Oppo Find N launched as company’s first foldable phone
The starting price is ¥7699 which translates to around $1200!
December 15, 2021
It’s here. The first foldable phone by Oppo is finally here, and it is named the Oppo Find N. As Oppo mentioned in its official announcement a week ago, the work on this phone started back in 2018 when the company developed the first prototype. After a series of refinements, we finally got the final device today & this one is really an impressive foldable phone.
First of all, the main focus is on the form factor because it is a pretty compact device, not a tall phone like the Z Fold 3 by Samsung. Not only this helps in using this device one-handed when closed, but it also helps run most of the apps without any major issues, something that is definitely the case with other foldable phones with weird aspect ratios. In the case of Find N, the display on the outside has an 18:9 aspect ratio, something we are quite familiar with because after 16:9 and before the notches & hole-punch cutouts, this aspect ratio was a standard among smartphones.
Now, since it is a foldable device, the main thing to talk about is the foldable screen on the inside. The implementation is similar to what we have seen in the case of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 or Mi Mix Fold, or the Mate X2 by Huawei. So, there is an outer display that can be used when the phone is closed and a foldable display on the inside that offers a widescreen experience. Oppo did not go for an under-display selfie camera like the Z Fold 3, even though it was one of the first brands to showcase this tech. So, the selfie camera is placed in a circular cutout on the top left corner.
Speaking of the aspect ratio, it is 8.4:9 for the folding screen on the inside.
One thing that these brands talk a lot about during the launch of their foldable phones is the Hinge. The same was the case with the Find N’s launch event. The hinge mechanism of Find N is quite complex, and the company calls it “Flexion Hinge.” This mechanism consists of 136 components, and just like the Motorola Razr, the hinge on the Find N folds the display in a waterdrop-like shape which ensures that you do not notice the crease a lot. In fact, the company claims that this mechanism makes the crease 80% less noticeable, which is impressive.
Also, this hinge enables you to hold the phone at any angle between 50 to 120-degrees.
Speaking of the display specifications, the Oppo Find N has a 5.49-inch display on the outside, and it is an 18:9 AMOLED with a 60Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1972× 988 pixels. The display also gets Gorilla Glass Victus protection. On the inside, there is a 7.1-inch foldable display, and it is a 120Hz LTPO AMOLED with a resolution of 1792 × 1920 pixels. LTPO means that the refresh rate of this panel can go as low as 1Hz when needed to save the battery. Well, Oppo has done what Samsung did with the Z Fold 2, i.e., having a high-refresh-rate foldable panel but a normal 60Hz outer display. So, that’s weird.
Both of these displays have a peak brightness of 1000 nits, and they are both 8-bit panels.
As in the case of Samsung’s foldable phones, the Oppo Find N’s foldable screen utilizes an Ultra-Thin Glass, and the company calls it “Flexion Ultra-Thin Glass.” This glass on the panel is just 0.03mm thin or 30 microns. Normally, this Ultra-Thin Glass is almost 600 microns on the foldable phones, so the one on the Find N’s foldable screen is way thinner than the competition.
In terms of performance, this phone gets the Snapdragon 888 SOC, not the 888+ or the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. There is 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM paired with 256GB or 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. There is a triple camera module on the rear that includes a primary camera with a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor. This is a 1/1.56” sensor, and the main camera comes with OIS as well. Then there is a 16MP ultrawide camera with a 123-degrees FOV & finally, a 13MP telephoto lens. 4K 60fps is the maximum that the camera can shoot.
Speaking of the selfie camera(s), both the outer & the foldable displays have a 32MP camera for selfies, and in both cases, the selfie camera is placed in a hole-punch cutout.
The battery size is 4,500mAh, and the phone supports 33W fast wired charging along with 15W wireless charging. There is also support for reverse wireless charging at 10W.
Oppo Find N has a fingerprint scanner on the right side which doubles as a power button, and finally, ColorOS 12 runs out of the box based on Android 11. Like other foldable phones, this UI is tweaked for this foldable phone so that going from the outer display to the foldable display while an app is opened on the outer screen is as seamless as possible.
Finally, coming to the pricing for the Chinese market, the Oppo Find N comes in two storage options, and here is the pricing –
8GB + 256GB – ¥7699 (~$1200)
12GB + 512GB – ¥8999 (~$1400)
This is incredible pricing for a foldable phone, considering that the Z Fold 3 by Samsung launched at $1,799, Mate X2 by Huawei at 17,999 Yuan ($2785), and the Mi Mix Fold by Xiaomi at 9,999 Yuan ($1,520). Well, Oppo seems to have no plans as of now to launch this phone outside the Chinese market. In China, the pre-orders have started from today, and the phone will go on sale starting December 23rd.