The Oppo Find X slide-out camera obsoletes the notch and allows for super slim bezels

Ever since the Apple iPhone X, a lot has been said about the display notch. Being the smartphone leader it is, Cupertino’s design seems to have caught the eye of many Android smartphone vendors and given they’d do anything to match Apple’s success in the business, most aren’t hesitating to hop onto the notch train. But the Oppo Find X is something else.

Oppo Find X specs

  • 6.42-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ (2340×1080) OLED Panoramic vision display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
  • Dual 16MP + 20MP main camera
  • 25MP front camera
  • 3730mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (eligible for Android P beta)
  • Extras: 3D facial recognition, VOOC fast charging technology, 3D selfie camera with AI, 3D Omoji, etc.

Smartphone buyers are demanding devices with super slim bezels and on their way to delivering this design, smartphone vendors have had to deal with obstacles like the front-facing camera and earpiece, among other necessities. These are the things that pushed them into settling for a display notch in order to accommodate these necessities and while Oppo has already launched several handsets using this approach, the Oppo Find X ditches the notch in favor of a slide-out front-facing camera, thus contributing to an amazing 93.8% screen-to-body ratio. That’s simply insane, right?

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On the Oppo Find X, you’ll hardly find any bezels and instead, the phone has the entire camera system on the slide-out mechanism. It reminds me of the old slider phones, only that there’s no keyboard sliding out, rather, it’s the top section that is popping out.

The front of the sliding-out section not only houses a massive 25MP selfie camera, but you also get an earpiece, a Face ID system (dubbed O-Face), ranging sensor, a dot projector, and an infrared camera combine like Apple’s.  And yes, you also get Oppo’s own version of Animojis called Omoji. On the back of the same section, you also get the main camera alongside a LED flash. And no, there’s no fingerprint scanner on this gadget.

Since the slider will remain closed unless invoked (by opening the camera app or when you need to use O-Face), you’ll love the fact that the camera lenses will always remain protected against smudges, scratches and such-like stuff. The Oppo Find X doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner and thus turning it on will push up the slider in order to scan your face and then go back to hiding when done. All this takes a fraction of a second, so it shouldn’t be such a big concern.

Although a cool take, buyers of the Oppo Find X will be concerned about the durability of this motorized section. To quash away such concerns, Oppo says the slider has been tested in over 300,000 actuations and passed successfully, which means the device shouldn’t suffer any unexpected faults due to the regular movement of the slider. Besides, if your slider phone was able to survive for years, the Oppo Find X slide-out system should be able to hold up pretty well, too. Hopefully.

The fact that the Oppo Find X is also eligible for Android P beta makes this phone even more exciting, but it won’t be the first from the company to join the program. As of this writing, the Oppo R15 Pro is already enjoying Android P beta and if you want to hop in, we have the how-to-join guide right here.

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Oppo Find X price and availability

Oppo held the Oppo Find X launch event in Europe, effectively confirming that the phone is coming to this region. In addition, the Chinese vendor mentioned that the Find X will be sold in the U.S., officially, making it the first ever from the company to do so.

In Europe, the Find X will set you back a cool €999 and even though we don’t know the price for the U.S. market, it’s likely to be the same figure as in Europe, that is, $999 or probably cheaper. Oppo says the phone will first be available for release in August, but there’s no mention of specific markets that will be on the front line.

When we get the full details, we’ll effectively update this post with the same. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, what are your thoughts on the Oppo Find X? Let us know in your comments down below.

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