Foldable smartphones introduce new possibilities and constraints. Because Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 requires you to prioritise your needs, the Oppo Find N2 Flip pushes what’s possible in this design factor.
The Oppo Find N2 Flip is a gadget that is very similar to the Samsung Z Flip 4. It has a 6.8-inch display that folds down to create a significantly smaller gadget that is simpler to slip into your pocket than a standard huge smartphone.
Although it has the same overall form factor as Samsung’s Z Flip handsets, which fold from a regular size smartphone down into a small square to make them more pocketable, Oppo’s foldable boasts a considerably larger cover display for viewing alerts and controlling features. It implies that there are a lot of possibilities for doing more with Oppo’s foldable without needing to flip it open first.
Pricing and pre-order details
The Oppo Find N2 Flip will be available in two colours: Astral Black and Moonlit Purple, at a price of S$1,299 (8GB RAM, 256GB ROM). Pre-orders will be accepted from March 3rd until March 10th, 2023, with retail sales beginning on March 11th, 2023. While supplies last, all pre-orders will receive a complimentary set of Oppo Enco Air 3 wireless earphones (worth S$109).
|Folded Dimensions||85.5 x 75.2 x 16mm|
|Unfolded Dimensions:||166.2 x 75.2 x 7.5mm|
|Screen:||6.8in FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED (403ppi)|
|Cover Screen||3.3in AMOLED (250ppi)|
|Chipset:||MediaTek Dimensity 9000+|
|OS:||ColorOS 13 based on Android 13|
|Colors:||Astral Black, Moonlit Purple|
The Found N2 Flip’s Cover Screen is a 3.26-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 720 x 382 pixels and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The larger Cover Screen size has the benefits you’d expect from more real estate: it allows you to preview your selfies like a camera’s viewfinder, displays up to six notifications (rather than just a few), allows you to use Quick Reply to send preset phrases on popular messaging apps (WhatsApp, FB Messenger, Slack, Telegram, Line), has customisable widgets, and has an always-on display (AOD) for your date and time.
The Found N2 Flip’s main display is a 6.8-inch E6 AMOLED with FHD+ resolution (2,520 x 1,080 pixels) and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz that can be reduced to 1Hz for power conservation.
Oppo claimed that the Find N2 Flip’s Main Display had “the tiniest wrinkle” for a clamshell flip phone. TÜV Rheinland lab tests have likewise rated it at 216,000 folds till deterioration. If you fold 100 times every day, that’s about six years of folding and unfolding.
Oppo attributes the Find N2 Flip’s hinge for the 63% crease reduction (called New Generation Flexion Hinge). While it is dust-resistant, it is important to note that the Find N2 Flip is not IP-rated for water or dust protection.
The N2 Flip contains a 50-megapixel main camera and an 8MP ultrawide camera on the outside, as well as a 32MP camera on the interior screen.
The main camera is fairly competent, producing generally well-detailed and correctly illuminated shots in bright and medium light, but photos can appear a little grey in lower light settings. The low-light performance is adequate, as are the portrait images, but there is no macrophotography feature.
However, the ultrawide camera is subpar, creating dark, grey images that I would only use in good light.
The 32MP selfie camera is adequate, but you also have the option of shooting with the main camera while the phone is closed, which works nicely.
Oppo’s flagship Find X series devices employ an additional Marisilicon X Imaging NPU for enhanced image processing and AI computational photography, which adds to its imaging experience. You get better 4K night video recording and 4K HDR recording when you combine the two. HNCS-certified, 10-bit RAW photography via Hasselblad Professional Mode is also included, as is a Hasselblad XPAN filter for film-like looks.
Overall, the camera system on the Found N2 Flip is excellent for a clamshell foldable but is unlikely to dethrone a premium slab phone anytime soon. Nonetheless, the form factor and fully articulated hinge of these clamshell phones add to the experience. You can take hands-free selfies, and group shots without asking a stranger to hold the camera or tilt the screen at an angle that allows you to record from a great height or from a great depth without craning your neck. Form elements contribute to the overall experience. And, yes, Oppo’s camera app software takes advantage of the shape too.
Oppo’s ColorOS is a substantially customised version of Android 13, with a colourful style and features more common in Asia than on most Android phones marketed in the West.
It functions properly but is unpolished. Minor faults are obvious throughout the UI, such as the lock screen asking for a “password” when it is actually demanding a passcode using the number pad, and what look to be slightly wrong translations of Mandarin into English everywhere. These are minor quibbles, but they should not exist in a phone of this price from a company as large as Oppo.
More irritating, you can’t instantly launch the camera with a double press of the power button instead, you have to double-press one of the volume keys, which doesn’t function if the screen is on or music is playing.
ColorOS has been nicely adjusted for this form factor in general. Unlike the larger Nokia N2, app scaling is not a concern because programmes do not require bouncing between displays. As soon as the phone begins folding, the camera UI will make use of its foldable nature and move the camera viewfinder to the upper half of the screen. YouTube will also move the video to the upper half of the screen automatically.
At the time of release, Oppo will give four years of Android updates and five years of security updates.
Hardware and Battery
The N2 Flip phone comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chip, which is unusual for an Android phone on this budget. Oppo stated that its decision to choose MediaTek was based on its preference for a market-proven CPU over a newer chipset that wasn’t yet available for its China launch. On paper, it is slower than comparable chips from the previous two years, but in practice, it worked well, seemed snappy, and handled chores efficiently, with a little stutter here and there in some graphically intense games.
The Find N2 Flip comes in only one memory configuration: 8GB RAM with 256GB storage. The 8GB RAM is plenty, but the storage uses UFS 3.1 rather than the more modern UFS 4.0 found in numerous recent releases.
The battery life is excellent for a folding phone, lasting up to two days between charges when used largely on wifi with the main screen up for roughly five hours plus a couple of hours on 5G while out and about. Longer 5G stretches in busy regions reduced battery life by half a day.
The foldable has a 4,300mAh battery and 44W SuperVOOC fast charging (a proprietary charging technology from Oppo). It also contains all of the essential components for a flagship phone, such as MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000+ engine, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, Dolby Atmos dual speakers, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, and, of course, 5G connection.
The Oppo Find N2 Flip has demonstrated that good folding phones aren’t simply the realm of market leader Samsung and can be produced at more affordable costs.
The N2 Flip excels in cramming a huge screen into a small foldable device. It looks and feels the part, retaining the clamshell phone’s uniqueness while improving on earlier designs, with its water-drop hinge decreasing the wrinkle in the screen. It has a far longer battery life than other folding flip phones and feels snappy in everyday use.
The large cover screen on the outside is useful, but it feels underutilised, with limitations on what it can do. For this premium pricing, the general software also requires refinement. The camera is adequate, but not up to the grade found on comparably priced phones. There is undoubtedly an opportunity for improvement.
Oppo rates the screen and hinges for 400,000 folds, which should be enough to survive the phone’s lifetime. Nevertheless, because this is the company’s first folding tablet to be released outside of China, it has the same track record of durability that Samsung has spent the last four years developing.
Whatever the case, the fact that Oppo is selling this in nations such as the United Kingdom, Portugal, Singapore, and Japan is significant because it basically eliminates Samsung’s exclusivity in the clamshell folding area. Consumers can now stroll into a store and see little folding possibilities. That is significant.