OPPO introduced the Find N, the company’s first foldable smartphone, in China earlier this month. At the launch event, OPPO said that the phone is as a result of four years of research and development and six generations of prototypes. We got hold of the smartphone, and here are our first impressions.
- OPPO Find N 12GB + 512GB version in Black colour
- 33W fast charger
- USB Type-C cable
- SIM ejector tool
- Quick start guide and warranty information
Starting with the screen, the phone has a 7.1-inch (1792 × 1920 pixels) WUSXG AMOLED display with 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate on the inside, which the company says will offer a 60% larger visual area than a standard 6.5-inch display. It has new gestures to make side-by-side multitasking more intuitive. It has SCHOTT UTG (ultra-thin glass) glass protection.
You can hardly notice the crease, thanks to the unique water-drop hinge design, which makes the crease up to 80% less noticeable compared with other devices, according to TUV. Since it has 8.4:9 aspect ratio, you will have black borders when viewing videos on YouTube, but you can expand it on apps like Netflix, but it looks a bit awkward.
When using a compatible app, you can use two fingers to swipe down in the middle of the device to split the screen in half, or turn a full-screen window into a floating window by pinching it with four fingers.
The outer screen is a 5.49-inch (1972 × 988 pixels) FHD+ screen with 60Hz refresh rate and 18:9 aspect ratio. This offers a more compact usage, and fits in the pocket without any issues, even though it is a bit thick at 15.9mm, compared to normal phones. The outer screen has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. There is a 32MP front camera with IMX615 sensor, both on the inside and the outside. There is an earpiece on the top edge that doubles up as a secondary speaker.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5nm SoC, and comes in 8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 512GB versions. There is also RAM expansion option that lets you expand up to 7GB. Even though it runs ColorOS 12 out of the box, it is still based on Android 11, and the Android 12 update is expected to roll out soon.
Coming to the ports, the phone has a secondary microphone on the top. The primary microphone, loudspeaker grill, USB Type-C port and the dual SIM slot are present on the bottom.
The Flexion Hinge brings together 136 components with extreme precision of up to 0.01 mm, and the company says that the hinge works as smoothly as the joints in the human body. The new hinge also eliminates the gap between displays when folded, so there is no way for dust particles to enter, scratching the screen.
The fingerprint sensor is on the right side, embedded into the power button. The volume rockers are present on the left side. Since the sides have a glossy finish, they are prone to fingerprints. You can also see the antenna bands around the phone since it has a metal frame.
The phone has a glittery matte glass back in the Black version that we have, and the phone also comes in a White and Purple versions. Even though the phone weighs 275 grams, the weight distribution is good.
It packs triple rear cameras that include a 50MP primary wide-angle camera with f/1.6 aperture, Sony IMX766 sensor, OIS, 16MP 123° ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture and the 13MP telephoto with f/2.4 aperture offers 2x zoom. The phone supports up to 4K 60fps video recording, but the front camera can only record at up to 1080p 30fps. There is also a portrait option that lets you adjust the aperture between f/0.95 up to f/16, but the edge detection is just average.
It packs a 4,500mAh with 33W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge that can charge from 0 to 55% in 30 minutes and up to 100% in 70 minutes. It also supports 15W AIRVOOC wireless charging (compatible with standard Qi) and 10W reverse wireless charging.
The OPPO Find N is currently on sale only in China priced starting at 7699 yuan (US$ 1209 / Rs. 91,990 approx.) for the 8GB + 256GB version. OPPO has not revealed global roll out plans yet.