Oppo relies on two 50-megapixel cameras and a 2x zoom camera for the X5 Pro (l). The OnePlus 10 Pro has a 48-megapixel main camera, a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera and a zoom camera with 3.3 x magnification. Photo: Till Simon Nagel/dpa-tmn
Also inside there is largely similar technology: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8, 1st generation, up to 512 gigabytes Also inside there is largely similar technology: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8, 1st generation, up to 512 gigabytes (GB) of memory, a maximum of 12 GB of RAM, an AMOLED display with HDR10+ and 120 Hertz refresh rate, a large 5000 mAh battery – the list is long. Even the operating systems are similar. Even if the in-house development based on Android 12 is called Oppo Color OS and Oneplus Oxygen OS.
Same, same but different? You don’t have to be surprised. Both brands belong to the Chinese manufacturer BBK Electronics – as well as Realme or Vivo. Similar to car manufacturers, there are also smartphone platforms. A lot of the same parts, then the specialization for different types of customers follows. Is that bad? Not really.
If you turn both smartphones over, you will see the difference: Both are decorated with the lettering of the camera manufacturer Hasselblad. But that was it with the similarity.
Difference 1: The optics
The Oppo Find X5 has a glossy ceramic case with a seamlessly outstanding camera hump. Two large lenses, one small, one sensor, one LED. Simple, elegant and durable – has not been seen like this before. The ceramic is surprisingly grippy and scratch-resistant.
The Oneplus 10 Pro is more classic. The back is made of matte special glass – the review sample is green. The camera with its three large lenses and the sensors and LED in the fourth circle protrudes from the side and protrudes a little.
Difference 2: The Cameras
Is it all just a question of style? Not at all. In some cases, the cameras differ significantly. The Oneplus gets a solid 48 MP main camera, plus ultra-wide angle and a zoom camera with 3.3 x optical magnification.
Camera specialist Hasselblad created the color calibration by hand. There are no details on cooperation. The cooperation is made visible and audible by the orange shutter button in the photo app, which is typical for Hasselblad cameras, and the shutter sound, which sounds like a mechanical camera shutter.
The trio is largely doing good, if not top-notch work. The photos work well, the shooting modes are understandable and the Pro mode provides photo lovers with extensive manual setting options. In low light, however, the details are flowing. And: The change between the cameras takes quite a long time. Even a two-year-old iPhone 11 Pro switches back and forth between wide angle and zoom much more fixedly.
A chip makes the difference
Oppo takes a different approach to the camera. The 50 MP duo of wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle with macro function is supported by a 13 MP telephoto camera with only double zoom. For this, there is a 5-axis image stabilization. However, an additional chip should make the special difference. Marisilicon X is the name of the signal processor, which is intended, among other things, to reduce noise and improve image quality. Night videos in 4K should also succeed better.
In practice, it turns out: works. Both devices take good pictures. In a direct comparison, however, the pictures of the Oppo are clearer, sharper and more detailed, even in low light. The macro mode also offers a few interesting extra options when taking pictures. And Oppo also relies on color calibration with Hasselblad – the result looks a bit more colorful and lively than on the Oneplus. Even with the Oppo, the camera change is sluggish.
Difference 3: One Switch
It may sound like a trifle, but since the Oneplus One, Oneplus devices have a switch for ringing, vibration and mute. Once you get used to it, you don’t want to miss it. The Oneplus 10 Pro has it, the Oppo Find X5 Pro does not.
No difference: The battery
Both devices have a fairly large battery with a capacity of 5000 mah. The loading times are fast compared to competitors. The Oppo’s thick 80-watt charger is designed to charge the battery halfway in 12 minutes. In practice, this takes a few minutes longer. Full charging takes just under 40 minutes.
Thanks to a new battery care technology, the energy storage device should be able to withstand 1600 charges without damage. With a normal battery life of one and a half to two days in the test, it already makes up a few years. But time has to show whether this will work out.
There are similar values on the Oneplus 10 Pro – the same 80-watt charging block is in the package. Oneplus says goodbye to its own Warp Charge here and now uses the technology called Super Vooc, which is also in the Oppo charger. So actually just a difference for long-time Oneplus users.
Inconvenient: the chargers are quite large. And although they would actually be notebook-compatible in terms of performance data, they failed the service in the test. So saving weight while traveling is not in it.
Difference 4: The price
The Oppo Find X5 Pro costs 1299 euros with 256 GB of memory and 12 GB of RAM. With this, Oppo lets its smartphone play in a price league with the iPhone 13 Pro or Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The Oneplus 10 Pro is available from 899 euros with 128 GB of memory. For the variant with 256 GB of memory, 999 euros are due.
Conclusion: Very similar, fundamentally different in detail
Same platform, differences in detail, own design, somehow still high recognition value. Oppo and Oneplus share a strong platform with fast chips, a great display and a powerful battery. There is basically nothing wrong with both devices.
The Oneplus 10 Pro does not have to hide. It has everything you need. However, in the end it is “only” a pretty good smartphone with a nice design, a solid camera and a comparatively good price. No more, no less.
In direct comparison, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is ahead. It has the overall rounder camera package. And there may be such an independent design as Oppo’s ceramic case more often. The lack of a proper zoom camera – only at first glance a flaw – is not missed. However: Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is also very strong, is in the same league in terms of price. If you want more zoom, you should compare well.