Oppo Find X BEND TEST FAIL You know how your math teacher always said“Go find X”? Well, I finally found it. This is one of the coolest phones I’ve ever seen, and it’s actually also the first Oppo phone I’ve ever tested. So I’d like to officially welcome Oppo to my desk and my durability test. I’ve performed these tests on over 100 different phones – mostly flagships.
I’m not sure the exact number…it’s justprobably bordering insanity at this point. But here we all are. Let’s get started. [Intro] The cool thing about this phone is the motorizedcameras – not just the front camera, like the Vivo Nex phone I reviewed and made clear. This Oppo Find X has a whole motorized topsection that contains all the front sensors, earpiece, and front and rear cameras. It’s a pretty hefty load up top –
bankingon that motor never failing or getting stuck. If that motor ever jams or stops working – nomore cameras for you. The motor itself seems okay so far. If I pull the top out of the phone body whilethe camera app is not open, it will just pull itself right back inside. Kind of fights with you for a little bit. When the camera app is open though, and thetop is fully extended, the whole contraption has a
little bit more play than I expected,jiggling back and forth, front and back…just kind of moving all over. Not near as solid as the Vivo Nex’s. Wiggle room is a bad thing. Wiggle room means there is space for stuffto get caught down inside the moving parts. Pocket lint is called pocket lint becauseevery pocket has it. And gunk accumulates in your pockets. It’s not a good thing for a phone with movingparts.
The Find X does come with a high quality screenprotector, which is nice of them. Any protection is good protection, especiallywhen the phone is so expensive. The back glass has no protective layer, butthat’s pretty normal. Let’s jump into the scratch test. As always, this Mohs scale of hardness hasdifferent materials on the tip of each tool to tell the difference between different minerals.
Plastic would be a level 3, glass a level6, and sapphire would be an 8 or a 9, with diamonds following at a level 10. Here we see marks at a 6 with deeper groovesat a level 7. Pretty normal for a flagship. This Find X is using Gorilla Glass 5. Gorilla Glass 6 just got announced and willbe fun to check out in the future. There’s not a whole lot more to test hereon the front of the phone – it’s pretty much all screen with no visible
cameras orsensors, or even buttons on the glass. It’s just one super good looking, wall towall, no notch display. Thumbs up for that. The sides of the phone are metal, which doesprovide a sense of solidity. Metal is included on the power button as well. The top chunk of this phone, the portion thatlifts up, is also metal. Nothing up here to look at except for thelittle microphone hole. The far side of the
phone has the volume buttons,both metal, but is otherwise bare. The bottom of the phone has our USB-C portand no headphone jack. It might be a good thing or a bad thing dependingon who you ask. I prefer my phones to have one though. With a motorized opening on a phone like this,obviously there’s no hope for water resistance. But this dual SIM card tray does have it’sown little rubber ring around the edge. So it looks like Oppo has put some thoughtinto liquid protection.
Hopefully we’ll find some more protectioninside when we do the teardown. As expected, the back is glass and unscratchableby my razor. The Oppo and Find X logos are printed on theunder side of the glass and won’t be rubbing off, but I’m sure we can make it clear ifwe need to. Let’s get a closer look at the motorized bits. The whole area covering the front of the mechanicallift is glass, which means the 25 megapixel front facing camera and all the high techsensors for the face scanning feature
are protected against scratching as the mechanismactuates up and down. So far, so good. Interestingly enough, this exterior earpieceslot is just a hollow hallway for sound to pass through from the actual earpiece in theraised bit behind it. So if that actuating motor does break andstays closed, you’ll still be able to make and hear your phone calls, which is kind ofimportant for a cellphone. Flipping over the phone for the rear dualcameras, we get 16 and 20 megapixel cameras, but no telephoto or wide angle. And that’s rather unfortunate
having 2 camerasthat do the exact same thing is like buying a Swiss army knife where every single bladeis the same. If you have a spot for multiple cameras, theyshould accomplish different things – that’s my opinion. You might be thinking to yourself, ‘Hey, yoJerry, you didn’t scratch the fingerprint scanner.’ And you’re right, there’s is no fingerprintscanner on this phone,
which feels kind of strange on a 2018 flagship, but Oppo has somemajor confidence in their facial recognition system, and they did not include the fingerprintscanner this time around. Now for the burn test. It seems only fitting to start this fire righton the weather app since it’s so hot outside, and only getting hotter. The 6.4 inch 1080p display is AMOLED. And after 14 seconds we got proof of thatwith the rather nice white burn mark in the center of the screen that never recovers.
LCD’s usually recover, but AMOLEDs burn whiteand stay that way. Now for the bend test. Bend tests are important because they showhow structurally sound a phone is, and gives us a general idea of how well it’ll hold upover time with accidental abuse. Remember, I’ve tested over 100 phones andthe vast majority of the phones I test survive…even the previous motorized Vivo Nex. Commencing the bend on the Oppo Find X, Iinstantly knew something was wrong with this phone.
It bent way too far and never locked out orstopped bending like most phones do. Some parts of the phone can handle the flex,like the metal frame, but one thing that can’t handle the flexing is the rigid and brittleAMOLED display panel. That display underneath the glass cracks,rendering the screen pretty useless since the colors now have a mind of their own. The back panel starts lifting off, and boththe front and rear glass shatter into oblivion. You might be thinking, yeah, of course itbroke, you just bent it in half.
But keep in mind that over 90% of the phonesI get my hands on are strong enough to withstand this exact same abuse and go on to live longhappy lives, until I harvest their organs for parts. You know how it is. This Oppo Find X is dead. It’s important to never sit on a phone likethis, or accidentally step on it after a drop, or even drop it at all. Cellphones are probably the most abused piecesof technology on the planet, and the Find X cannot handle abuse as well as other smartphones.
It’s going on the Shelf of Shame. I love the innovation and direction that Oppois taking. This phone is a winner on so many levels – justnot with durability. Let’s take a closer look at the inside ofthat camera mechanism. It looks like the glass layer has laminatebacking, so it will all come off in one piece. A clear addition would have would have beenawesome. Bending back the fractured glass, we get ourfirst look inside of the phone. One singular stepper motor with the same leadscrew technology we saw in the Find X, except for this lead screw is
pushing up way moreweight and is not as stable. And also has a much more valuable payloadsince literally every sensor in the phone depends on that little motor lasting for years. I have my doubts. It’s putting a lot of trust in something that’swiggly and jiggly. My intention here is to not crush Oppo intooblivion. Innovation like this is pretty much the coolestthing ever and Oppo’s doing a fantastic job of leading the market in the direction itshould be headed. The phone looks awesome, but hopefully theirnext phone is just a bit more durable.
I’ll be pulling glass out of my fingers forthe next week. Pulling off the rest of the back glass revealsour weak point in the frame. There’s not a whole lot of metal in here keepingthings together. And pretty much nothing structural at allbetween the battery and the motherboard – which is the weakest point in the phone. It’s pretty much the same thing we saw inthe Nexus 6P back in the day. Now, Oppo does include a case in the box,so if you do own this phone, slap that on as soon as possible. Oppo Find X BEND TEST FAIL
Any protection helps. The phones released this year have been awesome. The bezel-less high-tech motorized phones like the Find X are great, but in the mathematical quest for the perfect durable smartphone, the Find X is the equivalent of texting your ex….just don’t. to be notified about future durability tests and come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks a ton for watching, and I’ll see you around.
Oppo Find X BEND TEST FAIL