We don't yet have a concrete picture regarding every upcoming member of the Find X line but leaks are coming thick and fast. Here's what we know so far.
When does the Oppo Find X3 launch?
That expectation was fuelled by leaker Evan Blass, who predicts that the Find X3 range is "targeting an early March launch," but that the phones won't hit stores until April.
It has since been all but confirmed by Oppo itself, in a post on Weibo which promises to "See you in March" along with the hashtag "#ImpossibleSurface" (translated from Mandarin by Google) - almost certainly a reference to the controversial sloping camera module design seen in the render above. We're confident the post is a reference to the Find X3 because it came just hours after Blass leaked those renders of the phone.
The mostly reliable leaker Jon Prosser has suggested a more specific date: 11 March. He says that's when the Find X3 Pro, Lite, and Neo will be unveiled, with pre-orders to follow at the end of March, and phones shipping in mid-April - matching Blass's previous prediction.
Oppo Find X3 Pro, Lite and Neo 👀— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) February 22, 2021
- Announcement: March 11
- Pre-order: March 31
- Launch: April 14 pic.twitter.com/s7kf9thmD2
Note that there's no mention of a regular Find X3, adding fuel to speculation that the vanilla model won't launch after all.
How much is the Oppo Find X3?
At this stage, pricing is also up in the air. With the existing Find X2 range, the standard model starts at £899, while the Pro pushes to a starting price of £1099.
Although there's a chance that the company might hike prices to some degree, in the current market, Oppo is already brushing up against the ceiling of what most brands charge for a flagship Android phone, so going much higher would require significant technological innovation to justify a further increase.
Evan Blass predicts that this year four phones will launch together in March, though since then we've heard more pointing towards a three-phone launch, with no regular Find X3.
What will the Find X3 look like?
Thanks once again to leaker Evan Blass, we have a good idea of what we think the Find X3 series will look like, as he revealed what he claims are official Oppo renders of the Find X3 Pro model - you'll have already seen one up at the top of this page.
The design is unusual, to say the least, with a fairly standard body for the most part until we get to the camera module, where the body of the phone slopes up to meet the four lenses, themselves arranged in a layout clearly inspired by Apple's recent iPhones.
Blass obtained images of four finishes: black, white, blue, and an orange leather model similar to last year's vegan leather Find X2 Pro. Even here, the leather slopes up to the edges of the quad camera module. It's a design that's sure to be divisive.
This is specifically the Find X3 Pro, but we expect the standard model to look similar enough if it does launch. Blurry images of what might be the standard model have appeared thanks to a listing on the Chinese certification system TENAA. You can see a similar rear camera array, though it's hard to tell if the module slopes up from the rear in the same way on this model.
Meanwhile the Lite and Neo are likely to vary more on the rear, as they're looking likely to be re-branded Reno 5 models. Once again, Evan Blass has given us our best idea of what to expect from the range:
What are the Oppo Find X3 specs?
Specs look set to vary significantly between the four Find X3 models, so let's break them down one by one.
First up, we know relatively little about the vanilla Find X3, if it exists at all. Images such as the one above, showing only the Pro, Lite, and Neo models, have led some to believe the regular Find X3 has been scrapped.
The first meaningful leaks came in February 2021, when a phone believed to be the Find X3 appeared on a few benchmarking platforms.
Codenamed PEDM00, the phone appears to run the Snapdragon 870 chipset - an over-clocked version of the 865 - along with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, and ships with ColorOS 11.2 and Android 11. The benchmarks also mention a display resolution of 1080 x 2412, and a 12.6Mp camera sensor.
Digital Chat Station claims the display will be a 6.78in QHD+ 120Hz panel, and adds that the phone will use the Sony IMX766 camera sensor - which is also rumoured to appear in two of the Find X3 Pro's cameras.
Find X3 Pro
We know more about what to expect from the Find X3 Pro. The best info comes from Blass once again, who dove into the nitty-gritty of the top Find X3 model's specs.
According to Blass, the Find X3 Pro sports the codename 'Fussi' and will sport the marketing tagline "Awaken Color" to draw attention to the Full Path Colour Management System that Oppo first announced at its Inno Day 2020 event (which also saw the reveal of the Oppo X 2021 rollable concept phone).
This system means that the the Find X3 Pro will offer a true 10-bit colour display, and will feature 10-bit colour depth through the full DCI-P3 gamut at every stage: from capture via the phone's camera, to encoding, storage, decoding, and finally on the screen.
As well as offering 10-bit colour depth, like its predecessor, the X3 Pro is said to sport a 6.7in 1440x3216 OLED display with a dynamic refresh rate that can range from 10Hz to 120Hz (presumably at full resolution).
It's also firmly expected that the Find X3 Pro will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. That's what tipster Digital Chat Station claims (via GizChina), also agreeing that the phone will have a 3K display - much like last year's model - with a high refresh rate.
An Oppo device powered by the 888 appeared on benchmarking app AnTuTu, with an impressive score of 771,491 - the highest from any 888-powered device thus far. This score reflects the combination of chipset, RAM, and software, suggesting we can expect fast RAM and a lean OS from Oppo.
The same 888-powered Oppo phone popped up on Geekbench too, there hitting scores of 1134 on single-core performance and 3660 on multi-core - roughly in line with Qualcomm's own numbers for 888 performance, unlike the record-breaking AnTuTu performance. The model number on Geekbench - CPH2173 - is in line with last year's Find X2 (CPH2023) and Find X2 Pro (CPH2025).
