The best Oppo phone 2023on January 10, 2023 at 16:54 Tech Advisor

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If you live in Europe, Australasia, or Asia, you’ve probably come across a few Oppo smartphones.

While Oppo might not be as much of a household name as Samsung, it’s actually one of the top five global smartphone brands (on market share) on a regular basis, and most of its phones now launch in the UK and across Europe and Asia.

Over the last few years we’ve seen improvements in its hardware and more competitive devices across the board, with constant reworkings and improvements to its Android software skin ColorOS – now one of our favourite versions of Android.

Oppo’s latest 5G flagship line is the Find X5, which launched in early 2022 and includes the Find X5 Pro and Find X5 Lite. Note that the company skipped the Find X4, so the Find X3 series are actually 2021’s models – and thanks to price drops many of them are still solid buys. The Find X6 series is expected early in 2023.

The company’s Reno line doesn’t launch reliably in the UK and Europe, but some Reno options are still around – and in fact the current Reno 8 series has launched globally. Then there are the company’s budget offerings within the Oppo A series, along with its Find N foldables – although these are only out in China for now, the Find N2 Flip has been promised a European release this spring.

Best Oppo phones 2023

1. Oppo Find X5 Pro – Best Oppo Phone

Pros

Beautiful, unique design

Powerful camera

Brilliant display

Cons

Big and heavy

No periscope lens

Expensive

The Find X5 Pro is Oppo’s all-singing, all-dancing flagship device, and it earns its spot at the top of this chart.

Yes, it’s expensive, and there’s no denying that. But you get the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, and 80W wired charging together with 50W wireless.

The main and ultrawide cameras both pack the same 50Mp sensor, and offer almost exactly the same quality shots, with punchy colours, oodles of detail, and great dynamic range. There’s ‘only’ a 2x zoom camera – no periscopic lens here, sadly – but results are impressive here too.

It’s a big, heavy phone – thanks in part to the ceramic rear – and the design takes some getting used to, but this is an excellent all-rounder that delivers in every area.

This is not just Oppo’s best phone, but one of the best flagships on the market from any company.

Read our full
Review Oppo Find X5 Pro

2. Oppo Find N – Best Foldable

Pros

Incredible folding hardware

Strong triple camera

Surprisingly affordable

Cons

No IP rating

Only available in China

RRP:



From ¥7,699 (around £910)

The Oppo Find N is one of the absolute best foldables around – which makes it such a shame that, for now at least, it’s only available in China, as is its follow-up the Find N2 – which we haven’t yet had the chance to test ourselves.

Still, we have tested the first Find N, and if you’re brave enough to import the phone then you’ll find a phenomenal bit of kit. This has one of the sturdiest foldable designs around (though unlike Samsung’s latest, there’s no waterproofing) along with flagship specs – including a very capable triple rear camera.

Foldables feel like the future of phones, and nowhere more so than in the Find N.

Read our full
Review Oppo Find N

3. Oppo Find X5 – Best Affordable Flagship

Pros

Great cameras

Unusual design

Strong performance

Cons

No IP rating

Not the latest processor

RRP:



£749

The Oppo Find X5 only loses out on a few of the most elite touches found on the Find X5 Pro. It still retains a premium design, a superb display, and an almost-identical camera setup.

Really all you miss out on are the ceramic body, the IP rating, and the latest chip – with last year’s (still excellent) Snapdragon 888 powering the phone instead.

Most importantly, it undercuts plenty of flagship rivals, delivering great value for money right now.

Read our full
Review Oppo Find X5

4. Oppo Find X3 Pro – Best Former Flagship

Pros

Striking design

Beautiful screen

Novel microlens camera

Cons

Big and bulky

Now 1+ years old

The Find X3 Pro was Oppo’s top flagship in 2021, and it’s still an excellent option.

You get a Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, and 65W wired charging together with 30W wireless.

Like the Find X5 Pro, the main and ultrawide cameras both use the same 50Mp sensor, and offer almost exactly the same quality shots, with punchy colours, oodles of detail, and great dynamic range. You also get the 2x zoom camera, along with one novelty the newer phone lacks: a microlens camera, capable of taking super-closeup shots.

Those cameras are capable of outputting images in 10-bit colour, and in fact the phone supports true 10-bit storage and encryption too, right through to the 10-bit, 120Hz, WQHD+ display.

Read our full
Review Oppo Find X3 Pro

5. Oppo Reno 8 – Best Mid-Ranger

Pros

Stunning colour-changing finish

Two-day battery life

Speedy charging

Capable performance

Cons

Mixed camera set-up

No variable refresh rate

The Reno 8 is an impressive mid-range phone. It has a stunning design, capable performance, a user-friendly OS, speedy charging and an extremely durable battery life. The main camera is also largely impressive – though the other lenses aren’t anything to shout about.

Whilst there are some notable downgrades from the Pro variant of this phone (below) – notably the processor, the refresh rate, the camera software and the IP rating – the Reno 8’s price tag is much better situated in the mid-range market. It’s a true gem, and a worthy rival to other phones from OnePlus and Google.

