Oppo Find N: First Look and Impressions

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The Oppo Find N is the company’s first foldable smartphone. It has taken them four years to bring it to the market but the wait was worth it.

Design and build

Distinctively different from the other foldable smartphones on the market, the Oppo Find N sports a compact design. When folded, it has the form factor of an Apple iPhone 13 mini, albeit much thicker at 15.9mm. Although neither its thickness nor its 275g weight is uncomfortable which is thanks to the compact design.

The Find N is extremely compact

On the rear, the Find N shares design traits similar to the Find X3 Pro. You find the same finish and construction complete with a triple-camera setup. The right side houses the fingerprint scanner whereas on the bottom, you find the SIM tray as well as the Type-C USB port for charging. Despite the premium feel and finish, one thing the smartphone lacks is official IP water or dust resistance.

Display technology

The core of the experience with the Find N boils down the interacting with its displays. When closed, you find a 5.49-inch OLED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Because of its 18:9 form factor, its extremely comfortable to use. Typically, folded smartphones are difficult to type on given their narrow design however with the Find N, it is refreshingly different. We think this is the first foldable smartphone that we can use comfortably when folded.

The 18:9 form factor makes typing and general use on the Find N much easier

Things get better for the Find when you open up to the 7.1-inch OLED panel on the inside. This is a 120Hz panel with Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) and a Flexure Hinge. The beauty of this hinge is the the crease that we typically associate with a foldable smartphone is almost non-existent. This means watching content is uninterrupted even at an angle. Moreover, the 8.4:9 form factor of the device when opened means that videos also fill up available space on screen well.

There is no visible crease on the inside panel of the Find N

Something that was also stand-out was the feeling on the inner display. Typically, foldable smartphones have flexible displays with a gummy feeling texture. However, in the case of the Find N, it almost felt like a regular glass display. This shows how far the technology has progressed and credit to Oppo for executing on a consumer device. Display aside, the inner panel sports a 32MP punch-hole selfie camera, just like the other 32MP punch-hole selfie camera you find on the outside panel.

Optics

Often times, foldable smartphones make sacrifices with their camera technology in order to accommodate the cost of manufacturing a phone like this. However, the Find N does not make any of these. You find a triple-camera setup on the smartphone made up of a 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide lens and a 13MP telephoto lens.

We are glad to see capable camera hardware on the foldable

While we have not had a chance to test the optics thoroughly, things are looking promising on paper. The smartphone has all the AI features that come with Oppo’s camera experiences and also, a tailor made camera software experience for the larger screen of the Find N.

User experience

Oppo has ensured that the Find N is perfect for large screen use. Of course, it has Color OS 11 running on top of Android 11 which makes optimization much easier. Given Oppo’s rich software skin, porting features such as floating window, multitasking and a lot more is not difficult. With our limited time with the device, we did not get to try every feature Oppo has in store.

Color OS 11 on top of Android 11 can adapt to the large screen experience

However, one feature we found to be extremely unique was when using the device in Flex Form Mode, which enables you record on the smartphone remotely. When you slowly close the top half of the device in this orientation with the camera application open, the viewfinder switches displays to maintain convenience. This is small attention to detail that we are impressed by.

For some software features, Oppo’s attention to detail is already here

Of course, a lot of this software optimization is also complimented by the smartphone’s hardware. Inside, you find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Moreover, there is a 4,500mAh battery with support for 33W Flash Charge. This means a full charge in about 70 minutes and a 50 per-cent top up in 30 minutes. You also find 15W wireless charging support as well as 10W reverse wireless charging.

Conclusion

With our brief look at the Oppo Find N, we are extremely impressed. Given that Oppo has had time to learn from all the other manufacturers that have already introduced foldable smartphones to the market, it has done an incredible job. Currently, the smartphone is only available in China for a price that translates to $1,299 (Dh4,771). While we anticipate the device to go global, there is no word on the same as of yet.

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