OPPO Find X5 – the more affordable flagship sibling (smartphone review)

The $1399 OPPO Find X5 is the middle child – overshadowed by its bigger sibling, the $1799 Find X5 Pro and well undercut by the $799 Find X5 Lite. This may be the pick of the litter.

In most respects, it is equal to the Pro (differences below), yet OPPO has managed to find $400 in savings without making significant compromises. In fact, it is the logical successor to CyberShacks’s 2021 phone of the year – the Find X3 Pro.

OPPO Find X5 $1399OPPO Find X5 Pro $1799
Display6.55” AMOLED Flexible LPTS 2400×1080 60/90/120Hz Stepped6.7” AMOLED Flexible LPTO 2.0 3216×1440 1-120Hz Adaptive
Processor2021 Qualcomm SD888 5nm2022 Qualcomm SD8 Gen 1 4nm
Rear Camera50+50+13
3-axis OIS on the primary lens
5-channel Spectral sensor
5-axis OIS on the primary lens
13-channel Spectral sensor
Front Camera32MP Sony IMX61532MP Sony IMX709
Battery4800mAh 80W charge
5000mAh 80W charge
BuildGorilla Glass Victus 7 rear IP54Ceramic IP68
Size160.3 x 72.6 x 8.7mm x196g163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm x 218g

New Deep-Dive review format

It is now in two parts – a five-minute overview for most readers and a separate 300+ line database-driven spec including over 70 tests to back up the summary. It also helps us compare different phones and features.

OPPO Find X5 Pro Model CPH2305 Australian model with RCM C-Tick

WebsiteProduct page
ColoursWhite and Black
From *OPPO online. OPPO enjoys wide retail distribution from JB Hi-Fi, Good Guys, Harvey Norman, and Bing Lee. Telcos (on a plan) include Optus, Vodafone, Australia Post, Coles, and Big W.
Warranty2-years ACL
Country of OriginChina
CompanyOPPO is now #2 in Australia for Android smartphone market share. It has achieved that through excellent product and after-sales service.
MoreCyberShack OPPO news and reviews

* Better buy genuine, or 5G won’t work

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.

We issue a strong warning that you must buy a genuine model with Australian firmware if you want to use 5G. Read Don’t buy a grey market phone to ensure you get the Australian model.

First impression – a little lighter and more pocketable (than the Pro)

It’s a 20:9 screen – tall, slim, and weighs 196g – 22g lighter than the Pro. The Gorilla Glass Victus 7 back cuts around the camera hump, and the alloy frame is quite stiff (no Bendgate here). On the right is the power button, on the left is the volume rocker, and below the bottom-firing speaker and dual sim slot.

It looks premium, and I particularly like the White Glass back – more creamy white and no fingerprints!

Screen – 1.07 billion colours and a 60/120 stepped refresh

Unlike the Pro, which varies refresh from 1-120Hz, this changes in steps – 60/120Hz, and you select one or the other. The 120Hz shortens battery life by about 30%.

Like the Pro, it has 1.07 billion colours, HDR10+ capability (1000 nits versus 1300nits) and supports 100+% 1.07 billion DCI-P3 and sRGB colours. It is vastly better than the Samsung S22 series 8-bit, with 16.7 million colours.

It will play HDR10+ content (downmix to 1000nits) and stream HDR video at FHD. It should be great for gaming with sub<1ms response times and the excellent SD888 SoC.

Summary: Highly accurate colours and suitable for professional use.

Processor – 2021 Flagship SD888

More power than you can use. It is one of the main reasons for its lower cost than the Pro’s 2022 SD8 Gen 1. Geekbench 5 single-core is 833, about 30% slower but in multi-core is 3386 – similar to the SD8. Where the SD8 shines is the GPU that is 5899/6408 (Open CL/Vulkan) versus 4609/3884.

Interestingly, its performance is similar to many SD8 Gen 1 devices with substantial throttling to control heat.

Throttling: 9% loss after 10 minutes stabilising at 9% for the remaining 5 minutes of the test. OPPO’s thermal management is excellent, offering far more stable performance under load than many other brands.

