Oppo Find N debuted as the company’s first foldable phone. The smartphone is claimed to be the result of four years of research and development and the final product that arises from six generations of prototypes. Oppo also touted to have used a list of improvements in Find N to offer a better folding experience. The phone appears to be a strong competitor against the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 which was released as the third version of the Galaxy Fold earlier this year.
To discuss the Oppo Find N and how it stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, host Akhil Arora speaks with Reviews Deputy Editor Roydon Cerejo and lead critic Aditya Shenoy on this week’s episode of the Orbital podcast. Gadgets 360.
The Oppo Find N is priced at CNY 7,699 (roughly Rs. 90,700) for the base 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant, while its 12GB + 512GB high-end model is priced at CNY 8,999 (roughly Rs. 1.06,000). The price is lower when compared to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, which starts at Rs. 1,49,999 for the 12GB RAM + 256GB model and goes up to Rs. 1,57,999 for the 12GB + 512GB option. However, Find N is exclusive to China at the moment, and there is no clarity on whether it would reach other markets in the future.
Roydon got a chance to spend time with Oppo Find N. He talks about the key features the phone offers. One of the biggest is the big enough OLED cover screen that comes in a 5.49-inch size and has an 18: 9 aspect ratio. This makes it a perfect phone to use when folded. It’s better compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 which offers a 24.5: 9 aspect ratio and looks more like a pencil case, thanks to the slim and tall appearance.
When unfolded, the Oppo Find N brings a 7.1-inch LTPO screen that has a 120Hz refresh rate. The folding screen offers a 90.7 percent screen-to-body ratio. There is also a patented Flexion hinge design that is claimed to leave no gap between the two sides of the folding screen.
Oppo Find N first impressions: folding it the right way
The custom hinge solves the problem of displaying a crease in the center of the folding screen when unfolded. Allows the phone to look like it has a seamless flat screen. This is different from the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and most other folding devices available on the market today, in that you see a crease when you unfold the phone and grab your finger somewhere in the middle.
In addition to the new hardware, Oppo has brought a list of customizations alongside the Find N software to take advantage of its foldable form factor. There is gesture support to improve multitasking on the folding screen. You can also divide the keyboard into two different parts for easy typing.
Find N works more like a mini tablet when unfolded. However, it is thicker and heavier than a normal premium smartphone. This is something that also exists with the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Oppo has packed the Find N with a 4500mAh battery that supports 33W SuperVOOC wired charging, as well as 15W AirVOOC wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. The phone also includes a total of five cameras, including one. triple rear camera setup and two selfie cameras, one on the cover screen and the other on the inside screen.
We talked about the camera experience and other details in our half-hour conversation. You can listen to it by pressing the play button on the embedded Spotify player above.
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