Oppo took its time when designing its first foldable phone – it went through six iterations over the last four years. But finally the Oppo Find N is here and some of the design choices make it unique in a market that started to fill up with competitors.
One major difference is that Oppo stuck with sane aspect ratios, starting with 18:9 for the outer screen, making the inner one 8.4:9 (slightly narrower than a square). To put that in perspective, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has a 25:9 outer display, the Mi Mix Fold a 27:9, while the Mate X got closest to a regular phone ratio of 19.5:9.
It’s not just the aspect ratio, though it does have a major impact on the usability (some apps don’t look great on extremely tall and narrow displays). Oppo went smaller than the competition – the Find N has a 5.49” outer display and a 7.1” inner screen. This puts it in the middle between smaller flip phones and larger horizontal foldables.
The new Flexion Hinge is a complicated piece of clockwork with 136 components, but it achieves two important tasks. First, it folds the display with a teardrop shape at the fold, making the crease 80% less noticeable (this number is according to TÜV). Second, it eliminates the wedge-shaped gap between the two halves when the phone is folded, which the current market-leading design can’t say.
The hinge also enables something dubbed FlexForm Mode. Essentially, the hinge can hold the two halves at any angle between 50º and 120º, allowing the phone to act as its own tripod for long video calls or time-lapse photography.
Let’s have a closer look at the specs, starting with the screen. It is a custom Serene Display with 12-layers. It utilizes so-called Flexion Ultra Thing Glass, which is much thinner than the competition – 0.03mm vs. 0.6mm. This makes it much more flexible. TUV-verified testing proved that there will still be “next to no crease” after 200,000 foldings.
The main layer of the display is LTPO AMOLED, which can adjust its refresh rate between 1 Hz and 120 Hz to match the content you are viewing while the touch sampling rate can go up to 1,000 Hz. Oppo calibrated the color rendering and brightness of both the inner and outer displays. They can hit a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, but it is graduated in 10,240 brightness steps, so you can always find the perfect brightness in all lighting conditions.
The outer 5.49” display is an AMOLED panel with Gorilla Glass Victus protection. It has a resolution of 1,972 x 988 px (402 ppi) and a standard refresh rate of 60 Hz. The inner 7.1” display has 1,792 x 1,920 px resolution (370 ppi) and a 1-120 Hz refresh rate.
The Oppo Find N is powered by a Snapdragon 888 chipset with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. While the phone supports the regular split-screen multitasking gestures, Oppo enabled a two-finger swipe down that splits the screen or you can use a four-finger pinch to turn a full-screen app into a floating window. Also, the transition between using an app on the outer screen and moving to the inner screen or vice versa is made as seamless as possible.
The phone is equipped with a total of five cameras – three on the back and two selfie cams (one on each screen). This being a foldable means that you can use the main cameras for a selfie too.
Speaking of, the wide camera features a 50 MP Sony IMX766 sensor (1/1.56”, 1.0 µm pixels). It is joined by a 16 MP ultra wide (14 mm, IMX481) and a 13 MP telephoto (52 mm, S5K3M5) cameras.
The phone is equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery, surprisingly big given its petite size, and it supports wired and wireless charging – 33W SuperVOOC and 15W AirVOOC, respectively (plus 10W reverse charging).
The Oppo Find N will be available in China starting on December 23. Pricing is incredibly attractive at the equivalent of RMB7,699($1,200/€1070) for the 8GB/256GB version and RMB8,999 ($1,410/€1240) for the 12GB/512GB units. The sad part is Oppo doesn’t plan on launching the Find N in overseas markets. You should still check out our hands-on with the phone, as it’s definitely one of the most exciting devices this year.