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This Oppo smartphone is a mobile speed demon

Inspired by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

A fine-looking device, this is. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

I’m no stranger to consumer electronics with Lamborghini’s famous raging bull emblem. During my college years, I lusted over the Asus Lamborghini VX2 laptop. Not only did its Core 2 Duo heart have enough muscle to play the latest racing games at the time, it was painted yellow just like the Murcielago.

The VX2 was also extremely expensive. At around five times the price of my midrange Asus A8 dual-core machine, there was really no way I could’ve coaxed my parents into buying one for “academic purposes.”

Now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve completely forgotten about the VX2 and settled for gadgets that look a lot less vulgar. Both my Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone and my Dell G5 laptop are black with no supercar maker logos. But when Oppo Philippines gave me an opportunity to review a device with a Lamborghini emblem on it, I wanted to see if it does perform as well as its automotive counterpart.

Beautiful, just like the cars of its automaker namesake. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

They call it the Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition, something I don’t fancy saying (and typing) over and over again. Very long names aside, it looks like an impressive piece of kit. Opening the box is already an event in itself with flaps that open sideways. In fact, readers went bananas over the unboxing video that we posted on our Facebook page a few weeks ago.

It's all in the details for this premium phone. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

According to Oppo, the device’s design was inspired by the Aventador SVJ Roadster and it shows. The back has a glossy finish with a carbon fiber pattern and the raging bull emblem. Not only that, it has folds and creases just like the bodywork of a Lamborghini. It feels nice to touch actually but since I’m so clumsy with phones, I found myself using the special case almost immediately just to keep the device from being damaged.

Even the accessories had the same carbon-fiber and Lamborghini theme. The charging cable and both the wall and car charging docks look so nice that I wouldn’t even bother using them for fear of these getting worn or lost. Same deal with the wireless earphones, which I found just as good at playing Bohemian Rhapsody as the ones I already own.

The author had fun using it for work and play. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Perhaps the selling point of a phone with a Lamborghini badge is its performance, which this version of the Find X2 Pro has. Just flipping through various menus and screens on the phone, I found myself amazed at how the 120Hz refresh rate works in practice. Switching apps or playing around with settings is an absolute joy simply because of how smooth and effortless the transitions are. I’ve always been skeptical of 120Hz screens but now, I’m a believer.

This thing can give DSLR cameras a run for their money. PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM AND SAM SURLA

Another thing which the X2 Lamborghini does so well is take pictures. The rear camera has three lenses: a 48MP ultrawide angle, a 48MP wide angle, and a 13MP telephoto. I enjoyed using both 48MP lenses as even the uninspiring angles which I habitually shoot in become works of art. The colors really pop and the ultrawide angle lens makes it so easy to get everything in one shot when you could no longer move back.

For videos, the phone sports an optical stabilization system called Ultra Steady Video. It’s like having a gyroscopic camera stabilizer with you but with none of the bulky equipment. I had my assistant hold the phone as steady as possible while I sped through a few speed bumps. The videos we captured had very little shake, as if the phone was mounted on a handheld gimbal.

High speed meets high tech. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

So does the Oppo Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition (there’s that name again) live up to its supercar namesake? In terms of performance, it does. Just like driving a Lamborghini on a twisty mountain road, I looked forward to each opportunity that I could use it. It’s fast and smooth. I really liked my time with the X2 Lamborghini and I find it useful for both work and play if I ever get one.

Except I can’t get one. According to Oppo Philippines, the Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition retails for eye-watering 12,999 Chinese yuan (P91,400). That’s around P25,000 more than the regular Find X2 Pro. But if you do want this device for its raging bull logo and have pockets deep enough for it, you still can’t have it as well. The X2 Lamborghini is sold in China and Europe only.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.