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Oppo's latest Find X3 Pro packs cutting-edge technology and a few small snippets into a great package. While smartphones like Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra grab headlines with their impressive specs, Oppo proves that these aren't the only flagships worth checking out.

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Along with its gorgeous design, powerful processor, and 5G compatibility, the Oppo Find X3 Pro has a stunning display and impressive camera gear, which includes the first microscope lens we've seen on a phone. Overall, this is one of our favorite flagships so far in 2021.

The Find X3 Pro, pictured here, is accompanied by the Find X3 Neo, a mid / high-end device, and the Find X3 Lite, which makes a bit more concessions and comes at a lower price point. All three models support 5G. 


It has a wonderful design
Most phones look more or less the same these days, but we love what Oppo has done here. We especially like the way the all-glass back curves up and around the photo block modules, rather than having a separate unit as can be seen on the  Samsung Galaxy S21 .

The mirror effect is also superb and brings additional refinement. The metal edges and the borderless screen also contribute to this. The downside to this glossy finish is that it attracts fingerprints. The Find X3 Pro is also available in Matte Blue.

Its microscope lens is amazing
There's nothing exciting about phone cameras anymore. Most companies juxtapose a wide-angle, an ultra-wide-angle and a telephoto lens. The Find X3 Pro offers a little extra, however, with its microscope lens that considerably magnifies the tiniest details.

You can get very close (1 to 2 millimeters) to capture details that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Normally the device blocks the light falling on the subject, but Oppo has placed a small ring of light around the lens that projects its own light to illuminate the subject.

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