OPPO has launched the Find N2 Flip in India, after it was introduced as the the company’s first flip phone globally, last month. It was introduced in China in December. This has a large 6.8-inch E6 AMOLED display with 21:9 aspect ratio, is the first phone in India to be powered by Dimensity 9000+ SoC. It is also the first flip phone to feature a large 3.26-inch cover screen. Is this the best flip phone for the price? Let us dive into the review to find out.
- OPPO Find N2 Flip 8GB + 256GB in Moonlit Purple colour
- USB Type-C Cable
- 80W SuperVOOC fast charger
- SIM Ejector tool
- Clear protective case
- User manual and warranty information
Display, Hardware and Design
The Find N2 Flip has a 6.8-inch (2520 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 21:9 aspect ratio E6 AMOLED display with 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate. This has UTG glass protection.
The display is bright, and the sunlight legibility is good as well thanks to, up to 1600 nits brightness. The colors are also vibrant since it has 100% DCI-P3 and 100% sRGB color gamut. You can select from vivid, Natural and Pro screen colour modes.
You can select high for 120Hz or standard for 60Hz. Since it has an LTPO panel, it offers 1-120Hz dynamic refresh rate. It has 240Hz touch sampling rate. Visual enhancement optimizes the color and contrast in apps like YouTube and Netflix for more vivid display effects.
The phone also has HDR 10 support, which works for YouTube and Netflix. You can enable Bright HDR video from display settings, which increases the colors when playing HDR videos. There is also Image sharpener option.
The phone doesn’t have a notification LED, but this has an always-on-display that shows contextual info and notifications all day or as per schedule.
Even with a foldable screen, the crease is hardly visible, thanks to the new Flexion hinge that features fewer parts, sports a cleaner design, and presents a more stable solution. It improves core functionality with a new cam system and 1/4 spindle assembly, so it can hold firm between 45° and 110° when folded.
The Find N2 Flip also uses a new “waterdrop fold” when closed. This waterdrop shape has a larger bending radius and results in a lighter crease and lesser screen deformation when compared to a U-shaped hinge.
OPPO said that it has used aeronautical high-strength steel at the key bearing position to ensure the hinge delivers high reliability with a tensile and yield strength that is higher by 15% and 25%, respectively, when compared to traditional hinge design.
OPPO says that that the phone has been tested up to 4,00,000 folds by TÜV Rheinland – the equivalent of 10 years of use if you open and close the device 100 times a day.
The phone has a 3.26-inch (720 × 382 pixels) AMOLED outer display, the largest secondary screen on a flip phone. This has 60Hz refresh rate and 900 nits brightness. This is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Since the display is large, it can let you view six notifications and lets you use the display as a camera viewfinder. It also enables quick replies to messages in apps, but you can’t type and message. You can toggle settings, record a voice note, or answer a call without opening your phone.
The cover screen also offers interactive pets. There is also a GIF, Bitmoji, or a sticker for greater personalisation for the Always-On display. In addition to Bitmoji and OMOJI stickers, the AOD also displays helpful insights: the time, date, power status, and notifications.
The phone has a 32MP front camera on the inside. There is an earpiece on the top edge which also works as a secondary speaker. You can hardly see bezels around the display.
Coming to the button placements and ports, the power button is present on the right side with the built-in fingerprint scanner along with the volume rockers. The dual SIM slot, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and the loudspeaker grill are present on the bottom. The secondary microphone is on the top. It has polished aluminium sides, so it is prone to fingerprints.
The back of the phone also has Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The phone is just 7.45mm thin when unfolded and 16.02mm when folded. It weighs just 191 grams. The weight distribution is good.
- 50MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, Sony IMX890 sensor
- 8MP 112° ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, Sony IMX355 sensor
- 32MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture, RGBW Sony IMX709 sensor
The camera UI in the ColorOS 13 is also the same as the ColorOS 13. There is Pro mode, Panorma, Macro, Flim, Slo-mo, Time-Lapse, Sticker, text scanner, and Xpan, thanks to Hasselblad partnership. The rear camera offers 12.5MP output after pixel binning, and the front camera images are 32MP in size.
Daylight shots came out well, thanks to the flagship IMX890 sensor, and the dynamic range is better with auto HDR. There is AI mode which recognizes different photo scenes and automatically adjusts camera settings to make boost the colours. 2X is good, but once you zoom after that the quality degrades since it is digital zoom. The portrait mode is good as well. The 8MP ultra-wide camera is decent, but the company could have offered a high resolution wide-angle camera.
Low light shots are good with a lot of details and less noise, thanks to MariSilicon X NPU. The night mode is useful, but it takes a few seconds to process. There is also a pro mode powered by Hasselblad in night mode for manual tuning.
The front camera is good in daylight, and low light image are decent. Edge detection is good as well. You can use the outer screen to take selfies using the main camera, which is good, but there is a slight downgrade in the image quality.
Check out the camera samples
It can record videos in up to 4K 30 fps, 1080p at 60fs, and the front camera can record 1080p 30fps videos. Portrait and ultra-wide camera videos are limited to 1080p. There is also AI highlight video and ultra night video in 4K, thanks to MariSilicon X NPU. It uses OIS for videos, which works well.
Software, UI and Apps
This runs Android 13 based ColorOS 13 out of the box. It has Android security patch for February 2023. Similar to other OPPO Flagships, this will get 4 years of major Android updates and 5 years of security patch updates.
