With the European debut of OPPO Find N2 Flip, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip has been dethroned as king-of-the clamshell phones. Sporting an improved hinge and bigger screen than its predecessor, this new foldable phone is a user-friendly option with more bang for your buck. Priced at only £849 in the UK! £150 more affordable than Samsung’s comparable Galaxy Z Flip 4! Though the software may still be lacking compared to that offered by its rival, it looks like Samsung will have some stiff competition when they launch their 5th iteration of this popular device. Let’s take a closer look!
Appearance & Design
Oppo Find N2 Flip is a compact device that offers the same size display as your typical smartphone without sacrificing quality and features! Not only does it have an elegant design with smooth glass panels on either side as well as metal chassis edging, but its innovative flip mechanism allows great versatility. You can use up to 120 degrees angles when operating. Perfect for creative photography or using a tripod stand. What’s more, it also comes equipped with two cameras and a fingerprint sensor in the power button so functionality isn’t sacrificed even at such small dimensions.
Put the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Oppo Find N2 Flip side-by-side, you may be hard-pressed to tell them apart. Find N2 has a 6.8-inch screen that flips in half for easy transport. It is so small they fit perfectly into one hand! Though slightly thicker than Galaxy Z Flip 4 at 7.45mm thick & 191 grams heavy, these size & weight differences are barely noticeable when held together. It is an ultra-sleek phone that will set your style off right! There are two colors available, Astral Black and Moonlit Purple.
OPPO’s new ‘Flexion’ hinge
With the introduction of OPPO’s new ‘Flexion’ hinge, they have revolutionized folding phones with a unique approach. Unlike Samsung which has yet to master this technology, their “water-drop” design allows for no gap when shut and reduces the visibility of creases along the fold line. Not only does it look more aesthetically pleasing but also helps keep dust away from penetrating your device while in storage. Giving you that extra peace of mind knowing your phone is truly safe whilst not in use! One thing’s definitely certain: the improved Flexion hinge brings a luxury feel at its best as well as increased sturdiness compared to other similar devices on today’s market!
However, the Find N2 Flip is less durable than the Z Flip 4. It does not have an IP rating, which is unfortunately next to the Z Flip 4’s IPX8 rating. Oppo says the phone has a tiny, 0.18mm dust-repelling gap built into the hinge, and the device itself is splash-proof. Samsung has put a lot of effort into making the flip phone more durable overall with its Armor Aluminum material. Oppo claims the Flexion hinge has been tested to 400,000 folds, so there’s shouldn’t be any concern about it breaking over the device’s usable lifetime.
3.26-inch cover screen
The Find N2 Flip is making waves with its impressive 3.26-inch cover screen. It is much bigger than any other mobile phone available right now, including those from Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola. In reality, if you go back in time, it has a bigger screen than the first Android smartphone, the HTC Dream, and is only a fraction smaller than the first-generation iPhone.
It certainly gives you a larger view of any widgets or notifications that pop up on it. It might even come in handy to use as an extra camera display if needed! However, the feature still falls short of giving users full access to Android and all apps like other regular models. The outside world here gets limited by what can be done through specific gadgets such as reading messages, checking your calendar, and weather stats. It even has a fun interactive wallpaper pet option exists. You can tap them to change the pose to reach the interactive.
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With phones becoming our mainstay for all modern communication, one of the most tedious tasks is unlocking our screens and navigating quickly through notifications. Find N2 Flip supports us to set some Quick Settings without opening the display and checking by the small screen display. But there are still times when a response or action needs to open it. We struggle with facial recognition not being quick enough as rear cameras often don’t point at us directly. And the fingerprint sensors are small and hard to locate on the flush side of your phone making it even more difficult!
Oppo Find N2 Flip camera
The Oppo Find N2 Flip offers photography enthusiasts a unique set of features: the 50MP main camera from Sony’s IMX890, an 8MP wide-angle lens with less than stellar results, and a 32 MP selfie cam. Paired with Hasselblad’s signature software algorithms to create stunningly natural colors is the MariSilicon X imaging chip delivering all your photos in perfect clarity! While its lack of optical image stabilization (OIS) may have some users concerned during low light scenarios, most environments will still allow for eye-catching photographs – allowing you to capture that ideal moment or view quickly and easily.
With the camera on this smartphone, you can capture moments with boldness or nuance. The 2x zoom mode is dependable and effective for up-close portraits without sacrificing sharpness, while edge recognition in portrait mode keeps details vivid even when near your subjects. Unfortunately, not all features are flawless. The wide-angle lens falls short of expectations alongside some evidence that software may be overworking to enhance images from other modes. And colors are bright and not too saturated. But it is ok to catch the atmosphere with the main camera.
