Oppo Find 5 Review

You might know Oppo mostly via its California base for pricey Blu-ray home theater systems, which have by now picked an award or two, but the company entered a whole different ballgame becoming a maker of high-end Android phones, including the thinnest one at a point.

With this year's Oppo Find 5, however, the Chinese company, established 2004, proved that it can make world-class phones in the hottest consumer electronics category at the moment.

Has Oppo managed to prove that in this day and age any nimble electronics company can use Android to make itself known by slapping together high-end components? Are a 5” Full HD screen, quad-core processor and 13 MP camera enough to rank with the best out there? Read on to find out...

In the box:

  • Stereo in-ear headphones
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • SIM tray pin
  • Two NFC tags


Imagine a mixture of the white Sony Xperia S and a Nokia Lumia 920 and you'll get how the Oppo Find 5 looks and feels in the hand with its solid unibody polycarbonate housing. The phone is heavier than the first Full HD 5-incher, the Droid DNA, but is slightly thinner, so it feels fairly compact for a big-screen handset, also because of the elongated body - less wide than both the DNA and the Xperia Z.

You can compare the Oppo Find 5 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

While the back is tapered a bit, the corners aren't exactly rounded, and the Oppo Find 5 feels extra edgy in the hand, plus it is almost an ounce heavier than the DNA and the Z, so it will by no means go unnoticed in your palm or pocket, and that's the price we'll have to pay for this particular high-res 5-incher. Oppo Find 5 has a steel frame inside it, making it feel very solid, while the premium looks are enhanced by the metal plate nestling the 13 MP rear camera and dual LED flash modules on the back.

There are only two side keys – power button on the left, and a volume rocker on the right – which are metal and contrasting well with the white chassis, but have shallow tactile feel that takes getting used to. The SIM card tray is right above the power/lock key, and Oppo provides a pin inside the box for ejecting it with ease.

The front is taken almost entirely by the display, with very thin side bezel, and two-tone transition from the white chassis part at the bottom to the black fascia above it. The three capacitive keys below the display are lit in white, and responsive enough, while an LED notification light lets you know about missed calls or messages, as well as the charging state of the handset.


We've come to one of the best parts about the Oppo Find 5, and it is the 5” 1080x1920 display with integrated touch layer and 441ppi density. In short, the screen is brilliant, with bright colors, wide viewing angles, and more than sufficient performance outside under direct sunlight.

Granted, the difference between an HD and Full HD screen from a normal viewing distance won't elude only the screen purists among us, but the display is excellent not just because of the very high pixel density, but also as an overall package, covering all the rest of the criteria for a great mobile display like brightness, contrast and color gamut.

You'd be hard pressed to notice any icon jaggies, small text looks very distinct, and even fully zoomed in, letters' elements stay crisp and rounded, proving once again that these high-end mobile screens can now beat any other consumer-oriented display out there, be it on your laptop, TV, or desktop monitor.

OPPO Find 5 360-Degrees View



47. mrboomboom

Posts: 1; Member since: May 13, 2013

this isn't a fair review. i dont think it even mentioned the bi-weekly updates. I could be wrong, I only read through it once. I personally like what sony is doing in terms of hardware with the sony xperia z, but the direction oppo is taking in terms of software with the OF5 is awesome! sure on paper the xperia z might have more bells and whistles but it really all depends on personal preference. so the OF5 doesnt support LTE, thats no problem for me I have t-mobile, we dont have LTE anyway. I have no problem with no microSD slot, im using a 16gb nexus 4 right now and am having no problems with storage. fm radio? whyyyy?! the OF5 has tons of potential. don't just go by this review, do some research.. the OF5 biweekly updating is going to be awesome..

