Remember the Oppo Find X, that crazy bezel-less, notch-less phone with a motorised top section? Well, it seems Oppo has decided it wasn’t quite crazy enough and so now there’s a new model!
The Find X already boasts quite a spec sheet: a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8GB of RAM, a huge 6.4-inch (but admittedly only 1080p) display, a 3370mAh battery with fast charging, dual 16MP / 20MP cameras on the rear and a 25MP shooter on the front. All very impressive, but the highlight is really that strange yet undeniably cool motorised top section which houses the cameras, hiding them away when not in use. This has allowed Oppo to achieve that desired bezel-less design, while avoiding the dreaded notch.
All-in-all it is a pretty insane package. However, what comes next is somehow even more so. Spotted by eagle-eyed Chinese leaker @UniverseIce, a new variant of the Find X has just passed through certification with TENAA, the Chinese regulatory body for mobile devices. The specs are almost the same except there’s now a whopping 10GB of RAM, the most available in any smartphone.
That’s an impressive number. It’s also totally pointless. Android is capable of running happily on ‘just’ 4GB and many devices make do with even less. 6GB becoming the new standard but even that is mostly for future-proofing. In my opinion, fitting 10GB into a phone is nothing more than a play to make headlines and win spec sheet wars. And no, the irony of it making a the headline here isn’t on lost me. The fact is that it’s still impressive, if not particularly useful.
OPPO Find X adds a 10GB RAM version, which will be the world's first 10GB RAM Smartphone. pic.twitter.com/ULdntw6X95
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) September 27, 2018
Personally though, I’d have preferred Oppo focused their efforts on improving ColorOS to the point it’s actually usable. Based on the current state of ColorOS, I would sadly not be at all surprised to discover this device still lags and aggressively hibernates apps, even with all that memory! Still, it’s a cool piece of hardware. It is particularly refreshing to see an OEM try to stand out and do something different.
Unfortunately, when it eventually becomes available here in the UK, it’s expected to cost around £900. That’s certainly not cheap, especially considering that there’s no waterproofing and it ships with that colourful skin over the now-superseded Android 8.1 Oreo. We also have some serious concerns surrounding the potential lifespan of that motor. However, if you’re the kind of person who buys a phone based on its credentials in a game of smartphone Top Trumps, this is the one for you!
So, will you be buying the Find X? How much RAM do you think should be the standard for new flagship phones? Let us know in the comments!