The Oppo Discover X3 vary has now launched within the UK, and the most cost effective handset of the bunch is the Discover X3 Lite – a mid-range cellphone that serves because the successor to the Discover X2 Lite.
Above it sits the Discover X3 Neo after which proper on the prime of the worth bracket is the high-end Discover X3 Professional. Oppo followers will little question spot that this cellphone is definitely a rebranded Oppo Reno 5 – which is on the market to buy in different elements of the globe.
For those who’re questioning whether or not the Discover X3 Lite is the cellphone for you, then carry on studying.
Design and construct
The Oppo Discover X3 Lite sports activities a properly refined feel and look. The plastic rear is available in Starry Black or Astral Blue, whereas the Galactic Silver variant weighs a tad extra total (180g), because it’s lined by glass, as an alternative. I examined the blue variant and was an enormous fan of the colourful and shiny end that accompanies the matching steel materials alongside the sides and on the digicam module.
It is simple to inform that that is plastic if you really feel it, nevertheless, and also you’ll definitely discover a distinction between this and a extra premium cellphone. On the plus aspect, the textured end doesn’t decide up any grubby fingerprints if you maintain it.
At 7.9mm thick and a weight of 172g, that is each a slim and light-weight machine. Like different Oppo telephones, it’s on the bigger aspect. While that is nice for watching YouTube and different streaming platforms, it’s not preferrred for utilizing one-handed and gained’t totally match inside a smaller pocket.
Ports-wise, you get the usual USB-C for charging, a dual-SIM slot and a headphone jack. There’s a fingerprint scanner below the show, although every now and then this did not all the time work correctly. The X3 Lite additionally options face recognition, which works high quality, even when sporting glasses, however not when sporting a masks.
In contrast to costlier telephones, this machine doesn’t have an IP ranking, so it’s not assured safety towards any splashes or drops. You do, nevertheless, get a case within the field and a display screen protector already fitted on the cellphone.
The 6.4in, Full HD+, AMOLED show on the Discover X3 Lite is shiny and clear to make use of, even below direct daylight, and you may alter the white steadiness on the show to fit your viewing consolation by shifting between cool and heat tones.
It has a screen-to-body ratio of 91.7% and the hole-punch selfie digicam is tucked away on the left-hand aspect of the display screen, reasonably than residing inside a ‘waterdrop’ notch, because it was on the earlier technology. All these items enable for a pleasant and practically uninterrupted show.
The cellphone comes with a 90Hz excessive refresh fee – an honest determine for a mid-range machine that matches the likes of the OnePlus Nord, and welcome information for any cellular players on the market. You may both maintain the excessive refresh fee always, preserve battery life by switching to 60Hz, or let the cellphone dynamically select both choice relying on the duty you’re doing.
Specs and efficiency
The Oppo Discover X3 Lite comes packaged with a Snapdragon 765G processor, which is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. While it hasn’t acquired anyplace close to the identical energy as the most recent Snapdragon 800 collection’ chips, it’s nonetheless an honest piece of silicon that offers quick efficiency and is able to providing up some enjoyably responsive cellular gaming.
There is no microSD card slot on this cellphone, so you may’t broaden the storage any additional, nevertheless, within the mid-range house, 128GB is fairly commonplace. Beneath our inside assessments, this cellphone produced figures near that of the OnePlus Nord, the Realme eight Professional and the Motorola Edge.
The cellphone has 5G assist – although at this level that is changing into the norm on most new cellphone releases so isn’t precisely a standout function. You’ll solely actually see the advantages of 5G should you stay in an space with the supporting infrastructure – which lots of the UK remains to be ready on.
The quad-camera setup on the Discover X3 Lite is a little bit of a combined bag. It contains a 64Mp major lens with an f/1.7 aperture and a closed-loop focus motor, an 8Mp ultrawide-angle digicam with an f/2.2 aperture, a 2Mp macro digicam and a 2Mp mono digicam. On the entrance, there’s a 32Mp selfie digicam with an f/2.Four aperture.
The standout lens of the bunch is the primary 64Mp sensor. Open air colors are vivid and particulars are sharp. Even when taking a photograph at 2x magnification, particulars are nonetheless captured nicely. The picture stabilisation additionally works nicely on shifting topics, reminiscent of animals – no imply feat for a mid-ranger.
Indoors, the digicam isn’t as nice. Colors are extra muted, and particulars seem much less sharp and clear. You probably have good synthetic lighting or can take photographs by a window with daylight, the picture noticeably improves.
