Samsung’s third generation of foldable phones has been placed in a prominent position in the work, so much so that Huawei and Xiaomi will eventually follow the same double screen. Having already introduced a foldable model a few years ago, it was only a matter of time before Oppo, the world’s fourth largest smartphone brand, would join the scene. After the video from the past, today the Chinese company presented the Find N, which has a 5.49-inch external display and expands into a 7.1-inch convertible “Serene Display.”
What is unique about this design is that Oppo has gone for a landscape aspect ratio – 9:8.4 (1,920 x 1,792), to be sure – for the replacement AMOLED screen, which has use more split-screen. A bit like Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2, except this one is over a panel. Similarly, the Find N’s external AMOLED screen comes in a more familiar 9:18 aspect ratio (988 x 1,972), unlike the narrow 9:24.5 of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3. The short body will also be make the device more. pocket than its competitors.
Oppo added that thanks to its unique water-resistant flexion hinge design, it is able to expand the angle of the flexible panel, thus reducing the crease – “about 80 percent more effective compared to other products,” which is clearly confirmed by TÜV Rheinland. The same technology allows for a gapless design when folded. As for the flexible screen itself, its 12-layer structure apparently allows it to withstand more than 200,000 folds – even in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius or -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Alas, there is no IP rating for Find N, but Oppo reassures us that the device has passed the company’s own humidity and splash tests.
To our surprise, Find N is powered by Qualcomm’s older Snapdragon 888, unlike the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the existing Snapdragon 888 Plus. Oppo explains that this is due to the long development of this project. To be fair, this 5G chipset is still a lot, plus the phone also comes with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, with ColorOS 12 based on Android 11, which should make everything things work fine at 120Hz. The screen is flexible (although the external screen is capped at 60Hz).
Other goodies in this 275g device include a 50-megapixel f/1.8 main camera (Sony IMX766 sensor; same as Find X 3 Pro), 16-megapixel (IMX481) f/2.2 ultra-wide camera plus a 13-megapixel (Samsung S5K3M5) f/2.4 2x telephoto camera on the back, and a 32-megapixel (IMX615) f/2.4 punch hole selfie camera on both the outer screen and inner screen. There is a 4,500mAh battery that supports 33W SuperVOOC fast charging and 15W AirVOOC wireless charging; You can use the phone for 10W back charging.
Unlike many recent flagship Androids, unlocking is done with a side-mounted fingerprint-scanning power button, rather than a fingerprint reader on the bottom, which makes sense because it requires a little imagination to work the scale into the screen size change.
On the software side, this version of ColorOS 12 comes with “FlexForm Mode” which allows you to use Find N in the form of a mini laptop. This applies to use cases such as phone calls, texting, taking 4K time-lapse photos of the sky and more. Likewise, you can use the external screen as a selfie monitor, although this is nothing new in the world of foldables.
My favorite thing here is perhaps the split-screen gesture: just use two fingers to swipe in the middle of the screen to change, and you will instantly split the screen in two. You can tap the three dots in the middle of this virtual partition to create a shortcut for the current app combo. If needed, you can use four fingers to hold the main screen to turn the current app into a floating window.
Last but not least, there is a “seamless relay” feature that lets you easily go from the big screen to the small screen. When you fold the Find N, the external screen will have five secondary windows for you to swipe and open it.
The Find N comes in black, white and purple, with purple being offered exclusively for its higher models. In China, this new phone is now available for pre-order on December 23rd, with the base model (8GB RAM and 256GB storage) asking for 7,699 yuan (about $1,210), and the higher model (12GB RAM and 512GB storage) to 8,999 yuan (about $1,410). That’s very affordable – even more so than Xiaomi’s Mix Fold.
Sadly, Oppo doesn’t plan to bring its first convertible outside of China just yet, but our review unit just landed on my doorstep a few hours ago. I’m going to spend the next few days trying to figure out if this device lives up to its hype (and if I can run Google services on it), so stay tuned for that. additional thoughts.
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