Oppo's Find X range for this 2021 consists of three clearly structured models. At the forefront, we find the Find X3 Pro, a model that bets on the latest hardware, while the Find X3 Lite is positioned as the most affordable alternative.

In an intermediate position, we find the Oppo Find X3 Neo, a mobile that, while it is true that it does not go as far as the Oppo Find X3 Pro in terms of performance and performance, if it is postulated as the most balanced in the range for offering spectacular performance for a much more content price than that of the flagship.

We have been testing the Oppo Find X3 Neo for a couple of days and, although it is early to do a detailed analysis of its performance on which to cement a well-founded opinion, it does leave us with very satisfying first sensations that we tell you in this contact of the Oppo Find X3 Neo.

A high-end with all the letters

I must admit that I am one of those who, like any tech fan, enjoy testing the most powerful models in each range. That's why, when Oppo introduced its new range of 2021 Find X mobiles – which we broadcast live from our YouTube channel – all my interest was focused on the Oppo Find X3 Pro, the top model.

However, this model eclipsed its second onboard, an intermediate model with which it actually shares many features offering a performance very close to that offered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processors that mount the Oppo Find X3 Pro, but with a noticeably lower price.

However, leaving the initial prejudices aside, after a couple of days of use as a personal smartphone I have discovered that the Oppo Find X3 Neo is a mobile that any brand would sign for having as flagship, and those sensations begin with its design.

What strikes us most is the finish of its rear than in the unit that Oppo has sent us looks the color Starry Black, which more than black is a dark blue that offers lighter reflections as the light hits it.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

One thing that still has me baffled by this finish is that visually it looks plastic by its texture but, although it looks like a matte finish, it can offer glitter with a really nice and elegant bluish hue, and to the touch, it is clear glass.

In addition, it is a back that is really pleasant to the touch and that, because of its texture, provides a greater feeling of safety in the grip because it is not so slippery and, above all, it is one of the cleanest that I have tried lately since it does not catch the footprints.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

In short, a madness of sensations that, I must confess, has had me a good time on my face looking at it and playing with the way the light affects it. Something that hasn't been able to get any cell phone for a few months now.

The mobile is not too bulky – for what we are seeing in 2021 – and leaves dimensions of 159.9 x 72.5 mm making it fit comfortably in the hand. One of the keys to this comfort of use is its 7.99 mm thickness and the 184 grams of weight that add to the two curves it draws on the sides of the back and the rounded corners.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

In short, it is a smartphone with contained dimensions that invite you to have in your hand for the pleasant sensations that transmit to the touch its rear.

These good sensations are also transmitted when interacting with the screen that implements the same lateral curves that we saw in the back. This is something that many users do not value positively. However, the side curves of the screen help eliminate frames and enhance the feel of an all-screen front.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

This causes the screen to take on a leading role on the front, ceding some ground at the top and bottom to a narrow frame and leaving the front camera folded to a hole in the upper left corner of the screen.

The AMOLED display has a diagonal of 6.5 inches with a Full HD+ resolution (2,400x 1,080 pixels) and an adaptive refresh rate of 90 Hz. This leaves you room to save energy while allowing you to squeeze fluency to the fullest when using apps with vertical scrolling, such as Twitter, Instagram, or when browsing.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

Both the sharpness of the screen and its brightness have seemed very appropriate to us, although we should wait for the full analysis that we will publish in a few days to quantify that brightness with our own measurements.

According to Oppo, this panel supports HDR 10+ and delivers an average brightness of 500 nits in everyday use, rising to 1,100 nits at specific times when displaying HDR content.

The truth is that I have used my mobile both outdoors in full sun and indoors and even in total darkness. In all cases, the visibility of the screen has been maintained with a correct screen brightness showing a good speed of adaptation in each case.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

In general, you can see a good quality screen, with those slightly saturated colors that usually show the AMOLED panels and with a density of 402 dpi.

At the top of the screen, we find an almost invisible speaker that combines with the bottom one located at the base to offer a Dolby Atmos stereo sound system.

Snapdragon 865, 12GB RAM, and a fast charge that lowers your stress level

Given that at the design level the Oppo Find X3 Neo offers its own finishes of a top mobile, where do you see the "tingle" of Oppo that has pushed this mobile to become the shadow of the Oppo Find X3 Pro?

