When Oppo put the first foldable phone on the market for everyone to buy, it got our attention. Its Oppo Find N, which folds like a book, is smaller and easier to carry than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold, and its front display is easier to use.
We were optimistic about the plan at the time, and now the company is getting a new generation to help it grow. This change simplifies the look while keeping the main idea. Right now, the Find N2 Flip model is only available in China, but it will be available in Europe early next year.
Our quick take
First impressions aren’t always right, but the Oppo Find N2 seems to have a lot of potentials. It’s a flexible smartphone with two high-resolution screens and multiple shooting modes. It folds up small and fits easily in your pocket.
In order to compete with Samsung where other companies have failed, the company has improved its software to use the flexible panel as much as possible.
Even though the Find N2’s internal screen isn’t as big as the Fold 4’s, we think its smaller overall size is very useful and makes it stand out from other book-style foldable on the market. One thing is for sure: it’s completely new.
- 132.2 x 140.5 x 7.4mm (open) (open)
- 132.2 x 72.6 x 14.6 (closed) (closed)
- 237g or 233g (Black) (Green and White)
- Front and back Victus Gorilla Glass
The Find N2 keeps the portability of its predecessor as its main design strength. Oppo’s Fold is smaller than Samsung’s Fold series and can almost fit in the palm of your hand. It has a bigger screen on the front and is shorter than other phones. That makes it easier to use with one hand because your thumb won’t have to move as far to touch the screen at the edges. It can also be tucked into a pocket without sticking out.
This season, weight is another thing that sells. In fact, Oppo says that its phone is the lightest foldable smartphone on the market. The lightest model only weighs 233 grams, which makes it much easier to carry than the latest Z Fold and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
In short, the Mate X doesn’t feel heavy or bulky in your hand like most other phones that fold in half horizontally. Oppo did this by putting carbon fiber in the hinge and on the flexible bottom of the screen. This made the hinge and bottom of the screen lighter and more durable.
In addition to being the lightest, the black version is the one we like the most from an aesthetic point of view. The vegan leather back looks great with dark grey metal around the cameras and around the phone’s edges.
This gives the device a sleek look that made us love it as soon as we took it out of the box. There will also be glass-backed white and green versions of these phones when they go on sale. Note that Gorilla Glass Victus has been used to protect both the front and back screens of these two. The name Victus is only on the front of the black one.
As was already said, the internal parts of the hinge have been changed. Not only is it lighter and stronger, but it also moves more smoothly and can be held in different ways. It has a slight edge over its predecessor because the software that runs it has been improved, which we’ll talk about below. Unlike Samsung’s phone, Oppo’s phone is not certified to be resistant to dust or water.
Displays and software
- 7.1-inch foldable AMOLED 1920 x 1792 120Hz display
- HDR10+ outdoors, 1500 nits
- 5.54-inch external AMOLED 2120×1080 120Hz HDR10+
Even though Oppo’s foldable phone is different in size and shape, it uses the standard folding design of having a hard display on the outside and a flexible panel on the inside.
The diagonal length of the first one is 5.54 inches, which makes it very similar to the shape of most smartphones. With a maximum brightness of over 1000 nits and a refresh rate of up to 120 frames per second, it is bright and colorful. Oppo doesn’t see this as an afterthought at all; they see it as the main screen that you’ll use a lot.
If it’s anything like the one that came before it, you can use it for almost anything, and the screen inside is bigger and better than ever. Even though the screen is only 7.1 inches, there is plenty of room to do more than one thing at once and play games.
Oppo also has a “FlexForm Mode” that turns on automatically when the phone is opened at an angle. It works like a specialized launcher, with a trackpad for gestures on the bottom and a menu of options and programs on the top. The viewfinder/monitor is in the top half, and the controls for taking pictures are in the bottom half.
This is helpful when using a camera, for example. It comes with a small number of apps and features already installed, but its camera lets you take pictures from odd angles or record yourself while it’s sitting on your desk.
