Oppo Find X3 Lite Review – Price, Release Date, and More
The Oppo Find X3 Lite lacks a bit of wow factor, but in a way, that’s also its strength, offering everything you need reliably without quite standing out in either direction.
No wireless charging
No standout features
The lowest spec option in the Oppo Find X3 range, the Oppo Find X3 Lite is also, understandably, the most affordable of the bunch.
While the Oppo Find X3 Neo may have found the sweet spot between affordability and power, the Oppo Find X3 Lite is more about offering dependable if unexciting features for a reasonable price.
With the trickling down effect of its specs in full swing, it’s smaller than both the Oppo Find X3 Neo and Oppo Find X3 Pro, with a 6.43-inch screen, and offers a slower Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset and a slightly inferior rear camera.
Its screen looks great, too, proving roughly on a par with the Oppo Find X3 Neo thanks to its 90Hz AMOLED display that offers a resolution of 1080 x 2400. It’s bright and vibrant and suitably eye-catching in all the right ways.
The small lens punctuates the screen for the 32MP selfie camera, but this rests out of the way in the top left corner, so you’ll barely notice it when browsing or watching videos.
In contrast, the quad-lens rear camera sticks out, but its curved edges mean it doesn’t feel too awkward.
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Oppo Find X3 Lite Price and Release Date
The Oppo Find X3 Lite is available for £379 (around $525 / AU$690) in the UK, in a choice of three colour schemes – Galactic Silver, Starry Black, and Astral Blue. It’s available directly from Oppo, as well as selected networks, including Three and EE.
At the time of writing, it’s not currently available in either the US or Australia, while UK pre-orders ship on April 14.
Design of Oppo Find X3 Lite
The Oppo Find X3 Lite looks and feels pretty good. While the Galactic Silver variant promises a smooth glass back, our review unit was the Astral Blue colour variant, offering a matte, ‘multilayered polymer’ finish.
It feels great to the touch, doesn’t show up every fingerprint, and feels safer in your grasp than anything with a glass back.
For once, you don’t feel immediately like you might stain it with your fingertips or drop it because it’s slippery. Its rough exterior feels secure and snug.
The rest of the phone is similarly well designed. The front display is only disrupted by a small punch-hole for the selfie camera, sensibly placed in the top left corner.
The fingerprint sensor embeds under the show, so it keeps things minimalistic and clean looking.
Similarly, on the back, while the rear camera array sticks out a little, it’s primarily unobtrusive and doesn’t steal focus.
We’re not massive fans of the Oppo logo across the back of the handset, but it’s not the worst thing in the world.
The phone dimensions are 159.1 x 73.4 x 7.9mm, so this isn’t a small phone, but thanks to that rough back, it’s reasonably easy to hold, even with smaller hands. Weighing 172g (or 180g if you go for the Galactic Silver), it’s just the right weight to ensure your wrists aren’t feeling it after an extended session using the device.
As with the Oppo Find X3 Neo, there’s no water or dust resistance here, presumably to keep costs down, so bear that in mind if you regularly hit the beach or pool.
This phone is a little more delicate than some despite that rugged exterior.
Display of Oppo Find X3 Lite
The Oppo Find X3 Lite’s display is bright, vivid, and transparent. If a show could be eager, this would be it.
It’s smaller than the rest of the Oppo Find X3 range, of course, at 6.43 inches, but it maintains the exact resolution as the Neo at 1080 x 2400 and looks pretty sharp for it.
There’s also the 90Hz refresh rate which makes things look a teensy bit smoother than its predecessor, but don’t count on HDR10+ support. It’s one of the cost-cutting endeavours here, but it’s not the end of the world.
The screen still looks bright and clear enough that watching Netflix or YouTube seems pretty good.
Netflix, in particular, seems rather punchy on the device, which is presumably why it arrives with Netflix pre-installed and ready to go.
Whether playing a game or watching a video, we didn’t spot any noticeable lag or ghosting, and it all feels suitably punchy and vibrant, giving a little extra life to some videos.
As mentioned previously, the punch-hole for the selfie camera is the only noticeable interruption in the display, but it’s out of the way in the top left corner.
Other than that, this is a sharp display that’s ideal for watching streaming content or playing a game.
The Camera of Oppo Find X3 Lite
The Oppo Find X3 Lite has a quad-lens camera setup, with its primary camera offering a resolution of 64MP and a digital zoom of up to 20x.
Alongside that, there’s an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP monochrome camera.
There’s also a 32MP selfie camera on the front that works well for video calls and cheeky selfies, recording video up to 4K at 30fps.
At first glance, the Oppo Find X3 Lite is an ideal point-and-shoot camera. Photos taken on a sunny day look vibrant and exceptionally colourful.
That comes at a cost, though. The images aren’t massively sharp, and they can look a bit grainy in places.
That’s particularly true when using the digital zoom, and we’d recommend getting the best results by sticking to lower zoom levels, with imperceptible disruption at 2x zoom, for instance.
If you’ve got no choice and have to zoom further, the pictures are still good enough for social media kudos, but they’re nothing special.
Testing out low light performance produced mixed results.
The Oppo Find X3 Lite’s night mode does an excellent job of displaying what you’re trying to capture, but the images are a bit unnaturally bright and colourful.
Again, it’s OK for social media, but the photographers amongst us won’t be entirely happy.
Where Oppo is definitely on the right track is with its bevvy of software features.
There are numerous filters to choose from, including ways of effectively sprucing up your face if you’ve taken a few selfies. They make a noticeable difference and are practically instant to add.
Specs and Performance of Oppo Find X3 Lite
The Oppo Find X3 Lite power by the Snapdragon 765G chipset from Qualcomm isn’t the company’s top chipset but is more than good enough.
Alongside that, there’s 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (with no way to expand upon it). That’s all pretty respectable.
In our Geekbench five tests, the smartphone achieved a single-core score of 599, with a multi-core performance of 1,803. The latter places it just behind the Pocophone F1, which was high-end a couple of years ago but is still more than good enough for gaming or multitasking now.
Benchmarks can offer only so much insight, as real-life usage is where it counts. Here, we didn’t have a problem.
The Oppo Find X3 Lite coped with us playing many different games such as Call of Duty: Mobile without a trial or any noticeable lag.
As is customary for Oppo phones, it comes with the Game Space app, which optimizes performance.
We’re still not convinced of whether this genuinely makes a difference, but you won’t have to worry about it anyway.
Performance is similarly speedy when switching between different apps and opening multiple browser tabs.
The Oppo Find X3 Lite comes with Android 11 overlaid with Oppo’s own ColorOS, and the latter doesn’t add too much bloat.
There are a few pre-installed apps such as Netflix, Facebook, and a meditation-style app, but it’s nothing too aggravating.
Battery Life of Oppo Find X3 Lite
The Oppo Find X3 Lite will comfortably last you all day, even with moderate use. That should leave some battery life spare, too, so you won’t have to rush to the charger.
If you don’t use it particularly often, the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s battery decreases incredibly slowly, so odds are you won’t have an issue throughout the day.
As expected from Android software, there are also numerous ways to cut down on your power usage with personalized suggestions for those times when every second count.
There’s no wireless charging support, but with 65W wired charging, a 35-minute charge gets you from zero to 100%, which is truly impressive to watch. When you plug it in, you can see the percentage change rapidly on screen, and it’s quite the nerdy sight to behold.
We still missed wireless charging, of course.
The convenience is unsurpassed so far, but we’ll forgive the Oppo Find X3 Lite when it recharges this quickly.