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Oppo Find N3 review: Reimagining book-style foldables the right way

By Cheryl Tan - 22 Nov 2023

Overview, Display & Features

Oppo Find N3.

Unfurling the foldable future

Foldables have been in a weird space for a while now; it’s no longer an oddity that'll earn you curious stares, with foldable shipments expected to hit 18.3 million units by the end of 2023. Sadly, the technology isn’t yet quite as polished as a more traditional smartphone. Until now.

The Oppo Find N3 is possibly the most refined take on a book-style folding smartphone that we’ve tested so far. 

TL;DR: With an almost invisible crease and excellent multitasking, the Oppo Find N3 is an excellent folding phone that offers the best of the large screen with as few of the downsides as possible.

Equipped with the company’s third-generation Flexion Hinge, the phone has been certified for up to 1,000,000 folds, even in temperatures ranging from 50°C to -20°C. Despite its build, the phone is also incredibly lightweight and slim, weighing just 239g or 245g (Classic Black and Champagne Gold, respectively) and measuring just 5.8mm when unfolded

Oppo also upgraded both displays to the same specifications, even though they differed in size and aspect ratio. Both LTPO AMOLEDs have a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and peak brightness of 2,800 nits. Oppo also claims to have improved the internal display's durability, with the screen now 36% more resistant to warping than the Find N3’s predecessors.

Unlike other fodables, Oppo also ensured a premium experience with its photography. The brand included Sony’s new LYTIA-T808 stacked pixel 1/1.43-inch sensor for the 48MP main camera, while upgrading to a 64MP telephoto camera and sticking to a 48MP ultra-wide camera with the same Sony IMX581 sensor from before. The Oppo-Hasselblad collaboration continues, with subtle Hasselblad branding on the large circular rear camera bump.

Running on the 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and paired with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage, the Oppo Find N3 certainly looks very impressive on paper, especially when considering the S$2,399 price tag. Let’s take a deeper dive into how the phone looks and feels in the hand before getting into the rest.

  Oppo Find N3
  Oppo Find N3
Operating system
  • Android 13 (ColorOS 13.2)
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Built-in Memory
  • 12GB RAM
  • LPDDR5x
Display
  • Main Screen: 7.8-inch / LTPO AMOLED / 2,440 x 2,268 pixels (426 ppi) / 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate
  • Cover Screen: 6.31-inch / LTPO AMOLED / 2,484 x 1,116 pixels (431 ppi) / 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate
Camera
  • Rear:
  • 48MP main, f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, OIS
  • 48MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, FOV 114°, 3.5cm macro distance
  • 64MP telephoto, f/2.6 aperture, PDAF, OIS
  • Front (External):
  • 32MP, f/2.4 aperture, FOV 88.5°
  • Front (Internal):
  • 20MP, f/2.2 aperture, FOV 91°
Video Support
  • (Rear) 4K60FPS, Slow motion up to 480FPS, OIS, Dolby Vision support
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 5G (NSA, SA, NR), 4G (LTE) , Bluetooth 5.3, BLE, NFC, USB-C
Storage Type
  • 512GB internal storage
  • UFS 4.0
Battery
  • 4,800mAh
  • 67W wired SuperVOOC
  • No Wireless Charging
Dimensions
  • Classic Black unfolded: 153.4mm × 143.1mm × 5.8mm
  • Classic Black folded: 85.5mm x 73.3mm × 11.9mm
  • Champagne Gold unfolded: 153.4mm × 143.1mm × 5.8mm
  • Champagne Gold folded: 85.5mm x 73.3mm × 11.7mm
Weight
  • Classic Black: 239g
  • Champagne Gold: 245g

Taller, thinner, bigger

The Oppo Find N3 doesn’t resemble the Find N2 all that much. It looks similar to the OnePlus Open, thanks to the new camera bump on the rear. It really is a bit of a statement, and it means the Oppo and OnePlus (Oppo subsidiary since 2021) phones have a consistent aesthetic. We have found that the camera bump's protrusion catches on fabric when sliding into a pocket or a bag occasionally. 

The mute/vibrate/ring slider is pretty elegant.

When folded, the phone measures 11.7mm, almost 2mm thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5. Oppo told us this was a deliberate choice to make its secondary display more comfortable for conventional use.

Also introduced was an alert slider on the phone's left edge (when opened) that switches between Silent, Vibrate and Ring modes, with unique vibration haptics for each setting when activated. It’s a nice feature that I found myself utilising quite a bit, and it's also present on its clamshell sibling.

When unfolded, the right edge hosts the volume and power buttons, with the latter doubling up as a fingerprint scanner. The slimness of the power button resulted in several attempts to scan my thumb accurately and unlock the device, although I can chalk this up to my natural grip.

