Oppo Find N foldable smartphone review: the best from the competition

Have you ever dreamed of a foldable iPad mini that turns into an iPhone mini? Apple has not yet come up with such a device, but there is something similar from Oppo. The Find line has always been distinguished by unique technologies and innovations, but even with this, the Oppo Find N foldable smartphone seems unusual.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

In it, Oppo tried to solve the two main problems of foldable smartphones: dimensions and hinge. The Find N is compact and can be called a mini tablet that turns into a mini smartphone. We have a 7.1-inch Samsung LTPO AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a proprietary Flexion hinge designed to eliminate any gaps or creases at the bend.

When folded, you'll enjoy a nearly bezel-less 5.49-inch AMOLED screen, although the refresh rate is 60Hz. Oppo's Find N also has three decent cameras, a 50MP main camera and a Snapdragon 888 5G processor.
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Specifications Oppo Find N

Screen7.10″ LTPO AMOLED foldable, 1920×1792 pixels (370ppi), 120Hz, HDR10+, 500nits (typ), 800nits (HBM), 1000nits (peak), 9.64 aspect ratio :9 Second display: 5.49″ AMOLED, 1972×988 resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G SM8350 (5nm): Octa-core (1×2.84GHz Kryo 680 + 3×2.42GHz Kryo 680 + 4×1.80GHz Kryo 680)
GraphicsAdreno 660
RAM8/12 GB LPDDR5
Inner memory256/512 GB UFS 3.1
System and softwareAndroid 11 with ColorOS 12
Front cameraPrimary 32 MP, f/2.4, wide-angle, 26 mm, 1/2.74″, 0.8 µm; rear camera 32 MP, f/2.4, 26mm, 1/2.74″, 0.8µm
Main camera50 MP, f/1.8, wide-angle, 24 mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0 µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS + 13 MP, f/2.4, telephoto, 52 mm, 1/3.4 ″, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, PDAF + 16MP, f/2.2, ultra wide, 14mm, 123˚, 1/3.09″ 1.0µm
Video recordingPrimary Cameras: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, Gyro-EIS, HDR; Front camera: 1080p 30 fps, gyroscope-EIS
Communication and connectionsWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO , QZSS, USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
networksGSM/CDMA/HSPA/EVDO/LTE/5G 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900 – SIM 1 and SIM 2 CDMA 800 3G HSDPA 800/850/900/1700(AWS)/1900/2100 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO 4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 5G bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 41, 66, 77, 78 SA/NSA
Sound and audioStereo speakers, no 3.5mm
securitySplashproof, Gorilla Glass Victus
Sensors and featuresFingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, dual gyroscope, proximity, compass, color spectrum
BatteryLi-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable, fast charge 33 W, 55% in 30 min, 100% in 70 min, wireless fast charge 15 W, reverse charge 10 W
ColorsBlack, white, purple
materialsGlass front (Gorilla Glass Victus) – folded, plastic front – unfolded. Glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame
Dimensions and weight132.6 x 140.2 x 8.0 mm (folded), 132.6 x 73 x 15.9 mm (unfolded), 275 grams
PriceFrom ₹91,990.00  ‎Pre-order

Unpacking and packaging

Oppo's Find phones always come in big, beautiful boxes, and the Find N is no exception.

It comes in a large black box, from which it is immediately clear that the flagship is inside. The phone is unfolded, so the packaging is large, but thin.

In it you will find:

  • Oppo Find N
  • USB-C cable
  • 33 W charger
  • Warranty card and documentation
Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

Alas, there are no headphones and a case, unlike previous flagships of the company, which is a bit disappointing. The front and back of the device is covered with protective films. The one on the external display can be removed, but the internal one is needed – without it, the main display will not work correctly.

Design and appearance

In Find N, Oppo has managed to solve the problems with large dimensions and a hinge inherent in other folding smartphones.

True, it is difficult to call this device a phone – rather, a tablet with a flexible screen. There are only three colors: black, white and purple. The back of the device is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass Victus, and the main screen is made of ultra-thin glass with a thickness of only 0.03 mm.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

The side frames and hinge are aluminum, and when folded, there is no gap left from the hinge. Samsung hasn’t been able to achieve this for three generations of its Fold line, but Oppo did it the first time. It is important that there is no visible bending of the panel when unfolded.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone
But, this design also has disadvantages - the Oppo Find N does not have water protection. The smartphone is protected only from splashes and high humidity, but nothing more - it can not be lowered into the water.

