OPPO Find X5 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. And the winner is?

Sorry to disabuse you – there is no winner per se. OPPO Find X5 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra highlights the strengths and weaknesses of both truly excellent and somewhat pricey flagship smartphones.

It may also help Android flagship buyers to decide on these or the less pricy OPPO Find X5 or Samsung Galaxy S22+ because, in most cases, the trade-offs are minor compared to the savings.

We want to thank OPPO and Samsung for these devices’ extended loans, as you can’t get to know them until you use them every day.

This objective faceoff is also possible due to CyberShack’s unique and comprehensive 300-line database that we update with every phone we review. We conduct over 70 baseline tests on each phone to enable fair comparisons. The side-by-side table is at the end of the article.

The real winner is what suits you.

OPPO Find X5 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Both are flagship-class ‘glass-slabs’ (not fold or flip) that deliver the most technology for the price. They use the same flagship-class Qualcomm SD8 Gen 1 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and perform within reasonable tolerances of each other. The critical differences come down to the best performer in each category.

  • Screen (both are AMOLED, but one has greater colour depth and gamut)
  • Processor performance under load (thermal management)
  • RAM/Storage/Expandability (one can mount external SSD storage)
  • Battery (both have the same size battery, but only one comes with a charger)
  • Comms (Both are Wi-Fi 6E, but one has a better antenna design)
  • Phone signal strength (is it good all-around Australia)
  • OS and Security Patch updates
  • Sound (Both have Dolby Atmos decode and downmix)
  • Warranty and support (both have two years and good local support)
  • Camera prowess
  • Value for money (price is what you pay – value is what you get)

For the faceoff, we will always use the OPPO first and the Samsung second (or in brackets), and we won’t repeat where there is no difference. Each header has the name of the superior tech.

Screen – OPPO

Both have a UHD LPTO AMOLED, 1-120Hz dynamic refresh display.

The key difference is OPPO has 6.7” (6.8”) 10-bit 1.07b colours (8-bit 16.7m colours). To the untrained eye, both are excellent screens, but to the prosumer photo/videographer, OPPO’s 10-bit colour path and .9 Delta E accuracy means more colour accurate still and video previews.

Processor and GPU performance – on par

Geekbench 5 Single and multi-core tests are almost identical. That means you have the Android world’s most powerful processor/GPU at your disposal. Both are great for games, with OPPO having the edge with 12GB (8GB) memory.

RAM/Storage/Expandability – OPPO

OPPO has 12GB LPDDR5 RAM (8GB) and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage (128GB). Samsung has a $150 option to match 12/256GB. Neither has MicroSD expansion. The key difference is that OPPO has up to an additional 7GB virtual RAM expansion (SSD swap space) and can mount external SSD storage accessible at 700/150MBps, which is perfect for videographers and high bandwidth content.

Throttling – OPPO

Samsung has admitted to detecting measuring software and favourably manipulating the results. We understand it will issue a patch removing any unintended manipulation, but our tests indicated this has not yet happened. As such, we cannot entirely trust results from major testing software. We won’t defend Samsung’s action (it is similar to what VW did with emissions testing – Diesel gate) – but the gear is still good.

In a 15-minute 100% load Throttle test OPPO dropped 11% from a 10% higher GIPS – Giga Instructions Per Second (13% from a lower GIPS, but we believe it is more accurate to say 21% for Samsung). Bottom line OPPO’s thermal management is superior and will give a better experience for load-intensive games and video.

Comms – OPPO

Both use Wi-Fi 6E. On Wi-Fi 6, these are capable of 2400Mbps. OPPO maintained a stronger signal and full 2400Mbps data rate out to 10m from the router. Samsung had a weaker signal strength and dropped from 2400Mbps at 2m to 612-816Mbps at 10m. This reflects OPPO’s superior 360° Antenna 3.0 technology, as evidenced in the 4/5G tests.

Both use USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 with alt DP 1.4 (Display port) and Wi-Fi Direct/Miracast to mirror/cast the smartphone screen to a suitable TV. Samsung has DeX (Android Desktop experience) that may be better for road warriors.

