Oppo Find N2 Flip Review: A Game-Changer Foldable Phone

The Oppo Find N2 Flip is one of Oppo’s more compact foldables and it’s their take on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Motorola Razr reboot. It was launched in China at the beginning of 2022 and now it’s become Global.

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Specs

Price$999.00
Ram & Storage8GB + 256GB
SizeMain 17.27cm, Cover screen 8.28cm
ResolutionMain screen: FHD+(2520×1080)
Secondary screen: (720×382)
Refresh RateMain 120Hz, LTPO variable-frequency display, Min 1Hz
Secondary screen: 60Hz, Min 30Hz
PanelAMOLED (Flexible)
Rear Camera50MP Main Camera: f/1.8; FOV 86°; 7P lens,
8MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera: f/2.2; FOV 112°; 5P lens
Front Camera32MP; f/2.4; FOV 90°; 5P lens.
Battery4300mAh
Fast Charge44W SUPERCVOOCTM
Fingerprint & Facial RecognitionSupported

Design

Oppo Find N2 Flip vs Samsung Z Flip 4: Design
Find N2 Flip vs Samsung Z Flip 4: Design

So, here the Oppo Find N2 Flip. It sports very similar dimensions to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4. It’s just a little bit wider overall. Just like Samsung’s blower, it is pleasingly dinky when it’s all folded up. But, as you can see, there’s a much bigger cover screen.

So, yes, the Oppo Find N2 Flip should happily fit in any bag or pocket, or anywhere else you dare to cram it. And, as you can hopefully make out here as well, the Oppo Find N2 Flip is a little bit skinnier than Samsung’s blower. That’s because you don’t have quite as much of a gap with that hinge.

And roll the light to the purple version of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. So, it’s good to see that Oppo is also offering the Find N2 Flip in a similar sort of purple hue – just a little bit lighter, as you can see there. And it does have a more glossy finish to that glass surface as well. So, as you can see, it’s already starting to pick up some greasy prints from a light bit of fingering.

Oppo Find N2 Flip Review: Design

Oh, and if you’re not really a fan of color, you don’t like this purple model – well, no worries. Oppo is also offering the Find N2 Flip in black. Both the cover screen and that weapon-grit internal screen are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. I think the rest of it might be Gorilla Glass as well.

However, unlike the Galaxy Z Flip 4, the Find N2 Flip is not water-resistant – as there is no official IP rating. It should be fine in, you know, like a rainstorm or something. But definitely don’t go chucking it into a sink or a bath.

Flexion Hinge

Oppo Find N2 Flip Review: Hinge

Now, so far, I’m certainly impressed with Oppo’s second-gen flexion hinge, which is found not just here on the Oppo Find them to flip but the regular find N2 as well. For one, flexion hinges are just really fun to see. Just don’t see it too fast, or it might sound a bit rude. As I mentioned before, this leaves pretty much no gap between the two halves of the screen, which is really nice, and it’s fairly easy to open one-handed, and you can actually look fairly graceful while doing so as well. It’s not quite as tricky as some of the other ones I’ve tried out. As usual, Oppo reckons you can open and close this thing like a hundred thousand times before there should be any signs of wear and tear.

Galaxy Z flip 4 vs Find N2 Flip: Hinge
Galaxy Z flip 4 vs Find N2 Flip: Hinge

But what I’m most impressed by is the lack of a crease in that internal display. There’s not absolutely no crease whatsoever. It’s a very, very subtle bit of cuisine going on in there, which you can feel when you rub your finger over it, but only just. You can only really see it when you have to tilt the phone and just catch the lights.

So yeah, overall, pretty bloody impressive. However, the hinge is not quite as stiff as the one on the Zed foot 4, and what I mean by that is that the Galaxy Z flip 4 can basically be propped open at any angle you like, the hinge will keep it in place, whereas here on Oppo’s finding two flip, well, you can only really open it to about a 110-degree angle. Any further than that, and the phone will just flop open, kind of like my trousers whenever Mary Berry comes on the telly. Hey, she’s sophisticated and she can bake a bloody good brownie. I mean, for some of us, that’s the perfect woman right there.

