Oppo launches its Find N2 and N2 Flip to close the door to Samsung

Oppo has now just lifted the veil on its new foldable smartphones: the Find N2 and Find N2 Flip. Two formats that represent those of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, but which go further in design. What to worry about the market leader?

After its Air Glass 2 glasses and its new MariSilicon Y audio chip, Oppo ended its “Inno Day” event by presenting its two flagship products of the end of the year: the Oppo Find N2 and N2 Flip. Foldable smartphones that are not recalled by those of their Korean competitor, but which have serious arguments to make. Presentation.

Oppo Find N2, the direct competitor of the Galaxy Z Fold 4

A year after the presentation of its first Find N of the name, Oppo draws a more successful successor which, on paper, goes further than its direct competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Oppo knows this and highlights during its presentation of some technical characteristics that hit home, started with its weight. With 233 g on the scale, the smartphone is 26 g less than its competitor. The Find N2 is even lighter than a “classic” format smartphone like the iPhone 14 Pro Max and its 240 g. It may be a detail for you, but for our pockets, it means a lot.

A really flat screen?

The other number that catches our eye is the 14.6mm thickness of the smartphone when folded. Not that it’s particularly thin, but the Find N2 is above all perfectly flat when closed, where the Z Fold 4 is between 14.2 and 15.8 mm thick when closed. A difference which is explained by the new hinge technology used by Oppo.

The latter is logically thinner, more resistant and lighter than the previous generation and in particular allows the Find N2 to be perfectly flat when folded, which the Z Fold 4 cannot boast. We also immediately notice the more square and less elongated from Oppo’s smartphone compared to its competitor.

Which brings us to the other “irritating subject” when it comes to foldable smartphones… the folding of the screen! A problem more aesthetic than technical on which Oppo says it has worked. The crease in the center of the screen is now 67% narrower than the previous generation. We therefore look forward to being able to take it in hand to share with you our opinion on the matter. The Chinese manufacturer obviously promises resistance of the hinge of its smartphone over time, up to 400,000 openings and closings.

To finish on the display, the Oppo Find N2 benefits from a 7.1-inch internal screen and a 5.54-inch internal screen, both with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The Chinese manufacturer announces a brightness of 1,550 cd/m2 on the external screen and 1,350 cd/m2 on the internal screen. For comparison, the advertised brightness for the Z Fold 4 is 1,200 cd/m2, but the 01Lab measured 1,065 cd/m2 on the external screen and 1,081 cd/m2 on the internal screen.

Performance, photo and autonomy

Small disappointment yet marketed a product at the end of 2022, we find inside a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. Although it is excellent, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is already integrated in some competitors such as the Xiaomi 13 and 13 For.

Oppo generally takes the issue of autonomy and charging very seriously, as we saw during our review of the Oppo Reno 8. The Find N2 does not seem to be an exception to this rule according to its battery capacity. , 4,520 mAh, and its 67 W fast charge. Again, the Z Fold 4 with its 4,400 mAh battery and 25 W charge are a long way off.

On the photo side, Oppo’s foldable benefits from the brand’s MariSilicon X imaging chip as well as the expertise of Hasselblad. The photo unit is made up of a Sony IMX890 50MP wide-angle main module, a 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens that can be used in macro mode, like the Google Pixel 7 Pro, and a 32 Mpx for a x2 optical zoom.

The Find N2 is obviously 5G compatible. It is also IPX4 certified for resistance to splashes, but not to heavy rain or immersion.

Oppo adapts ColorOS, but not everywhere

The Chinese brand has worked to adapt its ColorOS 13 interface (under Android 13) to the large internal screen. This basically translates to multitasking. Thus, a gesture with two fingers allows you to share the screen between two applications. A three-finger swipe takes a screenshot of part or all of the screen.

Oppo also has the good ideas of Samsung’s “Flex mode”, but calls it “FlexForm”. Concretely, the applications, films and music recently consulted are displayed when you fold the device to make it stand on itself. In reading mode, the lower part of the screen then turns into a trackpad. We don’t yet know if its little brother that we are going to present to you, the Oppo N2 Flip, will benefit from all of these software features or not.

The Oppo Find N2 Flip takes on the Galaxy Z Flip 4

It’s no secret that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is Samsung’s best-selling foldable smartphone. Oppo knows this and intends to take market share from its Korean competitor by launching its first flip smartphone: the Find N2 Flip.

As you can see from the images, the 3.26-inch external screen is much larger than the one offered by Samsung. What to display more information and navigate easily without having to open the phone. The main screen is 6.8 inches with Full HD + definition and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

The Chinese brand announces a full day of autonomy thanks to its 4300 mAh battery as well as a fast charge of 44W. Inside the foldable smartphone is a very capable MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chip. As with its big brother the Find N2, this “Flip” version benefits from a new hinge technology to close the phone flat and see less of the fold, while ensuring 400,000 folds.

The photo block is made up of two modules: the same Sony IMX890 50 Mpx wide-angle as the Find N2 and a second ultra-wide-angle module on which we do not yet have details. Do not expect more information on the technical sheet, Oppo simply mentions “a high-flying photographic experience” and an internet screen with “an almost invisible fold”.

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The two smartphones will be released in China, but only the Oppo Find N2 Flip will arrive in Europe (and therefore in France) in the first quarter of 2023. No more precise release date or price has yet been communicated by Oppo.

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