There is no two without three, says the proverb. So, after seeing the Pro and the base model at work, we focus today on the cheapest, the Find X5 Lite. The hardware platform changes and we move from Qualcomm to MediaTek, and the overall dimensions also change, albeit slightly: diagonal from just over 6.4 inches and features from the mid-range thoroughbred.

The differences with the other two are there, let’s say it right away, but the positioning is very different. It is obviously the cheapest of the three and some compromise is taken into account, so you have to put on the balance what is good and its possible limits. One thing is certain and I want to say it right away: the distance from its predecessor Find X3 Lite is quite short.

DISPLAY AND MATERIALS
The path taken is the same, the “Lite” is in fact a little smaller and lighter than its brothers but still cared for in detail, compared to less sought-after materials such as the polycarbonate frame and not metal. Frames visible from the front, hole moved to the top left as usual for the Chinese house and a “sparkling” back, with oblique streaks and a pleasant texture to the touch that does not retain fingerprints.

Shades that change depending on the angle and a module of the cameras that changes compared to last year: from the classic vertical traffic light you go to a small transparent “tile” that shows off the two main cameras. I find it pleasant and well balanced, with only 173g which also make it one of the lightest models among the latest arrivals. However, you can feel the plastic frame, rounded and a bit slippery; given the positioning I would have expected a little more attention.

The panel is the same 6.43-inch Amoled with FHD+ resolution of last year, it does not seem to have changed much except the protection of the glass that is now entrusted to a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 (before it was GG3). The frequency can then be set up to 90Hz and sampling rate to 180Hz, exactly as on the Find X3 Lite.

 

The platform changes but not the responsiveness, Oppo makes very little mistakes now and even the choice made at this round leaves room for a double interpretation. On the one hand there is the Dimensity 900 chip, powerful but not the most sought after for the mid-range and still capable of running everything it must correctly, on the other an updated software but not with the latest distribution. Strangely on board we find the ColorOS 12 still based on Android 11, a curious combination arrived almost in mid-2022.

In everyday experience there are no particular criticalities, the smartphone runs smoothly and quickly, the interface shows no sign of slowing down even if you exaggerate with multitasking. Excellent connectivity with support for 5G networks and also the latest generation WiFi 6E (2.4 / 5.1 / 5.8GHz), in addition to the usual Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack (always welcome).

SHEET
Display: 6.43 inch AMOLED 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5 protection
chip: MediaTek Dimensity 900
Memory: 8+256GB non-expandable
Connectivity: 5G dual SIM, Wi-FI 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
Fingerprint reader: in display
Audio: Mono speaker, 3.5mm jack input
OS: ColorOS 12 based on Android 11
Cameras:
Front: 32 MP f/2.4 Sony IMX615
Rear:
64 MP main, f/1.7, FOV 80.5°
8 MP ultra wide angle, f/2.25, FOV 118.9°
2 MP macro, f/2.4, FOV 88.8°, fixed focus
Battery: 4,500 mAh with charging up to 65 W
Waterproof: IP54 certified
Dimensions and weight: 160.6 x 73.2 x 7.81 mm for 173 g
Good gaming experience, the Mali-G68 MC4 GPU holds any title and the display responds well, too bad that there is only one speaker and the sound experience is limited by this factor. Good vibration and reception, it is a dual-SIM that I have always used with both slots occupied in the weeks of use.

AUTONOMY AND CHARGING
Dual 2,250 mAh battery for a total of 4,500 mAh, slightly more than last year and the same speed of charging at 65W with adapter in the package. Certainly one of the strengths of the entire Oppo line-up, whether it is the Find or Reno series, has gained a few milliamps compared to the previous model (4,300mAh). To take it from zero percent to the maximum it takes just over 30 minutes, with an initial boost that is difficult to give up once tried.

The autonomy is adequate to the resources, the chip is able to guarantee the right fluidity without exaggerating in overall consumption. I was therefore able to end my days without too much difficulty, arriving in the evening with still a safety cushion available.

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
64MP main camera that does not show particular improvements compared to last year: Oppo has been very conservative on this front, keeping the sector unchanged. Good focus, quite precise and fast, instead lacks a more accurate stabilization that perhaps I would have expected since we are not talking about a particularly cheap smartphone.

It is mostly noticeable in 4K videos that, at most, can be recorded at this resolution at 30fps. To have a support for shaking you have to go down to FHD 60/30fps, I do not recommend then to switch to the wide angle at less than an excellent lighting condition.