A device codenamed 'Oppo PEEM00' - believed to be the Find X3 Pro - popped up on benchmarks again in early February. The spec sheet this time showed the Snapdragon 888 backed up by 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. This leak also referenced a display resolution of 1440x3216, though curiously lists a camera spec of 16Mp - though this makes more sense if you assume it's the resolution after pixel binning.
The Pro also looks to be the first device to tote two of Sony's new 50Mp IMX766 image sensors: one serving as the phone's primary camera, while the other mans an ultrawide lens, which should bring greater consistency to the table compared to other multi-sensored smartphone snapper arrangements.
The camera system will also reportedly play host to a 13Mp telephoto snapper with a 2x optical zoom, while - unusually - the whole setup is rounded out by an unorthodox 3Mp macro camera, set to tote 25x magnification and microscope-like capabilities; thanks in part to an integrated LED ring - a feature that Blass says is likely to receive notable attention within the phone's marketing.
Leaker Ice Universe has since shared what they claim is a sample image from this 25x macro camera, though of course without knowing what the photo is of it's hard to get a good sense of how well it's done.
Oppo itself has confirmed that it's adding support for DOL-HDR (Digital Overlap High Dynamic Range) camera sensors - a Sony-developed technology that allows for multiple shots to be taken at different exposures simultaneously and compiled into a final HDR shot, rather than current mobile HDR solutions that capture multiple images at different exposure values in succession in order to create a composite final HDR image.
This upgrade would reduce the risk of blurred movement when capturing HDR images, as all exposure values are being captured concurrently.
The exterior of the phone apparently comes in at 8mm, while weight will be kept to a manageable (for a device with a 6.7in display, at least) 190 grams. On the inside sits a 4500mAh battery that'll support 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 wired fast charging and - unlike the Find X2 Pro - will also accommodate 30W AirVOOC wireless fast charging.
Those battery and charging specs have since been verified by the Find X3 Pro's FCC certification, which confirms a dual-cell battery with a typical capacity of 2250mAh per cell - for 4500mAh total. It also lists a potential 65W charge speed.
One of the less attention-grabbing but interesting upgrades apparently set to feature within the Find X3 Pro is an enhanced dual-body antenna for the phone's NFC module, which will supposedly allow for common NFC functionality - like tap-to-pay - regardless of the phone's orientation.
Blass's report finishes with word that the X3 Pro will run on the company's ColorOS 11 atop Android 11 at launch - a software experience that's already rolling out to some of Oppo's existing handsets.
What about the Find X3 Neo?
Most of what we know about the Find X3 Neo comes courtesy of Dutch site Nieuwe Mobiel, which got hold of leaked renders of the phone from every angle in its two colours.
You can see a curved display to the phone, with a quad camera setup on the rear and a punch-hole selfie shooter.
Nieuwe Mobiel didn't provide any leaked specs along with the renders, but it's notable that the phone looks an awful lot like the Reno 5 Pro+. That would make sense, as it's already been reported by Evan Blass that the Find X3 Lite (below) is a rebranded Reno 5.
The Reno 5 Pro+ boasts a 6.55in 90Hz AMOLED display and is powered by the Snapdragon 865, along with 8/12GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. It's got a solid camera setup too, with a 50Mp main camera along with 13Mp telephoto, 16Mp ultrawide, 2Mp macro, and 32Mp selfie camera. It also supports 65W fast charging for the 4500mAh battery.
What about the Find X3 Lite?
He shared the image below, which shows a phone that looks similar to the Reno 5, but without that phone's 'Reno Glow' branding. Blass said that otherwise "you'd be hard pressed to find any differences at all between the devices' designs and specifications."
That means a 6.4in 90Hz AMOLED display, powered by a Snapdragon 765G with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Expect a 4300mAh battery and 65W charging. In terms of cameras, the 32Mp punch-hole selfie camera is complimented by a 64Mp main camera, 8Mp ultrawide, and 2Mp macro and depth sensors on the rear.
Of course, time will tell if this leak is accurate and the Find X3 Lite is indeed the same as the Reno 5 - if so, it means we shouldn't expect to see both phones launch in the same markets, which may rule out the Reno 5 ever arriving in the UK.
Oppo Find X3 wish list
Consistent cameras - There's little that Oppo left out with this year's Find X2 Pro and to a lesser degree the standard Find X2. The former boasts one of the best camera setups currently available on a smartphone, so bringing that same degree of consistency and general imaging excellence across the entirety of the range would be ideal - something it seems we might actually see between the main and ultrawide snapper, if rumour of them using the same type of IMX766 Sony sensor rings true.
Wireless charging - Considering the asking price of Oppo's current-gen flagships, there's little reason to exclude features like wireless charging, especially when other Oppo devices already possess such functionality. The most recent reports about 30W wireless charging on the Pro are encouraging but now it's a case of whether or not the rest of the range will benefit from such a feature too.
Faster charging - The entirety of the Find X2 range boasts already-impressive fast charging but to push the envelope as it's clear Oppo likes to do, we're expecting even faster speeds from next year's X3.
More colours/finishes - The Find X2 Pro comes in an understated grey ceramic or an eye-watering orange vegan leather; some more colourways or finishes wouldn't go amiss next year, Oppo.