On the outer screen, there is a front camera at the top, in a hole in the middle. But selfies are much more convenient to shoot with the device open, using the main camera and an external display as a viewfinder. Above the front camera there is a thin grille with a speaker.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

The module with three main lenses is not too big, it protrudes only 1 mm above the body, so it is not striking. To the right of the cameras, you’ll see a dual LED flash and a microphone for voice recording while shooting video. Interestingly, the Find N’s large display also has a front-facing camera in the upper left corner, though it’s not needed here.

Due to the unique hinge, Find N is not so easy to open, and the clamshell slides slightly in the hands due to the aluminum coating. There are many noticeable prints and smudges on the body, although using the device as a phone is convenient, despite minor problems.

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Two smartphone screens

The Oppo Find N has two displays: a 5.49-inch outer AMOLED and a 7.1-inch main LTPO AMOLED.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

Both panels support HDR10+, and the brightness reaches 1000 nits. Unfortunately, the refresh rate of the external screen is limited to 60 Hz, but the folding one reaches 120 Hz. What’s more, you can switch between 1 and 120Hz, depending on the content being displayed. A 60Hz mode is also available if you’re not a fan of too smooth animations.

Like other smartphones from the BBK concern (OnePlus or Realme), there is no support for high refresh rates in games.

Both displays transmit the image in the same way, the shades are accurate. By default, the Vivid color profile is active, corresponding to the DCI-P3 space. The color temperature can also be adjusted independently. “Natural” profile covers 100% sRGB space, color accuracy is high.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

With support for HDR10, HDR10+ and Widevine L1, content on streaming services is available in maximum quality. Oppo has added three video enhancement features here: Bright HDR, Color Enhancement, and Quality Upscaling:

  1. The first one increases the brightness while watching HDR content, although the difference is hard to see.
  2. The second is trying to expand the dynamic range of SD video.
  3. The third – artificially increases the resolution.

Switching between the two displays of Oppo’s Find N is instant – content from one screen transitions to the other, automatically adapting to the desired size and aspect ratio.

There are no bugs or app crashes. The only drawback is the different refresh rates, and the decrease in smoothness. On the other hand, the hues remain just as saturated, and even the brightness is adjusted simultaneously for both panels.

Oppo Find N cameras

The Find N has three camera lenses on the back, and thanks to the external display, they can also be used to take selfies.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone
Each screen also has a 32MP front camera. The main sensor shoots at a resolution of 50 megapixels with optical stabilization. It is assisted by a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 13MP telephoto lens.

By default, photos from the main camera are saved at 12.5 megapixels and look great. They are sharp and detailed, and there is no excessive sharpness inherent in many competitors. Trees and bushes look natural, just like people’s faces – no blurring or strange artifacts.

The dynamic range is wide and the contrast is quite high. Processing algorithms eliminate almost all noise. There are only minor problems with the white balance – some photos seem too cold, although the colors are close to natural.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

The application can switch to AI (artificial intelligence) mode, which recognizes the scene and makes appropriate adjustments. As a rule, colors become more juicy, and contrast increases.

The Oppo Find N ultra-wide-angle camera with a resolution of 16 megapixels is also pleasing. There is almost no noise, and everything is in order with detail. In the corners you can see a slight shift towards purple hues, but this happens with most of these sensors.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

The telephoto lens provides 2x optical zoom, so the resulting photos are great. The detail is high, the sharpness is set perfectly, and the colors are juicy. With this sensor, you can take portrait shots, as well as with the main one.

The Find N is capable of capturing 4K/30 fps video from all the main cameras, and 60 fps is available for the main lens. Shooting jitter is eliminated by optical stabilization and Super Steady mode, although the latter is limited to 1080p/60 fps. Audio is recorded at 96 kbps and video at 50 Mbps.

Software

The Oppo Find N foldable smartphone is the first to run ColorOS 12, although it is based on Android 11, not 12.

Most likely, an update to the latest version of the OS from Google will be released a little later. There are many new features in ColorOS 12: the interface has changed, additional icons have appeared, and animations and transitions have become smoother. Oppo seems to take a lot from Samsung and OneUI, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

An interesting feature of ColorOS 12 is Omoji – animated emoji based on the user’s faces, like an avatar. The PC Connect function allows you to mirror your smartphone screen on a PC and quickly transfer files. There is also a more convenient sidebar with protection of notifications from peeping by other people.

