Oppo Find X3 Pro in the test: science fiction smartphone with microscope camera

Sallie Anderson
Oppo Find X3 Pro in hands-on. (Photo: t3n)
With the Find X3 Pro, Oppo presents its second top model for the German market. In the test, it not only impressed with its special design, but also with good cameras. Opinions are divided on the price.

Oppo has only been active in Germany for a year, thanks to its solid to good devices and close cooperation with network operators, the Manufacturers in this country have already made a name for themselves. Who shouldn’t know Oppo: The manufacturer is the premium brand of the Chinese tech giant BBK, which also includes the smartphone brands Oneplus and Realme.

Table of Contents

  • Oppo Find X3 Pro: Cool design and high quality workmanship
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro: display and equipment top

  • Oppo Find X3 Pro with turbocharger
  • The cameras of the Oppo Find X3 Pro: Good and a bit gimmicky
  • Microscope camera of the Find X3 Pro: entertaining but cool party gag
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro: Android 11 in prettier
  • Conclusion on the Oppo find X3 Pro: Very good smartphone, but …

Even with the first high-end model for the German market in the form of the Find X2 Pro (test), the manufacturer showed itself at the asking price from 1,199 euros confidently and did not want to be classified as cheap homes. The successor is

with 1,149 euros priced similarly, which is justified in terms of equipment, because the Find X3 Pro leaves little to be desired. In addition, thanks to its unusual back, it looks great.

Oppo Find X3 Pro: Cool design and high quality workmanship

Oppo Find X3 Pro in hands-on. (Photo: t3n)

What is so special on the back should already become clear when looking at it: In contrast to most upper-class smartphones such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra (test) or the Oneplus 9 Pro (test), In which the camera elements protrude clearly visible from the housing, Oppo has kept the camera hump much more discreet. The manufacturer was able to achieve this by organically integrating the camera module into the back of the glass. Oppo calls the design “Impossible Curve” and probably makes some think of the T-1000 robot made of liquid metal from the Hollywood classic Terminator 2.

The fact that the back of the Find X3 Pro is not so thick may also have something to do with the omission of a periscope lens for a telephoto zoom lens . Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Find X2 Pro had such a camera installed and are a little thicker with 8.9 and 8.8 millimeters, respectively, than the Find X3 Pro with 8.2 millimeters.

Oppo Find X3 Pro – the camera hump is just a small hill. (Photo: t3n)

Compared to its predecessor, Oppo has improved its design on the one hand, and on the other hand, the equipment and housing material options have been reduced, which is in some cases positive because it does not overwhelm potential customers . The Find X2 Pro was offered in versions made of glass, ceramic, with vegan leather and with various storage options. This time around there are only a few colors with matte blue and glossy black, with the former option being the better choice as it looks classier thanks to the matte finish and doesn’t take fingerprints. When it comes to equipment, Oppo has committed itself to 256 gigabytes of memory and twelve gigabytes of RAM.

Regardless of whether it is matt or glossy – glass is usually slippery, which is also the case with the Oppo model. For more grip, we recommend using the silicone protective case included in the scope of delivery, which actually looks quite good and allows the back to rest even more flat on surfaces. The fact that the Find X3 Pro is excellently processed doesn’t really need to be mentioned at the price. Nevertheless: the display and housing merge seamlessly, the buttons have perfectly defined pressure points, as it should be with a device that costs more than 1,000 euros.

The comparatively low weight should be positively emphasized: At 193 grams, it weighs 30 grams less than Samsung’s S21 Ultra. Like its predecessor, it protects against the ingress of dust and water with IP68 certification. What is new, however, is the support for wireless charging, which the Find X2 Pro still lacked.

Oppo Find X3 Pro in hands-on. (Photo: t3n)

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Oppo Find X3 Pro: display and equipment top

The display of the Oppo Find X3 Pro is great. (Photo: t3n)

Not only the design and workmanship are right, but also the 6.7-inch display with 3,216 x 1,440 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hertz, which can be up to five Hertz depending on the content and app can be reduced to save the battery.

