Oppo has marketed this as an affordable flagship phone and, while that is somewhat misleading, they have packed some serious tech into a textured aluminium body that quickly won us over.
It's using the older Qualcomm 765G chipset for its 5G connectivity and that also supplies adequate horsepower, especially complemented with the whopping 8GB of RAM to keep things flying. The 64MP main shooter was delight with excellent AI scene recognition and fast HDR, and especially good night shots.
We also got above average life out of the 4300mAh battery, but it comes with a high-powered 60-watt charger that juices the phone in just 30 minutes.
But what set this phone apart, enough to get on to our list of the best, was the unusual bodywork. The brushed aluminium feels fantastic in hand, and it diffracts light into a mesmerising rainbow of colours, even through its supplied clear cover, which gives it real personality.
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