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27 Aug 2020

Oppo Find X2 Pro vs Find X2 Neo: why pay double?

The Find X2 Pro is almost twice the price of the Neo, but on paper there's not a lot between these phones

When Oppo first landed in the UK, it positioned itself as an affordable brand with high-spec cameras and unique concepts. But its smartphones are now competing with Apple and Samsung at the top end of the market.

The obscenely pricey Find X2 Pro hit the shelves this year for £1,100. Alongside it is the Find X2 Neo (£600), which looks intriguingly similar but for close to half the price. Both are 5G and have some pretty impressive specs.

We look at whether you should fork out more than £1,000 for the Find X2 Pro or opt for the less premium (but still expensive) Neo instead. And if you're incensed by the prices of both of these smartphones, Oppo has some much cheaper alternatives that might tempt you.

Browse our favourite smartphones of the year in our guide to the top five smartphones for 2020, and if you're a sucker for bargains, read our guide to the best deals on Sim-free phones.

Oppo Find X2 smartphones: Neo vs Pro

Oppo Find X2 NeoOppo Find X2 Pro
Display size6.5 inches6.7 inches
Display resolution (pixels)2,400 x 1,0803,168 x 1,440
Rear cameras (Mp)48, 13, 8, 248, 48, 13
Front cameras (Mp)3232

Oppo Find X2 Pro (£1,100)

As you'd expect considering its hefty price, the Oppo Find X2 Pro has some pretty high-end specs. Most smartphones in the £900 to £1,200 price range have at least a 6.5-inch display, so the 6.7-inch OLED Quad HD+ screen (3,168 x 1,440p) on the Find X2 Pro is exactly what we would expect to see.

A 90.9% screen-to-body ratio means the screen covers almost the entire front and a 120Hz refresh rate is one of the highest on the market right now. Expect nothing but the smoothest and most luxurious of experiences when navigating around this phone.

The next big talking point is the cameras - and you know you're onto something special when you see a fancy-sounding proprietary name. The Find X2 Pro's rear 'Ultra Vision Camera System' is made up of a 48Mp wide-angle camera, 48Mp ultra-wide-angle camera and 13Mp periscope telephoto camera, which use something called All-Pixel Omnidirectional PDAF. In real terms, it's supposed to help the phone stay in focus in whichever direction you're capturing pictures.

All of these lenses work together to give you 10x zoom, which Oppo has become well known for since the launch of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. Its front camera is a single 32Mp wide-angle lens.

For battery, it comes with a respectable 4,260mAh, which in capacity isn't far behind competitor devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (4,500mAh). And12GB Ram plus a large 512GB of storage ensure that no stone has been left unturned.

On paper it's ticking all the right boxes, but does it all come together? Our Oppo Find X2 Pro review reveals all.

Oppo Find X2 Neo (£600)

Oppo cuts a few corners with the Find X2 Neo - but perhaps fewer than you might expect. You're still getting a whole host of great features for a far lower price.

Its display is only slightly smaller at 6.5-inches compared with 6.7-inches on the Find X2 Pro, but you're getting a noticeably lower-resolution display (Full HD+). The size of the Neo's screen is impressive considering its price, matching the size of more premium devices such as the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max. It has a 90Hz refresh rate and an 89.7% screen-to-body ratio, both of which are pretty good, but not quite as impressive as the Find X2 Pro's specs.

Interestingly, the Find X2 Neo has more rear cameras than the Pro. Like the Pro, it has a 48Mp wide-angle lens as its main camera, but this is followed by a 13Mp telephoto lens, 8Mp wide-angle lens and a 2Mp black and white mono lens. Its 32Mp front lens is an identical resolution to the Pro.

This model doesn't have as many fancy camera features as its more expensive range mate, but it does have 5x hybrid optical zoom, which is good if you ignore the fact that the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (£429) has double the capability and is significantly cheaper.

The Find X2 Neo has a 4,025mAh battery - made up of twin 2,130mAh cells - which is only 235mAh smaller than the Pro's. You'll get the same 12GB of Ram, but half the internal storage (256GB) that again, can't be expanded with a micro-SD card. There are few differences in specs between the Neo and the Pro.

Cheap Oppo smartphones

If you're not willing to pay more than £500 but are keen on the brand, you'll be pleased to know that Oppo offers a range of far cheaper models too.

Not only are some of their smartphones incredibly affordable, they also have some very notable features that might make you question ever considering paying premium prices.

  • Oppo A5 2020 (£149) This smartphone is just £149, so it's off to a great start already. Its 6.5-inch display is neck-and-neck with the Find X2 Neo in size, although not quite in resolution, and it has four modest rear cameras led by a 12Mp wide-angle lens. The Oppo A5 2020's 5,000mAh battery is certainly something to brag about at this price point as well.
  • Oppo A9 2020 (£189) This model is only slightly pricier than the A5 2020. Like the A5, the Oppo A9 2020 it has a 6.5-inch display and it sports four rear cameras as well. A massive 5,000mAh makes it an even easier sell, but our tests results will tell you what its weaknesses are.
  • Oppo Reno2 (£379) The Reno2 is very similar to the Find X2 Neo in specs but much cheaper. Its display is identical in size and resolution, it's got a quadruple rear camera array, a 4,000mAh battery and 256GB of internal storage. For a more than £200 saving compared with the Neo, the Oppo Reno2 is worth looking at.

Find more budget-friendly smartphones in our best cheap mobile phones guide.