Oppo’s Find X series started out with one of the most innovative form factors on the market. The original Find X (2018) wowed us all with its hidden sliding camera system that allowed for a stunning all-screen design. That was something of a one-off, however, and the Find X name no longer represents such an experimental, futuristic approach. Instead, the series has matured and now offers serious competition to the main Android flagship phones from the likes of Samsung and Google.
The Find X5 Pro didn’t look all that different to the Find X3 Pro that came before it (there was no Find X4, since this number is often skipped in China for superstitious reasons), but it did make some key improvements over its predecessor. As we look ahead to the Oppo Find X6 series, can we expect another iterative release, or are we in for some more exciting changes? Here’s everything we know so far.
While there’s been no official word yet from Oppo on the Find X6 series, leaks have already started to emerge so we can be pretty sure it’s on the cards. Although Oppo avoided the Find X4 name, there’s no reason to think it won’t go with the Find X6 designation for the next series. You never know — Oppo could surprise us all and go with a whole new marketing direction. But as things stand, our money’s on a Find X6 series. It’s likely to consist of a regular Find X6, a cheaper Lite option, and the top-of-the-line Find X6 Pro to succeed the Find X5 Pro. There could be a Neo model, too, but that didn’t happen in 2021 so we’re less sure about that.
When will the Oppo Find X6 release date be?
We don’t have a confirmed release date for the Find X6 series of devices, but we can make an educated guess by looking at the years gone by. The Find X3 series was announced in March 2021. Then the Find X5 series was unveiled in February 2022 before being made available the following month. This means we can pencil in March 2023 for the launch of the Find X6 series with a reasonable degree of certainty.
Regardless of when it launches, don’t expect an official release in North America. Despite growing popularity in Europe, Oppo’s flagships have yet to hit the US market.
What features and specs will the Oppo Find X6 series have?
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Information about the X6 series had been pretty thin on the ground until early November 2022 when we got the first proper leak regarding specifications for the upcoming Pro model. We can also expect a significant departure from previous entries in the series when it comes to aesthetics, according to leaks.
Specs and features
The first info drop came courtesy of tipster Yogesh Brar who shared an initial spec list on Twitter. Much of it is unsurprising, like the inclusion of Qualcomm’s next flagship processor — all but confirmed to be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 — and the same 50W wireless charging as the Find X5 Pro. The most intriguing tidbit is the apparent use of Sony’s one-inch IMX989 sensor for the phone’s main camera. This is the same sensor found in Xiaomi’s 12S Ultra and it promises improved low-light photography and even better portrait shots. The 50MP ultrawide sounds familiar, but the purported 50MP zoom lens would be a considerable upgrade. Since the X5 Pro was let down by its 13MP, 2x optical telephoto shooter, it’s reassuring to learn that Oppo will likely be using new hardware. The leak also points to a 32MP selfie camera — presumably the same as before — and Hasselblad tuning once again.
The Find X5 Pro was let down by its weak telephoto camera, so it’s reassuring that Oppo is likely opting for more powerful zoom hardware this time around.
Elsewhere on the X6 Pro, it’s a familiar story — a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display, 5000mAh battery with 100W wired charging, and a next-gen Marisilicon X2 image signal processor. Configurations touted include 8GB or 12GB of RAM with 128GB/256GB/512GB storage options. It will ship with the Android 13-based Color OS 13, with which Oppo introduced its new “aquamorphic” design language (lots of blue and white, essentially).
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There’s very little to go on when it comes to the prospective design of the Oppo Find X6 series, but Chinese leaker Digital Chat Station has shared a diagram on Weibo that suggests a rejigged camera layout on the back. If correct, this means that the consistent design language we’ve seen for the past two releases will make way for a round camera module that’s reminiscent of recent Xiaomi and Honor devices (not to mention the whole host of other phones that have used this design in recent years).
This is something of a shame, as Oppo cultivated a distinctive look for its last two Find X Pro devices. The way the curved ceramic rear blended into the raised camera module was a sight to behold, and set the phone apart from the crowd. While it’s disappointing that the Find X6 Pro looks set to move away from that unique visual motif, we can still expect premium materials and build quality, as with any high-end Oppo device. The first CAD renders for the Find X5 Pro surfaced in December 2021, so we can expect further confirmation of the X6 Pro’s design in the coming months.
What will the Oppo Find X6 series prices be?
There’s no news on pricing — official or otherwise — for the upcoming Find X6 series yet, but we can look to last year’s models to give us an idea of what to expect. The starting retail prices for each were as follows:
Oppo Find X5 Pro — £1,049 / €1,299 (~$1,239)
Oppo Find X5 — £749 / €999 (~$884)
Oppo Find X5 Lite — £419 / €499 (~$495)
Oppo’s pricing for the Find X5 series wasn’t super competitive, so we’d love to see it come down a bit next time. In reality, similar prices are more likely. Hopefully, we won’t see the kind of price hike Apple applied to its newest iPhones, especially since we’ve not seen the same from Android phone manufacturers this year. You never know, though — if costs have gone up for Oppo, we may see that passed on to consumers.
Oppo Find X6 series: What we want to see
The Oppo Find X6 Pro scored highly in our review, but there’s still room for improvement if Oppo’s flagship really wants to go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s Galaxy S range and Google’s Pixels. Here are the main things we’d like to see when the new phones land.
A more competitive camera system
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Of the Find X5 Pro’s three rear cameras, the primary and wide-angle lenses were both impressive, even if the main camera tends to oversaturate colors on occasion. By contrast, the zoom lens was a huge disappointment, so we hope this is where Oppo focuses its camera improvements for the Find X6 Pro. A periscope lens with more than the 2x optical zoom of its predecessor is necessary if Oppo wants to close the gap with its competitors. Leaked diagrams suggest that may be on the cards, so fingers crossed for that.
This one is always divisive, but plenty of reviewers and users found the curved display of the Find X5 Pro frustrating. I’ve never been a fan of overly curved edges because of the distorted colors and content, even though I will admit they feel nice to the touch. It’s probable that we’ll get the same display for the Find X6 Pro, since that’s what the leaked specs suggest, so don’t expect this wish to come true.
The problem of bloated software with too many options and apps is one we’ve long had to contend with when it comes to Chinese phones, and Oppo’s devices are no exception. The Find X6 series will launch with Color OS 13, along with its updated aquamorphic design language. It’s sure to look pretty and perform snappily, but if Oppo can do away with some of the unnecessary bloat and simplify the software experience, that would go a long way to making the Find X6 series a success.
If Oppo can do away with some of the bloat and simplify the software experience, it would go a long way to making the Find X6 series a success.
The company has made great strides with its Android skin in recent years, but slimming it down further would be sure to please European users.
It’s hard to recommend spending more than £1,000 on any smartphone, especially when you can get a Google Pixel 7 Pro for £849 (and potentially even less by the time the Find X6 Pro comes out). If Oppo wants to be competitive, it would do well to lower its prices. That’s obviously difficult to do without making certain tradeoffs, but sister brands OnePlus and Vivo were able to bring down the prices of their most recent flagships, so let’s hope this is a company-wide direction that Oppo’s Find X6 series will also move toward.
A US release
As with most Chinese smartphones, we don’t expect the Oppo to release the Find X6 series in the US, no matter how much we’d like to see it happen. This will be another one for European and Asian markets, primarily. But hey, we can hope!