A workaround that I’ve found is to register a second thumbprint while focusing on the edges of my thumb when doing the registration scan. With it, my fingerprint gets scanned and unlocked correctly every time on the first attempt.

The Find N3 comes with Oppo’s new Flexion Hinge that uses self-developed aircraft-grade steel and a super-rigid zirconium-based liquid metal to achieve a 15% reduction in volume while still being rated to last up to 1,000,000 folds. There are also carbon-fibre support plates to help resist warping, and the inner display comes with a new coating that has a self-healing layer to smooth out scuffs.

Crease? Where?

Oppo claims that the “Find N3 comes incredibly close to creating a perfectly level surface”, and while this may sound like marketing fluff, the inner display has one of the least noticeable creases on a folding smartphone. You can still feel the crease if you run a finger over it, but the near-creaseless appearance adds a new level of sophistication and premium feel that Samsung cannot replicate (for now).

Fantastic displays

Oppo Find N3.

Here's a look at the similarly-specced displays.

The external Cover Screen saw Oppo increasing it to 6.31-inch (20:9 aspect ratio), making it one of the biggest external screen on a foldable phone at the moment. It’s a 2,484 x 1,116 LTPO AMOLED display that has an adaptive refresh rate from 1-120Hz and works perfectly fine for normal use texting, gaming and more. The reduced thickness certainly helps, giving us a folded experience that's almost like using a regular phone.

Inside comes a huge 7.8-inch LTPO AMOLED display (1.07:1 aspect ratio) that also has a 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate. Both displays have features like 1440Hz PWM dimming, a peak brightness of 2,800 nits, and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+. Both screens are a joy to use, with bright outputs and vibrant reproduction of colours. 

Oppo Find N3.

In my experience, gaming on the inner screen might be an issue. Playing games like Honkai: Star Rail on the Cover Screen was perfectly fine, but when switching to the inner screen, you get an extremely zoomed-in perspective that can be quite disconcerting. I’ve found other games that worked around this by introducing black bars at the top and bottom to offer a better aspect ratio fit, and that's a nicer solution, even if it's less sightly.

For videos, you get the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, but its sheer size makes it a much better viewing experience, especially compared to the smaller screens on standard smartphones. Reading ebooks, browsing the web, and more are also much more enjoyable on the inner screen. 

Improved multitasking & productivity

If you’re a multitasker, you’ll absolutely be delighted with the Find N3 and how the large inner display performs.

It’s so easy to open multiple apps and with Oppo’s Boundless View, the phone can have up to three apps open in full-screen. Just drag and drop apps from either the App Library or the File Pocket on the leftmost side of the TaskBar. 

File Pocket.

The App Library is self-explanatory, but the File Pocket is a nice feature that shows you what images or files you’ve recently used or downloaded so you can drag them easily into an app.

Boundless View (top/bottom configuration)

I’ve taken advantage of Boundless View plenty of times when looking up details in an email while working on documents. I even use it for my favourite characters in Honkai: Star Rail, quickly cross-referencing online guides and my in-game relics by having both the game and the browser open.

Three apps all at once.

If you have three apps open, a four-finger pinch will send the phone into Full View Mode, allowing you to see all three windows and interact with them at once.

Like Samsung, it's also possible to save app "combos", so if you like to watch Netflix while chatting with your friends on WhatsApp, or if you enjoy scrolling through Facebook and Instagram together like me, it’s doable. The saved combo will be available on the home screen for easy access. 

Oppo’s ColorOS has been improving over the years, and the Find N3 is running ColorOS 13, which is Oppo’s reskin of Android 13. It’s generally smooth and easy to use, with very little bloatware pre-installed on the phone, so thumbs up to Oppo here.

It's also possible to only use one piece of the case.

Before moving on, I want to mention that Oppo provides a two-piece phone casing in the box. The top piece requires you to use the pre-applied adhesive to ensure it sticks properly to the frame of the phone.

I’m not a big fan of this because adhesives leave residue after a while, so this might be an issue if you want to remove the case after a long period of use.

The adhesive backing also needs to be removed, as the rear does cover up the speaker and microphone grills on the top and bottom of the phone. The provided case forces one to stick the case on if they want to use it. That being said, it’s good that Oppo at least includes it in the box and leaves it up to the consumer whether they want to use the case or not. 

Unfortunately, the Oppo Find N3 only comes with an IPX4 water resistance rating, which falls slightly short of other flagship phones.

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8.5
  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Performance 8
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Improved hinge rated for 1,000,000 folds
Almost invisible crease
Boundless View makes multitasking a breeze
Large 7.8-inch internal screen
Very good battery life
Slightly more affordable compared to competitors
The Bad
Performance isn’t the best
No wireless charging
Cameras don’t perform as well under dim lighting
Still pricey compared to normal smartphones
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