Just a week after the Vivo Nex was announced, Oppo’s Find X has been announced. As yet another fully bezel-less smartphone, they both take after the vision first set out in Vivo’s Apex concept phone. Boasting a 92.25% screen-to-body ratio, the Oppo Find X snuff’s out the Vivo Nex’s short-lived world-best 91.24% candle.
Of course, all bezel-less phones have to contend with the practical logistics of fitting essential elements into the phone. Front-facing cameras, proximity sensors and the front-firing speaker – many other phones like the iPhone X and LG G7 ThinkQ have taken to housing these features on a notch.
But like the Vivo Nex, there is no notch in sight.
The Oppo Find X, instead, uses a moving assembly like the one found on the Vivo Apex and Nex phones. However, it is a lot larger and robust, spanning the width of the phone, instead of a tiny motorised tray as found on its Vivo counterparts. This assembly, however, remains completely motorized, with concerns of mechanical failure still an issue with these notchless wonders.
The assembly raises itself within 0.5 seconds of launching the camera app, Oppo claims. It houses twin rear-facing 16- and 20-megapixel main cameras and the 20-megapixel front-facing one. It also contains a 3D facial scanner, which means the sliding tray initiates on every start-up.
As one of Oppo’s flagship devices, the Find X checks all the boxes for a 2018 top-tier smartphone. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor at its core, 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of ROM to complete the trifecta, the Find X also has a large 3,730mAh battery with a proprietary VOOC fast charging.
The phone is currently available in China, though plans for global sales are well within the books.
Two’s a trend. The Oppo Find X might just mark the start of a spate of motorized assemblies that was first premiered on the Vivo Nex.
Apart from a slight start-up time and concerns of mechanical failure, the utilisation of motorised assemblies also limits the weather sealing of these smartphones. Coming just a week after the Vivo Nex, I’m convinced that this is the best solution to help us achieve a fully bezel-free smartphone experience.