RAM/Storage – 8/256 is more than the competition

It comes with 8GB of LPDDR5 (fastest) RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 (fastest) storage. But the most important thing is that the OPPO can mount external SSD/flash drives to act as storage (S22 Ultra cannot) – perfect for videographers and others that need lots of live recording space.

Comms – Wi-Fi 6 AX full USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 implementation

While the OPPO supports HE160 (2400Mbps) connect speeds, it will only connect at HE80, 1200Mbps (S22 Ultra 2400Mbps). We understand a firmware upgrade is coming when HE160 becomes a ratified standard.

USB-C is 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps), and it supports ALT DP 1.4 (audio and video mirroring) at 4HK. OPPO also has PC Connect for Windows, allowing a PC to access and screen mirror of the phone.

Phone 4/5G with one of the strongest signals we have ever seen

Like the Pro, this has OPPO’s new 360° Smart Antenna that works regardless of where you hold the phone. It produces fantastic phone reception signal strength finding the four nearest towers at usable strengths. It is suitable for city, suburbs, regional town and rural use.

Battery – at least a full day fast charge cable and Qi

Its big sibling OPPO Find X5, has a 4nm processor (versus 5nm) and 1-120Hz (versus 60/120Hz stepped). The Pro draws more power and has a 5000mAh battery (4800mAh), so they are pretty well equal for battery life. PC Mark 3 gives its 19+ hours (indicative of typical use), and Accubattery gives it 18+ hours of typical use.

Both the Pro and the X5 come with 80W SUPERVOOC chargers (take that Apple and Samsung), and the X5 supports 30W AIRVOOC versus 60W for the Pro. The only issue is that you need to use the 80W charger, or it defaults to 9V/2A/18W charge.

A small warning: The camera bump on the Pro and X5 can interfere with standard flat plate Qi chargers. Buy the OPPO one that stands the phone upright. You can use the 50WQ AIRVOOC on either phone.

Summary: Typical users will get well over 24 hours and power users at least 10 hours. But with 80W recharge giving 0-100% in 35 minutes, who cares?

Sound – OPPO’s sound heritage is evident

Instead of using the Qualcomm SD8 Gen 1 stereo Aqstic amplifier, it uses a pair of NPX Class-D amplifiers and Digital Signal Processors for excellent low distortion, Dolby Atmos compatible sound. The result is better sound processing and better-quality sound from the speakers and BT (or USB-C DAC) headphones.

It has more high-bass than the S22 Ultra and a better top-end-treble control meaning the sound is clear, punchy, and has good definition and presence for most music genres.

BT headphones can use SBC, AAC, a host of aptX codecs and high res LDAC and LDHC.

You can read more, including using our test tracks – How to tell if you have good music (sound signature is the key – guide.

Summary: The best sound we have heard so far with great left/right separation and on a par with the Pro.

Build – superb

OPPO has always had a class-leading, high standard of build and its resultant reliability is about 99% in an industry that thinks anything over 90% is good. Add a two-year warranty (S22 Ultra 1-year) and excellent local after-sales support, and you can see why it scores so highly in customer satisfaction ratings.

The screen has Gorilla Glass Victus 7 (very hard and scratch-resistant) and a factory pre-fitted screen protector. The rear is Gorilla Glass Victus 7 in creamy white or boring black matte finish – not a fingerprint magnet. It is slightly less slippery but can slide off a desk. Use the bumper case provided.

OPPO has a very competitive trade-in program to help maintain the second-hand value.

Android 12 and upgrades to Android 15

OPPO has a three OS upgrade policy and regular security patches (S22 Ultra has four). ColorOS 12.1 is a light overlay adding some much-needed grease to the clunky Android user interface. For example, Bluetooth finds the codecs that the headphones can use and allows you to select the one you want – I have not seen this elsewhere.

It has all the Google Apps and OPPO substitutes (as OPPO cannot use Google Apps or services in China). These duplicate Apps, like the too many commercial apps – AliExpress, Amazon, Booking.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, O Relax, PUBG, Soloop, TikTok, etc. – are all uninstallable.