The first clue is found in the chosen processor, although in reality that alleged performance cut only exists on paper.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

We are talking about a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor that arrives accompanied by 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. As we say, the alleged trimming is only theoretical because, in the real world, the performance of the 865 remains impressive and offers a performance very close to what we find in models with the Snapdragon 888 that mounts the Oppo Find X3 Pro.

We still have to take this unit to the limit and compare the results with those obtained by the Oppo Find X3 Pro, something for which we place you to the full analysis that we will publish in a few days.

However, and serve as a warning for navigators, in the preliminary tests we have obtained 706,982 points in AnTuTu, compared to the just over 724,000 points reached by the Oppo Find X3 Pro.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

The Snapdragon 865 was the most powerful processor of just one month ago, so it remains a chip capable of dealing with any usage scenario, both when running the most demanding games, and in everyday applications in multitasking.

More than a noticeable difference in terms of performance, where the user will notice a difference between the latest processors and the Snapdragon 865 that governs this Oppo Find X3 Neo is in temperature management and battery consumption optimization.

Oppo has opted for a combination of battery and fast charging that is working very well in the latest releases coming in 2021. It is a 4,500 mAh battery that, in our case, has reached us to reach the end of the day without any major problems.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

But what really makes this battery capacity, a priori scarce, successful is the power of its fast charging.

In this sense, the Oppo Find X3 Neo incorporates a SuperVOOC 2.0 65 W charger that allows you to take care of battery charges. This power allows you to go from 2% charge to 50% in just 11 minutes and up to 100% in 29 minutes.

Literally, as long as it takes you to have a coffee, your phone charges with enough energy to get to the end of the day without any major problems. This takes away the stress of having to be constantly aware of the battery charge, being able to assume without further trauma leaving home in the morning with a low percentage of battery, and charge it with an amazing speed in any pause of your day.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

To say that we have only been able to do a couple of battery charges and during the first days of our tests the consumption is usually higher because we are constantly passing performance tests, tests with cameras, etc.

That is why we place you to the full analysis of the Oppo Find X3 Neo that we will publish shortly to offer a more realistic autonomy scenario.

Versatility in the vocals and a quality that leaves good sensations

Another point where the Oppo Find X3 Neo is justified to remain in the shadow of the flagship is that it does not have the same photographic equipment.

That doesn't mean the Oppo Find X3 Neo offers poor photography performance. At least it's not the feeling that this first approach to your cameras leaves us.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

In its rear, we find the main camera module consisting of a Sony IMX 766 sensor of 50 Mpx identical to that mounted by the Oppo Find X3 Pro. In the wide-angle, we find a sensor of 16 Mpx, a two magnification telephoto lens with a resolution of 13 Mpx, and a Macro of 2 Mpx.

It seems to us a very successful assortment in which a wide range of focal points ranging from the closest of the macro to the most open of the ultra-wide-angle, stopping at an optical zoom and the main lens that puts the point of the highest quality.

The photo section is one of the most tests and analysis required so we reserve the definitive assessments on photographic performance for analysis after having reviewed a few hundred samples and checking their behavior in different light scenarios.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

The first samples point to well-processed photos in which no big mistakes are made or big changes are seen in the color balance of the different lenses that lead us to think of a negative rating.

In this model, we do not find a telemacro lens like the one incorporated by its older brother, but it does offer a 2x telephoto with a fairly short focus distance that allows a greater approach to objects and improve the quality concerning the macro.

About the video section, we have also had good sensations with a wide range of resolutions ranging from 8K to 30 fps, to the most discreet in 1080p but enhanced with professional quality stabilization.

However, we insist that these assessments, we leave for the full analysis where we will support our opinions with samples taken with the different cameras.

A good bet on SD 865 to bring a winning mobile to life

We have spent just two days using the Oppo Find X3 Neo and the list of pros already exceeds that of cons, although all this is likely to change until we have all the results of our tests for the full analysis that we will bring you in a few days.

Oppo Find X3 Neo

It is not strange because, although Oppo presents this Oppo Find X3 Neo as an option that takes a step back from its flagship, there is not really a great distance between them.

Obviously, the Oppo Find X3 Neo makes some concessions to the Oppo star model for this 2021, which mostly focuses on the photographic section, but the waiver is not such in the hardware section as it maintains a high-end performance with all its letters.