On the second day of OPPO’s INNO Day 2021 event, the company has unveiled its first-ever foldable smartphone in the form of the OPPO Find N. The smartphone, as OPPO says, is a result of 4 years of research and development and 6 generations of prototypes to offer a fresh foldable phone experience to users. Here’s what the foldable device is all about.
Let’s start with the design. The OPPO Find N has a book-like opening scenario, much like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. However, OPPO’s design focuses on the landscape nature of the display. With the inner display’s aspect ratio of 8:4:9, OPPO is trying to make it easier for users to unfold the phone directly into the landscape mode so that watching videos, attending virtual meetings, reading content, and more become easier without the need for rotating the phone.
While the inner display spans 7.1″, the outer display is a much smaller 5.49″. There’s no denying that the OPPO Find N is compact and tiny compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. When folded, the outer 18:9 display allows for a conventional phone experience for easier one-hand functionality. The inner display has a 0.03m thick Flexion UTG (ultra-thin-glass) and is touted to ensure over 200,000 folds and still maintain a smooth usage.
The LTPO screen supports an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz (auto adjusts between 1Hz and 120Hz depending on the content) and a touch sampling rate of up to 1,000Hz.
The OPPO Find N also packs a Flexion Hinge with a unique water-drop hinge design, which is said to result in a smooth folding experience. This design widens the angle while the phone is folded and provides a buffer, which creates minimal crease. OPPO claims the crease is up to 80% less noticeable as compared to the competition. Plus, the gap between the two parts of the phone is also less and the inner screen is less prone to scratches. This obviously all sounds great on paper but we’d need to test the device ourselves to see if this claims stand up.
As for the back panel, it has a 3D-curved design with Gorilla Glass Victus. The rear camera setup has a blend of ceramic and metal for a more premium finish. There are three color options to choose from — Black, White and Purple.
The Find N is said to include a number of software innovations as well. It is optimized for the Notes, Music, and Camera apps for better usability and allows more new gestures to make multitasking a breeze and even has hand gestures for taking selfies.
Looking at the spec sheet, the OPPO Find N is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform (and not the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 flagship chipset), paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It is backed by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 33W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge. which can fully charge the phone in around 70 minutes.
There’s also support for 15W AirVOOC wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. Additionally, the device supports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and more.
Pricing & Availability
The Oppo Find N is priced at ¥7699 (€1073) for the 8GB RAM+128GB model and ¥8999 – (€1255) for 12GB RAM + 512GB model. Unfortunately, it will only be available to buy in China, starting December 23 and there’s no word on its availability in Ireland or other global markets just yet.