6. Oppo Reno 8 Pro

Pros

Glossy and refined design

Speedy charging

Powerful performance for the price

Decent main camera, even in low light

Cons

So-so secondary cameras

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro offers near flagship-level performance, a sleek design and speedy charging, making it a tempting choice. The main 50Mp camera performs extremely well, but it is a pity that the secondary cameras don’t match that standard.

In addition, the short security update promise mean that customers will be less likely to hold onto this device for years to come, and there is fierce competition from rivals when it comes to price. Regardless, Oppo has once again delivered a reliable mid-ranger.

Read our full
Review Oppo Reno 8 Pro

7. Oppo Find X5 Lite

Pros

Fast 65W charging

Great battery life

Cons

Mixed cameras

Only 90Hz

Android 11

Battery and charging are the Find X5 Lite’s biggest strengths. With a 4500mAh cell the phone can comfortably last a couple days of use, and the 65W wired charging means you can top it back up to full in a little over half an hour.

The main camera and selfie shooter are both good, but the other rear lenses disappoint a little. More damningly, despite launching in 2022 the phone ships with the older Android 11, meaning it’s already a year behind on software.

Still, this is one of the best mid-range phones in Oppo’s line-up, and has plenty to offer for those who can’t afford the flagships.

Read our full
Review Oppo Find X5 Lite

8. Oppo A54 5G

Pros

Affordable

5G support

Decent camera

Cons

Slow charging

Poor performance

The Oppo A54 5G is a competitively priced budget 5G phone that’s a great choice if you want the latest connectivity tech but don’t have a lot to spend – though it does come with compromises within that.

First, the good stuff. The 90Hz LCD display, excellent battery life, and unexpectedly strong camera make this a reliable option despite the price.

As for the bad? You’ll have to put up with slow charging – just 10W – and a sub-par chipset, which leaves the A54 stuttering and freezing every now and then.

While this isn’t the only 5G phone that costs this little, it’s one of the stronger options out there.

Read our full
Review Oppo A54 5G

9. Oppo Find X3 Lite

Pros

Refined design

Fast charging

5G

Cons

Middling camera

Now 1+ years old

The Oppo Find X3 Lite is a step up from the previous generation, there’s no denying it. The design improvements may be small, but overall they deliver a much more refined aesthetic and feel.

Factor in the Snapdragon 765G chipset (with 5G support), a 90Hz display, and 65W fast charging and you have a phone that delivers a decent amount for the price.

That said, the mid-range space is extremely competitive and the specs here – especially the camera – don’t always hold up against rivals from other manufacturers; you can get more for less elsewhere.

Nonetheless, that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is still a solid phone, and one to consider if you want a device that strikes an even balance between good features and reasonable pricing.

Read our full
Review Oppo Find X3 Lite

10. Oppo Find X3 Neo

Pros

Dazzling design

Good camera

Fast charging

Cons

Over-price

No IP rating

Now 1+ years old

RRP:



£699

Best Prices Today:



£379.99 at Amazon£699 at Oppo

The Oppo Find X3 Neo is a solid phone, but it can’t help but feel a bit backward – the result of the fact that it’s actually the 2020 Oppo Reno 5 Pro+, re-branded for the western market.

We love the slim design, fast 65W charging, and reliable camera performance, but the use of 2020’s Snapdragon 865 chipset and a 90Hz display prevent the Find X3 Neo from feeling truly competitive at full price.

Read our full
Review Oppo Find X3 Neo

Buying advice for an Oppo phone

1.

Are Oppo phones good?

For the most part, yes. Like any company, Oppo has its hits and misses, but on the whole the quality of its devices is excellent – especially its flagships, like the Find X5 Pro. Its cheaper phones are solid, but tend to be a little more expensive than rivals with similar specs.

The company is best known for its impressive camera and display tech, along with seriously fast charging, so if those are your priorities then you should definitely consider an Oppo handset.

2.

What software do Oppo phones run?

Every Oppo smartphone runs Android, with the company’s custom ColorOS skin on top. This is one of our preferred Android skins, with a great balance between customisability and ease-of-use.

3.

Do Oppo phones run Google?

Yes. You may have heard about Huawei, another Chinese phone company, which now has to sell phones without Google software thanks to a US trade embargo. But Oppo has no such embargo or restrictions, and there’s no reason to think it will.

4.

What are the best Oppo alternatives?

Oppo’s major rival is probably Xiaomi, the other giant Chinese phone company currently enjoying success in the global market. Xiaomi phones often offer a similar set of specs to Oppo’s, and sometimes at cheaper prices, though we much prefer Oppo’s software.

Oppo is also a part of a tech conglomerate called BBK, and the company owns other phone manufacturers. In fact, both Realme and OnePlus share R&D with Oppo, and run similar software, so if you like the idea of an Oppo phone then you should definitely consider those too. Vivo is also a part of BBK, but has its own R&D facilities, so its phones are a little more unique.

5.

Why don’t Oppo phones come out in the US?

Oppo phones don’t go on sale in the US or Canada, but that’s not because of any ban on them. Instead, Oppo simply doesn’t choose to sell smartphones in the US – it’s a challenging market, and one currently dominated by Apple and Samsung, which makes it hard for even huge foreign companies to break in.

Oppo’s sister company OnePlus does sell phones in North America though, so you should look to try a OnePlus phone if you really can’t find anything from Oppo.

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