The display’s technical specs also hit all the right notes, with 120Hz adaptive refresh rates, HDR10+ support, and brightness levels of up to 1500 units for use in bright outdoor environments. It also has a hinge that is almost invisible, which makes it much easier to use any folding smartphone.
It’s hard to notice when using the phone, and you can barely feel it when you touch it. Or, at the very least, it isn’t so obvious that it distracts you.
Displays and software
- 7.1-inch main foldable AMOLED screen with a resolution
- 1920 x 1792 and a refresh rate of 120Hz
- HDR10+: Outdoor brightness of 1500 nits
- 5.54-inch external AMOLED screen with 2120×1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+.
While Oppo’s foldable phone may be unconventional in size and form, it follows the standard folding design of having a hard outer display and a flexible inner panel. The former has a diagonal measurement of 5.54 inches, making it very similar to the shape of conventional smartphones. It’s bright and colorful, with a maximum brightness of over 1000 nits and a refresh rate of up to 120 frames per second. In Oppo’s view, this isn’t an afterthought at all, but rather a primary screen you’ll use frequently.
If it’s anything like its forerunner, you can use it for pretty much anything, and the interior screen is bigger and better than ever. Although its screen size of 7.1 inches isn’t enormous, it provides plenty of room for multitasking and playing games.
Oppo also has an automatic mode called “FlexForm Mode” that activates when the phone is opened at an angle. It acts like a specialized launcher, with a trackpad for gestures on the bottom and a menu of options and programs on the top.
The top half houses the viewfinder/monitor while the bottom half houses the controls for taking pictures; this is useful when using a camera, for instance. It has a limited selection of preinstalled apps and features, but its camera functionality allows you to take shots from unusual angles or film yourself while it’s sitting on your desk.
The display’s technical specs hit all the right notes, too, with 120Hz adaptive refresh rates, HDR10+ support, and brightness levels of up to 1500 units for use in bright outdoor environments. It also has a nearly imperceptible hinge, a feature that greatly improves the usability of any folding smartphone.
When using the phone, it’s difficult to notice, and it’s hardly perceptible when touched. Or, at the very least, it isn’t glaring enough to derail your concentration.
Performance and battery
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor
- 12GB/256GB and 16GB/512GB options
- 4520mAh battery – 67W SuperVOOC wired
In 2022, most foldable phones have as much processing power as they can fit inside. After all, if you spend a lot of money on a bendable smartphone, you don’t want a bad chipset to slow it down. Oppo has done the same thing by putting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset in their latest phone. Assuming that everything works quickly and smoothly thanks to the 120Hz panel refresh rate and either 12GB or 16GB of RAM, that is. We haven’t had the Find N2 for long enough to be sure, but early reports are good.
There’s no denying that it’s a powerful processor, though. Phones with this chipset have always done really well in our experience.
You don’t have to worry about storage because you can choose between 256GB and 512 GB. That’s a lot of room for pictures, videos, apps, music, and other media.
All of this is powered by a 4520mAh battery that can be charged from empty to full in about 35 minutes, so you can use it all day without worrying about running out of juice.
- 50MP f/1.8 primary camera
- 32MP f/2.0 telephoto zoom
- 48MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera
- 32MP f/2.4 selfie cameras (external and main display)
- MariSilicon X neural engine – Hasselblad color science
Again, it has just about everything you could want in a camera system. On the back, you’ll find the main camera with 50 megapixels, an ultrawide camera with 48 megapixels, and a telephoto camera with 32 megapixels and 2x optical zoom. The Find N2 takes pictures that are processed by Oppo’s own Marisilicon X neural imaging engine and has color science that was developed with Hasselblad, just like the Find X5 Pro, which is the company’s best phone.
We don’t yet know what this means in real life, but it’s a good sign for what looks like a strong camera system with a lot of focal length options thanks to its three separate lenses. We did not find any low-resolution macro or depth sensors, which is a good thing. From what I can tell, this is a top-of-the-line phone with top-of-the-line optics.
First impressions aren’t always right, but the Oppo Find N2 seems to have a lot of potentials. It has two high-resolution screens and a flexible camera, and you can open it up and use it as a tablet.
Written By Masroor
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