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OPPO Find N unboxing and first impressions: an impressive Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 competitor

OPPO is known for innovating technology and being a pioneer when it comes to introducing new futuristic technology. OPPO first flexed its innovative muscles by launching the OPPO N1 back in 2013 as the world’s first rotating camera phone. Eight years later, the N series is making a comeback as part of the Find series but with a different approach this time. Instead of innovating a groundbreaking technology, OPPO took the hottest new trend in the smartphone segment and made it better.

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The OPPO Find N is the debut foldable smartphone from the brand and was launched during the OPPO Inno Day 2021 in China. According to OPPO, the Find N has been in the works since April 2018. The final commercial model comes after four years of R & D, and six generations of prototypes. And it shows! OPPO Find N took the familiar book fold design of the Galaxy Fold series and improved upon it. We got to play with the smartphone for a short duration and here’s a short account of our first impressions of the OPPO Find N.

OPPO Find N unboxing

OPPO Find N Unboxing

OPPO Find N Unboxing

The OPPO Find N comes in a rather large murdered-out box with minimal branding and you open the lid, the entire inside box lifts up on hinges to present the phone to you. As you remove the top tray, you’ll see the 33W charging brick in its own black sleeve, documentation besides it, and a USB Type-C cable under the documentation. While this is a pretty run-of-the-mill unboxing experience, OPPO has put enough details in the packaging to convey that this launch is a special one.

OPPO Find N first impressions

While the OPPO Find N has been in the works for over four years, OPPO didn’t release it sooner to compete with the Folds and Mates of the world. Because according to the brand, the time and technology were not quite right for a foldable at the time. Looking at the OPPO Find N, I can confidently say that the time taken has been spent well as the Find N is more practically designed and can be used comfortably, folded, or unfolded.

The OPPO Find N features a glass-sandwich construct with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back. The chassis and hinge are both constructed from aluminium. The back panel of the smartphone has a matte finish, which does a good job of repelling fingerprints. You will find the ceramic camera island in the top left corner and OPPO branding in the bottom right corner. The camera island does jut out slightly, enough to make it wobble on a flat surface.

As for I/O ports, you’ll find a USB Type-C port and a speaker grille on the bottom right side, and a dual SIM tray with another speaker grille on the left. The left edge is housing the power button with an embedded fingerprint scanner, and the volume buttons are located on the right edge. There’s no IP rating but OPPO claims that the Find N meets the TÜV Rheinland standards of humidity, sweat, and drizzle.

The OPPO Find N's hinge is built to last a minimum of 2,00,000 folds

The OPPO Find N’s hinge is built to last a minimum of 2,00,000 folds

Speaking of TÜV, the certification has also rated the hinge mechanism on the OPPO Find N to last at least 2,00,000 folds, which translates to 100 folds a day for five years. OPPO claims that it has more than 136 components to provide 0.1mm precision. Simply speaking, in its folded state, the OPPO Find N has zero gap for dirt and dust to enter. This has been a pain point for Galaxy Fold users, which has a triangular gap when folded, allowing dust to enter and scratching the inner UTG display. If I had to nitpick, the hinge itself is wider than any we have seen before resulting in a wider crease. On the bright side, the crease on the inner display is not prominent and is barely visible.

OPPO Find N has a 7.1-inch LTPO AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate

OPPO Find N has a 7.1-inch LTPO AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate

Coming to the inner display, the OPPO Find N has a 7.1-inch LTPO AMOLED display with a 1,920 x 1,792 pixels resolution and support for a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen also comes with support for HDR10+. What makes things interesting is that the OPPO Find N has a more compact form factor than its peers and has a 9:8.4 aspect ratio. This means the black bars on top and bottom while watching videos are smaller even in portrait orientation. As mentioned before, the display has a wider crease and can be felt in two places but they are hardly visible prima facie. It remains to be seen how it holds up in prolonged usage.

The outer display on the OPPO Find N is a 5.49-inch AMILEd panel with 60Hz refresh rate

The outer display on the OPPO Find N is a 5.49-inch AMOLED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate

One of the main grievances people had with the Galaxy Fold series is that the outer display is too tall and narrow to be used one-handed comfortably. It requires you to unfold the device and type, which is problematic if you send a lot of emails or chat extensively on WhatsApp, Slack, and other instant messaging apps. OPPO has addressed this issue by opting for a compact but wider form factor on the Find N. The cover display of the Find N measures 5.5-inches with a 1,972 x 988 pixels screen resolution and standard 60Hz refresh rate. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 offers a 120Hz refresh rate on both foldable and cover displays. However, the more normal smartphone-like usability of the cover display on the Find N is a solid tradeoff. To give you an idea, the OPPO Find N feels like a chunkier iPhone 13 Mini in hand.

Coming to the core specs, the OPPO Find N is your typical 2021 flagship smartphone. You get the Snapdragon 888 processor with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. The smartphone supports up to UltraHD graphics and Extreme frame rates settings in BGMI. The gameplay is pretty good and the phone only warmed up slightly after a 30 mins gaming session. For a more detailed gaming review, you can watch our gaming test in the video above. The smartphone is powered by a 4,500mAh battery, which is surprisingly bigger than the 4,400mAh unit in a much larger Galaxy Z Fold3. The battery supports 33W SuperVOOC fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.

The OPPO Find N runs Android 11-based ColorOS 12 out of the box

The OPPO Find N runs Android 11-based ColorOS 12 out of the box

Out of the box, the OPPO Find N boots ColorOS 12 based on Android 11. The latest ColorOS 12 brings a lot of refinements over its previous iteration including an overhauled UI with new icons, colour palettes, better animations, and smoother transitions. Other features include Omoji, PC Connect, smart sidebar, and anti-peeping notifications. For the Find N, OPPO has added foldable specific features like four-finger pinch out zoom to minimize into a floating window and two fingers down swipe on the foldable display to split it in half. The active app moves to the left, whereas the user can decide which app to open on the right side. The foldable specific features expand to the camera UI, keyboard, and outer display as well.

The OPPO Find N features a triple rear camera setup featuring a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor

The OPPO Find N features a triple rear camera setup featuring a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor

The triple rear camera setup on the back comprises a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor paired with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. The cover display has a center-aligned perforation and the foldable display has a cutout in the top-left corner, for a 32-megapixel selfie camera. The initial shots we took from the rear cameras were good and both the selfie cameras produced quality self-portraits. However, I will reserve my judgment for the full review.

The OPPO Find N is currently exclusive only to China

The OPPO Find N is currently exclusive only to China

The OPPO Find N is a perfect culmination of design and performance. The wider, compact cover display gives it regular smartphone usability, which was a major gripe with earlier foldable smartphones, whereas the foldable display has a more media-friendly aspect ratio. Moreover, thanks to the premium material used, the OPPO Find N feels every bit the flagship it is. I personally would have loved to see some sort of IP rating and speakers on the top edge for surround sound effect but it’s not a deal-breaker.

Truth be told, the OPPO Find N is perfectly capable of undercutting Samsung. However, since OPPO has decided to keep it China-exclusive for now, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is not threatened just yet. Should OPPO decide to launch Find N globally in the near future, Samsung should definitely be worried.

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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman has over 8 years of experience in content development. He is a Senior Writer and Social Media Manager at Pricebaba. He covers technology news, feature articles, and tech reviews, apart from managing the official Facebook and Instagram handles. Despite a degree in marketing, his love for latest gadgets and technology steered him towards consumer technology coverage.