The fact that Oneplus and Oppo come from the same company and partly share the components in order to get better prices for purchases can also be seen in the display. The screen built into the Find X3 Pro seems to be the same that Oneplus uses on the 9 Pro. It is slightly curved to the side, which does not lead to incorrect entries, and the fingerprint sensor is at the same height on both. It is also known that both companies install LPTO displays from Samsung, both of which have received top marks from Displaymate. The color calibrations differ slightly and the maximum brightness of the Oneplus 9 Pro is a shade higher.

Oppo Find X3 Pro – the selfie camera is integrated into the display, as is now customary. (Photo: t3n)

In general, the Find X3 Pro’s screen is pleasing. Colors are displayed crisp, but not exaggerated, the viewing angle stability, like the maximum brightness, is top, so that content can also be recognized in sunlight. In addition, colors can be automatically adapted to the ambient light and the color temperature of the screen can be changed – the display according to the DCI-P3 color space is activated by default.

Next to the display is on the further equipment hardly anything to criticize. Equipped with Qualcomm’s top SoC Snapdragon 888, eight gigabytes of fast DDR5 RAM and 256 gigabytes of non-expandable UFS 3.1 memory, the Find X3 Pro runs super smoothly – even with resource-intensive applications. With this combination, the Find X3 Pro does not differ from other current top smartphones in terms of performance.

Oppo Find X3 Pro, Find X3 Neo and Find X3 Lite – Specifications compared

Operating system with max.2.4 GHz 8 GB RAM LPDDR4x 3 MP microscope camera, f / 3.0; 5 x optical hybrid zoom
20 x digital zoom 16 MP ultra wide angle, f / 2.2;
13 MP telecamera, f / 2.4;
2 MP macro camera, f / 2.4; 3 x optical,
10 x digital zoom 2 MP black and white camera, f / 2.4 Fingerprint sensor in the display, 2D face recognition, dustproof (according to IP52), dual -Sim (1 x 5G 1 x 4G), 3.5 mm jack,
Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology

Oppo Find X3 Pro with turbocharger

Airvooc: The Oppo Find X3 Pro supports fast, wireless charging with 30 watts. (Image: Oppo)

The energy storage of the Find X3 Pro is just as big as that of the Oneplus 9 Pro at 4,500 mAh. Both have a dual-cell design, which means that the battery is divided into two 2,250 milliampere-hour elements that can be charged at the same time with 32.5 watts each. This results in an effective charging power of 65 watts, which Oppo has christened Supervooc 2.0. BBK sister Oneplus calls the system Warp Charge 65T, but it is ultimately identical, so that the power supplies of the current devices can be exchanged with one another. Thanks to the high charging capacity, the battery can be fully charged within 35 minutes.

The situation is similar for wireless charging: Oppos Airvooc supports 30 watts of charging power with a corresponding charging station. Oneplus’ Warp Charge 30 Wireless of the 8 Pro (test) can also be used for fast wireless charging. With one battery charge you can easily get through the day with normal mixed use. If you use it less intensively, up to two days are also possible.

The cameras of the Oppo Find X3 Pro: Good and a bit gimmicky

The camera of the Oppo Find X3 Pro has a few nice tricks ready. (Photo: t3n)

The rear main camera, which is built into the organic mini hump, uses four sensors: The manufacturer uses the same IMX 766 50-megapixel custom sensor for the wide and ultra-wide-angle cameras one that was co-developed with Sony. The advantage of this configuration is that the two cameras have identical properties in terms of image quality, white balance and colors. If different sensors are installed, the camera can produce different colors depending on the sensor.

The wide-angle camera has an f / 1.8 aperture, the 110-degree ultra-wide angle f / 2.2. Both also have continuous HDR and optical image stabilization. Thanks to a Freeform lens, the ultra-wide angle camera should hardly distort the sides, which actually works to a certain extent.

The two Sony sensors are supplemented by a 13-megapixel telephoto camera with f / 2.4 aperture, five-fold hybrid and 20-fold digital zoom and a microscope camera with three megapixels, Ring light and f / 3.0 aperture. With the latter you can enlarge objects up to 30 or 60 times at close range in order to see every detail of a sheet.

