Will OPPO’s Find X be a game changer of a phone for 2018? Here’s a walk-through

No Notch. No fingerprint scanner. No holes for cameras in the front or rear. Now, that’s what we call a phone! Mark August 3 on your calendar, the day OPPO’s much-talked about Find X will be available for purchase (currently in pre-order mode on Flipkart). You must be wondering how does one take photographs or wake up the phone if there are no holes for the camera. There is a motorised slide-out camera module. Hooked? Rishabh Srivastava, product manager, OPPO India, walks t2 through the Find X.

By Mathures Paul
  • Published 27.07.18
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The sliding structure automatically stretches out when the phone’s unlocked or when the user is taking photos. It retracts when not in use. The feature is redefining traditional smartphone design — Rishabh Srivastava, product manager, OPPO India

No Notch. No fingerprint scanner. No holes for cameras in the front or rear. Now, that’s what we call a phone! Mark August 3 on your calendar, the day OPPO’s much-talked about Find X will be available for purchase (currently in pre-order mode on Flipkart). You must be wondering how does one take photographs or wake up the phone if there are no holes for the camera. There is a motorised slide-out camera module. Hooked? Rishabh Srivastava, product manager, OPPO India, walks t2 through the Find X.

The top section of the phone motorises up to reveal the cameras. Do you see motorised components becoming a regular feature in future phones?

The OPPO Find X breaks with traditional design by creating an independent internal space in the limited body of the smartphone for the stealth 3D cameras. The phone’s stealth design includes a flood illuminator, an infrared camera, a ranging sensor, a receiver, a front camera, a dot projector, rear dual cameras, and an unprecedented hole-less front and rear sides. The sliding structure automatically stretches out when the phone’s unlocked or when the user is taking photos. It retracts when not in use. The feature is redefining traditional smartphone design. 

What were the main design-related challenges?

Every innovation comes with its set of challenges. The design team worked relentlessly around the sliding structure, which is being used for the first time.

What we have is first, a unified design. We hope that Find X offers the ultimate artistic expression and a brand-new user experience. Like a jewel... a gemstone, there are no holes... it’s a unified design. Second, like a flower, the phone finds inspiration in nature. It’s rich in details and offers consumers a dynamic user experience.

The stealth structure in the Find X is OPPO’s original technology. The structure integrates a variety of core components, including front and rear cameras, flashlight, 3D structured light and a number of sophisticated sensors.

You must have done a customer study before going the Notch-less way. What do customers want in way of phone design?

Customers want an experience in which content comes alive on the screen while the phone’s design fits well in the hand. So the Find X sports a 6.4-inch panoramic screen with a screen ratio of 93.8 per cent and ultra-narrow border that provides an awesome visual experience and is a pleasure to hold.

Also, there is no fingerprint scanner, which means the company had to get the camera right. Is the 3D facial scanner more secure than fingerprint scanning?

The phone comes with O-Face — a 3D face-recognition technology. With this, OPPO becomes the first Android phone manufacturer and Find X the first Android model to use 3D structured light technology, which ensures no physical touch is required to unlock the phone, and the interaction is more natural and convenient. Users can simply look at the phone to unlock, thanks to advanced 3D structured light technology.

OPPO Find X has a speckle light-detecting system comprising a flood illuminator, an infrared camera and a dot projector. The flood illuminator and IR camera recognise you even in low-light conditions, enabling you to use the technology even at night.

The phone uses 15,000 facial dots for detecting one’s face. The mechanism builds a detailed 3D model of the face to accurately identify characteristics, which is all encrypted in TEE (trusted execution environment), a safe environment for the data. The failure rate of fingerprint recognition is 1/50,000 while that of the O-Face is 1/1,000,000.

How do you make customers believe that motorised components won’t malfunction after heavy or rough use?

The slider has been rigorously tested over 300,000 times for durability. An average user unlocks the phone about 100 times a day (150 times for heavy users), which also takes into account taking photos. The slider is also protected during falls as the gyroscope and accelerometer can detect the phone’s status accurately, making the slider automatically move back in. In other words, the coaxial lifting structure of OPPO Find X can give you over five years of use, without having to worry about durability issues.

Water and dust are two other concerns.

The phone is waterproof for daily use, enough to cope with rain or water splash. Dust is also not an issue. If you accidentally drop the phone in sand, just shake it off when the stealth 3D camera is turned on. Find X has foam inside to block out dust and sand, so no harm comes to the phone.

Inside the Find X

Processor: Snapdragon 845

Display: 6.4 inches

Rear cameras: 20MP (f/2.0) and 16MP (f/2.0)

Front camera: 25MP

SIM: Dual nano SIM cards

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 256GB

Battery: 3,730 mAh

Price: Rs 59,990