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Oppo launches its first-ever foldable flagship phone, the Oppo Find N

By Liu Hongzuo - on 15 Dec 2021, 6:42pm

Oppo launches its first-ever foldable flagship phone, the Oppo Find N

Oppo Find N.

After much feverish spinning in the rumour mills (1, 2) and a pre-announcement to its unveiling, Oppo’s first-ever flagship foldable phone - the Oppo Find N - is finally official. 

“New form factors are ushering in an exciting new time in smartphone technology. Oppo has invested a significant amount of time and effort into coming up with a better approach to a foldable smartphone, experimenting with a range of form factors, hinge designs, display materials and aspect ratios, to create a new device that meets the needs of more users. With the Oppo Find N, we aim to change people’s perceptions about what a smartphone can offer and begin making foldable devices more accessible to an even larger audience,” said Pete Lau, Chief Product Officer of Oppo.

The Oppo Find N’s foldable form factor follows that of the book-styled Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 - crease and all. The main display (folded within) is a 7.1-inch LTPO AMOLED display (a type of AMOLED with true variable refresh rates). This panel has an 8.4:9 aspect ratio (making it nearly 1:1), with 1,792 x 1,920 pixels resolution (~370 PPI). Given its display technology, the inner screen has a variable refresh rate between 1 to 120Hz, on top of a touch sampling rate of up to 1,000Hz.

According to Oppo, the inner screen’s flexibility is ensured with its 12-layer “Serene Display” technology. It includes a 0.03mm Flexion UTG (ultra-thin glass) layer for easier bending and flexibility, which is half the thickness seen in regular phones. Oppo said that Serene Display can be folded 200,000 times while maintaining its near-creaseless appearance. This display also has a blindingly bright 1,000-nits peak brightness.

The outer screen is a 5.49-inch AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio, and it’s meant to emulate a regular smartphone experience. It has a standard 60Hz refresh rate with 1,972 x 988 pixels resolution.

Putting it together is Oppo’s Flexion Hinge technology, where its 136 components inside the cam and spring structure confer several hinge-related benefits to the Oppo Find N. One, it has a standing angle of anywhere between 50° to 120°. Two, Oppo claimed that its hinge makes its crease “80% less noticeable when compared to other devices” - a possible dig at the creases seen in popular Galaxy Z foldables. 

To fully utilise both displays, Oppo included a few optimisations like side-by-side multi-tasking for compatible apps, and gestures like two-finger swipes to ‘split’ the inner screen in half. Naturally, they’ve also included seamless switching between inner and outer screens for compatible apps, on top of a split keyboard for the bigger panel within.

Besides having a 32MP selfie camera on each display (Sony IMX615 sensors for both), the Oppo Find N is also outfitted with a triple rear camera system

  • a 50MP main camera with Sony IMX766 sensor (f/1.8 aperture, 6P lens, OIS), 
  • a 16MP ultra-wide lens (Sony IMX481, f/2.2, 5P lens), 
  • and a 13MP telephoto lens (Samsung S5K3M5 sensor, f/2.4, 5P lens)

The rear cameras together offer up to 4k60fps and 1080p240fps video recording. Yes, the cameras also work with the phone’s flexible hinge, so users can prop the Oppo Find N up for photos.

The phone has a 4,500mAh battery, on top of 33W SuperVOOC fast-charging and 15W AirVOOC/Qi wireless fast-charging. It’s 5G-compatible, leaning in on its 2021 flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor for all performance-related tasks. It has Bluetooth 5.2,  LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, a USB Type-C port, and up to Wi-Fi 6 compatibility. Out of the box, it has ColourOS 12, which is based on Android 11.

Currently, the Oppo Find N is only available in China at CNY7,699 (8GB RAM + 256GB storage) and CNY8,999 (12GB RAM + 512GB storage), putting it between ~S$1654.56 to ~S$1933.94. An Oppo Singapore spokesperson said the company is evaluating the possibility of selling its flagship foldable phone in overseas markets - so be sure to make some noise if you really, really want it here.

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