4/5G – OPPO

Both use the Qualcomm X67 modem and should perform similarly. But OPPO has a far stronger signal strength up to 12pW (10pW) and was able to find the nearest four telco towers at usable speeds (three). OPPOs antenna technology is better, although both are good for city, suburbs, regional and rural use.

Battery – OPPO

Both have 5000mAh capacity batteries, Qi wireless and reverse charge, but the similarity ends there.

OPPO uses 2 x 2500mAh batteries. It can charge at 80W (45W) or Qi at 45W (15W) and fills the battery in 36 minutes (96 minutes). OPPO provides the SUPERVOOC 80W charger (Samsung does not have a charger inbox). OPPO has a battery health engine that extends the battery charge cycles to 1600 (800).

Video loop battery life is 18+hrs (17hrs 39 mins), Accubattery 18+ hrs (15.47hrs) and 100% discharge is 4.5hrs (4hrs). Both lose about 30% battery life on a 120Hz fixed refresh and UHD resolution.

Speakers/sound quality – OPPO

Both are capable of Dolby Atmos (DA) decoding and downmix to 2.0 speakers. They have DA EQs and use different brands of stereo amplifiers. Both have a native bright vocal sound signature.

OPPO has far more mid-bass (none) and high-bass (building) and a more controlled high treble making it easier to listen to a broader range of genres. It is also louder at 85dB (82) and significantly louder in ringtone, notifications, and alarm.

But the real difference is in the Bluetooth 5.2 codes each support

  • SBC (same)
  • AAC (same)
  • aptX (same
  • aptX HD (no)
  • aptX Adaptive audio (Samsung has its proprietary Scalable Codec for compatible Samsung devices)
  • aptX TWS+ audio (no)
  • LDAC (yes)
  • LHDC (no)

Build – both exceed

OPPO is 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm x 218g (163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm x 228g). OPPO is slenderer in hand due to its 20.1:9 screen ratio (19:9).

Both have an IP68 rating, an alloy frame, ceramic back (GG Victus+) and GG Victus (+) front glass. OPPO’s ceramic back is extremely tough and scratch-resistant, and the material allows for White or Glaze Black. Samsung has a range of fashion colours – Burgundy, Green, Phantom White, Phantom Black, Graphite, Sky Blue and Red.

Warranty is 2 years (same), and local support is Australia-wide (same).

Unique feature – Samsung S Pen

The S22 Ultra is the next iteration of the famous Note format with an integrated stylus S Pen. If you need that facility, only Samsung has it.

Android and UI – on par

Both have Android 12 and should get upgrades to 15. OPPO usually issues monthly security for four years. Samsung has a similar policy.

Camera – the real difference depends on what you need

OPPO has 2 x Sony IMX766 sensors (Primary wide dual OIS 5-axis stabilisation and secondary Ultra-wide) that can shoot at 50MP (limited AI) or bin to 12.5MP (full AI). It has a third 13MP Telephoto with 5x Digital and 20X Hybrid zoom.

It overlays that with a dedicated OPPO-designed MariSilicon X AI processor with 18 TOPS (trillion operations per second) for 20X faster 4K AI Processing; 20-bit RAW processing; and 4X dynamic range of the 2021 flagship OPPO Find X3 Pro (that was exceptional).

That is serious hardware processing and is in addition to the Qualcomm SD8 Gen 1 at 27 TOPS. What it means to Joe and Jane Average is fool-proof photos in any light condition.

Samsung has an S5KHM3 sensor Primary wide 108MP bins to 12MP, 3-axis OIS with laser focus, Ultra-wide Sony IMX754x3 12MP 3x Optical zoom, Telephoto Sony IMX754x10 12MP 10X Optical/100X Hybrid zoom. It has the advantage of (in theory, not practice 100X zoom).

Samsung’s AI uses the 27 TOPS of Qualcomm SD8 Gen 1 processor plus its camera expertise in the App.

DXOMark rated the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Qualcomm version) at 131 (14th global ranking, same as the 2021 OPPO Find X3 Pro).

The DXOMark OPPO Find X5 Pro rating is yet to be done, but you can bet it will be well above its predecessor’s 131.

Selfie

The OPPO has a Sony IMX70s 32MP bins to 8MP (Samsung S5KGH1 40MP bins to 7.1MP). Again, it is subjective, but OPPO has a more natural shot with more detail.