OPPO Find X5 Cameras

All smartphones use sensors made by Sony, Samsung, OmniVision and GalaxyCore (and lesser-known makers). Any primary sensor over 24MP uses binning (combining pixels) to produce an image of at least 8MP. Even the 108MP found on the S22 Ultra bins to 12MP. They all use AI to post-process images – the degree depends on the SoC power.

All have a primary wide sensor. Some have ultra-wide, telephoto (and periscope), macro, and depth (including Lidar) sensors. They all use a mix of plastic and glass lenses. So, we can tell immediately if the camera is performing at or above spec.

The X5 and Pro cameras are similar in that they use the same rear sensors. The X5 loses the five-axis OIS (it has 2-axis) and has fewer colour lanes. You can read about the new DXOMARK test score of 122 but that was with pre-release firmware and it is expected to increase substantially with new releases.

But  it shares

  • Discrete MariSilicon X photo processor (18 TOPS – trillion operations per second) and a discrete 10-bit colour path (20-bit Pro). It produces spectacular images in all light conditions. It also has Ultra 4K HDR and Night video. The screen means what you see (preview) is what you get.
  • Its collaboration with Swedish Hasselblad for Hasselblad Camera for Mobile includes Natural Colour Calibration (Pro mode) and new radiance, emerald and serenity filters.

Is all this tech better than the S22 Ultra? Samsung has a fourth sensor – the 10MP Periscope with 10X optical and 100X Space (Hybrid) zoom. But to be frank – anything over about 20X zoom is not all that usable.

All I can say is that OPPO’s twin 50MP wide and ultra-wide sensors have a more visually pleasing result. Point and shoot produces a better photo in day, office and low light. And given its 256GB storage, you can keep far more photos on the phone!

Our test photos reveal a high degree of similarity in the shots with a fraction more noise in the night mode.

Sample Shots

  • Day (well, an overcast one): Primary sensor – the colours are 100% accurate with excellent dynamic range. Shadows and highlights have details not often seen in a smartphone camera. You can also shoot at 50MP, which adds even more dynamic range.
  • Day Ultra-wide: Because the sensor is the same as the Primary, the colours and dynamic range are the same (I hate different image qualities with different sensors.
  • Macro (uses ultrawide sensor): A 50MP macro shot means incredible detail.
  • Daylight zoom: It is perfect at 2x, 5x and 10x and respectable at 20x.
  • Office Light (<400 lumens overcast lower light than usual gives a cream cast): Amazing detail and colour accuracy. The level of Bokeh is adjustable.
  • <40 lumens: The standard (not night mode) takes a great shot courtesy of the f/1.7 aperture. Night mode improves the detail and saturates the colour – more than matching the Samsung’s ‘Nightography’ claims.
  • Selfie: A 32MP (bins to 8MP) selfie ensures great single and group selfies with natural skin tones and details and a range of filters to enhance any image. MariSilicon X also comes into play here.
  • Video (we are not video experts): You can shoot at 4K@30fps on Primary (OIS) or ultra-wide sensors (EIS Electronic Image Stabilisation) for a very stable image. 4K HDR Night was as good as it gets.

CyberShack’s view – OPPO Find X5 may be the middle sibling but saving $400 is highly recommended

In 2021 I used the Samsung S21 Ultra and OPPO Find X3 Pro as my daily drive, initially in equal measure. I gradually moved to the OPPO X3 Pro for its photography and battery charging advantages.

Well, the OPPO Find X5 is not far off the X5 Pro, so with that logic alone and at $400 less, it is a no-brainer.

My wife took one look at the creamy white back and svelte lines and is dropping hints to replace her heavier Samsung S21 Ultra. Yes, dear.

Post Script – Excitement factor

These reviews are technical – we test over 70 aspects of each phone and report objectively. But sometimes, we forget the emotional aspects of the test device.