No worries if you’re propping it up this way around, though, that hinge will deal with it absolutely fine as you can get a good angle for shooting a vlog or whatever you want to do.

ColorOS and features

ColorOS features

Now, we will certainly be taking a closer look at the cover screen and all that shenanigans in a bit. But first of all, let’s check out the software. What you’ve got here on the Find N2 flip is a bit of Android 13 with ColorOS 13 slapped on top. Oppo confirmed that here in the UK, it should come with at least four years of security and OS updates.

Now, I’ve already done a full dedicated video on ColorOS 13, so I won’t spend ages banging on about the various features and tools in this video. You’ve got all the usual bangers here on the Find N2 flip, including that always-on display, which just happily reminds you about how humans are screwing up the entire planet. However, you do have a few special bonus bits here on the Find N2 flip because it is a foldable smartphone that you won’t get on regular Oppo blowers.

Cover Screen

Oppo Find N2 Cover Screen

So, let’s begin with that proper spacious 3.26 inch cover screen. Not only is this screen massive compared with the cover screens on most other phones of its elk, but also as you can see, it’s got a portrait rather than the more traditional landscape format. So unlike a lot of other compact foldables, it’s really good for those widgets. It means you’ve got plenty of space in there, and text doesn’t have to be super tiny, so everything’s clearly legible.

And when Oppo first launched the Find N2 Flip, I got really excited about the idea of that cover screen. Because take, for instance, the Motorola RAZR reboot I recently reviewed. You could open any app you wanted on that cover display just to save you the faff of unfolding the phone and everything. So you can quickly change up the album that was playing, and these are you could properly respond to a message. However, you can even stream a bit of YouTube or Disney plus if you really wanted to. Unfortunately, with the squashed aspect ratio, of course, apps didn’t look the way they were meant to. Sometimes they were really awkward to use, like good old Deezer. So I thought, hey, the Find N2 Flip, that’ll finally solve that problem.

Find N2 Flip Cover Screen Customization
Cover Screen Customization

Unfortunately, it turns out I got excited rather prematurely, because you can’t open any app you like on this cover screen. You’ve only got a small selection of widgets, and these can be customized within that foldable features section. Just go to widgets, and then you can select exactly which ones you want. As you can see, there’s a very small selection. So if you can’t be bothered to actually unfold the phone to make full use of it, just double-tap at that lock screen. This will activate the face unlock. Otherwise, you can use that edge-mounted fingerprint sensor as well. And then you can scroll through those widgets, including the time wall, which is actually pretty handy if you’re playing any music at the time.

Oppo Find N2 Cover Screen Flashes

The usual media controls do pop up on that cover screen as well, as you can skip a track. You can also pause and play, but you can’t change up the album or anything like that. And if you swipe up the screen as well, you can see any weird notifications, and you can actually reply to any messages that pop through on the likes of WhatsApp as well. But you are very limited in your responses here on the cover screen. You can basically send an emoji or one of a small number of predetermined quick responses. These are again set up in the foldable features menu by tapping quick reply. You can add your own sponsors and reorder the list, but you are limited to 20 characters per message.

Oppo Find N2 Flip Design

Now, obviously, the Find N2 Flip is Oppo’s first attempt at a compact foldable, so I’m hoping that the functionality of that cover screen is expanded over the coming weeks or months. It just seems such a shame to have such a fantastically spacious cover screen with an aspect ratio perfect for running apps and then not actually being able to run any apps on it. Back in the foldable features, you’ll also see there’s a cover screen style section, and this is where you can change up the wallpaper on that cover screen. You’ve also got an always-on display option, or alternatively, if you’re a fan of fluffy things, you’ve got five interactive pets you can also chuck on there.