The ultrawide lens is beneficial for bigger panorama photographs or for snapping a big group photograph (after we can finally take them) however total, I’d say keep on with the primary lens the place potential. Colors are noticeably duller from this sensor, in comparison with the primary snapper, and the drop in high quality is stark side-by-side.
While most particulars while utilizing Evening Mode stay clear, some colors and lightweight sources seem just a little blown out. Plus, the size of time you need to maintain the cellphone nonetheless to get a usable shot is barely annoying. That is significantly unhelpful should you’re attempting to get a dynamic snap of one thing that is shifting, a real check for any cellular digicam.
The macro mode on the digicam isn’t good in any respect. I may barely get it to concentrate on close-up photographs, and personally, you get a greater image should you simply take one utilizing the primary lens and focus in on the main points you need.
The 32Mp selfie digicam is as soon as once more nice open air, in pure lighting, or indoors, supplied there’s pure mild out there from a window or the like. If, nevertheless, you’re in a dimmer a part of the room, particulars are softened and misplaced on this digicam.
The battery life on this cellphone is, total, fairly stable. I discovered it manages round a day and a half of common use; utilizing social media, Google Maps, watching movies and extra, in-between the working day. Each battery assessments additionally backed up this principle, with the cellphone lasting over ten hours in every.
The Oppo Discover X3 Lite additionally comes with that signature Oppo 65W wired charging, which doles out nice speeds. You may juice the cellphone again as much as a whopping 92% in simply 30 minutes. Sadly, it doesn’t assist wi-fi charging.
The Discover X3 Lite runs on ColorOS 11.1 – based mostly on Android 11. This software program from Oppo is unquestionably one of many cleaner Android skins on the market (a notable shift from its as soon as overburdened precursors). There’s not loads by way of pre-installed app litter you can’t take away, which means you might have extra room to put in what you want.
You may alter the format of the house display screen to have your apps both in a typical record, a simplified record or by leveraging an app drawer. The cellphone contains a split-screen mode for multitasking on a number of apps – although not all third-party apps assist any such view.
Oppo additionally features a Bedtime Mode, which adjustments the display screen to greyscale and places on Do Not Disturb. You may both set this as a weekly schedule (with completely different instances on every day) or set it to come back on if you cost your cellphone.
For those who’re an enormous fan of pure Android, relaxation assured that this pores and skin is not an enormous departure from that, and you will find it simply as straightforward to make use of.
Value and availability
The Oppo Discover X3 Lite is out now within the UK and is priced at £379 (roughly US$525). You may at present purchase it instantly from Oppo, Amazon, Currys and Carphone Warehouse. Sadly, the cellphone isn’t out there within the US.
The pricing places it firmly within the mid-range class and higher but that is barely cheaper than what the Discover X2 Lite value when it first launched (at £399).
Nonetheless, it’s price noting that this machine is up towards the OnePlus Nord, nonetheless the frontrunner within the mid-range house, with a superb digicam for the worth. For extra choices, you may take a look at our record of the perfect mid-range telephones.
The subsequent Discover X machine up the chain is the Discover X3 Neo, which bulks up the digicam with a Sony IMX766 sensor, alongside a extra premium design. Nonetheless, all these adjustments push the worth as much as a hefty £699. Analysing the 2 side-by-side, the Discover X3 Lite provides you extra in your cash.
The Oppo Discover X3 Lite is a step up from the earlier technology, there’s no denying it. The design enhancements could also be small, however total they ship a way more refined aesthetic and really feel.
That stated, the mid-range house is extraordinarily aggressive and the digicam on this cellphone doesn’t fairly match as much as that of rivals just like the OnePlus Nord – which boasts related specs with a greater digicam, all for a similar worth.
Nonetheless, that doesn’t take away from the truth that that is nonetheless a stable cellphone, and one to think about in order for you a tool that strikes a good steadiness between good options and affordable pricing.
Oppo Discover X3 Lite: Specs
6.4in Full HD+ 90Hz AMOLED show
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor
64Mp major digicam
8Mp 119° ultrawide digicam
2Mp macro digicam
2Mp mono digicam
32Mp front-facing digicam
Android 11 w/ ColorOS 11.1
65W SuperVOOC 2.zero flash charging
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), 802.11a/b/g/n/
172g (black, blue), 180g (silver)
Colors: Starry Black, Astral Blue, Galactic Silver