Long popular in Asia and a fortiori in China where the brand was born, Oppo officially arrived in France in the summer of 2018. After a rather difficult start, due in particular to an excessively expensive launch product, the brand corrected the situation in 2019 and in 2020 became a must-have on the mobile phone landscape.
It managed to make its hole thanks to an unforeseen event: the American embargo forbidding Huawei to use Google’s services, effectively putting a competitor aside, to say the least. That is an understatement. The compatriot on the sidelines, Oppo can take the field and manage to score with a full, but sometimes unclear, range. So let’s get something straight.
OPPO FIND X2 PRO
The most luxurious
Let’s start with the most luxurious Oppo smartphone: the Oppo Find X2 Pro, the successor of the first Find X of the name that launched the brand in France. If the first one was a debatable proposition, the Find X 2 Pro is a consensus. The object has all the characteristics of a high-end phone of 2020 and this can be seen from the design particularly worked. It is notably symbolized by a punched and curved screen on the sides as well as by a very nice imitation leather back panel which differentiates it from its competitors.
In addition to the aesthetics, it does not forget the technique with a very beautiful AMOLED QHD+ 120 Hz slab with a diagonal of 6.7 inches. It also has the merit of being well calibrated and particularly bright. The same applies to the engine with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and no less than 12 GB of RAM. It’s simply the best on the market today and it’s 5G compatible.
The photo section is also well equipped with a trio of sensors, including a 5x telephoto that can also be used for a 10x hybrid zoom. More generally, he does well in photography, even if he makes a few slight mistakes, especially in ultra-wide-angle. Finally, on the autonomy, it’s a good student, but we still regret the absence of wireless recharging. At over 1000 euros, it makes a stain. The water resistance, however, is present. You will find all the details in our test of the Oppo Find X2 Pro.
OPPO FIND X2 NEO
The flagship killer?
The Find X2 Pro is particularly successful and the brand has declined it in a more accessible version: the Find X2 Neo. It was initially sold at 699 euros, 500 euros less than the Pro version. To reduce costs, Oppo made some technical modifications.
Aesthetically, it doesn’t change much except that the back surface is no longer imitation leather, but glass. Technically, however, there are more concessions. The main one is the use of a Snapdragon 765G processor instead of the 865. This is regrettable. Not so much because the chip is inherently bad, but because the competition is including the 865 in the same price range. OnePlus comes to mind in the first place, but this is the case with others such as Realme and its X50 Pro, which is nevertheless sold for 100 euros less.
The screen has been changed from 6.7″ to 6.5″ with a refresh rate of 90 Hz instead of 120 Hz. It’s a little better, but in use, we keep this impression of fluidity so pleasant. On the photo part finally, Oppo blows hot and cold depending on the sensor and the situation. Overall it’s positive and we appreciate the presence of a 5x telephoto, but there is room for improvement. In short, the Find X2 Neo is a good option, but it faces a very strong competition.
OPPO RENO 2
We are now moving down the range with the Reno series, which has been renewed for the 2019-2020 season. It is the Oppo Reno 2 that presides over this price segment. The smartphone takes up the family’s aesthetic codes with a front photo sensor housed in a spoiler that deploys at the top of the device. This is a design element that is unique on the market and offers a notchless screen. Indirectly, the Reno 2 is therefore a very good companion for watching videos on your phone.
A mid-range model, the Reno does not incorporate all the latest technology, but still offers a solid technical specification. It starts with a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, then a Snapdragon 730G processor that’s already very satisfying, even for gaming. The 8GB of RAM completes this nice picture.
The photo module is also complete with four sensors this time, including a 48-megapixel main sensor and a 13-megapixel 2x telephoto sensor. Next to the ultra-wide-angle 8MP, the latter is anecdotal since it is only used in portrait mode. Still, considering its price, the Reno 2 is quite satisfactory in photo. The battery is finally a strong point with two days of use during our complete test of the Oppo Reno 2.
OPPO RENO 2 Z
This Reno 2 is available in a less expensive version: the Reno 2 Z. No spoiler here, but a classic “pop-up” camera already seen on many similar smartphones, including the Xaomi Mi 9T and 9 T Pro. The mechanism, however, keeps the front end immaculate to let the entire 6.55-inch AMOLED slab express itself.
More than by its individual characteristics, the terminal shines by the general balance of its data sheet with no major absences or failures. Its two biggest strengths are its autonomy, with two days of use according to our test of the Oppo Reno 2 Z and a well-made screen.
We can however bring him a photo game that is played with four people again… but two members are frankly dispensable. Oppo probably overdid it a bit, focusing on the main sensor might have been a better solution. Still, thanks to its recent price drop to 319 euros, the smartphone is an excellent choice in this budget.
OPPO A9 2020
The small price
Finally, the entry-level range consists of two smartphones with the Oppo A9 and Oppo A5. The first one is the one that convinces us the most thanks to its very good value for money, even if the “around 200 euros” segment is particularly competitive since Realme and Xiaomi are already fighting hard there… and remain the champions in our opinion.
However, the integrated Oppo A9 does not demerit with its 6.5-inch LCD panel, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor or quad photo sensor, which does very well for its price. Its 5000 mAh battery is its main asset since it offers two days of use.
It is therefore an inherently very correct smartphone and the best “cheap” option at Oppo. You can find more information in our test of the Oppo A9 2020.
The A9 at its best
Oppo launched an Oppo A72 from his hat in the spring of 2020. The latter shares some of its characteristics with the A9. For example, it features a 6.5-inch LCD screen, with Full HD versus HD previously, and the same Snapdragon 655. The slab is also punched, in accordance with the aesthetic canons of 2020.
At the rear is a quadruple photo sensor, with some optimizations on the main 48-megapixel sensor, whose aperture has been improved. On paper, it should do better on the pictures at nuit ; in reality, it’s not crazy, far from it. The smartphone compensates for the daytime with color-keyed shots.
And last but not least, the 5,000 mAh battery allows it to go through the utilisation day without any problems, and for those who are thrifty, it should even be able to go two days without being plugged into a socket. Does this mean you should choose the A72 rather than the A9 ? In our opinion, the improvements to the A72 do not justify the extra cost of around 60 euros at the moment.
WHICH IS OPPO ?
Oppo is a Chinese smartphone brand belonging to the BBK Electronics galaxy which also includes brands such as OnePlus, Realme or Vivo. It was founded in 2001 and has grown rapidly in Asia. It is in 2018 that the firm arrived in France to pursue its growth. According to the Canalys Institute, Oppo is the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF OPPO ?
It is difficult to establish general brand benefits since they differ from model to model. However, Oppo terminals generally offer comfortable autonomy and fast recharging. In addition, they often offer unique design elements not seen elsewhere.
WHAT ARE THE DRAWBACKS OF OPPO ?
Defects in Oppo smartphones vary by model. However, the firm’s interface, ColosOS, is often criticized. That being said, the latest version, ColorOS 7, has significantly improved things. In addition. Moreover, the brand is quite regularly considered to be lagging behind in the picture, mainly in the premium and high-end price segments.