Video

OPPO has 4K@60fps with 5-axis OIS (very stable), HDR and 10-bit video for some spectacular results in all light conditions.

Samsung can shoot 8K@24fps (no OIS or EIS), and stabilisation cuts in at 4K@30fps for some equally good video in all conditions.

Pro use

OPPO’s 10-bit colour path, HEIF format (same), Hasselblad colour correction, the MariSilicon X processor (4K Night and HDR video), and mountable external storage make this the camera of choice.

QR codes

Samsung can scan QR codes (if enabled in settings). OPPO uses Google Lens (just as easy).

Gobbledegook? You bet. The proof of the pudding is in the eating

In my eyes, the OPPO has superior day, office, and dark light shots with no expertise needed to achieve a pretty perfect shot.

The Samsung has a better zoom and produces great shots in all conditions with no expertise needed.

What about the OPPO Find X5 or Samsung Galaxy S22+?

We think the 6.55” OPPO Find X5 is superb, and there is a model comparison Hmmm, which OPPO Find X5 is for you? It uses the same processor, has 8/256GB, same camera but with 3-axis OIS, same 80W charger and is $1399. OPPO Find X5 – the more affordable flagship sibling (review)

The 6.6” Samsung S22+ Samsung Galaxy S22 series – full specs and they are better than leaked is also very good, and you can read the S22/+ review Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ – which is for you? (review). The S22+ is $1549. It loses UHD to a 2340 x 1080 screen, the rear periscope telephoto lens and S Pen.

CyberShack’s view – OPPO Find X5 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – both excellent

This is an objective review – let the facts speak for themselves. Over the weeks of use and two days of intensive testing, I now have a preference. The OPPO Find X5 Pro offers better performance and value.

That is not to upset Samsung as it has the S Pen, superior Zoom, and the OPPO results were not that far ahead.

In summary (everything else being equal)

OPPO Find X5 Pro has a more user-friendly camera, longer battery life, an 80W SuperVOOC charger, 12/256GB and costs $1799. OPPO Find X5 Pro – a superb Android flagship with insanely fast charge (Review)

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has better camera zoom, the S Pen if you need it, 8/128GB, no charger, and costs $1849. It for want 12/256 it is $1999. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is closer to perfection – at a price (Review)

Note that the earlier reviews above were on earlier firmware and may contain older test results. The results following are accurate at 20 June 2022.

CyberShack Smartphone comparison v 1.1 (E&OE)

OPPO Find X5 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

BrandOPPOSamsung
ModelFind X5 ProSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Model NumberCPH2305SM-S908E
Price Base$1799$1,849     
   Price base12/256GB8/128GB
   Price 2N/A12, 256 $1999
   Price 3N/A12, 512 $2149
   Price 4N/A12GB, 1TB (online only) $2449
Warranty months24-months24-months
 TierUpper-premiumUpper-premium
WebsiteProduct pageProduct page
FromMost CE retailers, Telcos, and OPPO onlineSamsung Online and approved retailers
Country of OriginChinaKorea
CompanyOPPO is now #2 in Australia for Android smartphone market share. It has achieved that through excellent product and after-sales service.Samsung is a South Korean multinational manufacturing conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea.  Samsung Electronics makes consumer electronics, silicon chips, and displays.
MoreCyberShack OPPO news and reviewsCyberShack Samsung news and reviews
Test date10-20 June 20222022
Ambient temp11-18°11-18°
ReleaseFebruary 2022February 2022
Other models not for Australia (Don’t buy)Look for the RCM C-Tick on the box end, and under Settings, About device, Regulatory. The only memory/storage option for Australia is 12/256GB.SM-908B, U, U1, W, N, 0 or any model ending in DS (dual sim)

