The Samsung Universe Fold series has gone unchallenged in India for the past couple of years, and we recently saw Samsung really stepping up its sport with the Galaxy Z Fold 3   ( Evaluation ). However , Oppo has just revealed one huge surprise before we wrap up 2021, which gives us enough reason to rethink whether or not the Galaxy Z Fold indeed represents the best way to make a large-screen foldable. The Oppo Find N was unveiled a week ago as the company’s first in a commercial sense available foldable smartphone, and even though it is on sale only within China, Oppo India delivered us an unit to play with for a short while.

Having reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Unces Fold 3, there are plenty of distinctions about the Oppo Find And that immediately stand out to me, and in my opinion, make it a much better tablet-style foldable. I don’t have spent a lot of time with it, and a full review of this mobile phone won’t be too helpful at this point since it’s not going to launch in India anytime soon, but I do want to point out a few issues that I really like about it.

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The Oppo Find N feels like a regular (albeit chunky) smartphone when folded away

The design from the Oppo Find N is probably its biggest talking stage since this is where most of Oppo’s R& D efforts happen to be applied. The Find N is built from premium components such as glass and aluminum, which you can tell from the moment you pick it up. It’s quite chunky and heavy, but amazingly, not much more so than the Universe Z Fold 3.

The first thing you’ll reach appreciate is the familiar physical proportions. The outer OLED display goes nearly edge-to-edge with the frame and its 18: 9 aspect ratio makes it easy to handle and use with a singke hand. It’s almost as if you using any standard smartphone, which just happens to be abnormally thick. The outer screen only has a 60Hz renew rate, but once you occur this phone, you get a much larger 7. 1-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. Both displays are brilliant and vivid, support HDR playback, and deliver crisp visuals. Since the Find And is shorter and wider than the Galaxy Z Collapse 3, videos automatically fill more of the screen without you needing to switch the device’s orientation in your hands.

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The crease is barely visible around the interior display, making the Oppo Find N very pleasant to use

Speaking of the folding screen, the Find N uses ultra-thin glass over the OLED panel, but the magic lies in the ‘Flexion’ hinge. Oppo has developed a special mechanism that allows the two halves of the Discover N to sit get rid of against each other, thereby eliminating gaps so dust plus dirt can’t easily get through. The hinge also permits greater tolerance where the screen actually folds, so there’s barely any crease if it’s open. You can still discover mild undulations when viewing the screen off-axis, however, you can’t feel any bundle in the centre when you run a ring finger over it. This is a significant achievement, and something that Samsung has not quite mastered even with the third iteration of the Galaxy Z Fold.

The particular Oppo Find N is also a proper flagship. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC plus up to 12GB associated with RAM and 512GB associated with storage. Oppo has actually managed to fit in a pretty large 4, 500mAh battery, which phone supports 33W fast wired charging as well as 15W wireless charging. There’s a fingerprint sensor in the power button, but you can also use face recognition to unlock this phone.

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The Oppo Find And (right) seen with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (left)

1 big feature missing from the spec sheet is an IP rating for dust and water resistance. This is a single area in which Samsung still has the upper hand.

The cameras on the Oppo Find N seem quite promising too. Both the selfie cameras have 32-megapixel detectors, while on the back you get a 50-megapixel primary, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 13-megapixel telephoto digital camera. I haven’t tested the cameras extensively, but they appear to deliver pretty satisfying results.

Oppo Find And 2X telephoto camera small sample (tap to see full size)

Oppo Find And main camera sample (tap to see full size) 

Let’s quickly check out the software too. Oppo has added custom gestures to ColorOS 12 in order to make use of the large folding display. You will soon convert full-screen apps directly into floating windows or utilize them in split-screen mode based on which gesture you use. This only worked on a handful of apps from Oppo, at least over the unit that I had. There’s also a FlexForm Mode, similar to the Flex Mode on Samsung’s foldables, which essentially rearranges the layout of an app once you fold the phone halfway within landscape orientation. Once again, this only worked for a handful of apps such as the camera, although that might change in the future.

The Oppo Find N has made me positive about foldables once more, and I really do hope we discover more manufacturers adopt this particular design philosophy — a compact, standard aspect ratio screen on the outside and a larger display on the inside. This, along with the barely visible crease in the foldable display makes the Find N the most polished foldable in order to launch this year. It’s a genuine shame it’s not launching somewhere else in the world right now, but I am hoping that it will come to India soon. If Oppo can polish its software program, I think it could mean hard competition for Samsung’s products.


Oppo Find N First Impressions: Foldable It the Right Way