OPPO Find N Hands On: the barely visible fold counts
OPPO recently launched its very first foldable smartphone in China, known as Find N. Coming later than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and Huawei Mate X series, you may be wondering what kinds of benefits or features it can have compared to the competition. Fortunately, OPPO Malaysia gave us the opportunity to try out the new foldable for ourselves in order to share our experience with them.
First, the Find N is definitely different from the aforementioned two devices from Samsung and Huawei in terms of form factor. While the Galaxy Z Fold and Mate X phones offer a slimmer and taller exterior display, OPPO’s foldable phone features a more compact design. In fact, having it in hand almost felt like holding a smaller smartphone, like an iPhone mini – and that’s not a complaint at all. That being said, the Find N comes equipped with a 5.49-inch Corning Gorilla Glass Victus-protected AMOLED display with an 18: 9 aspect ratio, 60Hz refresh rate, and 988 x 1972 pixel resolution. . In the upper left corner of the screen is a cutout for its front-facing 32MP camera.
While it’s thicker than your conventional compact phone in its folded form, it’s actually quite comfortable to hold. In fact, I might see myself using the Find N in this mode more often thanks to its familiar and natural feel when held in one hand. However, having its volume rocker and lock / power button parallel to each other in its folded form may take some getting used to.
Of course, the real charm of OPPO’s foldable phone comes true when it is unfolded, revealing its larger 7.1-inch display. Unlike its exterior, the interior display features an LTPO AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1792 x 1920 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. But like the front panel, there is a punch-hole cutout for another camera. 32MP selfie – big enough for that.
Much like its competition, the Find N’s unfolded shape is also presented in an almost square aspect ratio – enough to fit and function as a small tablet. And just in case you’re wondering, OPPO’s device is the smallest of the three book-style foldable phones, just 0.5 inches from this year’s Galaxy Z Fold3.
What really sets the Find N apart from Samsung and Huawei’s foldables is the almost imperceptible crease. From most viewing angles, the phone’s internal screen appears crisp and flat, which is a huge advantage over the more obvious creases visible on its two competitors. This is thanks to its Flexion Hinge mechanism which eliminates the space between screens when folded, resulting in minimal creasing that the brand claims to be 80% less noticeable compared to other similar devices.
Understandably, the Find N’s unfolded shape is the go-to mode if you plan to enjoy video content, reading, and gaming, thanks to the higher resolution and smoother refresh rate. OPPO has also introduced new multitasking features and tips for this mode. Swiping two fingers down the middle of the screen will activate split screen mode. This minimizes the current window to just half the screen while the other half reveals the home screen, allowing you to choose and open a separate app to display on the other side. Alternatively, you can also collapse an app into a smaller floating window, which is useful for opening websites for quick references, etc.
Like other foldable phones, OPPO’s own device also comes with laptop functions, where one half will function as a screen while the other half is used to control many things such as video playback, typing. text or camera controls. Additionally, the outer screen can also function as a camera preview if you want to take selfies with the rear cameras.
Speaking of which, the OPPO Find N comes with a triple camera setup on the back. This consists of a 50MP primary, 13MP telephoto lens, and 15MP ultra-wide. The cameras performed well in photography, selfie, and video capture, but I wasn’t able to fully assess them due to the brevity of my time with the phone during the preview.
Unfortunately, the same can be said of the device’s overall performance in terms of app usage, gaming, battery life, and audio quality. That being said, you can expect a full Find N review from us, if OPPO releases it in Malaysia.
And on that note, the company has yet to reveal whether its very first foldable phone will ever launch in other regions outside of China. In terms of price, the OPPO Find N is expected to retail at CNY 7,699 (~ RM 5,093) for the 8GB + 256GB configuration and at CNY 12,000 (~ RM 5,953) for the 12GB + variant. 512 GB. It is offered in three different colors: black, white and purple.