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Internal Display

Oppo Find N2 Flip Review: Internal Display

Now, if you eventually get around to opening up the Oppo Find N2 Flip, you’ll unveil a rather lovely 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio that’s perfect for kicking back with some cinematic fare on Netflix or Disney Plus, or whatever. It’s slightly less great if you’re kicking back with some old-school fare because you get some massive pillar boxing on either side, but here, it’s a full HD+ resolution (2520 x 1080 pixels), so despite the fact that it’s pretty spacious, you get some reasonably crisp and detailed visuals.

HDR Support

It has HDR10+ support but no support for Dolby Vision, unfortunately. However, like all premium smartphones these days, you can expect stunning visuals with nice, punchy colors. You can even change up the color output from the default Vivid to a more natural hue if you prefer. The crease is not noticeable at all, certainly when you’re viewing any content head-on. You do have to tilt it to the side and catch the light to even begin to notice that fold, and the selfie cam isn’t exactly small, but it is centrally positioned, so it only slightly intrudes.

The Find N2 Flip’s display sports a 120Hz refresh rate, so it’s silky smooth when you’re zipping about that UI. However, just like the Galaxy Z Flip, you do have some anti-reflection film on the Find N2 Flip, which doesn’t really do much to prevent reflections, to be perfectly honest. It also picks up greasy fingerprints and grime far too easily, so it looks an absolute state in no time at all.

Audio

You do have a stereo speaker set up here on the Oppo Find N2 flip. even with plenty of background noise going on, pump this thing up to the maximum volume, and you’ll be able to hear what is going on nice and clear. Not too tinny either, and that earpiece speaker actually posits with as well because often it’s the bottom speaker that is doing the majority of the work.

If you hit up the final two flips sound settings, you’ll see you’ve got Adobe Atmos support on here. It’s set to Smart by default, so I can change up the audio profile depending on what you’re actually doing – gaming, listening to some music, etc. And you’ve got your Bluetooth 5.3 streaming support here on the find N2 flip as well. Seems to do a bang-up job streaming to speakers and headphones, which is just as well because, as usual, Bug roll headphone jack.

Storage

And no worries on the storage side, even though there’s no micro SD memory card support because you’ve got a choice of 256 or 512 gigs of internal storage. And once you’ve deleted loads of the crapware that comes pre-installed on the Oppo Fine and 2 flip, well, that leaves you with loads of space.

Performance and Gaming

Find N2 Flip Performance
Find N2 Flip Performance

Now the Oppo Find N2 flip is powered by a special exclusive version of MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 Plus chipset. The original version was found on some beefy smartphones last year like the Xiaomi 12 Pro and the Asus ROG Phone 6D. But apparently, on this blower, MediaTek has optimized the chipset for a more compact form factor to make it more energy-efficient. It’s backed here by eight gigs of RAM.

On my review model, I did take the liberty of running some Geekbench testing as well, and as you can see, there are some pretty respectable scores comparable to what I saw on the likes of the Google Tensor 2 chipset in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. That certainly means you can get a good bit of gearment on the go on the Find N2 flip, even in beefier titles like Genshin Impact. And when I did boost the graphic settings up to the highest possible levels, I did notice some drops in the frame rate when the action got a little bit intense, but it stayed perfectly playable.

That’s helped along by the performance boost and features in ColorOS’s Game and World, which also adds a whole bunch of other tools and toggles and stuff that can really help you get the most out of your game. And yes, this one did get a wee bit toasty up in that top half after I was gaming for more than half an hour, but to be fair, it didn’t degrade the performance, even after I topped the hour mark.

So far, touch wood, I have had zero issues with the 5G or the Wi-Fi connectivity here on the Oppo Find N2 flip. I’ll put another bang out of really good antenna.

Battery Life

But if you are tempted to get a compact foldable phone like the Find N2 Flip, well, one of the best reasons for getting this bad boy over its rivals is the excellent battery life. Oppo has managed to cram a 4,300 milliamp hour capacity cell inside of that slender bendy chassis, and that’s considerably bigger than the 3,700 milliamp hour cell crammed into the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the 3,500 milliamp hour battery that Motorola stuffed inside of the Razr.

