Gizmo Geek: The Super Charger

Oppo's Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition uses SuperVOOC charging that takes the 3,400 mAh battery from 0 to 100% in 35 minutes flat

Gizmo Geek: The Super Charger
Gizmo Geek: The Super Charger

A mention of Lamborghini is certain to light up the eyes of any luxury lover, especially one with a penchant for cars. But it’s not an automobile we’re talking about this time, it’s a mobile phone. Hardly path-breaking, of course—the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Nissan and even Lamborghini themselves have partnered with phone manufacturers to spawn dazzling exclusives. So what’s so special about Oppo’s Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition?

Well, the device does have one first to its credit—it uses SuperVOOC charging that takes the 3,400 mAh battery from 0 to 100 in 35 minutes flat. Quite apt, given that Lamborghini are known for their luxury sports cars and racing engines. But even before the zippy charging gets a chance to impress, it’s the all-glass design that’ll make you take a second look.

While minimalist elegance is the trend of the times, the curved-glass body of the Find X Lamborghini still takes your breath away. The panoramic almost-bezel-less display—it’s been described as “more screen, less phone”—curves away into the sides, top and bottom. Yes, you read that right: there is no front camera notch. In fact, the cameras, a dual camera system for the back and a 25 MP front camera, are installed in a hidden motorised panel that pops up and back so quick that, in Harry Potter terms, it seems to apparate and disapparate.

This special edition phone is a souped-up version of Oppo’s new flagship product, Find X. It sports a Snapdragon 845 processor, with 512 GB storage (double that of the base model, though the latter also has a more powerful 3,750 mAh battery, albeit without the super-charging ability). It can take two nano SIMs, and runs on Oppo’s Color OS, based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Back to the curved glass panels covering both front and back screens, then. In the Lamborghini edition of the Find X, you have a carbon-fibre back casing underneath the glass, emblazoned with the iconic orange raging bull logo. The screen is a dazzling 6.4-inch OLED, 1080 megapixels wide. There is no fingerprint scanner; instead, you unlock the phone via a 3D facial scanner that is surprisingly quick to do its job.

That said, the absence of a headphone jack is a pity. You also get a special Lamborghini-branded SuperVOOC charger with the special edition phone, along with an orange USB-C cable.

At $2,000 (about Rs 1.4 lakh), the Oppo Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition is without doubt a high-end product. If you have a luxury car parked in your garage, this is the perfect accessory for it. For the rest of us, we’ll have to be content with the Lamborghini-branded back covers to embellish our phones.

Is this all-glass, notch-less beauty the future of mobile phones, then? Now that Google has mandated that all phones running on the next version of the OS, Android P, can’t have more than three notches, perhaps the coming years will see more of such feature-less exteriors.