The Oppo Find N means another smartphone maker has entered the foldable arena, although we may have to wait a while to be able to get one outside of China.
The Find N comes with a 5.49-inch outer display, with a 7.1-inch inner display with 8.4:9 aspect ratio. Oppo’s engineers have come up with a design that it claims will result in a minimal crease, while also coming up with an extremely thin layer of Flexicon UTG (ultra-thin glass) that further keeps the size down.
Oppo claims the phone can be folded over 200,000 times without losing the overall smooth folding experience.
The internal display also uses an LTPO display with dynamic refresh rate from 1 to 120Hz, and a touch sampling rate of up to 1000Hz.
On the camera side, Oppo has also ensured that customers won’t be disappointed – using a primary 50-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 766), paired with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide and 13-megapixel telephoto camera.
The camera interface allows for a multitude of camera modes, helped by the phone itself being capable of acting as its own tripod through various folding positions.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 powered foldable comes with 12GB of RAM, 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, stereo sound, a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast-charging, as well as 15W wireless charging, ensuring this sits at a flagship level, although some might be disappointed not to see Qualcomm’s latest SoC being used instead.
The Find N will come in a choice of three colours, but for the time being it will be sold in its native Chinese market only.
15 December 2021, LONDON — OPPO, the global smart technology company, today launched its first foldable flagship smartphone, the OPPO Find N, on the second day of its annual OPPO INNO DAY showcase. A result of four years of research and development and six generations of prototypes, it brings a new approach to the foldable form factor and offers a refreshed user experience.
Pete Lau, Chief Product Officer of OPPO, said, “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.”
From Novelty to Necessity
The OPPO Find N fuses cutting-edge technology and unprecedented quality to create an improved foldable experience. For the first time in a foldable smartphone, the OPPO Find N uses a landscape ratio for the inner display, offering a full smartphone experience with no compromise on size or usability. Users can switch between a 7.1-inch inner display and a 5.49-inch outer display. With an 8.4:9 aspect ratio, the inner display unfolds directly into landscape mode so users can watch videos, play games or read books without having to rotate the device. When folded, the 18:9 aspect ratio gives users a full, familiar smartphone experience with a display that is easy to use with one hand.
Incredible design and technology for greater flexibility
The Flexion Hinge’s unique water-drop design solves some of the biggest pain points in foldable devices by widening the angle of the fold in the display and offering a buffer when the display folds. It results in a minimal crease that is up to 80% less noticeable compared with other devices, according to TUV. This design also practically eliminates the gap between displays when folded.
The cam and spring structure inside the advanced Flexion Hinge allows the device to freely stand when unfolded at any angle between 50-120 degrees. Together with a range of software features that take advantage of the folding display, FlexForm Mode on the OPPO Find N lets users operate more efficiently. In the Notes app, the OPPO Find N can convert into a mini laptop allowing users to take notes without needing to hold the device, and video calls are easy and hands-free.
Innovations in dual displays
OPPO’s custom 12-layer Serene Display offers excellent protection and durability, working with the Flexion Hinge for a smooth foldable experience. The display includes a 0.03 mm layer of Flexion UTG (ultra-thin glass), compared to 0.6 mm for regular smartphone glass, allowing it to easily bend while providing strong durability. It’s also very reliable, with the ability to be folded over 200,000 times while still maintaining an overall smooth folding experience with next to no crease, as verified by TUV.
The inner screen uses an LTPO display with smart dynamic refresh rate technology that adapts the refresh rate anywhere between 1-120 Hz based on the content you are watching, while the inner display features support for a touch sampling rate of up to 1,000 Hz. OPPO has fine-tuned both the brightness and colour calibration between the both displays to ensure a consistent experience for users.
Delivering an incredible user experience
The 7.1-inch inner display of the Find N offers a 60% larger visual area than a standard 6.5-inch display, creating a more immersive experience, alongside innovations in multitasking and productivity.
To make full use of the unfolded tablet-like experience, the OPPO Find N includes new intuitive multitasking side-by-side features. When using a compatible app, swipe down with two fingers in the middle of the device to split the screen in half, or turn a full-screen window into a floating window by pinching it with four fingers. It also uses traditional split-screen gestures, such as long pressing and dragging compatible icons.
The software of the OPPO Find N is optimised to allow users to smoothly switch between both screens. When unfolding the phone, the content is seamlessly relayed from the outer screen to the main inner display and when folding the device, the user can swipe up on the cover screen to continue using the same function on the outer screen.
Flagship-level camera set-up
The OPPO Find N is equipped with a flagship-level triple-camera setup, including a 50 MP Sony IMX 766 main sensor, a 16 MP ultra-wide lens and a 13 MP telephoto lens, as well as selfie cameras on both displays. Combined with the new form factor and adaptability of FlexForm Mode, it gives users a standout camera experience with customised software to fully leverage the foldable form factor.
The Flexion Hinge allows the device to serve as its own tripod. FlexForm Mode makes 4K HD time-lapse imaging easy and hands-free at any angle between 50-120 degrees, while three time-lapse mode templates – light trails, night sky, sun & clouds – optimise photo and video settings in one click for more exciting and creative astrophotography.
A new split-camera user interface on the OPPO Find N gives you the ability to use the large, immersive inner display to take photos on one side and view, share or delete your most recent photo on the other side. When taking photos from the main camera on the unfolded display, use both the inner and outer displays for you and your subject to preview the shot simultaneously. Take higher-quality selfies with the rear camera, using the cover screen to preview the image, or snap a selfie with a hand gesture and easily stay in the frame without having to press the shutter button.
For the first time on a foldable phone, the OPPO Find N uses a 3D-curved design on both outer edges of the device to improve the feel in the hand and deliver a sleek look, featuring a Gorilla Glass Victus back panel and ceramic camera plate. The back cover and rear camera module continue the fluid curve design language of the Find X3. The OPPO Find N comes in three distinctive colours, including black, white and purple.
The OPPO Find N comes with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 Mobile Platform, together with up to 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. A large 4,500 mAh battery offers all-day battery life, while 33W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge is optimiSed to charge to 55% in 30 minutes and 100% in 70 minutes. It comes with 15W AIRVOOC wireless charging (compatible with standard Qi) and 10W reverse wireless charging. The OPPO Find N includes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner housed in the power button, and a dual speaker system and Dolby Atmos support.
The OPPO Find N is available in China.