Screen

Size6.76.8″
TypeAMOLED Flexible LPTO 2.0LPTO AMOLED
Flat, Curve, 2D, 3DSlightly curved 3D edges3D edge
Resolution3216 x 1440 (Auto Select chooses best resolution for different content)3088 x 1440 (Defaults to 2316x1080p)
PPI525500
Ratio20.1:9 (taller and slimmer)19:9
Screen to Body %92.7%90.20%
Colours bits1.07 billion colours (10-bit)16.7 million (8-bit)
Refresh Hz, adaptiveDynamic 1-120Hz
300Hz touch
Dynamic 1-120MHz
240MHz touch in game mode only
Response 120Hz<1ms GtG2ms GtG
Nits typical, test auto-brightness off500 (test 498)500 (test 442)
In reality, this is 400-500 in actual use
Nits max, test800 max (tested 819)
1300 for HDR, 10+ content (not tested)
Claim #1 1200 HBM – Hi-Brightness mode is a marketing term and does not mean much and we ignore this
Claim #2: 1750 HDR10+ content is only on a tiny portion of the screen. (about 1300 for HDR10+)
ContrastInfiniteInfinite
sRGB>100% gentle mode 97% Natural mode
DCI-P3100% Vivid of the 10-bit, 1.07 billion gamut100% Vivid of 8-bit 16.7M colours, but that is 60% of the 10-bit range (which it does not have)
Rec.2020 or otherFully compliant 10-bit and has full RGB and temperature adjustmentRGB and temperature adjustment
Delta E (<4 is excellent)0.91.31
HDR LevelPlays up to HDR10+ at up to 120HzPlays up to HDR10+ locking refresh rate to 120Hz
SDR UpscaleYesNo
Blue Light controlYesYes
PWM if known120-250HzAll AMOLED use PWM 250Hz
Daylight readableYesYes
Always on DisplayYesYes
Edge displayYesYes
AccessibilityYes – Android standardFull suite of enhancements
DRML1 Widevine for 1080p HDRL1 Widevine for 1080p HDR
GamingGaming mode sub 1ms response time makes this good for gamers. It appears it is locked to 60FPS to avoid overheatingGame mode
Screen protectionGorilla Glass Victus 7Gorilla Glass Victus+
CommentWhile the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra looks brighter, it is only an 8-bit 16.7 million colour screen.
Side-by-side, the OPPO looks superior. OPPO has a full 10-bit colour path from the photo to screen to storage
Disappointing that it is not 10-bit 1.07B colours. This has a true adaptive screen that ranges from 1-120Hz to help conserve battery.

Processor

Brand, ModelQualcomm SD8 Gen 1Qualcomm SD8 Gen 1
nm44
CoresOcta-core
1×3.00GHz + 3×2.50GHz + 4×1.8 GHz
Octa-core
1x3GHz + 3×2.50GHz + 4×1.8 GHz
Test software shows a 3GHz core locked to 2.8GHz.
ModemX65X65
AI TOPS2727
Geekbench 5 Single-core12571221
Geekbench 5  multi-core34883401
Like10-15% above Exynos 2100 and SD888About 15-20% faster than the same Exynos in the S21 series
GPUAdreno 730 818MhzAdreno 730
GPU Test 
Open CL58995815
Like Fastest current GPUAbout 20% slower than Exynos 2100
Vulcan66086603
RAM, type12 LPDDR5, 3200, 4 x 16 bits8GB LPDDR5 – 4GB Less RAM than S21 Ultra
Storage, free, type256 UFS 3.1 2 lanes, HS-Gear 4 (210GB free)128 UFS 3.1 (approx. 100GB free)
micro-SDNoNo
CPDT internal seq. Read MBps12851290
CPDT internal seq. write MBps595 (reflects faster Gear 4 speeds)204.56
CPDT microSD Read/write MBpsN/AN/A
CPDT external (mountable?) MBps705/147 MountableWon’t test – seen as external storage but can’t mount as internal storage
CommentFast internal and external speeds with mountable external storage for videographersWithout mountable storage, seen as internal storage, videographers and vloggers will soon run out of space.
Throttle test 
Max GIPS307,797288,734
Average GIPS280,710267,945
Minimum GIPS273,939234,452
% Throttle11%13%
CPU Temp53°54°
CommentOPPO’s thermal management is excellent, offering far more stable performance under load than any SD8 Gen 1 tested so far.Interestingly 288,374 Max GIPS is lower than the S22, S22+ at 308,173, showing that the processor has been slowed by 6.5% enabling Throttling at 13% instead of 21% if at full speed.

