The Oppo Find N. Long, the Chinese company’s first foldable gadget, might be precisely what the greatest foldable phones require. Oppo has created a fantastic smartphone that rivals the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in terms of performance. Except for the fact that the Galaxy Z Fold is available outside of China, I can’t think of many ways in which Samsung’s gadget outperforms Oppo’s. (See our Oppo Find N vs. Galaxy Z Fold 3 comparison to see how close the two phones are.)
If the Find N has a flaw, it’s that most of you reading this won’t be able to afford it. And it’s a terrible pity. If you manage to get your hands on a Find N outside of China, you can use it to some extent. You can simply install Google Play Services and the Play Store, albeit you may encounter certain Chinese language prompts and services. And, especially when compared to Samsung’s foldable, I felt the cameras to be lacking.
This isn’t a thorough review of the Find N; rather, it’s a collection of my opinions after using it for a while. We don’t generally go into great depth on China-only phones, but the Find N is different. It’s an enthralling foldable.
Oppo Find N : Design and Quality
To begin with, the Oppo Find N is a little phone. Its 5.49″ FHD 988 x 1972 pixels external display is shorter and broader than the elongated panels seen on Samsung and Huawei foldables, making it more simpler to grasp and carry around, to the point where you almost forget it’s a very thick phone like all bendy ones.
In reality, Oppo outperforms Samsung in terms of fulfilling the foldable phone promise of having a tiny display for everyday work and a bigger one when needed by simply opting for a lower overall size. You’ll unroll the phone’s primary screen anyway if you need a bigger screen, so what’s the sense of lugging about a gigantic in your pocket?
The one issue we had with the phone’s adorable footprint was that, since it is so little, our index fingers frequently managed to smear the ultrawide lens located at the bottom of the camera island while we browsed the phone with one hand.
Find N : Camera performance
The Find N has three rear cameras: a primary shooter with a 50MP wide angle sensor, a 16MP ultrawide sensor, and a 13MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Two front-facing cameras are also included, one on the cover display and the other on the interior panel. In hole-punch cutouts, both of these cameras have a resolution of 32MP. There isn’t an under-display camera as on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is probably a good thing considering the camera’s poor results.
The first image is from the primary camera of the Find N. It isn’t horrible, but it isn’t fantastic either. The colour profile and dynamic range aren’t my favourites. The margins of the shrub are also a little fuzzy, which I just discovered after closer study. Overall, I dislike this photograph, and it appears to be substantially poorer than a photograph taken using the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The Oppo Find N took this ultrawide snap, which isn’t half bad. The colours are quite realistic without being too muted, the emphasis is strong on the front, and the dynamic range isn’t too bad. The lack of exposure is certainly my greatest gripe here, and it’s a problem that will resurface in a few minutes.
2x is a bit short for a flagship in this day and age with the telephoto camera, but the results are respectable. The blue pickup and yellow curb paint have a nice colour scheme. The exposure appears to be acceptable, but this isn’t a shot to brag about.
The Find N suffers greatly when used inside. Despite the fact that the environment is light enough, this photograph of the Merida figurine appears gloomy (bright enough to not even trigger night mode on my iPhone 13 Pro Max). The colours are severely subdued, the exposure is terrible, and this image has no redeeming qualities for me.
The two selfies have a little difference in appearance. The folded image appears to have too much face smoothing and enhancements added, as well as exposure compensation issues. The unfolded one, on the other hand, appears more natural, despite its own difficulties with exposure.
Oppo Find N : Performance and interface
The Find N is available with 8GB/12GB RAM and 256/512GB storage variants and is powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. As you can see in our testing below, it performs admirably in synthetic benchmarks, which is to be expected from a contemporary phone with a 5nm processor, but synthetics only tell half the picture.
Oppo’s ColorOS Android overlay is one of the most effective marriages of hardware and software on the market, with every animation or app loading time taking a fraction of a second and looking great in the process.
Oppo’s ColorOS Android overlay has progressed in leaps and bounds over the last several years, and is now one of the most feature-rich, fluid, and attractive phone interfaces available. The Find N comes with Android 11, which means you’ll miss out on certain ColorOS 12 features like floating windows, but an upgrade should be available soon.
Furthermore, the Find N’s UX introduces Oppo’s perspective on everyday living with a foldable phone, and we’re not talking about the several keyboard modes, from split to floating, that make typing on the enormous internal screen simpler. You may simply divide the main display into pieces where you can place different apps that populate the Sidebar.
Find N : Software and special features
The software is the Find N’s second big outstanding (and essential) feature, aside from the phone’s folding form. ColorOS 12 is installed, while Android 11 is installed below. That means the Find N is losing out on Google’s newest OS’s additional customizations and privacy settings. ColorOS 12 performs admirably and has its own set of theming and customization features. I didn’t find myself bemoaning the software, as I frequently do with Chinese phone manufactures’ Android skins.
The tablet experience is one area where I believe the Galaxy Z Fold 3 outperforms the Find N. Samsung added a sort of taskbar to boost productivity even further. It’s simple to get things done on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold with the optional S Pen.
The Find N tries to make use of its own productivity capabilities, such as swiping down with two fingers to divide programmes between screens or generating floating windows. But, in the end, I believe the Fold is more valuable in a variety of ways.
The software of the Find N is specifically designed for China, as Oppo only released the handset in that nation. You may absolutely use English, but many of the key Android experiences are absent or severely limited. The power button is linked to a Chinese-only voice assistant, and Google Play Services has been compromised. The Oppo app store is made up entirely of Chinese apps.
Despite having a functional experience, all of this makes me hope Oppo would release an international build of ColorOS for the Find N. Given the amount of worldwide attention this phone has received, I believe the firm will do just that. I just find it strange that a phone with this much attention wouldn’t receive any form of non-Chinese firmware with appropriate Play Services and other features. In the West, China-only phones are rarely given this much attention.
Find N : battery life and charging time
In our browsing test benchmark, the Find N and its 4500 mAh battery performed nearly on par with the Z Fold 3, both scoring around the 8-hour mark, give or take. In our opinion, that’s a very average outcome, but the displays are larger and consume more energy than any phone with a more traditional design factor. When compared to phones like the S21 Ultra , however, reading, surfing, or performing chores on such large displays is worth the daily vs day and a half charge tradeoff.
When it comes to charging, the Oppo Find N can fully charge its 4500 mAh battery in under an hour, but the Z Fold 3 takes 80 minutes to charge a smaller unit. Furthermore, unlike recent tendencies for many firms to rely on what you might have hanging around or languishing in a drawer, the quick Find N charger arrives in the package.
Find N : Verdict
Apart from a few camera flaws, my time with the Find N has left me with one lingering impression: I wish the rest of the world could see and purchase this phone. It’s attractive, it’s powerful, and it has a lot to offer, despite some issues with software localization. The hinge, lack of gap, and unnoticeable wrinkle are all excellent.
I’d prefer use the Find N than the Galaxy Z Fold 3 because it has similar battery life to other foldables and has far worse cameras. Oppo built a fantastic phone, and I’m hoping that it either goes globally or that the follow-up ignores the China restriction.
For those who aren’t interested in foldable phones, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is expected to succeed the Find X3 Pro this year, with a sleek design and excellent features.