01 February 2022
After last week's teaser, Oppo has taken wraps off its first-ever foldable smartphone named Find N at INNO Day 2021. The foldable was under development since 2018 and has undergone six prototype generations. It says that the decision to announce the phone now was taken after they found it to be good enough for commercial release.
The Oppo Find N features an inward folding mechanism same as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The biggest difference is in aspect ratios of internal and external displays. It looks like a traditional phone when folded and does not have a taller external display as we get to see with Samsung's foldable. The phone has a 5.5-inch AMOLED external display with a 1972 x 988 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It does not have a high refresh rate on the outer panel.
When unfolded, it has a square-ish and bigger internal display of 7.1-inches. It is also an AMOLED panel but with 1792 x 1980 pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and an 8.4:9 aspect ratio. It has ultra-thin glass (UTG) covering and 1,000 nits of peak brightness. There is a "waterdrop" hinge mechanism that Oppo claims is the best hinge design for a foldable. It allows the display to be folded in a way that there is no visible crease on the inner display.
The special hinge is said to be tested for withstanding more than 200,000 folds. It further allows the phone to be used in FlexForm Mode where the hinge can be folded at any angle between 50-degree and 120-degree.
Under the hood, the Find N is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor coupled with 8GB and 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The two variants are packed with 256GB and 512GB of UFS 3.1 onboard storage. The phone has a triple camera module headlined by a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The other two cameras include a 16-megapixel Sony IMX481 ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 13-megapixel Samsung S5K3M5 telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture.
The front camera on the foldable is a 32-megapixel Sony IMX615 sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The whole package is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with 33W Super VOOC wired fast charging. It also supports 15W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. The phone will boot ColorOS 12 based on Android 11 out of the box. Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and 5G connectivity.
Oppo has priced the Find N foldable at CNY 7,699 (about $1,200) for the 8GB/256GB model and CNY 8,999 (about $1,400) for the 12GB/512GB model. It will go on sale in China starting December 23rd with an option to choose from Purple, White, and Black color options. There are currently no words on the global release and is very unlikely that it will launch outside China anytime soon.