Has Oppo designed the best foldable yet or is the company’s first step on the form factor too little, too late? The Oppo Find N has some exciting design elements, but also some flaws. If you missed it, check out our hands-on review for more details (and you can watch our key features video below).
The biggest downside is that Oppo doesn’t currently seem to have any plans to sell the Find N outside of China. The model proved very popular in the country as it sold out quickly and people in the resale market are asking for more than the suggested retail price.
It is clear that Oppo is up to something. The Flexion hinge is a big win – it makes the fold much less pronounced and closes the phone without leaving a gap. Check this out:
Gap check: Oppo Find N, no • Galaxy Z Fold3 (left) and Z Fold2 (right)
The other potential gain is the size and aspect ratio of the screens – 5.49-inch 18:9 cover display (60 Hz) and a square 7.1-inch inner display (120 Hz). We say “potential” because this might be too small for some, while the phone is also quite thick and heavy, making it too big for others.
Still, there aren’t any foldables from other makers that come in this format, so if it’s right for you, it’s Oppo or nothing. We’ll mention one drawback of the foldable form factor here: the phone isn’t water resistant (it’s an issue that only Samsung seems to have cracked down on).
There are also other problems. For example, the Snapdragon 888 is already a generation old. Using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 instead would likely have prevented Oppo from selling the Find N this year. The camera setup is nothing special either with a 50MP main sensor (1/1.56in), 13MP telephoto (only 2x magnification) and 16MP ultra-wide angle. However, this is a typical problem for foldable devices. Specs on paper rarely tell the whole story, of course, we’ll investigate the camera more closely in the future.
Oppo Find N is easy to use with one hand when closed • ColorOS on the big screen
On the plus side, Oppo has managed to fit a 4,500mAh battery into the phone (foldable devices don’t have much room for a battery). That’s actually 100 mAh more than the battery capacity of the larger Galaxy Z Fold3 and the Oppo charges faster, 33 W with a cable, 15 W without.
Let’s run through the competition. The Galaxy Z Fold3 has a larger internal screen (11% more surface area), but the cover display is a stretched 6.2” panel with a 25:9 aspect ratio (with a refresh rate of 120 Hz). The triple 12 MP camera doesn’t sound too exciting, but it performs quite well in practice. And yes, this has an IPX8 water resistance rating.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold has an even larger inner display (23% more surface area) and an even more stretched 6.52” 27:9 cover display. The main camera has a 108 MP sensor (1/1.52″), it is accompanied by a 13 MP ultra-wide angle lens and a unique telephoto camera with an 8 MP sensor and a liquid lens, giving it 3x magnification (80 mm) and the ability to act as a macro camera.The battery is bigger and faster (5.020mAh, 67W), but without wireless charging.
The Huawei Mate X2 has the largest indoor display of the bunch (27% more surface area) and a relatively healthy 6.45-inch 21:9 cover display (with a refresh rate of 90 Hz). It also has a 50MP main camera with a large sensor (1/1.28″), a 12MP 3x telephoto camera, plus an 8MP 10x periscope telephoto unit and a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens.
The battery is the same size as on the Find N (4500 mAh), but with faster charging (55 W, wired only). This one is powered by the Kirin 9000 5G, unlike the other three (all of which use a Snapdragon 888).
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G • Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold • Huawei Mate X2
One problem that the Oppo, Xiaomi and Huawei phones share is that they are not available outside of China. Samsung is the only global option on the list, so the Z Fold3 is undisputed in most of the world.
Still, what do you think of the Oppo Find N? After all, this is only Oppo’s first foldable and the company will be launching more, hopefully with wider availability.
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