OPPO Find X3 Pro first experience: it gave me “billion” points of color to see

I remember that in the Find X2 Pro experience last year, we said that it was the first batch of 5G flagship phones in 2020, the one with the least "shortcomings" and the most versatile.

One year later, for Find X3 Pro, I would like to call it the most "outstanding" one in the new wave of smartphones at the beginning of 2021.

This year, the most important feature of domestic new machines is "balance." After a year of exploration and accumulation and progress, manufacturers have found a balance in screens, cameras, 5G, and battery life, and they have no obvious shortcomings at a reasonable price. The product.

Here at OPPO, after a year of accumulation, on the premise of ensuring that Find X3 Pro continues to be "all-round", it has added some shining points to the Find X3 series, allowing the 10-year Find series to continue to shine.

The shining points on the OPPO Find X3 series can be represented by the word "future". The aesthetic design of the future, and the full-link 10bit color of the future.

One-piece curved surface: simple, simple, but expensive!

"Do you think this camera looks good?"

This is a sentence I will ask everybody after I get Find X3 Pro, but the answer I get is mostly negative. Especially for passers-by who don't know much about consumer electronics, the first reaction to the Find X3 Pro camera module design is a little "resistant".

When I explained to them, this "curved" transition will make the protrusion of the camera module visually smaller. (Actually, the degree of protrusion of the Find X3 Pro camera is very well controlled.) And with the transition of the curved surface, the design of the Find X3 Pro camera module becomes simple, without the outline of hard lines, and the camera part is convex. His sense of presence has decreased a lot.

After some explanations, and then look at Find X3 Pro, this anti-trend curved integrated design is no longer so unacceptable. If, coupled with the use of hands to touch the continuous surface of the back, it will give a lot of points to the design of Find X3 Pro.

Indeed, when I first started with Find X2 Pro, it was the screen that left the deepest impression, but when it came to Find X3 Pro, it was the "curved surface" on the back.

From the camera part to the frame of Find X3 Pro, the entire back adopts a continuous curved surface design, without breakpoints, and is integrally formed. With the frame and the front 2.5D screen, Find X3 Pro has a very comfortable grip. The transition between the screen and the frame, the frame and the back cover is also very delicate.

With the 8.26mm thickness and 193g weight of the whole machine, it is no exaggeration to say that Find X3 Pro is the newest machine with the best hand feel recently.

In addition to the fog blue color scheme in our hands, Find X3 Pro also has plain leather versions in mirror black, condensed white and cosmic mocha. Relatively speaking, the overall feel of mirror black color matching will be more consistent, but the treatment of fog blue and white will be less prone to fingerprints, and the cosmic mocha will be more skin-friendly.

If you use one sentence to summarize the "curved one-piece" design of Find X3 Pro, it is simple and not cheap.

In fact, when it comes to "curved surface", the first thing that appeared in my mind was the water drop in "Three Body". For it, the book describes it like this:

"This thing is really beautiful. Although its shape is simple, its shape is exquisite and exquisite. Every point on the surface is just right, making this drop of mercury full of elegant movement, as if every moment is not in the night of the universe. It's dripping at the end."

Using these to describe the curved design of Find X3 Pro is a bit exaggerated, but it is not an exaggeration. (If you think it's still too exaggerated, you can go offline to experience the real machine.)

At this stage, there are not many mobile phones that use one-piece glass covers. If you add "continuous surface modeling", the Find X3 series is the only one. In the past, the camera module and the backplane of the fuselage mostly used assembly processes, and the time and capital costs were not high.

However, cutting and processing on a piece of glass is much more difficult, and the working hours are also increased. According to OPPO's sharing, the back cover of the Find X3 series uses complex glass hot forging forming technology to make an integrated curved surface, while the camera part uses CNC openings to create a flat surface on the curved surface. In addition to the increase in process difficulty, it takes 40 hours of man-hours to complete such a curved back cover.

Find X3 Pro hides a lot of effort behind this simple "back", but these efforts are hard to recognize at a glance, and you still need to compare to have a more obvious perception.