We have the OPPO Find X5 Lite, OPPO Find X5, OPPO Find X5 Pro and OPPO A76 on the testbed. We also have other brands ranging from $199 cheapies to $2,000 premium flagships.

I was excited to test the OPPO Find X5 Pro and it lived up to expectations – I like bright, shiny, expensive things. I initially had no such feelings about the Find X5 but as we tested there was a growing excitement – hey, this is really good. Coming from the Find X3 Pro this is a well-priced, well-featured premium smartphone that for most will provide an excellent user experience.

I have to say that after the superb experience with the 2021 OPPO X3 Pro and now with the new Find X5 series that buyers should not be brand snobs and look at the extensive features and value that OPPO offers. I am excited – perhaps you should be too.

CyberShack Smartphone comparison v 1.1 (E&OE)

OPPO Find X5 CPH2307

ModelFind X5
Model NumberCPH2307
Price Base8, 256GB
   Price base1399
Warranty months24-months
WebsiteProduct Page
FromMost CE retailers, Telcos, and OPPO online
Country of OriginChina
CompanyOPPO is now #2 in Australia for Android smartphone market share. It has achieved that through excellent product and after-sales service.
Test date10-14 April
Ambient temp22-25°
Release24 Febuary 2022
Other models not for Australia (Don’t buy)Do not buy
12/256GB version
The co-called global versions as these do not support Australian 5G and low bands
Models PFFM10 or 20


TypeAMOLED Flexible LPTS
Flat, Curve, 2D, 3DSlightly curved edges
Resolution2400 x 1080
Screen to Body %92.7
Colours bits1.07 billion colours (10-bit)
Refresh Hz, adaptive60/90/120Hz stepped
240Hz touch
Response 120Hz1ms
Nits typical, test500 (tested 500)
Nits max, test800 max (tested 760)
1000 for HDR, HDR10+ content
sRGB>100% vivid, gentle
DCI-P3100% Vivid of the 10-bit, 1.07 billion gamut
Rec.2020 or otherNo
Delta E (<4 is excellent)1.3
HDR LevelHDR10+ capable but slightly downscaled to match the 1000 nit screen.
SDR UpscaleYes
Bluelight controlYes
PWM if known120-375Hz
Daylight readableYes
Always on DisplayYes
Edge displayNo
DRML1 Widevine for FHD SDR
GamingGaming mode sub 1ms response time makes this suitable for gamers, but it appears the FPS is locked to 60 to avoid overheating
Screen protectionGorilla Glass Victus 7
CommentWhile the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is brighter, it is only an 8-bit 16 million colour screen.
Side-by-side, the OPPO looks superior


Brand, ModelQualcomm SD888 (sm8350)
CoresOcta-core (1×2.84GHz + 3×2.42GHz + 4×1.80GHz
Geekbench 5 Single-core834
Geekbench 5 multi-core3386
LikeSimialr to Exynos 990/SD865/SD870
GPUAdreno 660
GPU Test
Open CL4609
RAM, type8 LPDDR5, 3200, 4 x 16 bits
Storage, free, type256 UFS 3.1 2 lanes HS-Gear 3 (210GB free)
CPDT internal seq. Read MBps1270
CPDT internal seq. write MBps512
CPDT microSD read, write MBpsN/A
CPDT external (mountable?) MBps677/144 Mountable
CommentFast internal and external speeds with mountable external storage for videographers
Throttle test
   Max GIPS217868
   Average GIPS209589
   Minimum GIPS196082
   % Throttle9%
   CPU Temp52°
CommentOPPO’s thermal management is excellent, offering far more stable performance under load than many other brands.


Wi-FI Type, model6 AX VHT 160Mhz QCA6490
2×2 MIMO and 8 spatial-stream sounding MU-MIMO but only HE80 for 1200Mbps maximum connect speed
   Test 2m -dBm, Mbps-25/1200
   Test 5m-40/1200
   Test 10m-49/1200
BT Type5.2 BLE
GPS single, dualDual accuracy <8m
USB typeUSB-C 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps OTG
   Alt DP, DeX, Ready ForCan use PC connect (cable) to Windows PC
or use Chromecast
NFCSupports Android Beam, HCE, and UICC
Multi-function NFC: HCE and NFC-SIM
   Ambient lightYes
   Hall sensorYes
   OtherScreen Colour temperature
CommentA Wi-FI AX signal of 1200 is OK, but some others can connect at 2400Mbps. Not a deal-breaker.

