OPPO Find N Foldable Phone Launched at INNO DAY 2021

Oppo recently held its annual tech event called INNO Day 2021 in China, where it launched its latest foldable phone offering, called Oppo Find N.

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Thu Dec 16, 2021 - 08:09

OPPO Find N Launched

Foldable Phone Showcased at INNO DAY 2021

Smartphone manufacturers have been hard at work over the past few years, trying to take the foldable phone category from a smart concept to viable user devices. While companies like Samsung and Huawei are on their third generation of devices, OPPO has just decided to make its first big splash in the segment, with the announcement of the OPPO Find N foldable smartphone.

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From the outside, the Find N looks quite different from traditional foldable, with a 3D-curved design that smoothens out all edges, including those of the rear camera module. The back panel gets Gorilla Glass Victus protection, while the camera plate gets a ceramic coating cover. The rest of the smartphone's surface area is completely covered in screens, with the exception of the slim yet sturdy hinge that is neatly integrated into the overall design.

What separates this design from most foldable are the dimensions, which are wider and smaller than most competitors on the market. The outer screen is a 5.49-inch 60Hz display that has a nicely accessible aspect ratio of 18:9 for easy one-handed use. The inner display folds out to a 7.1-inch 120Hz LTPO display with an aspect ratio of 8:4:9. Both screens provide 10,240 automatic brightness levels, with a peak brightness of up to 1,000 nits.

The company is calling the main screen their ‘Serene Display’. It is a custom 12-layer display that includes a 0.03 mm layer of Flexion UTG (ultra-thin glass), which allows it to bend easily. The company claims that the display is TUV tested to be folded over 200,000 times while still maintaining an overall smooth folding experience.

The folding experience is powered by their ‘Flexion Hinge’, which claims to fit together over 136 components with extreme precision of up to 0.01 mm. It has a unique water-drop design that minimizes the crease by up to 80% just by widening the angle of the fold in the display. This offers a buffer zone where the fold can rest when the display is shut. This design practically eliminates the gap between displays, thus offering better protection, even though the company is claiming no IP rating.

Just like other foldables, the hinge helps enable various angles of operation in what they’re called FlexForm Mode. In this mode, the curve of the display can be set between 50-120 degrees so that you can use the two sides separately. Currently, this works on a handful of applications, like Notes, Music, and Camera. The hope is that with time more and more developers will help adapt their apps to these unique shapes and use cases.

You even get special gestures to help make this type of multi-tasking easier. Such as using two fingers to swipe down in the middle of the device, in order to split the screen in half. Or turning a full-screen window into a floating window by pinching it with four fingers. You can always stick to more traditional split-screen gestures, such as long pressing and dragging compatible icons into a number of split-screen combinations.

The software is optimized to allow users to switch between the two screens smoothly and naturally. 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.

All these functions are powered by pretty powerful internal hardware. The easiest to spot is the triple-camera setup, which includes a 50 MP Sony IMX 766 main sensor, a 16 MP ultra-wide lens and a 13 MP telephoto lens. There are also selfie cameras on both the inner and outer displays, even though most people won’t use them if given a chance to pick between them or the main camera.

The rest of the setup includes a Snapdragon 888 chip, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You get a decent 4,500 mAh battery that is split in two like most foldables. It supports 33W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge that can get you to 55% in 30 minutes and to 100% in 70 minutes. You also get 15W AIRVOOC wireless charging (compatible with standard Qi, and 10W reverse wireless charging.

There is even a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that is housed in the power button to round up the collection. You get all this and more at a competitive price of around $1500, even though it would be hard to find since, for now, the phone is for China only. All in all, it’s easy to see that OPPO has invested a lot into ensuring that this product can compete with the best in the foldable segment, and if what we’ve seen so far is any indication, they have fared quite well. We can only hope they bring an international model soon.

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