There is such a "billion" color screen

Another major feature of Find X3 Pro can be summarized by "color". It does not only refer to components such as cameras and screens that capture and present colors. I think the more important thing is the process of processing the collected "color" in the middle. This is the 10bit full link that OPPO has been doing since last year.

Similarly, this is a feature that is difficult to distinguish at a glance, and it is also a big investment behind the project.

Simply put, the full link 10bit is a color packaging technology built by OPPO itself from the bottom. After the image is captured from the 10bit camera, the color will not be lost after encoding, storage, and decoding, until it is finally on the native 10bit screen. display.

To accomplish this, when you turn on the 1 billion color switch of the OPPO Find X3 Pro camera, the recording format of the photo is changed from JPG to HEIF to accommodate the next 1 billion color information. At the same time, the size of each photo is reduced from 4~5MB of JPG to an average of 1.5~3MB. In the case of improving the color information of the photo, the volume is also reduced and the space inside the machine is saved.

As for the technical analysis of the ins and outs of image formats such as JPG and HEIF, which is better and worse, you can read our previous article "What will replace JPEG in the future, it may be a new image format supported by Android 12 ", this article will not discuss image formats. Up.

In fact, whether it is OPPO's 10bit full link or Android 12's support for AVIF format, their goal is actually to improve Android's color management. After all, the bottom layer of Android 11 only supports 8bit color depth. With the improvement of cameras and screens, Android should improve.

OPPO rewrites the bottom layer by itself, allowing ColorOS to support full-link 10bit, leading the way in Google. With Google's modification of the bottom layer of Android, in the future, domestic custom systems will mention more support for 10bit color depth, which will be a major trend. As for the software level, there may still be some way to go. It is very difficult to make them change day by day.

When using Find X3 Pro, I tested several commonly used social software for the compatibility of HEIF format photos. Strictly speaking, they do not support the HEIF format. They are converted to JPG and then displayed. This means that there will be two problems. One is that the volume will become larger (for example: WeChat will basically increase by 1MB, while Weibo will basically increase Keep unchanged); Second, there will be some color loss when converting from 10bit to 8bit (or even 6bit). However, in response to the problem of color loss, OPPO will update the first version of OTA later, adding color gamut management to achieve P3 and sRGB color gamut adaptation.

In fact, the full-link 10bit on Find X3 Pro is more like an "exclusive" feature at this stage. You can use the camera to capture 1 billion colors, with good storage, and finally display it. As for external communication, it may take some time to wait for the software to innovate and support.

Back to Find X3 Pro itself. With Find X2 Pro’s high-quality QHD+ resolution (3216*1440) screen jewellery ahead, Find X3 Pro has improved a bit and used the latest LTPO hybrid backplane technology, which can dynamically adjust the screen refresh rate. While ensuring fluency, it reduces power consumption and theoretically saves power.

According to official data, LTPO technology combined with ADFR adaptive dynamic frequency conversion algorithm can achieve a sensorless adjustment of 120 refresh rates within the range of 1Hz~120Hz, so the power consumption will be relatively reduced by 46%, and the battery life will be extended by 43 minutes in the bright screen state. . However, this minimum 1Hz frequency conversion requires subsequent OTA update support. The dynamic refresh effect of the Find X3 Pro in hand has not yet reached the best level, which is not as obvious as expected. We can only wait for the follow-up OTA push before doing detailed testing.

From the actual experience, Find X3 Pro will probably be adjusted in three gears of 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz. Most of the daily applications run at 120Hz, but when you turn on station A, station B, and station Y, it will be reduced to 60Hz. There will be a significant gap, but it will basically not affect the drama. At the highest brightness, when returning to the desktop from a 60Hz video, it will first jump to 90Hz and then back to 120Hz.

Find X3 Pro's QHD+ resolution screen is delicate enough. In order to balance power consumption, in addition to dynamic refresh, the screen resolution also supports "smart switching". The resolution will be automatically switched according to different usage scenarios.

I used the "smart switch" and QHD+ modes for two days respectively. When I watched it with the naked eye, I could hardly notice the change in resolution. The only obvious thing I could perceive was the battery status.

