Oppo Find X5 Lite


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The Oppo Find X5 Lite is an extremely competent all round mid-ranger, with a slim and light design, a competent camera, and speedy charging. However, it’s not the fastest, its display is nothing to write home about, and it generally lacks the single killer feature that its key rivals all have.

Pros

  • Decent all-rounder
  • Competent camera
  • Speedy charging
Cons

  • Slightly underpowered for the money
  • No stand-out features compared to rivals
  • Still only running on Android 11
Availability

  • UKRRP: £399
  • USATBC
  • EuropeTBC
  • CanadaTBC
  • AustraliaTBC
Key Features
  • Fast charging speed65W wired fast-charging sees this smartphone top up its 4500mAh in short order
  • Slim designThe Find X5 Lite is just 7.8mm thick and is relatively lightweight too, at 173g
  • Huge 256GB of storageThere’s 256GB of onboard storage, and 8GB of RAM

Introduction

The Oppo Find X5 Lite might be part of the wider Find X5 family, but it doesn’t bear any of the DNA of its pricier brothers. From its simple plastic design to its budget processor and humble camera set-up, it’s very much its own thing.

Therefore, we’re not going to spend too much time comparing it to the rest of the X5 range; instead, it would be smarter to pitch the Find X5 Lite against its direct rivals on what has become an incredibly competitive mid-range scene.

At a price of £399, the Oppo Find X5 Lite finds itself sharing shelf space with the Pixel 6a, the Nothing Phone (1), the Poco F4 and the OnePlus Nord 2T. Those are some formidable competitors, each packing a couple of key features that remind you of a flagship phone.

Can the Oppo Find X5 Lite possibly hope to compete under such circumstances? Let’s take a look at what it’s got to offer.

Design and screen

  • All-plastic body with sparkly finish
  • One of the slimmer and lighter mid-rangers
  • Decent 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED

That lack of shared DNA with the rest of the family is obvious the second you lay eyes on the Oppo Find X5 Lite. Rather than curvaceous, premium glass and metal, this is a handset that’s flat, generic, and predominantly plastic.

Cameras on the Oppo Find X5 LiteImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Not that this is an ugly or poorly built phone by any stretch of the imagination. There’s a shimmering, sparkling finish to the rear cover that’s easy on the eye, if still decidedly plastic to the touch. 

My test model comes in the deceptively named Starry Black, which is actually more of a deep purple. Still, with that sparkly effect, you can see the ‘night sky’ impression that Oppo was obviously shooting for.

This being a darker shade, it’s not immune to fingerprints, but nor is it the smudgiest offender. Either way, I suspect that the lighter Startrails Blue would be a better bet if you’re phobic about greasy prints.

The back of the Oppo Find X5 LiteImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The phone feels reassuringly robust in the hand, and it’s reasonably slim and light at 7.8mm and 173g. That makes it more compact than the Pixel 6a, the Nothing Phone (1), and the OnePlus Nord 2T.

There’s still room for a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the phone. Unfortunately, however, Oppo hasn’t found space for a set of stereo speakers, with a single rather underwhelming speaker positioned on the bottom of the phone. As a result, the audio is all a bit sharp and sibilant.

The Oppo Find X5 Lite has a decent screen for its priceImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

On the front of the phone, Oppo has supplied a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with an FHD+ (1080 x 2400p) resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. That’s the exact same spec as last year’s Oppo Find X3 Lite, not to mention the OnePlus Nord 2T, leading me to believe that it’s the same component.

Technically, Oppo appears to have cranked up the peak brightness from 750 to 800 nits for this year’s model. It’s not a huge boost, if I’m being honest, but it at least partly addresses our main criticism of the Find X3 Lite display that it was too dim. It’s still too dim, but less so.

All in all, it’s another solid display, though you can get larger, smoother, and brighter for the money with the Poco F4.

Camera

  • 64MP wide sensor, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro
  • No OIS, but passable night shots
  • Decent 32MP selfie camera

If anything, the Oppo Find X5 Lite’s camera system appears to have taken a backwards step from the Find X3 Lite. While ostensibly similar on paper, its 64MP wide sensor is actually a little smaller than its predecessor.

Elsewhere, Oppo has dropped the dedicated depth sensor from the Find X3 Lite, though that’s really not any sort of problem. The included 2MP macro camera is plenty useless as it is.

As for that main 64MP sensor, it’s a perfectly fine performer in good to moderate lighting. Oppo’s strong image processing is clearly at play here, offering balanced shots that don’t ramp up colours too aggressively, and with decent contrast.

Photo of a plate of food taken in normal light conditions on the Oppo Find X5 LiteImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)Standard shot from the Oppo Find X5 LiteImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

These qualities extend to the Find X5 Lite’s 2x shots. While there’s no dedicated telephoto camera, Oppo does a fine job of extracting detail out of these cropped shots.

2x zoom shot from the Oppo Find X5 LiteImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

While the 8MP ultra-wide offers a flatter, less detailed look, it’s broadly of a piece with its superior wide brother. Indeed shots taken with both of those main sensors broadly capture the tone of the scene quite nicely. 

Ultrawide shot from the Oppo Find X5 LiteImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Night shots are surprisingly decent given that relatively small sensor, not to mention the lack of OIS. The latter is a key spec that all of the Find X5 Lite’s key rivals mentioned above include. Still, I was quietly satisfied with the results I got from the phone’s dedicated Night mode, despite a certain fuzziness that you don’t get with the very best in the category. 

Low light shot taken on the Oppo Find X5 LiteImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Again, Oppo’s algorithms seem to be doing a lot of heavy lifting, with a nice natural tone that preserves the feel of night time scenes without over-brightening. Just try and keep those hands nice and steady.

The Find X5 Lite also includes a 32MP selfie camera, which is pretty decent at capturing skin tones and isolating subjects from backgrounds without blowing out highlights.

Selfie taken on the Oppo Find X5 Lite
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