LTE and 5G

SIMDual sim and eSIM
   ActiveDual active (one in use at a time)
Ring tone single, dualSingle
VoLTECarrier Dependent
Wi-Fi callingCarrier Dependent
4G Bands1, 2, 3, 4, 5,7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
CommentAll Australian 4G bands
5G sub-6GhzN1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78
CommentAll Australian sub-6Ghz and low-bands
Test Boost Mobile, Telstra
   UL, DL, ms24/21.5/28ms
   Tower 1 -dBm, fW or pW-81/3.2-12.6pW
   Tower 2-87/1-9pW
   Tower 3-92/1-3pW
   Tower 4-101/100-500fW
CommentThe 360° Smart Antenna 3.0 System has a powerful signal strength for city, regional and rural use.


mAh2 X 2400 = 4800mAh 1600 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 2
 PD, QC levelSuperVOOC 2.0, SuperVOOC, VOOC 3.0, PD(9V, 2A), QC(9V, 2A)
Qi, wattage30W AIRVOOC (2 x 15W coils)
Reverse Qi or cable5V/2A/10W reverse QI charge
Test (60Hz or adaptive screen)
   Charge % 30minsN/A
   Charge 0-100%35 minutes
   Charge Qi, W30W AIRVOOC (2 x 15W coils) – 77 minutes
   Charge 5V, 2AApprox 3.75 hours
   Video loop 50%, aeroplane21 hours
   PC Mark 3 battery19+hours
Accubattery 18+hours
   GFX Bench Manhattan battery363min (6.05hrs) 3546 frames
   GFX Bench T-Rex668.4min (11.14hrs) 3369 frames
   Drain 100-0% full load screen onApprox 4 hours
   Watt full load620mA
   Watt idle Screen on130mA
   Estimate loss at 120HzIt is 60/120Hz in steps. We expect a 20% decrease in screen time for each step
   Estimate typical useMore than a day at typical use
CommentQi charge is excellent, but the camera bump can interfere with flat charge pads. Use OPPO upright charger.


SpeakersStereo (earpiece and bottom-firing speaker
AMP2 x TFA9879 MPX Class-D stereo digital amp and DSP 1.6/2.65W@8/4Ω .02% THD
Dolby Atmos decodeYes
3.5mmNo but USB-C DAC
BT CodecsSBC, AAC, APTX (variants), LDAC,
Dolby Atmos (DA)Yes for headphones
EQScenario specific – Smart, Movie, Gaming, Music
Environment specific – Indoor, On the go, commute, flight
Mics2 with some noise-cancellation
Test dB – all on EQ flat DA off
   Volume max82dB
   Media (music)77
   BT headphonesAble to use SBC, AAC, aptX (varieties) and LDAC

Sound quality

Deep Bass 20-40HzNil
Middle Bass 40-100HzSlowly building
High Bass 100-200HzSteeply building
Low Mid 200-400HzFlat
Mid 4000-1000HzFlat
High-Mid 1-2kHzFlat
Low Treble 2-4kHzFlat
Mid Treble 4-6kHzFlat
High Treble 6-10kHzSlow decline
Dog Whistle 10-20kHzSlow decline
Sound Signature typeBright Vocal (bass recessed, mid/treble boosted) – for vocal tracks and string instruments but with just enough high-bass to hear it and high treble for definition. Well above average
   SoundstageWider than the handset with a slight bias to the bottom-firing speaker
CommentGreat sound, as we have come to expect from OPPOs sound heritage.