In the full QHD+, full charge at noon, no games, only use Weibo, chat WeChat, watch videos and other applications, until about 9 a.m. the next day, the battery is only 7%, and under smart switching, For the same use, there is about 19%. Although the comparison method is not rigorous enough, it can also explain the problem. It is just right to turn on the smart switch every day.

In addition, this screen of Find X3 Pro will be calibrated before leaving the factory, so the screen color accuracy JNCD is about 0.4, which is better than Find X2 Pro's 0.8. At the same time, the local peak brightness of the Find X3 Pro screen has also been increased to 1300nit. Also got the evaluation of DisplayMate A+.

In addition to the improvement of hard indicators such as brightness, dynamic refresh, and color accuracy, OPPO also added a more "perceptual" point, and formulated a color compensation program for "color vision impaired people". In the system, a simple "color vision test" can be done to formulate a set of color vision solutions that meet different groups of people, and improve the inconvenience caused by color deviation.

To be honest, directly put the screen on Find X2 Pro directly on Find X3 Pro, it can still be regarded as one of the best screen quality in the new machine, and one can even be removed. And this screen of Find X3 Pro has taken a step forward on the original basis, using the LTPO hybrid backplane, adding the hardware-level dynamic frame rate, and formulating a set of rational 10bit color schemes. Set of perceptual color compensation schemes. Find X3 Pro, or Find X3 series screens are still leading and exploring.

Double main camera, 60x microscope, Jiang Wen filter and "Star-attracting Dafa"!

The camera system of Find X3 Pro has a total of four cameras, a set of wide-angle + ultra-wide-angle IMX766 dual main cameras, a highly playable 60x microscope lens, and a 5x telephoto lens.

The dual main camera system with telephoto can almost cover the focal length of 15mm~75mm, which is enough to cope with 90% of daily scenes. The dual-camera IMX766 sensor has 50 million pixels, a 1/1.56 inch photosensitive area, and both support 10bit color depth/100 million color capture.

The ultra-wide-angle lens has an aperture of F2.2 and adopts a 7P lens, which includes a free-form surface lens, which can effectively prevent edge distortion under the ultra-wide viewing angle. At the same time, the ultra-wide-angle lens also has a 4cm macro lens. The wide-angle (main camera in the traditional sense) lens has an aperture of F1.8, has OIS optical image stabilization, and supports "full-pixel omnidirectional focusing."

Find X3 Pro will switch the lens according to AI and algorithm when shooting. For example, when the subject is very close, the system will automatically switch to the ultra-wide-angle lens in exchange for a closer focusing distance. Will switch back to the wide-angle lens. And when shooting large scenes, it will also remind you to change to an ultra-wide-angle lens.

If I usually do not use a dual main camera system, no matter what scene I shoot, I will try my best not to let the system interfere, and try to use the main camera to shoot. As for the dual main camera of Find X3 Pro, I will look at the intervention of AI and algorithms indifferently, and leave the authority to call which lens to the system. I am only responsible for framing and composition. After all, their qualities are the same. Especially in ultra-wide-angle photos, the edge distortion is well controlled.

▲ Ultra wide angle

▲ Ultra wide angle

In terms of imaging style, Find X3 Pro has not changed much, it is still vivid and lively, and it has an advantage in visual perception. As for the 10bit color depth, it is more difficult to detect the difference without comparison. Only after comparing 8bit and 10bit pictures on Find X3 Pro, will you have a clear perception.

The feature of full-link 10bit color depth is actually closer to a future strategy. It is a trend for future equipment and software to support pictures with 10bit or higher color depth. However, looking at it now, there is really no such thing as 120Hz high refreshing. The refresh rate is obvious at 60Hz.

In the Find X3 Pro imaging system, the microscope lens is extremely interesting. It comes with a ring flash, which is convenient for filling up the surface when taking close-up shots. Up to 60 times magnification, you can easily take pictures of the arrangement of the mobile phone screen. This makes me a tool for testing the screen arrangement in the editorial department in one fell swoop.

▲ Main photo

▲ Main photo

▲ 2x


▲ Night view

In normal times, I also use this lens to try to peek at the surface of many materials, such as notebooks, desktops, fingers, and so on. This microscope lens is more suitable for shooting flat objects. One is that the light is evenly lit, and the other is that it is easier to find the focus, so as to obtain a clear picture.