Comms

Wi-FI Type, model6E AX VHT160Mhz QCA6490
2×2 MIMO and 8 spatial-stream sounding MU-MIMO
6E AX BCM4389C1 VHT160
Test 2m -dBm, Mbps-25/2400-30 to -35, 2268 to 2400 variable
Test 5m-38/2400-50 to -56, 816 to 866 variable
Test 10m-47/2400-61 to -63, 612 to 816 variable
BT Type5.2 BLE5.2
GPS single, dualDual accuracy <4mDual accuracy <4m
USB typeUSB-C 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps OTGUSB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) OTG
Alt DP, DeX, Ready ForCan use PC connect (cable) to Windows PC or use MiracastCable and Wireless DeX, Window PC screen or use Miracast
NFCSupports Android Beam, HCE, and UICC
Multi-function NFC: HCE and NFC-SIM
Yes
Ultra-wideband?Yes
Sensors 
   AccelerometerYes – combo with GyroYes – combo with Gyro
   GyroYes – combo with GyroYes – combo with Gyro
   e-CompassYesYes
   BarometerNoYes
   GravityYesYes
   PedometerYesHandled by Combo
   Ambient lightYesYes
   Hall sensorYesYes
   ProximityYesYes
   OtherScreen Colour temperature
multi-spectral sensor Under glass optical fingerprint
Under glass optical fingerprint
CommentWi-Fi 6E does not appear to be enabled yet – it defaults to HE80 speeds.Collaboration view allows you to use a Tab S8 as a second screen.

LTE and 5G

SIMDual sim and eSIMSingle SIM and eSIM
   ActiveDual active (one in use at a time)Only one
Ring tone single, dualSingleSingle
VoLTECarrier DependentCarrier dependent
Wi-Fi callingCarrier DependentCarrier dependent
4G Bands1, 2, 3, 4, 5,7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 661, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
CommentAll Australian 4G bandsAll Australian and most world bands
5G sub-6GhzN1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78N1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77 78
CommentAll Australian sub-6Ghz and low-bandsAll sub-6Ghz and 5G low bands
mmWaveNoNo
Test Boost Mobile, Telstra 
UL, DL, ms27/21/29m231.4/10.2/31ms
 Tower 1 -dBm/ fW or pW-81/7.9-12pWfrom -87 to -90 and from 2.5-10pW
Tower 2-87/1-8pWfrom -99 to -102 and from 125fW- 6pW
Tower 3-92/1-3pWfrom -101 to -105 and from 250-316fW
Tower 4-101/200-794fWNo
CommentThe OPPO 360° Smart Antenna 3.0 System has an amazingly strong signal strength for city, regional and rural use. Note OPPO did not apply for Telstra Blue-tick certification, but its signal strength is stronger than the Samsung S22 Ultra with Blue Tick.Stronger signal strength than the S22, + and can find towers two and three. A phone that should be fine for rural and regional use.

Battery

mAh2 x 2500 = 5000mAh 1600 charge cycle
Battery Health Management
5000 800 charge cycle
Charger, type, supplied80W SUPERVOOC (5V/2A/10W or 5-11V/7.3A/80W) over two channels, e.g., 11V/3.65A/40W x 2No – suggest SS 45W or GaN PD and must buy a 5W rating cable, or it will only charge at 3A 15-27W
 PD, QC levelSuperVOOC 2.0, SuperVOOC, VOOC 3.0, PD (9V, 2A), QC(9V, 2A)3, 2.0
Qi, wattage50W AIRVOOC (2 x 30W coils)5 to 15W
Reverse Qi or cable5V/2A/10W reverse QI charge4.5W
Test (60Hz or adaptive screen) 
   Charge % 30minsN/A41% (45W)
   Charge 0-100%36 minutes1 hour and 36 minutes
   Charge Qi, W50W AIRVOOC (2 x 25W coils) – 47 minutes15W just over 5 hours
   Charge 5V, 2AApprox. 4 hours4 hours and 19 minutes (25W)
   Video loop 50%, aeroplane mode24 hours21 hours and 45 minutes
   PC Mark 3 battery18+hours Adaptive
Accubattery 18+ hours
17 hours 39 minutes Adaptive
Accubattery 15.47 hours
 GFX Bench Manhattan battery365.8min (6.1hrs) 3723 framesOut-of-memory error
 GFX Bench T-Rex646.1min (10.77hrs) 3361 frames333.2 minutes (13.13 hours) 3358 frames
Drain 100-0% full load screen on4.5 hours4 hours and 1 minute
 Watt full load700mA1000mA
Watt idle Screen on100mA
Estimate loss at max refreshIf you run at 4K and Adaptive mode, expect about 20% less battery life30% at fixed 120Hz refresh
Estimate typical useMore than a day with typical use10 hours heavy and 15 hours light
CommentQi charge is excellent, but the camera bump can interfere with flat charge pads. Use OPPO upright charger. Battery Health Engine takes better care of the battery offering 1600 vs 800 charging cycles before the battery capacity reduces below 80%.Carry a charger (shame Samsung does not provide one). The Out-of-memory error should not occur on a Qualcomm SoC, and we assume it is due to early firmware.

