smartphone with a curved show so it was odd to see right here.
However in any other case, multimedia content material is immersive and has a richness to it. And there may be quite a lot of emphasis put into the HDR movies on the smartphone. With Oppo’s O1 Extremely Imaginative and prescient engine, you possibly can see common clips being reworked and scaled to HDR content material. When you get used to this expertise, going again is a bit troublesome. Whether or not it’s distinction ranges, the one billion totally different colors or the fluidity of the expertise, the Discover X3 Professional’s show does it proper.
Coupled with the show, you discover Dolby Atmos tuned stereo audio system. Whereas these are good, they’re overshadowed by flagships such because the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely. However utilizing the cellphone alone, you’ll barely discover a distinction. There isn’t a audible distortion at greater volumes and music for essentially the most half is obvious. Clearly, these won’t substitute your typical earphone expertise. You don’t discover a 3.5mm headphone jack on the smartphone both nevertheless it pairs fairly simply with any TWS or Bluetooth type headphones. For a wired expertise, you do get some Sort-C USB earphones out of the field.
One other side of the show is the smartphone’s in-screen fingerprint scanner. It sits comfortably to be used both along with your thumb or index finger relying on smartphone placement. We discovered it to be satisfying to make use of and pretty fast. Regardless of it being an optical scanner, it labored nicely even in damp utilization circumstances which is unbelievable.
Efficiency and gaming
Fairly simply, the Oppo Discover X3 Professional is likely one of the strongest flagship smartphones obtainable on paper. It sports activities the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 octa-core CPU which is a 5nm chipset. That is paired with the Adreno 660 GPU for graphics efficiency. Whereas we anticipated the smartphone to breeze previous benchmarks, it was not the case.
Utilizing AnTuTu, we discovered the Discover X3 Professional to attain 608,782 whereas on Geekbench 5, it posted a single-core rating of 928 and a multi-core rating of three,236. This isn’t typical of the processor on-board and we really feel an enormous a part of this has to do with the smartphone’s thermal administration.
Accompanying the processing energy, you discover 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage with 12GB of RAM. For common efficiency, the Discover X3 Professional won’t budge. It could deal with multitasking nicely and offers you a satisfying expertise coupled with the 120Hz refresh fee panel.
Nevertheless, we did see the cellphone battle relating to gaming. Initially, there have been no dropped frames however the smartphone heated up in direction of the highest half after half-hour of taking part in PUBG at Easy and Excessive settings. That was after we noticed barely uneven efficiency which is one thing we must always not have seen for a flagship. We hope that is an optimisation situation and Oppo appears to be like to repair this with software program updates.
Consumer expertise and software program
Talking of software program, the Discover X3 Professional comes operating Android 11 draped in ColorOS 11.2. We mentioned ColorOS intimately in our current Oppo Reno5 Professional 5G evaluate and the premise is analogous. Having gotten used to the working system, we appear to have no complaints. Oppo’s helpful integrations are current and the pre-installed bloatware is not less than not intrusive.
All through our utilization, we didn’t see any ads pushed at us by way of the notification shade. Even with this replace although, ColorOS’ system huge darkish mode continues to be not good. The darkening of the UI generally renders textual content as invisible which is detrimental to the utilization expertise. And that was why we by no means switched it on.
One other side of the consumer expertise we discovered unusual was when interacting with notifications. Normally, I swipe my fingers outward to increase on a notification. Nevertheless, this function was lacking on ColorOS 11.2. This isn’t one thing that was a problem on the sooner model so we’re certain that that is one thing to do with software program updates.
All through our evaluate interval, we didn’t obtain any software program updates or patches however we hope Oppo is according to these over time. Sadly, there isn’t any solution to monitor this given the smartphone is unavailable on this area however going by Oppo’s earlier monitor document, we’re uncertain.
Main digital camera images
The Oppo Discover X3 Professional packs a quad-camera on its rear. There’s a Sony IMX766 50MP f/1.8 huge sensor with optical picture stabilisation (OIS) alongside a 13MP f/2.4 telephoto lens, one other Sony IMX766 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens and a 3MP f/3.0 microscope digital camera.
With each the huge and ultra-wide lenses being equivalent, the color sways particularly with respect to vibrant and vivid colors is much less pronounced on the Discover X3 Professional. However for browns and darker reds, the sensors don’t preserve an equivalent color palette.
As for the principle digital camera sensor, there may be memory of Oppo’s exaggerated colors. The digital camera appears make blues and greens overly vibrant which radiates a pretend look. On social media, the identical impact could make a picture stand out. Nevertheless, for customers who worth lifelike colors, that is sadly one thing that you just miss out on. The digital camera additionally opts for sturdy distinction which makes photographs lose element particularly in darker areas.
