Oppo Find X the next to kill Apple’s notch

Details of the OPPO Find X revealed

After a slew of speculations, the Oppo Find X smartphone finally had its official moment of unveiling in Paris.

"The obvious headline feature for the Find X is the lack of a notch in the 6.4" 1080p resolution OLED display. Instead, the top section of the phone slides up.

Front camera: On the front, the Oppo Find X comes with a 25MP camera with AI and portrait light feature. Given its specs, the Find X will rival Samsung's Galaxy S9 series and Huawei's P20 Pro. Also, it works in the dark, claims Oppo.

All that drama would be for naught if the Find X was packing sub-par cameras; happily, on paper at least, that's not the case. Up front, there is a 25-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calling. To herald the return of their flagship line, OPPO has pulled out all the stops holding the event at the Louvre to bring an innovative, and quite attractive looking phone to market. It may be available in two colour options, Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue.

Even the packaging of this phone is different than normal. There are no visible openings around the display, Oppo says, while the body-color buttons are slimline metal slivers. One has to think about the long-term durability of that motor after all. It is expected to come with a notched display design which is similar to most of the recently launched flagship devices. Coming to the storage, the Find X comes with up to 256GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded further with a microSD card.

That's because they are hidden in a block at the top of the handset, which rises up, out of the body when the camera app is launched (or when use unlock the handset using O-Face).

Still, the Oppo Find X is definitely among the most interesting smartphones of 2018.

It is the same with the standard Find X, but decked out in Lamborghini styling. The phone packs a 3,730mAh battery and supports quick charging as well.

The phone will also have Super VOOC Flash Charge, a new version of their proprietary charging system.

The iPhone X has Face ID, and Oppo has O-Face Recognition. The pop-up module also holds the 3D face unlock system. That's then analyzed to identify the user's unique facial features. Your typical fast charger would usually get you halfway there in that amount of time. The same technology, meanwhile, is used in the selfie camera. This technology uses 15,000 nit facial dot recognition which Oppo boasts is 20 times safer than using a fingerprint. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo. Frankly, we're not surprised, given that OPPO is no stranger to taking an unorthodox approach to smartphone camera systems.

Just as teased, the handset doesn't have an iPhone X notch. And by the looks of it, Oppo's might be the most adventurous yet.

I've been looking forward to Android phones trying new things in design for a while now, so I'm glad to see Oppo making a bold move in that direction - and away from aping whatever compromises Apple makes with its products.

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