Oppo’s Find X6 Pro packs a 1-inch sensor and periscopic camera

We were impressed by Oppo’s Find X5 Pro last year, so naturally we have high expectations for its successor. As previously announced, the upcoming Find X6 Pro has the basic specs you’d expect from a 2023 flagship: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, Sony’s IMX989 “1” sensor for the main camera, bright 6.82-inch 3,168 x 1,440 AMOLED screen, a generous 5,000mAh battery, an IP68 ruggedness rating and up to 16GB of RAM plus 512GB of storage. As a bonus, Oppo also brought back a periscopic telephoto camera – a missing feature since 2020’s Find X2 Pro – to take full advantage of its photographic partnership with Hasselblad, as well as its own MariSilicon X imaging neural processor.

The Find X6 Pro has arguably the biggest external redesign since the Find X3 Pro, with the three rear cameras – all 50-megapixel resolutions plus optical stabilization – housed in a large circular island. The glass-covered upper part houses the main camera (23mm equivalent), the ultra wide-angle camera (15mm equivalent), the LED flash and the Hasselblad logo, while the lower part houses the periscope camera with 3x optical zoom (65mm equivalent) or 6 -fold includes “in-sensor” zoom – we’ll get to that later. When it comes to video capture, you can go up to 4K at 60fps, although the 32-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera (21mm equivalent) on the other hand is limited to 1080p at 30fps.

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While the 3x optical zoom on this new periscopic camera sounds less exciting than the Find X2 Pro’s 5x counterpart, it offers 6x “in-sensor” zoom. This is thanks to the relatively large Sony IMX890 sensor (1/1.56 inch), which still offers a good number of pixels even with native cropping. With advance firmware I was able to get impressively clean and sharp shots even at 6x. Of course, any other camera with 10x optical zoom would beat this hybrid solution, but this is still a viable alternative, especially considering how handy the 3x optical zoom is for food photography and the new Hasselblad portrait mode – the latter claims , “to simulate the colors and depth of field of Hasselblad’s classic XCD30 and XCD80 lenses.”

The ultra-wide camera also uses an IMX890 sensor, which appears to be the biggest offering yet in this category. As before, this camera has a free-form surface lens to minimize distortion, as well as a relatively wide f/2.2 aperture.

Gallery: Oppo Find X6 Pro sample shots | 32 Photos Gallery: Oppo Find X6 Pro sample shots | 32 photos

Of course, there are plenty of other goodies outside of photography on the Find X6 Pro. The 5,000mAh battery is now paired with a new 100W SuperVOOC fast charge that charges from zero to 100 percent in just 28 minutes. Or you can wirelessly charge with 50W AirVOOC, which takes 52 minutes to reach a full charge. Oppo also claims to double battery life with its Battery Health Engine from last year.

In addition to the usual stereo speakers, Oppo has implemented a design called “Active Privacy Protection for Voice Calls” into the earbuds that appear to be “capable of improving sound isolation by up to a factor of 3.5 to reduce audio leakage.” . In other words, people standing around you are less likely to eavesdrop on your calls.

Last but not least, while not all flagship phones come with an infrared remote control, some might still appreciate this feature of the Oppo Find X6 Pro to control things like TVs, air conditioners and lights.

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The Oppo Find X6 Pro will be available in China from March 24th, with design options including a two-tone brown (glass plus vegan leather), black (glass) and green (glass). Prices range from 5,999 yuan or about $873 (12GB RAM with 256GB storage) to 6,999 yuan or about $1,018 (16GB RAM with 512GB storage).

There’s also a similar-looking but cheaper Find X6 that swaps out the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip for MediaTek’s Dimensity 9200. Also, its main camera uses an IMX890 instead of the 1-inch IMX989, while its ultra-wide camera uses a Samsung JN1 sensor and sadly lacks a free-form lens. Still, this phone packs a generous 4,800mAh battery with 80W fast charging and has an IP64 ruggedness rating. It’s offered in green, gold, and black, with prices ranging from 4,499 yuan, or about $654 (12GB RAM with 256GB storage) to 4,999 yuan, or about $727 (16GB RAM with 512GB storage).

We will keep an eye on international availability, although it will likely be limited to Europe in the west. Stay tuned.

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