With respect to the smartphone’s telephoto lens, it helps as much as 2x optical zoom. This can be a unusual departure contemplating Oppo had been pushing optical and hybrid zoom ranges as much as 10x within the final couple of years. However this time, there may be solely 5x hybrid and as much as 20x digital zoom. Nonetheless, we expect for as much as 2-3x zoom, the Discover X3 Professional could have you coated. Nevertheless, for any vary greater than that, you’ll begin to lose element.
A big a part of any flagship smartphone can also be night-time images. Because the solar units, the Discover X3 Professional is ready to seize some first rate images. It struggles with element relating to utilization with out night-mode which is fastened by utilizing it. Nevertheless, we really feel the impact isn’t as pronounced because it could possibly be.
The outcomes utilizing night-mode are much less spectacular and fewer pure wanting particularly in very low-light circumstances in comparison with different flagship smartphones. Even in pitch black conditions, the Discover X3 Professional digital camera typically struggles to give attention to a topic which isn’t often the case.
However one stunning redeeming issue is the microscope lens on the Discover X3 Professional. When utilizing this lens, a hoop of sunshine activates round it. And this allows you to go extraordinarily shut to things. In contrast to a typical macro digital camera, this works in any lighting setting and really has a wow issue. A number of the photographs we had been capable of take had been unbelievable with the one draw back being the 3MP decision. We expect that is an space that Oppo can look to develop for future releases as nicely.
Main digital camera movies
On the video entrance, the Oppo Discover X3 Professional helps as much as 4K 60fps video. Like Huawei telephones of late, Oppo defaults to video recording utilizing the ultra-wide lens to start out off. Whereas this provides you extra protection of the scene, high quality and sharpness is noticeably poorer in comparison with the huge lens. Even with OIS assist on the huge lens, the Discover X3 Professional’s video samples have a good bit of movement blur even when taking common strolling samples. We love that the Discover X3 Professional helps ultra-steady video which eliminates numerous our stability complaints nevertheless it’s capped at 1080p decision.
To deal with the standard and sharpness points, it’s possible you’ll wish to movie at 4K decision. With this enabled, there’s a clear enhance in video efficiency throughout all the lenses. However at 4K 60fps, do remember the fact that the smartphone does exhibit a little bit of a jitter impact. We expect that is an inherent property of its stabilisation that’s simply a part of the expertise. With low mild video, the Discover X3 Professional introduces a good quantity of noise. That is the case even with its AI enhancing options and particularly at 60fps, so it’s possible you’ll wish to be cautious of that.
Entrance digital camera images and movies
An underwhelming a part of the Discover X3 Professional’s digital camera expertise is the entrance sensor. It’s a 32MP f/2.4 sensor which is poor and lacks dynamic vary. We really feel Oppo’s aggressive software program tuning makes selfies much less pleasing to the attention. Furthermore, photographs simply come out wanting flat which is the very last thing you’ll need from a selfie digital camera. Video recording right here can also be capped at simply 1080p 30fps which is disappointing. We’d have preferred to see not less than 4K 30fps assist right here as that has now change into the usual on flagships.
With a 4,500mAh battery on the flagship, battery backup is nice. You possibly can anticipate common screen-on instances between 6-7 hours on extraordinarily demanding days. With mild utilization, this may be pushed as much as 9 hours. We expect the big battery together with Oppo’s optimisation permits it to ship an expertise like this. After all, you discover 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 wired charging, 30W AirVOOC wi-fi charging and reverse wi-fi charging right here.
For us, the smartphone obtained to 100 per-cent in simply shy of 35 minutes which is excellent. Whereas we didn’t have a way to check out AirVOOC charging, Oppo claims it delivers a 100 per-cent cost in 80 minutes. That is even sooner than wired charging speeds on some high-end flagships.
To cost different equipment, you’re looking at 10W reverse wi-fi charging. On prime of all of those charging enhancements, it’s good to see Oppo embrace the charging brick and cable within the Discover X3 Professional field.
The Oppo Discover X3 Professional isn’t an ideal smartphone by any means. But it surely does preserve flagships from Samsung and Apple on their toes. Oppo has been constant in delivering an excellent flagship smartphone expertise over time. And mixed with innovation like that microscope digital camera, the Discover X3 Professional design and prime of the road specs, it’s a smartphone to suppose twice about. However that could be a international perspective. Sadly, the Discover X3 Professional isn’t obtainable within the UAE. But when it was, and was priced at Dh3,999, we expect it will be a smartphone to advocate.