Oppo Find N First Impressions: Folding It the Right Way


The Samsung Galaxy Fold series hasn’t been challenging in India for the past few years, and we recently saw samsung really stepping up your game with Galaxy Z Fold 3 ,Review) however, Opposition We’ve just uncovered a big surprise before we hit 2021, which gives us reason to reconsider whether the Galaxy Z Fold really is the best way to make a big screen foldable. oppo find no Was unveiled a week ago As the company’s first commercially available foldable smartphone, and even though it’s only on sale in China, Oppo India sent us a unit to play with for a while.

After reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, there are a lot of differences about the Oppo Find N that immediately strike me, and make it a better tablet-style foldable, in my opinion. I haven’t spent a lot of time with it, and a full review of this phone won’t be of much help at the moment as it’s not going to launch in India anytime soon, but I want to point out a few things I really like about it .

Oppo Find N feels like a regular (albeit chunky) smartphone when folded

The design of the Oppo Find N is probably its biggest talking point as this is where most of Oppo’s R&D efforts have been implemented. The Find N is made from premium materials like glass and aluminum, which you can tell as soon as you pick it up. It’s quite chunky and heavy, but not surprisingly, much more than the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The first thing you’ll appreciate is the familiar form factor. The external OLED display moves almost edge-to-edge along the frame and its 18:9 aspect ratio makes it relatively easy to handle and use with one hand. It’s almost like you’re using a standard smartphone, which is unusually thick. The external display only has a 60Hz refresh rate, but once you unfold this phone, you get a huge 7.1-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Both displays are bright and vivid, support HDR playback, and deliver crisp visuals. Since the Find N is smaller and wider than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, video automatically fills more of the screen in your hands without needing to switch the orientation of the device.

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The creases are barely visible on the internal display, making the Oppo Find N quite pleasant to use

Talking about the folding screen, the Find N uses ultra-thin glass over the OLED panel, but the magic is in the ‘Flexion’ hinge. Oppo has developed a special mechanism that allows the two halves of the Find N to be flush against each other, eliminating gaps so that dust and dirt cannot escape easily. The hinge also allows for greater tolerance of where the display actually folds, so there’s barely any creases when it’s open. You can still see slight fluctuations when viewing the screen off-axis, but you can’t feel any bump in the center when you run a finger across it. It’s a significant achievement, and something that Samsung hasn’t completely mastered, even with the third iteration of the Galaxy Z Fold.

The Oppo Find N is also a proper flagship. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC plus up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Oppo has also managed to fit in a massive 4,500mAh battery, and the phone supports 33W fast wired charging as well as 15W wireless charging. There is a fingerprint sensor in the power button, but you can also use face recognition to unlock this phone.

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Oppo Find N (right) seen with Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (left)

One big feature missing from the spec sheet is an IP rating for dust and water resistance. This is an area that Samsung still dominates.

The cameras of Oppo Find N also look very promising. Both the selfie cameras have 32-megapixel sensors, while on the back you get a 50-megapixel primary, 16-megapixel ultra-wide and a 13-megapixel telephoto camera. I haven’t tested the cameras extensively, but they produce fairly satisfactory results.

Oppo Find N 2X Telephoto Camera Sampler (Tap to View Full Size)

Oppo Find N main camera sample (tap to see full size)

Let’s quickly go over the software as well. To take advantage of the large folding display, Oppo has added custom gestures to ColorOS 12. You can quickly convert full-screen apps to floating windows or use them in split-screen mode, depending on which gestures you use. It only worked on a handful of apps from Oppo, at least on the unit I had. There’s also a FlexForm mode, similar to the Flex Mode on Samsung’s foldables, which essentially rearranges the layout of an app when you half-turn the phone to landscape orientation. Once again, this only worked for a few apps like Camera, though that may change in the future.

oppo find no Has made me optimistic about foldables once again, and I really hope we see more manufacturers adopting this design philosophy – a compact, standard aspect ratio display on the outside and a bigger screen on the inside . This, along with a barely visible crease in the folding display, makes the Find N one of the most polished foldables to be launched this year. It’s a real shame that it isn’t launching anywhere else in the world right now, but I do expect it to arrive in India soon. If Oppo can improve its software, I think it could mean stiff competition for Samsung’s offerings.