ColorOS 13 adds Aquamorphic Design for a smooth and comfortable visual experience, intuitive iconography, new card-style layout for the UI, new face traits for Omoji, Smart AOD, Large Folders, dynamic homescreen widgets, Auto Pixelate, Private Safe, and the Quantum Animation Engine 4.0 improves the overall fluidity.
Apart from the usual set of realme apps and Google apps, it comes with Amazon Shopping, Snapchat, ShareChat, Dailyhunt, Josh, PhonePe, Moj, Netflix, Finshell Pay, Facebook, Sharecat and CRED. These apps can be uninstalled, but come back once the phone is reset. There are also Hot Apps and Hot Games.
Out of 8GB LPDD5 RAM, you get 7.4GB of usable RAM, and about 4GB of RAM is free when default apps are running in the background. It also has RAM expansion feature, which uses the built-in storage as RAM. This has up to 8GB of additional RAM expansion. Out of 256GB, you get about 221GB of free storage. The phone uses UFS 3.1 storage, and we got sequential read speeds of about, 1719 MB/s.
Fingerprint sensor and Face unlock
Even though it has an AMOLED screen, the phone has a fingerprint sensor on the ride side, embedded into the power button. It immediately unlocks the phone just by keeping your finger on the power button so that you don’t have to press it. You can also use the fingerprint for app local and payments in apps. The phone also has face unlock feature.
Music and Multimedia
YouTube Music is the default Music Player. It also has Dolby Atmos which works with headsets and also has customizable Smart, Movie, Game and Music modes. Audio through the stereo speakers is good without any distortion even in full volume. Audio through earphones is good as well.
This has Widevine L1, so that you can play HD content on Netflix and other streaming apps. It supports HDR content on YouTube and on Netflix.
Dual SIM and Connectivity
It has the usual set of connectivity features such as 5G with support for n1/n2/n3/n5/n7/n8/n12/n20/n25/n28/n38/n40/n41/n66
/n77/n78/n79 bands. Jio and Airtel 5G work out of the box. It also has dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ax (2.4 + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS + GLONASS, and 360-degree NFC. It also has USB OTG support. The phone also has carrier aggregation. We did not face any call drops and the earpiece volume is good, even though it is present on the top edge.
The OPPO Find N2 Flip’s body SAR is 0.848 W/Kg and head SAR is at 1.18 /Kg which is slightly high compared to some mid-range phones, but it well under the limit in India which is 1.6 W/kg (over 1 g).
Performance and Benchmarks
This is the first phone in India to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ 4nm processor. It has 1x ultra-Cortex-X2 core operates at up to 3.2GHz compared to 3.05GHz in the Dimensity 9000 while retaining, 3 x 2.85GHz super Cortex-A710 cores and 4 x 1.8GHz efficiency Cortex-A510 cores from the Dimensity 9000.
The Arm Mali-G710 MC10 promises 10% improvement in GPU performance. The phone gets hot on intensive gaming, and the company doesn’t say what kind of cooling mechanism it uses. Otherwise, we didn’t face any issues or frame drops in the graphic-intensive games like COD with 90Hz, BGMI and Genshin Impact. It reached maximum 46º C in our testing indoors in Wi-Fi, but this might vary outdoors in 4G or 5G.
That said, check out some synthetic benchmark scores below.
As you can see in the benchmarks, the OPPO Find N2 powered by the Dimensity 9000+ chip doesn’t outperform even the Find N powered by Snapdragon 888 is some benchmarks.
Coming to the battery life, the phone packs a 4300mAh (typical) battery, bigger than most flip phones in the market. It can easily last for a day with heavy use and more than a day with typical use with 5G enabled and multimedia. I got over 4 hours of screen on time with heavy use on 5G. You can’t compare it to normal phones with a bigger battery, but this is good for a flip phone.
Even though the phone comes with a 80W SuperVOOC charger in the box, it supports 44W SuperVOOC fast charging, that can charge up to 50% in about 25 minutes and up to 100% takes an hour. It doesn’t support wireless charging.
At a price of Rs. 89,999, the OPPO Find N2 Flip is a good competitor in the Indian market that hardly has any flip phone. The foldable AMOLED display with minimal crease is good for multimedia, and the large secondary screen is useful. Wish it had a better ultra-wide camera. Hope the company brings in more features to the second screen with updates in the features.
The Samsung Galay Z Flip 4 is the only recent competitor in the market that has a better ultra-wide camera, IPX8 ratings for water resistance and wireless charging support, but has a smaller cover screen and is priced Rs. 5000 more. There is also older Galaxy Z Flip 3 at a cheaper rate.
Pricing and availability
The OPPO Find N2 Flip comes in Astral Black and Moonlit Purple colours and is priced at Rs. 89,999 for the single 8GB + 256GB model and will be available from Flipkart, OPPO India online store and offline stores starting from March 17th.
There is 5000 instant discount with HDFC, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards, Kotak Bank, IDFC First Bank, HDB Financial Services, One Card & Amex. There are also exchange offers.
- 120Hz E6 AMOLED HDR foldable display is brilliant with minimal crease
- Large 3.26-inch cover screen
- Good main camera
- Good battery life with fast charging
- Less use cases for a large cover screen
- 8MP ultra-wide camera with no 4K recording