Sound

SpeakersStereo – top earpiece and bottom down-firing speakerStereo – top earpiece and bottom down-firing.
TuningDiracAKG
AMP2 x TFA9879 NPX Class-D stereo digital amp and DSP 1.6/2.65W@8/4Ω .02% THD2 x Cirrus Logic CS35L41 each 5.3W, 1% THD, 8 ohm
Dolby Atmos decodeYes, downmix to two speakersYes, downmix to two speakers
Hi-Res32-bit/384kHz32-bit/384kHz
3.5mmNo, but it has integrated USB-DAC for USB-C headphonesNo
BT CodecsSBC, AAC, aptX (HD, Adaptive, TWS, LDAC, LDHC (V1/2/3)SBC, AAC, aptX, LDAC and Samsung Scalable
MultipointCan connect to two devicesCan connect to two devices
Dolby Atmos (DA)Yes – auto, movie, music, voice, and games modeYes – auto, movie, music, voice, and games mode
EQScenario specific – Smart, Movie, Gaming, Music
Environment specific – Indoor, On the go, commute, flight
Regular, Pop, Classic, Jazz, Rock and Custom – makes more of a difference in headphones as inbuilt speakers limit what it can do.
Mics3 with some noise-cancellation and stereo sound zoom in record mode3 – with background noise suppression and stereo zoom-in sound in record mode
Test dB – all on EQ flat DA off 
   Volume max85dB82
   Media (music)8077
   Ring8076
   Alarm8072
   Notifications8070
   Earpiece5552
   Hands-freeClear sound and plenty of volume, but the bottom mic is a little directional so keep it within a metre.The bottom mic is for voice only, and the top for noise reduction. Hold the phone close as the volume is a tad low.
   BT headphonesExcellent left-right separation and volume. Able to use SBC, AAC, aptX (varieties) and LDAC and more – excellent. DA makes quite a difference with DA content.Excellent left-right separation and volume. The limited Codec range does not allow for a wide selection of hi-res music. DA makes quite a difference with DA content.
 
Sound quality 
Deep Bass 20-40HzNoNo
Mid Bass 40-100HzBuildingNo
High Bass 100-200HzSteeply buildingBuilding
Low Mid 200-400HzFlatFlat
Mid 4000-1000HzFlatFlat
High Mid 1-2kHzFlatFlat
Low Treble 2-4kHzFlatFlat
Mid Treble 4-6kHzFlatFlat
High Treble 6-10kHzSlow declineslight decline
Dog Whistle 10-20kHzSlow declineDecline to 17kHz
Sound Signature typeAlmost a neutral signature but otherwise Bright Vocal (bass recessed, mid/treble boosted) – for vocal tracks and string instruments but with just enough mid-and-high-bass to hear it and high treble for definition. Well above average.If it only had a little more bass, it would be a neutral signature capable of responding to any EQ setting. As it is (without EQ), it is far more Bright Vocal (bass recessed, mid, treble boosted) – for vocal tracks and string instruments. Overall the best S22 signature to date.
   SoundstageWider than the handset with a slight bias to the bottom-firing speaker. DA gives a small sense of 3D height.2D is slightly wider than the phone. DA gives it a far wider sound stage but still no 3D height.
CommentGreat sound, as we have come to expect from OPPOs sound heritage.Having high-bass, it is pretty well on a par with many Bluetooth speakers. The mid-high-treble is well controlled and removes the harshness of the S22/+.
Personal Audio Test works with wired or Bluetooth headphones to boost frequencies you have trouble hearing. Ambient Sound Amplification mode captures sound through the phone’s mic and to your headphones.