Size (H X W x D)160.3 x 72.6 x 8.7
Weight grams196
Front GlassGorilla Glass Victus
Rear materialGorilla Glass Victus – highest level of GG scratch and drop resistance
IP ratingNo – assume minimal
Pen, Stylus supportNo
In the box
   Charger80W SUPERVOOC
   USB cableYes, and USB-A to USB-C dongle
   Bumper coverYes
CommentFantastic build quality, 80W charger in the box, IP68 and more


AndroidAndroid 12
Security patch date5/01/2022
UIColorOS 12.1
OS upgrade policyAndroid 15
Security patch policyRegular security patches
BloatwareA little too much – AliExpress, Amazon, Booking.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, O Relax, PUBG, Soloop Cui, TikTok, and OPPOs alternatives for Google Apps. All are removable
CommentColorOS 12.1 is the grease on Android’s wheels and is a light touch with no learning curve.
Fingerprint sensor location, typeOptical under Glass – fast and reliable
Face IDYes 2D
OtherOPPO ColorOS has advanced security features

OPPO Find X5 camera

Rear PrimaryWide
  MP50MP bins to 12.5MP
   SensorOPPO/Sony IMX766
   FocusAF and closed-loop focus motor
All Pixel OmniDirectional PDAF
   um1 bins to 2
  FOV° (stated, actual)84 (72.5)
   Zoom10x digital
Rear 2Ultra-wide-angle and Macro
   MP50 bins to 12.5MP
   SensorOPPO/Sony IMX766
   FocusAF and closed-loop focus motor and 4cm macro
   um1um bins to 2
  FOV (stated, actual)110.3
Rear 3Telephoto
   SensorSamsung SK53M5
  FOV (stated, actual)45
   Zoom5X digital 20x hybrid
   Video max4K@60fps OIS
1080p@60 OIS
HDR  10-bit video
   Auto-HDRMariSilicon X Imaging NPU
Photo, Video, Night, Pro, Panorama, Portrait, Time-lapse, Slow-motion, Text scanner, Hi-Res, Movie, Long exposure, Dual-view video, Sticker, and Google Lens
   QR code readerVia Google Lens
   Night modeYes
  MP32 bins to 8MP
   SensorSony IMX616
   um.8 bins to 1.6
  FOV (stated, actual)81 (69.7)
   FlashScreen fill
   Zoom10x digital
   Video max1080p@30fps with EIS
    FeaturesNight, Video, Image, Portrait, Panorama, Time-lapse, Dual-view video, and Sticker
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.


No microSD, 3.5mm, a stepped 60/120Hz refresh screen, powerful processor and exceptional 80W fast charge
It is everything the OPPO Find X3 Pro was at $100 less and $400 less than the Find X5 Pro. 256GB is double Samsung S22 series
Excellent thermal management and powerful processor.
Ease of Use10
ColorOS 12.1 is easy to learn and offers the much-needed grease over Android 12 wheels.
Superb, if a little slippery
Rating out of 109.5
1Excellent processor performance and minimal throttling with 256GB storage
2The 1.07 billion colour screen is excellent and colour accurate
3Incredible all-day battery life and 35-minute charge from included 80W charger
4Point and shoot camera is flawless
5Great look, design, and build
1Slippery – use the bumper case
2No micro-SD, but you can use external mountable storage
3No 3.5mm (use Bluetooth)
4Current firmware only supports Wi-Fi 6 – not 6E (will be updated)
5IP54 is adequate but not class-leading
Final commentThis is almost identical in design and performance to the OPPO Find X5 Pro. It is a true flagship missing nothing apart from a 3216×1440 screen. Highly recommended.

OPPO Find X5 CPH2307








Ease of Use





  • Excellent processor performance and minimal throttling with 256GB storage
  • Excellent 1.07 billion colour screen is colour accurate
  • Incredible all-day battery life and 35-minute charge from included 80W charger
  • Point and shoot camera is flawless
  • Great look, design, build and warranty


  • Slippery - use the bumper case
  • No micro-SD, but you can use external mountable storage
  • No 3.5mm (use Bluetooth)
  • Current firmware only supports Wi-Fi 6 HE80 (will be updated)
  • IP54 is adequate but not class-leading