For both Find N screens, an always-on mode is available, which can be turned on according to a schedule, for just a few seconds, or left always active. There are many themes to choose from, and you can create your own. It is possible to make the sides of the display flash in different colors when notifications are received.

The smartphone is unlocked by touching the fingerprint scanner built into the power key on the side. There is also a face unlock, but less reliable.
Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

Oppo Flex mode is activated when using the foldable display. A two-finger swipe from the top edge will split the screen into two halves for different applications: the open one now moves to the left, and what you choose will be on the right. The keyboard can be located in the lower half of the screen, after which the Find N will turn into an analogue of a mini-laptop.

Component performance

The Oppo Find N is powered by one of the most powerful processors of 2021, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G.

The chipset is made using a 5nm process technology and uses eight cores: Kryo 680 Prime (2.84 GHz, Cortex-X1), three Kryo 680 Gold (2.42 GHz, Cortex-A78) and four Kryo 680 Silver (1.8 GHz , Cortex-A55). Adreno 660 is responsible for graphics. LPDDR5 RAM can be 8 or 12 GB, and USF 3.1 internal storage is 256 or 512 GB.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone
The Snapdragon 888 is one of the fastest processors on the market so far. In the GeekBench 5 test, the foldable Oppo scores 985 and 3478 points in single-core and multi-core modes. The GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 graphics test (offscreen 1080p) gives the Find N about 125 fps.

Throttling is not strong – when using Find N from Oppo for an hour, at maximum loads, the processor retains 78% of performance. The case heats up, within reasonable limits. In general, the device instantly performs any tasks and is suitable for games. The only thing missing is a high frequency in games and a more powerful cooling system.

Sound quality

There are stereo speakers on the underside of the Oppo Find N, but their placement is poor.

When folded, they are next to each other, which is why the volumetric effect is completely lost. At least the volume is amplified and there is support for Dolby Atmos, for the latter you need to connect headphones. Speaker volume is high, although the overall sound quality is mediocre – bass is almost inaudible and treble is muffled.

Battery autonomy

Oppo Find N has a 4500 mAh battery inside, which is enough to run two displays.

If you use the main screen, one charge will last you 12 hours of normal tasks or 14 hours of watching videos. For an external display, these figures are 17 and 18 hours, respectively.

Find N supports both 15W wireless charging via Qi adapters and even 10W reverse wireless charging. Through a complete unit of 33 W, the battery of the device is charged up to 55% in half an hour, and reaches 100% in 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Alternatives to Oppo Find N

Oppo’s foldable smartphone is only officially available in China for now. But in any case, Find N impresses with its size. It is the smallest of all such devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold3 is the first competitor you can think of. Its advantage over the Find N is IPX8 water resistance, and a second screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz. But, the large size makes the device almost unusable.

There is Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold – another folding model that is larger than the Fold3. While we get a 6.52-inch 90Hz screen with a 27:9 aspect ratio, it’s not comfortable for daily use. Hidden inside is an 8.01-inch flexible OLED display with Dolby Vision and wrinkle-free, but at 60Hz. The Mix Fold has four speakers, but it’s huge, heavy, and not waterproof.

The Huawei Mate X2 is also a curious competitor with two 90Hz OLED screens, an 8-inch flex and a 6.45-inch second. There is no built-in selfie camera, but there is a Kirin 9000 5G chip. In addition to the main 50MP OIS lens and 16MP ultra-wide autofocus lens, there is a 12MP OIS telephoto lens with 3x zoom and an 8MP telephoto lens with 10x OIS zoom from Leica.

Outcome

The Oppo Find N is arguably the best foldable smartphone to date. You get an attractive design and a great flexible display. Secondly, the external screen is very comfortable to use when the top-end Snapdragon 888 processor is responsible for the performance. Even the quality of shooting from all cameras is excellent, and the battery provides long battery life.

A key benefit of the Find N foldable display is an updated hinge that eliminates gaps when folded and the visible flex in the middle when unfolded. Switching between the two screens is flawless – applications instantly adapt to the desired diagonal and aspect ratio, while shades and brightness remain consistently good.

Oppo Find N foldable smartphone

Is it worth buying

Of course, there are also disadvantages here: there is not enough protection against water, the body slides in the hands, and both front cameras seem useless. But among mini-tablets that can turn into a smartphone, Oppo’s Find N is perfect.


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