▲ iPad Pro screen arrangement

▲ The metal surface of a notebook

In addition, Find X3 Pro also has two built-in "Jiang Wen Movie Filters", which focus on different atmospheres. One is a warm trend, which is like a trace of warm sun in winter, bringing warmth; the other is mainly black and white film texture with low contrast. A little retro taste.

▲ Original image

▲ Jiang Wen No. 1

▲ Jiang Wen No. 2

Find X3 Pro is a set of imaging systems that take into account a lot of daily records, photo quality, fun, etc., which are quite comprehensive and balanced. And without the 10x periscope lens, it has little effect on the shooting. After all, I have only used the super telephoto twice (even 5x are rarely used) from the time I got it to the end of the article.

Snapdragon 888, 65W flash charging, 30W wireless, 10W reverse charging, there should be some

Compared with the "future curved surface", the 1 billion color screen, and the more fun and practical four-camera system, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor built in Find X3 Pro is no longer a "feature", but more like a basic operation. The performance is nothing to worry about.

On the day I got Find X3 Pro, I directly played "Pharaoh" and turned on the highest image quality. It can be stabilized at about 50 frames in the wild, and when I entered Mond City, the frame rate dropped to about 45 frames. The lowest frame rate during flight came to 37 frames. After entering the plot, the frame rate climbed back to 60 frames, and the average frame rate throughout the journey was about 49.2 frames. At the same time, the frame of Find X3 Pro will have a more obvious temperature rise, and it will have a more obvious feeling in the hand.

The performance of Find X3 Pro's "Original God" is actually considered to be the top performance in the Android camp, except for game phones. After all, in the Android camp, there is still no complete Hold of "Original God".

In games such as "Peace Elite" and "King of Glory", Find X3 Pro can open the highest picture quality, and the game performance is comparable to other flagship phones. Even Find X3 Pro has a thinner body and a 2.5D screen that is more convenient for operation. A colleague named Huang in the editorial department would borrow Find X3 Pro from me every noon to practice parachuting in "Peace Elite". posture.

Find X3 Pro is still equipped with the 65W flash charge of SuperVOOC 2.0, which is common in OPPO phones. It takes about 20 minutes to charge from 7% to 100%. At the same time, Find X3 Pro also makes up for the small regret that the previous generation did not have wireless charging, and supports up to 30W. When you go to work, you can recharge the battery at any time when you put it off. If you want to quickly recharge the battery temporarily, you can use the 65W wired fast charge, which is quite convenient.

With support for wireless charging, Find X3 Pro can also charge some devices at 10W in reverse. Although I think this feature is better than nothing, it really saved the life of my colleague’s iPhone 12 mini this afternoon. Without it, it’s just because of the iPhone. The battery life of the 12 mini is relatively average.

Speaking of battery life, Find X3 Pro is equipped with a 4500mAh capacity battery. I usually charge the battery at around 9am. Under moderate use, I don’t play games and only use streaming apps. It can last until the next morning. If you go out, it’s not a problem to stay up for 8-9 hours.

It is both a color flagship and an all-round flagship

After I got Find X3 Pro, many editorial staff would ask me what configuration Find X3 would be. According to the thinking inertia of the configuration of the large and medium cups, I directly indicated that Find X3 may be on the screen and 5x long. There is a change in the focal lens.

However, after waiting for the announcement tonight, I suddenly realized that Find X3 was only replaced by Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, and those extremely prominent features on Find X3 Pro were retained and carried over to Find X3. Let me call out " It's so fragrant."

The Find series is originally a series in the OPPO product line that does not count sales exploration, so it will have a relatively high price and comparable product strength on Find X2 Pro.

When it comes to Find X3 Pro, OPPO not only takes a step forward, but also takes a step back. What is going forward is the full-link 10bit, color management, and high-level craftsmanship to show muscle on the Find X3 series. The next step is to lower the entry barrier of the Find series, so that more consumers have the opportunity to go. Experience OPPO's Find series.

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