Last year, Oppo’s Find X5 Pro impressed us, so naturally, we have high hopes for its successor. As previously announced, the upcoming Find X6 Pro has all the basic features you’d expect from a 2023 flagship: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, a Sony IMX989 “1-inch” sensor for the main camera, a bright 6.82-inch 3,168 x 1,440 AMOLED screen, a large 5,000mAh battery, an IP68 rating for durability, and up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. As a bonus, Oppo brought back a periscopic telephoto camera, which had been missing since the Find X2 Pro from 2020. This allows the company to make the most of its partnership with Hasselblad and its own MariSilicon X imaging neural processor.
The Find X6 Pro may have the biggest redesign on the outside since the Find X3 Pro. The three back cameras, which all have 50-megapixel resolutions and optical stabilization, are housed in a large circular island. The upper glass-covered part has the main camera (23mm equivalent), the ultra-wide camera (15mm equivalent), the LED flash, and the Hasselblad logo. The lower part has the periscopic camera with 3x optical zoom (65mm equivalent) or 6x “in-sensor” zoom, but we’ll talk about that later. As for video recording, you can get up to 4K at 60fps, but the 32-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera (21mm equivalent) on the other side can only do 1080p at 30fps.
This new periscope camera has a 3x optical zoom, which may not sound as exciting as the 5x zoom on the Find X2 Pro. However, it has a 6x “in-sensor” zoom. This is because the Sony IMX890 sensor (1/1.5-inch) is pretty big and still has a good number of pixels even when cropped. With pre-release firmware, I was able to take shots at 6x that were very clear and sharp. Of course, any other 10x optical zoom camera would be better than this hybrid solution, but this is still a good option, especially since the 3x optical zoom is useful for food photography and the new Hasselblad Portrait Mode is supposed to mimic “the colors and depth of field of Hasselblad’s classic XCD30 and XCD80 lenses.”
The ultra-wide camera also has an IMX890 sensor, which is the largest one that has been made for this type of camera so far. As before, this camera has a lens with a freeform surface that reduces distortion and an aperture of f/2.2.
The Find X6 Pro does a lot more than just take pictures, of course. The 5,000mAh battery now comes with 100W SuperVOOC fast charging, which takes just 28 minutes to go from 0% to 100% charge. Or, you can use 50W AirVOOC wireless charging, which takes 52 minutes to fully charge. Oppo also says that its Battery Health Engine, which came out last year, can double the life of a battery.
In addition to the usual stereo speakers, Oppo added a feature to the earpiece called “Active Privacy Protection for Voice Calls.” This feature “can improve sound insulation by up to a factor of 3.5 to reduce audio leakage,” according to Oppo. In other words, it’s less likely that people around you will listen in on your calls.
Last but not least, the Oppo Find X6 Pro has an infrared remote control. Not all flagship phones have this feature, but some people may still like it because it lets them control things like TVs, air conditioners, and lights.
The Oppo Find X6 Pro will be sold in China starting on March 24. It comes in three different colors: brown (glass and faux leather), black (glass), and green (glass) (glass). Prices start at 5,999 yuan, which is about $873 (12GB RAM with 256GB storage), and go up to 6,999 yuan, which is about $1,018. (16GB RAM with 512GB storage).
There’s also a Find X6 that looks the same but costs less. Instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, it has MediaTek’s Dimensity 9200. Also, its main camera is an IMX890 instead of a 1-inch IMX989. Its ultra-wide camera uses a Samsung JN1 sensor, but it doesn’t have a freeform lens, which is a shame. Even so, this phone has a large 4,800mAh battery and can be charged quickly with 80W. It also has an IP64 rating for durability. It will come in green, gold, and black, and prices will range from $4,499 (about $654) for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage to $4,999 (about $727). (16GB RAM with 512GB storage).
We’ll keep an eye out for international availability, even though it’s likely that the west will only be able to get it in Europe. Keep watching.