Three generations of Samsung’s foldable phones have positioned it as an industry leader, to the point that Huawei and Xiaomi eventually pursued the same dual-screen form factor. Having already shown a foldable prototype two years ago, it was only a matter of time before Oppo, the world’s fourth largest smartphone brand, joined the scene. Following an earlier teaser, the Chinese company today revealed the Find N, which features a 5.49-inch external display that unfolds into a flexible 7.1-inch “Serene Display.”
What sets this design apart is that Oppo has opted for a horizontal aspect ratio – 9:8.4 (1,920 x 1,792), to be exact – for its flexible AMOLED display, which offers the practical use of a split screen. It’s a bit like Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2, except that it’s across a single panel. Likewise, the Find N’s external AMOLED display comes in a familiar 9:18 aspect ratio (988 x 1,972), as opposed to the similarly narrow 9:24.5 on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3. In the pocket of its competitors.
Oppo added that thanks to its water-drop-bending hinge design, it is able to widen the fold angle of the flexible panel, thereby reducing creases – “up to 80 percent less visible compared to other devices”, which appears to be TÜV Rheinland-certified. The same mechanism allows for a gapless design when folded. As for the flexible screen itself, its 12-layer structure apparently allows it to withstand more than 200,000 folds – even in temperatures as low as -20°C or -4°F. Sadly, there is no IP rating for Find N, but Oppo assures us that the device has passed the company’s moisture and spray tests.
To our surprise, Find N is powered by the slightly older Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm, unlike the current Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Snapdragon 888 Plus. Oppo explained that this is due to the longer development cycle of this project. To be fair, this 5G chipset is still plentiful, plus the phone also comes with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, along with Android 11-based ColorOS 12, which should It keeps things running smoothly on this 120Hz flexible screen (although the external display is limited to 60Hz).
Other goodies about this 275g device include a 50MP f/1.8 main camera (Sony IMX766 sensor; like the Find X 3 Pro), a 16MP (IMX481) f/2.2 wide camera as well as a 13MP (Samsung S5K3M5) camera f/2.4 2x telephoto on the back, and a 32MP (IMX615) f/2.4 selfie camera is punch-hole on both the external and internal screen. There is a 4,500 mAh battery that supports 33W SuperVOOC fast charging and 15W AirVOOC wireless charging; You can also use the phone for 10W reverse charging.
Unlike many recent Android flagships, unlocking is done with a side-mounted fingerprint-scanning power button, rather than the fingerprint reader under the screen, which makes sense because it would be a bit ambitious to get that sensor into the big, flexible screen.
On the software side, this version of ColorOS 12 comes with a “FlexForm Mode” that lets you use Find N in the form of a small laptop. This applies to use cases such as video calling, note taking, taking 4K time-lapse photos and more. Similarly, you can use the external display as a selfie viewfinder, although this is nothing new in the foldable world.
My favorite feature here is probably the split-screen gesture: just use two fingers to swipe down the middle of the flexible screen, and it instantly splits the screen in two. You can also click the three dots in the middle of this virtual divider to create a shortcut to the current app group. If necessary, you can also use four fingers to tap on the large screen to turn the current application into a floating window.
Last but not least, there is the “Seamless Paging” feature that allows you to seamlessly transition from the big screen to the smaller external screen. Once you fold Find N, the external screen will display a five-second window to allow you to swipe up and activate it.
The Find N is available in black, white and purple, with the purple offering being exclusive to its top model. In China, this new phone is immediately available for pre-order before its launch on December 23, with the base model (8GB RAM and 256GB storage) asking for 7,699 Yuan (~$1210), the top model (12GB RAM and 512GB of storage) for 8,999 yuan (about $1,410). That’s a surprisingly reasonable price – even more than Xiaomi’s Mix Fold.
Unfortunately, Oppo doesn’t plan to bring its first-ever foldable phone outside of China yet, but our review unit just landed on my doorstep a few hours ago. I’ll spend the next few days figuring out if this device lives up to its hype (and if I can run Google services on it), so stay tuned for more impressions.
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