But it is the perfect phone for those who take lots of selfies! Its main camera gives you vibrant colors and greater detail than your average 32MP selfie camera. Also, it’s conveniently accompanied by a big cover screen to help make taking photos easy. However, if photography variety matters to you then this may not be the best choice since its 2x zoom capability leaves much to be desired in comparison with top-tier phones like Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro or OnePlus 11. Still though, when judged on sheer selfie power alone – there are few better options out there right now that can measure up!
Specs & performance
- 6.8in, 120Hz AMOLED internal display
- 3.26in, 60Hz cover display
- MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB storage
- 4300mAh battery
- 44W wired charging
- 50Mp, f/1.8 main camera
- 8Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera
- 32Mp, f/2.4 selfie camera
- 166.2 x 75.2 x 7.5mm (unfolded) or 85.5 x 75.2 x 16mm (folded)
- Android 13 with ColorOS 13
- MediaTek chipset
- 256GB storage no more
- Wobbly Bluetooth
Oppo’s Find N2 Flip comes with the latest MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256 GB storage space. Plenty enough to keep everything running smoothly! You can also use 5G capability and two SIM cards simultaneously along with NFC for super simple mobile payments. But that isn’t all – it runs Android 13 on ColorOS 13 software presented in a glorious 6.8-inch 120Hz display unfolded…all framed by a clever 21:9 aspect ratio so you don’t even notice when the phone is “flipped” open or closed! Time will tell if this flip device lives up to its promise but it does look pretty awesome at first glance.
ColorOS 13 is an ideal example of a streamlined user experience. It’s designed with the end-user in mind, prioritizing battery life and optimizing efficiency without compromising its highly customizable settings or attractive interface. Plus, multitasking has never been easier! Just one click to quickly activate a split screen! However, ColorOS also continues to affect user experience with minor annoyances, like having several home screens full of apps or irritating prompts for wallpaper systems. Although everyday tasks such as social media usage and GPS run well enough on the system’s performance, there are significant frame rate issues in more intensive gaming applications. Asphalt 9: Legends stutters unbearably when intensified graphics come into play. It is a huge disappointment for gamers looking for an uninterrupted playing session!
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One nice addition is that the phone has a ‘360-degree’ NFC, which means you can use it to make contactless purchases from almost any position when it’s closed.
This only works for specific payment types, such as accessing London’s public transportation system, so you’ll still need to completely open the phone to pay in a shop or eatery, but it’s a time-saver when it does work.
But, to finish on a positive note, Oppo has caught up to the competition and is now guaranteeing four years of ColorOS feature upgrades as well as a fifth year of security patches, tying Samsung and surpassing Google.
It means that in principle, this should be supported until Android 17, with security protection until 2028. Therefore, you should be able to depend on it for years to come – as long as the hardware keeps up.
Battery & charging
OPPO ensured they didn’t make the same mistake as their predecessors when it comes to battery life on their new Find N2 Flip. Outfitted with a 4300mAh, this flip phone is equipped with all-day power. It is perfect for streaming your favorite tunes, scrolling through social media, and web surfing without having to worry about charging throughout the day! Even after two hours of video conversation, I had my screen at 20–30% remaining. So if you’re concerned that the battery won’t be able to keep up, you can take it easy.
But what I need to mention is that with all the new technology packed into the flip phone, it lacks one of my favorite features—wireless charging. I found myself wanting to just quickly place this updated model onto a Qi charger and leave it for a while but was disappointed when I realized there’s no such option! Whereas other models offer us convenience & ease-of-charging with wireless options, this particular design is missing out on an important aspect. But it is up to personal preference. If you don’t mind the wireless charging, it is not a big deal. It’s recharged using Oppo’s included 44W SuperVOOC wired charger. Expect it to go from almost flat to 100% in 60 minutes. The slightly quicker 44W wired speed can make up for the lack of wireless charging either.
Price & availability
If you live in the United Kingdom, the Find N2 Flip’s price tag of £849 is a full £150 less than Samsung’s. Of course, you may now find that phone a little below the asking price if you shop around.
Unfortunately, the Find N2 Flip will not be available in the United States! Samsung can relax for the time being and the larger book-style Find N2 will not be available outside of China.
The Oppo Find N2 Flip is an exciting new device that has the potential to give Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 a real run for its money. Compact folding phones are mostly about convenience, so their small dimensions, low weight, and large cover screen work really well. This kind of competition in both features and price will push innovation forward – which all tech fans can appreciate! It comes packed with great specs, making it more than capable enough to take on even the biggest names out there.
If you can buy the Oppo Find N2 Flip, then it’s a steal at the price! It is absolutely worth taking a good look at it alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4.