Oppo’s new foldable phone may have solved the crease issue




There’s a new foldable phone in town: the Oppo Find N. After tease his new foldable last week, the Chinese electronics maker launched its latest Find N foldable phone on Wednesday, on the second day of its “Inno Day” event.

The new phone, which will only be sold in China from December 23, is a bit smaller than competing foldable devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold line. The Find N has a similar design to the Z Fold, but sports a 5.49-inch outer screen and a 7.1-inch inner screen. Samsung’s phone, on the other hand, has a 6.2-inch display on the front and a 7.6-inch display when opened.

Oppo Find N front screen

The front screen of the Oppo Find N.

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Similar to classic flip phones, the Find N has a wider 18: 9 aspect ratio which makes it more natural to use like a regular phone when closed. Samsung, meanwhile, has a narrower front display on its Z Fold line.

Like the Z Fold, there are five cameras on the Find N. The interior and front screens have 32-megapixel punch-holes cameras for selfies and video chats, while the rear adds three additional sensors: a main camera from 50 megapixels, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide lens and 13 megapixel telephoto lens.

Oppo Find N cameras

The rear cameras of the Oppo Find N.

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A Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and 12GB of RAM power the device, which runs Oppo’s ColorOS 12, based on Android 11. As you might expect, Oppo’s fast wireless and wired charging is here, along with the Find. N supporting the company’s 33 watts. SuperVOOC Flash Charge for wired charging and 15-watt AirVOOC for wireless charging (as well as regular Qi wireless chargers). There is also a 10 watt reverse wireless charging, which allows it to charge other devices wirelessly.

The company claims that by using SuperVOOC wired charging, the phone and its 4,500mAh battery can go from 55% death in 30 minutes and 100% in 70 minutes.

Although the Find N is not rated IP68 for water and dust resistance, Oppo says it “passes rigorous water resistance and durability tests to ensure the device can easily cope with things like sweat, humidity and light drizzle which are regularly encountered in everyday use scenarios. “

A foldable phone, with minimal crease

Oppo Find N open

It’s hard to find a fold on the Find N.

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Oppo’s first foldable isn’t as notable for its design as it is for its comparatively high-end feel. The Find N’s hinge takes advantage of what Oppo calls a “waterdrop” design, allowing the phone to fold up more evenly. This means that not only is there no corner or space when the screen is folded, but there is also a much less noticeable crease when using the indoor screen.

Oppo, citing test lab TUV, claims the Find N has a crease that’s “up to 80% less noticeable” than other foldable devices. I briefly used Find N and the statement sounded true. Related to Z Flip 3 and Z-fold 2, the fold of the Find N is not only harder to see from any angle, it is also harder to discern by touch.

When I slide my fingers across the 7.1 inch screen, it looks like a regular tablet. Like recent Samsung foldables, the screen incorporates a layer of ultra-thin glass for added durability.

Oppo’s ColorOS software, however, means the overall experience – at least outside of China – is far from perfect.


The closed Find N is thicker than a deck of cards.

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Since this is a product only in China, the Find N does not have Google services, including the Play Store. I had a few issues but was finally able to install a Play Store APK. I could even download some apps, but a few had issues displaying properly or taking advantage of Oppo’s improvements for multitasking. Some, like ESPN, wouldn’t open in Find N’s split-screen mode.

In an interview with reporters, Pete Lau, the founder of OnePlus who now Oppo’s product manager, claims that the lack of third-party app support for foldable devices is part of the reason why Oppo is only focusing on China for the release of this device.

“If the apps that users use the most in their daily lives don’t fit well on a foldable, then a foldable won’t deliver the value it should provide,” said Lau. In China, he adds, Oppo is reaching out to individual developers to optimize their apps for the new design. “And it really is a big, heavy workload.”

OnePlus and Oppo are two (among many) sub-brands owned by Chinese conglomerate BBK Electronics.

The issue of proper application support is not unique to Oppo or Find N. It is something that the two Samsung and Google have made efforts to remedy this.

Google, in particular, has been pushing to better optimize Android for foldable devices and recently announced plans to release Android 12L early next year. The search giant says this update is designed for foldable phones and tablets, it should include improvements that make it easier to multitask and use apps on larger screens.

Lau says that while Oppo is in contact with Google to create general guidelines for how Android works on “different aspect ratios,” his company isn’t working with the search giant to optimize Android specifically for the Find N. .

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