Build

Size (H X W x D)163.7 x 73.9 x 8.577.9 x 163.3 x 8.9
Weight grams218228
Front glassGorilla Glass VictusGorilla Glass Victus+
Rear materialNanocrystal ceramic (harder than GG Victus)Gorilla Glass Victus+
FrameAlloyAlloy
IP rating68 1.5m for 30min68 1.5m for 30 minutes
ColoursCeramic White
Glaze Black
Retail: Burgundy, Green, Phantom White and Black.
Online: Graphite, Sky Blue and Red
Pen, Stylus supportNoYes, 3.4g, 4-96 pressure levels, 2.8ms latency Inbox and 88 language translation support

In the box

   Charger80W SUPERVOOCNo
   USB cableSpecial SUPERVOOC USB-C to USB-C cable
USB-A to USB-C dongle
USB-A to USB-C cable rated 3W – you need a 5W cable to charge at 45W
   BudsNoNo
   Bumper coverYesNo
CommentFantastic build quality, 80W charger in the box, IP68 and moreStylus included. Gorilla Glass Victus+ and solid alloy frame make it a keeper but buy a bumper case to protect the lens turret from scratches.

OS

AndroidAndroid 1212
Security patch dateMay 2022May 2022
UIColorOS 12.1One U1 4.1
OS upgrade policyTo Android 15Up to 4 OS upgrades
Security patch policyRegular security patches for four yearsRegular security patches for four years
BloatwareA little too much – AliExpress, Amazon, Booking.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, O Relax, PUBG, Soloop, TikTok, and OPPOs alternatives for Google Apps. All are removableSamsung alternative to Google suite. Microsoft suite and OneDrive (requires subscription)
Other Selection of Galaxy Apps and Themes if you create a Samsung account
CommentColorOS 12.1 is the grease on Android’s wheels and is a light touch with no learning curve.Excellent upgrade policy and One UI is easy to use

Security

Fingerprint sensor location, typeUnder Glass – fast and reliableUltrasonic Under glass
Face IDYes 2D2D
OtherOPPO ColorOS has advanced security featuresKnox and Secure folder
CommentA secure Android smartphone with customisable security levels and no need to create an OPPO account to access all apps and themesOne of the more secure Android devices. Samsung account required for Galaxy Apps and Themes.

Camera – rear

Rear PrimaryWideWide
  MP50MP bins to 12.5MP108MP bins to 12MP
   SensorOPPO/Sony IMX766Samsung S5KHM3
   FocusAF and closed-loop focus motor
All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF
PDAF plus, Laser AF (to about 3 metres)
   f-stop1.71.8
   um1 (bins to 2)0.8 (bins to 2.4)
  FOV° (stated, actual)84 (72.5)85 (73.7)
   Stabilisationdual-OIS 5-axis stabilisationSingle OIS 3-axis
   Zoom10x digital8X digital
Rear 2Ultra-wide-angle and MacroUltra-wide
   MP50 bins to 12.5MP12
   SensorOPPO/Sony IMX766Sony IMX563
   FocusAF and closed-loop focus motor and 4cm macroDual Pixel PDAF
   f-stop2.22.2
   um1 (bins to 2)1.4
  FOV (stated, actual)110.3120 (103.7)
   StabilisationNoNo
   Zoom 8X digital
Rear 3Telephoto
   MP1310
   SensorSamsung SK53M5Sony IMX754x3
   FocusDual Pixel PDAFDual Pixel PDAF
   f-stop2.42.4
   um11.12
  FOV (stated, actual)45
   StabilisationNo
   Zoom5X digital 20x hybrid3X Optical
Rear 4N/ATelephoto
  MP N/A10
   Sensor N/ASony IM754x10
   Focus N/ADual Pixel PDAF
   f-stop N/A4.9
   um N/A1.12
  FOV (stated, actual) N/A
   Stabilisation N/ANo
   Zoom N/A10X Optical 100X Space Zoom
Special 
   Video max4K@60fps – All OIS – HDR, 10-bit video8K@24fps, HDR10+, stereo sound and zoom-in record, EIS
   FlashYes, two separateOne
   Auto-HDRMariSilicon X Imaging NPU
Hasselblad collaboration
Super HDR
Photo, Video, Night, Pro, Panorama, Portrait, Time-lapse, Slow-motion, Text scanner, Hi-Res, Movie, Long exposure, Dual-view video, Sticker, and Google LensObject eraser
   QR code readerVia Google LensYes
   Night modeNight modeNightography