46. BitterTruth unregistered

Looks like PSY's OPPA was inspired by finder 5's Oppo :D

44. Coolest4ever7

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

OMG an SD card really isn't that important I store lots of movies on my Nexus through Play movies I just stream them over data and wifi. Music is stored in a cloud and played over wifi and my pictures are stored on Google+ Instant upload. My books and magazines are the same play books and play magazines. An SD isn't that important and they are truly going out of style and if you don't use cloud based services then start using them it's only your loss to not use them

40. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

If this is the quality you expect to see on the experia z camera I'm going to pass. The lumia 920 and Iphone 5 have more detailed images and better overall quality. I am not impressed by the new Sony sensor at all!

30. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

From the looks of it...the Droid DNA looks like the best of the lot. Saw a video of the Xperia Z and while the body is gorgeous, it's stuttery according to a review by Clove.uk. So despite the better looking UI among the three, Sony needs to harmonize Timescape with the hardware some more.

45. Coolest4ever7

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

nova launcher might work good with the Xperia Z or any other launcher

29. GeekMovement unregistered

Definitely picking the Xperia Z over this.

27. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

The price is tempting. Although Paying $349 for Nexus 4 16GB would be a smarter choice.

10. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Haha, I like how truth hurts some ppl. In any case, if your next device will have the Exmor RS, let it by the Xperia Z, OF5, iPhone 5S and I'm sure others, those will definitely perform as good a mid-range point&shooter except for Zoom. Now Nokia should put together the 808 lends to a modern OS phone and we'll have plenty of photography options.

9. BigBoss10

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

I cant Find OPPO 5 :D Xperia Z is the best love you Sony =P

7. SonyFan

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

good phone, but the perfect 5incher is definitly the Xperia Z

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Worse viewing angles, worse battery life, unrealistic price on that beast though, I'd love to have either, but when it comes to bang for the buck... IPS & 2500mAh is the way to go.

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...worse battery life..." How do you know that if Sony Xperia Z is even not released yet? As you love to talk about the facts, here is some for you: Does Oppo Find 5 supports 4G as Sony Xperia Z? No! Does Oppo Find 5 has microSD Slot as Sony Xperia Z? No! Does Oppo Find 5 has 2.2MP Front Facing Camera as Sony Xperia Z? No! Does Oppo Find 5 is dust and water resistant as Sony Xperia Z? No! Does Oppo Find 5 has FM radio as Sony Xperia Z? No! Does Oppo Find 5 has any specific technologies as Mobile BRAVIA Engine in Sony Xperia Z? No! Oppo even unable to creat good global web page, then about what customers service and responsiblity we can talk about... I hope that you now understand why Oppo Find 5 is cheaper than Sony Xperia Z.

13. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I read the specs genius.

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Genius", battery's capacity isn't only one aspect which determines how long battery will last. It was already proven many times before, so there is no need to spread unreasonable propositions about battery's life.

16. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Early review supports this but hey, you buy one and let us know about it, chances are good however that you'll be too busy trying to figure out what does a TFT screen do on a $900 device - well good luck finding anything darker than grey haha. :). http://mobilarena.hu/dl/cnt/2013-01/93425/displays3_big.jpghttp://mobilarena.hu/dl/cnt/2013-01/93425/displays2_big.jpg Now back on topic, which is Oppo Find 5: sunlight performance is stellar as expected, so sharing mainly low-light, which is quite good too.http://timg.eprice.com.hk/hk/mobile/img/2013-01/24/49276/unrealandy_4_4693_76dc5a1bccfe1a44ebc1378445e10c97ori.jpghttp://www.ringhk.com/editor/oppo/20130201_oppo_find5_pic01.jpghttp://img0.pconline.com.cn/pconline/1301/24/3164880_1.jpghttp://www.ringhk.com/editor/oppo/20130201_oppo_find5_pic06.jpg Now this is what 441ppi looks like in real life:http://www.abload.de/img/dsc03673x8bh8.jpghttp://www.abload.de/img/dsc03670k8zjc.jpghttp://www.abload.de/img/dsc03672jga4a.jpg Impressive sharpness, saturation and contrast.

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

At the moment I don't pay any atention to any Sony Xperia Z comparisons with other smartphones because Sony Xperia Z is still not released and Sony Xperia Z in the comparison may be only a prototype not the final version. Talking about pixels per inch Sony Xperia Z also has 441 density. P.S. Many of your links just doesn't work.

21. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Screen, battery capacity and camera lens won't change from pre-release to box, and they are not satisfied on those fronts, but you're right, you should wait for the final release, but why troll about "your next phone" in an unrelated thread?

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Screen, battery capacity and camera lens won't change from pre-release to box..." Yes, but software configurations may still change. For example displays calibration, cameras calibration, how long battery will last may also depend on software. "but why troll about "your next phone" in an unrelated thread?" Says person who previously used to troll about Oppo Find 5 on Sony Xperia Z articles... Also I still not sure if Sony Xperia Z will be my next smartphone.

22. tino96

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I love it how people like you think they know so much about everything. Oppo Find5: WiFi Display! Does Oppo Find5 have any specific technologies (yours is just a marketing gimmick...)? Is that what you said? Cause I couldn't hear you over the Dirac HD stereo sound system while taking slow-mo videos @ 120fps and pictures in fast burst mode with hardware powered HDR... But on the Xperia Z it says Sony... so maybe now it is understandable that it will cost $300 more...

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"I love it how people like you think they know so much about everything." I don't say that I know so much about everything and you don't know what I'm thinking so it is only your interpretation. I just stated already known technical configurations. "Oppo Find5: WiFi Display!" Sony Xperia Z also has Wireless Display Mirroring feature! "Does Oppo Find5 have any specific technologies (yours is just a marketing gimmick...)? Is that what you said?" No I was talking not about marketing gimmick, again it is only your interpretation. "Cause I couldn't hear you over the Dirac HD stereo sound system while taking slow-mo videos @ 120fps and pictures in fast burst mode with hardware powered HDR..." Sony Xperia Z also has HDR and Fast Burst Mode. Talking about 120Fps, I'm pretty sure that hardware is capable of doing that, but not sure if Sony will allow that, anyway even if Sony will limit it, ther should be software solution for that. Just wait for official release and we will see.

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Firs you call Mobile BRAVIA Engine as a marketing gimmick and then you are talking about Oppo Find 5 120Fps...

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I just watched teardown of Oppo Find 5, looks cheap and difficult to disassemble.

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

With all due respect, how's free space and weight an issue for the OF5 but wasn't for say the Droid DNA, an inferior phone with superior PA score? (lower antutu, battery life, camera quality). I'm very highly impressed with the Sony Exmor RSV2 camera module which doesn't seem to be appreciated enough, plus the IPS screen is superior to the Z's TFT, not the mention the beefier battery, all that costing some $300 less. But I may still sit out this one for an A15 fullHD monster, but right now, overall performance, battery life and affordable price - 32gig version for $569 - the OF5 is a no-brainer.

4. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Its clear now Android+big speced phone= bulls**t!!!

20. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It's clear only that Nokia fanboy + opinion = bulls**t of massive proportions

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Don't know and don't care what ya'll say but I'm Impressed!!

28. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I also like that the Android buttons are not taking a chuck off the 5" screen. Kinda odd that the Xperia Z has space down there yet they don't utilize it, separate droid buttons work just well, ask any Droid DNA owner. The Oppe Find 5 just looks great, so thin bezel and transparent notification area, it's one giant screen only broken by the white bottom of the holding area. A pity for the MicroSD, so the 32GB version is to get, plus there's probably no HDMI support, but otherwise it's a superb offering strangely getting less buzz now that it's out than when the rumors first came around August 2012. It's still the 2nd world-wide released fullHD phone, and one with a new-gen camera censor.

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

With an SD card this would've EASILY be the best phone on the market. Definitely worth more than 8! Look at the price! If it had a Samsung or HTC badge, I'm sure you would give it a 8. 7 at the very least, Daniel. Piss poor criteria and review quality if you ask me

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

First you say it's worth more than an 8, then you say if it was a Samsung or HTC phone, they would give it an 8. It does have an 8. Do you even have any idea wtf you're saying?

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Find 5
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2500 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2

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