I found that I can easily make it through a full day on a single charge of this bad boy, even if I’m using the camera lots, doing a little bit of gaming, lots of movie streaming, lots of music streaming, or whatever you fancy, basically. There’s definitely an improvement on Samsung’s foldable, where quite often I would get to about 9-10 o’clock at night and only have about 5% in charge of it, and just be like desperately turning on all the power saving modes to eke out that last little bit of life.

And then when the Oppo Find N2 Flip is completely out of juice and it needs to be powered back up again, you’ve got 44 watt wide charging support. Not the fastest around, but not particularly lethargic either. And suddenly, there is no wireless charging support on here.

Cameras

Oppo Find N2 Flip Selfie Camera
Image – Tech Spurt YT

Let’s finish up this Oppo Find N2 flip unboxing and hands-on review with a squint at the camera tech. As you can see, you’ve got a dual lens setup slapped on the front end here, which is actually technically the back end once you open it up and everything.

The primary sensor is a 50-megapixel Sony IMX 890, backed by a basic 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle. What you’re seeing right here is the dual-screen preview. So, if you are shooting a quick snap of someone, they can do their hair or pretend to look happy, so they know they’re going to look good in the final photo. Of course, you can always flip along to this little widget here if you want to shoot a photo or a video of yourself using those cameras, so you don’t have to rely on the internal selfie camera.

Find N2 Flip Camera
Image – Tech Spurt YT

As usual, you’ve got a wide selection of filters and everything to play around with, including all of the Hasselblad goodies you usually get on Oppo smartphones these days, like the Radiance mode, Serenity, and Emerald. You’ve also got yourself that dedicated Pro mode if you want to mess around with the likes of the ISO levels, the white balance, the focus, the shutter speeds. You can use this to capture either JPEG or RAW images or a bit of RAW plus as well.

I was certainly happy enough with the test photos that I captured on the Oppo Find N2 flip in my first few days with this smartphone. It doesn’t seem to be thrown out by strong contrast. The color reproduction is perfectly natural. The four-in-one pixel building helps out in low light situations, and Oppo has stuffed its Marasilicon X MPU inside as well, just like you’ll find on those Oppo Fine X5 phones. So, low-light photos, in general, come out very nicely indeed, bright and pretty crisp, as long as.

Oppo Find N2 Camera Photo
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There are plenty of bonus camera modes on here as well, the usual portrait-style shenanigans of course, with that adjustable bucket action. You’ve got that nostalgic x-pan board as well, which some people might get a kick out of. As for your video shenanigans, well, you can shoot up to 4K resolution footage. But if you want to shoot at 60fps, that will bump it down to full HD again.

Again, I was happy with the test footage that the Find N2 flip spaffed out at that 4K level. Plenty of detail packed into every frame, the image stabilization is respectable, and even at night, that Maricel connects again helped to keep the video nice and bright, certainly more attractive than what you’ll get on a lot of rival smartphones.

The little selfie camera on the inside of the Find N2 flip is a 32-megapixel effort Sony IMX 709. Although you only really need to use this for escape and zoom in and the light because if you do want to shoot a selfie, you can do so with those rear cameras. If you want to shoot a video of yourself, well, you can use the internal selfie camera on that massive a 6.8-inch display, and you can just prop up the smartphone like so and chat hands-free if you want.

This is particularly good for Skyping or zooming or whatever. Alternatively, you can use the external cameras as well to shoot a bit of vlogging action. Either way, you’re topping off at full HD resolution.

Final Thought

And there you have it. Gorgeous sweet beasties, that and a delicious little nutshell is Oppo’s nifty Find N2 Flip. And I’ve got to say, as far as these compact foldables go, this is one of my favorites right now in 2023, mostly because of the excellent bloody battery life. But as a solid all-rounder, you can’t really go wrong. My only real complaint is that the cover screen, as delightful as it is, does feel underutilized right now. So hopefully, at some point, they’ll post some updates that allow you to do more with it. Anyway, that’s what I reckon. What do you guys think? Are you tempted by the Oppo Find N2 Flip?

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