Oppo Find X3 Per test photo. (Photo: t3n)

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Oppo did not use a stronger zoom, since the wide-angle lens is more important to consumers. Other manufacturers such as Samsung or Huawei offer, in addition to a wide-angle camera, additional optical telephoto cameras with up to ten times optical zoom. As explained at the beginning, the elimination of the stronger zoom function leads to a thinner device and a smaller camera hump.

During the day, the two wide and ultra wide angle cameras take very good and detailed photos with realistic colors. In the dark, the Find X3 Pro produces just as realistic results that are less brightened than with some competing models. In contrast to the competition, who usually equip the ultra-wide-angle camera with a weaker sensor, very decent photos can be taken even in the dark.

The telephoto camera with its small magnification Produces good results in daylight, the Find X3 Pro does not come close to the zoom levels of an S21 Ultra or Mate 40 Pro. The 20x zoom level already produces a lot of noise, but photos with ten times magnification with sufficient light are still okay.

Microscope camera of the Find X3 Pro: entertaining but cool party gag

The microscope Camera is the fourth notch in the group – and this is a B A specialty of the Find X3 Pro. No other smartphone in the world has such a function, with which you can look at objects up to 60 times enlarged down to the smallest detail. For this to work, the smartphone must be held one to three millimeters close to the object. So that enough light is available for microscopy, Oppo has built a small ring light around the camera.

Oppo Find X3 Pro test photo. (Photo: t3n)

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Since the microscope camera does not have an autofocus, the focusing of the objects is sometimes connected with a sure instinct, since the correct distance has to be done manually. If the object is in focus, however, the result is usually impressive: hair, textiles, leaves or other things are presented in a never-before-seen proximity and you always want to take a closer look at other things.

As cool as the microscope camera effect is, w appreciate it e that the function triggers a great thirst for research at the beginning and the results are presented to family or friends. In the long term, however, interest in the gimmick is likely to wane and it will hardly be used. The function is certainly impressive, but we would have liked a better telephoto zoom instead of the microscope camera.

Oppo Find X3 Pro: Android 11 in prettier

ColorOS 11: The The user interface of the Find X Pro 3 is stylish and based on Android 11. (Photo: t3n)

When it comes to software, Oppo uses its in-house user interface ColorOS 11, which is based on Android 11, for its current smartphones, including the Find X3 Pro . Oppos’s Android attachment deviates more from Google’s rather pure surface than, say, that of Oneplus, but knows how to please in some aspects. Various functions are provided with smart animations, such as the screen brightness control in the quick settings: When you adjust the setting, the small sun in the view rotates like a small gear.

In addition, the system offers many customization options for individualization. Among other things, you can specify whether you want an app drawer or what shape the app icons should have: You can also specify the animation style for the home screen change and the app grid.

Oppo Find X3 Pro with ColorOS 11. (Photo: t3n)

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There are many more in the system settings under Personalization Options ready: you can choose the color scheme of the system, the animation for the fingerprint scanner and d also what the always-on display should look like – you can even add your own photos and more here.

What is not so good about Oppos ColorOS 11 is the lack of the camera’s quick start function via the power button. Almost every current smartphone from Samsung, Google and even the Oppo sister Oneplus has this function. Pressing the power button twice is the fastest and most convenient way to activate the camera from standby mode.

Oppo also has to put up with criticism regarding its update policy. The Find X3 Pro runs on Android 11, but the security patches are not up-to-date and are from February 2021. Oppo should take an example from Samsung or Google, who distribute these patches regularly at the beginning of the month. Especially with a smartphone as expensive as the Find X3 Pro, this should go without saying.

Oppo also draws the short straw when it comes to the update period: the manufacturer plans to provide its top model with large Android versions for two years. That is simply too short compared to the industry leader: Samsung is now promising three major OS updates and even up to four years of security patches.