Camera -front

  MP32 bins to 8MP40 bins to 10MP (7.1MP shots)
   SensorSony IMX709Samsung S5KGH1
   FocusAFPDAF
   f-stop2.42.2
   um.8um bins to 1.60.7 (bins to 1.4)
  FOV (stated, actual)81 (69.7)80 (67.8)
   StabilisationNo
   FlashScreen fillScreen fill
   Zoom10x digital8X digital
   Video max1080p@30fps with EIS4K@60fps
    FeaturesPhoto, Video, Panoramic, Portrait, Night, Time-lapse, Dual-view video, and StickerDual record, Filters, HDR
CommentOPPOs MariSilicon X NPU has 18 TOPS dedicated to post-processing. It produces spectacular images in all light conditions. It also has Ultra 4K HDR and Night video.
OPPO and Hasselblad have developed Hasselblad Camera for Mobile, including Natural Colour Calibration (Pro mode) and new radiance, emerald and serenity filters.

Ratings

Features9.59
No microSD, 3.5mm, a better 10-bit, dynamic 120Hz refresh screen, powerful processor and amazing 80W fast chargeNo microSD, 3.5mm, charger but a dynamic refresh screen and powerful processor.
Value98.5
It offers more ram and storage as well as externally mountable storageFrom $1849 to $2499 is only for those who need and can afford it.
Performance9.58
Offers the fastest SD8 Gen 1 performance and the best thermal management so far. Terrific phone signal strengthStrong performance and good games potential. The Antenna signal strength will work well for rural or regional use.
Ease of Use1010
ColorOS 12.1 is easy to learn and offers the much-needed grease over Android 12 wheels.Long OS update and security patch. One UI 4.1 is easy to use
Design9.59
Superb, if a little slipperyIt is a glass slab with no distinguishing features other than the S Pen
Rating out of 109.58.9
Pro 
1Best performing SD8 Gen 1, good thermal management, 12/256GBS Pen is fast, but you need to use it!
2The 1.07 billion colour, 1-120Hz adaptive screen is superbGreat screen but only 16.7M colours
3Incredible all-day battery life and 36-minute charge from included 80W chargerFour years of major software updates
4Point and shoot camera is flawlessExcellent camera all around
5Great look, design, build and IP68It is a Galaxy S series, and all that goes with it
Con 
1Slippery, ceramic back45W charger required and fast charge not class-leading
2No micro-SD, but you can use external mountable storageLess RAM than S21 Ultra. MicroSD
3No 3.5mm (use Bluetooth)No 3.5mm
4Current firmware only supports Wi-Fi 6 – not 6E (will be updated)The base price of $1849 belies the fact that you need to speed $2149-$2499 to get 12GB/512GB/1TB
5 Samsung is becoming more of its ecosystem with a little too much Samsung bloatware – Apple-like
 
Final commentThere is little more OPPO could do – this is a perfect phone. My only issue is the slippery ceramic, and the camera hump makes it slide off the table. Solution – use the cover case provided.
But we need to consider the price – which has risen from $1499 (X3 Pro) to $1799 (X5 Pro). I know there are price pressures from COVID, parts, freight and more, but it makes the X5 standard at $1399 the one to go for.
While it is an S22 under the skin, the added value of the camera zoom and S Pen justify some of the cost. I currently use an S21 Ultra, and apart from the S22 Ultra Pen dock, it is not a compelling upgrade.

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