Conclusion on the Oppo find X3 Pro: Very good smartphone, but …

Oppos second high-end smartphone for the German market is an absolute eye-catcher that is well equipped in many ways. The 120 Hertz display is convincing across the board and it shows no weaknesses in terms of performance. A plus point and hopefully groundbreaking for the competition is the use of identical sensors for the wide and ultra wide angle cameras, which enables more consistent results.

However, we miss a stronger telephoto zoom that Oppo had built into the predecessor and that would have given the Find X3 Pro’s camera more variability. Sure: The microscope camera expands the photography horizon by another level, but we consider the benefits to be fun, but limited.

Oppo can again score points with the turbo-fast charging technology, which supplies the smartphone with new energy in no time. In contrast to the Find X2 Pro, the new model also works wirelessly.

On the software side, Oppo uses a chic Android attachment that can be extensively customized. However, the manufacturer would have to step up with the regular and timely delivery of security patches and its Android update strategy in order to be able to compete with the industry leader Samsung. Smartphones in this price range should have software support longer than just two years. But if that doesn’t bother you and if you stock up on new devices every few years anyway, you will get a very good smartphone with a chic design. If a longer lifespan is important to you, you should probably take a look at the Galaxy S21 (Ultra), which also has a periscope camera on board. The sister company Oneplus is pursuing a similar update strategy as Oppo with the Oneplus 9 Pro (test), the current top model is with 899 euros a lot cheaper, but still has a lot to offer.


  • Height Performance
  • Great 120 Hertz display
  • Good cameras
  • Chic design
  • Good software
  • Very fast Charging – also wirelessly
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Dual SIM


  • Microscope camera is unique, but more of a party gag
  • No memory expansion
  • Relatively short update period for the high price

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Model Oppo Find X3 Pro Oppo Find X3 Neo Oppo Find X3 Lite
Display 6.7 inches, 120 Hz AMOLED QHD + with 3,216 x 1,440 pixels (525 ppi), 10 bit 6.55 inches, 90 Hz Amoled FHD +, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (402 ppi ) 6.43 inches, 90 Hz Amoled FHD +, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (410 ppi)
Andr oid 11 with Color OS 11.1 Android 11 with Color OS 11.1 Android 11 with Color OS 11.1
Processor Snapdragon 888 with max. 2.84 GHz
Snapdragon 865 with max. 2.8 GHz Snapdragon 765G
Working memory 12 GB RAM LPDDR5 12 GB RAM LPDDR4
Internal memory 256 GB UFS 3.1 (not expandable) 256 GB UFS 3.0 (not expandable) 128 GB UFS 2.1 (not expandable)
Battery capacity 4,500 mAh (permanently installed) with SuperVOOC 2.0 4,500 mAh (permanently installed) with SuperVOOC 2.0 4,300 mAh (permanently installed) with SuperVOOC 2.0
Main camera 50 MP wide angle, f / 1.8 (IMX766);
50 MP ultra wide angle, f / 2.2 (IMX766);
13 MP Telecamera, f / 2.4;
50 MP main camera, f / 1.8;
64 MP main camera, f / 1.7;
8 MP ultra wide angle, f / 2.2;
2 MP macro camera, f / 2.4; 20 x digital zoom
Front camera 32 MP, f / 2.4 aperture 32 MP, f / 2.4 aperture, 32 MP, f / 2.4 aperture,
Connectivity Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, LTE, 5G, Dual SIM Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 , GPS, LTE, 5G
Wifi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, LTE, 5G
Miscellaneous Fingerprint sensor in the display, 2D face recognition, waterproof and dustproof (according to IP68), dual SIM (1x5G, 1x4G), stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, 65W SuperVOOC 2.0;
Fingerprint sensor in the display, 2D face recognition, dual SIM (1 x 5G, 1x 4G)
Dimensions 163.4 x 74 x 8.26 mm 159.9 x 72.5 x 7.99 mm 159.1 x 73.4 x 7.9 mm
Weight 193 grams 184 grams 172 g (Starry Black, Astral Blue);
180 g (Galactic Silver)
Colours Black, Blue Starlight Black, Galactic Silver
Price (RRP) 1,149 euros 799 euros 449 euros

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