OPPO Find N2 Review
Chinese companies are increasingly focusing on the foldable market, and in a development that should concern Samsung, these devices are finally beginning to make their way out of China. With the launch of the Find N2 and the Find N2 Flip, OPPO is now unveiling its products in this space.
The Find N2 continues the tradition set by the Find N from a year ago by sticking with a standard form factor. It’s a slim, lightweight foldable phone with powerful performance, two high-resolution displays, and a solid camera system.
The company has worked hard to improve its software to take advantage of the flexible panel, and it may be able to compete with Samsung. So, can it take on the foldable beast Z Fold 4? Let’s find out in this Oppo Find N2 review.
OPPO Find N2 Price in India and Variants
The OPPO Find N2 5G has been launched globally. The phone is available in two storage variants. It starts at a price of ￥7999 (about Rs. 94,500) for 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage and 8999 (about Rs. 1,06,00) for 16GB RAM and 512GB internal storage.
The phone is available in three colour options: Plain Black, Pine Green and Cloud White. The phone is currently available in China and is expected to launch soon in India.
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OPPO Find N2 Box Contents
The OPPO Find N2 packs the following items inside the box:
- 67W charger
- Type-C cable
- SIM ejector tool
- Protective case
OPPO Find N2 Specs at a glance
Before we talk in detail about the OPPO Find N2 review, let’s see what the on-paper specs look like:
- Display: 7.1 inches AMOLED
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
- RAM & ROM: 12GB RAM 256GB Storage, 16GB RAM 512GB Storage
- Software: Android v12
- Rear camera: 50MP + 48MP + 32MP
- Selfie camera: 32 MP (on each display)
- Battery: 4520 mAh
- Weight: 233 grams
- Dimensions: 132.2 x 72.6 x 14.6 mm
OPPO Find N2 Design and Build
While the size and in-hand feel of the phone is similar to the previous Find N, much has changed internally. The phone comes in three colour options: White, Green and Black. The White and Green variants have a glass back while the Black variant comes with a vegan leather finish.
The Find N2 is the lightest foldable phone weighing at just 233 grams. While the weight doesn’t look so light, it is less for a foldable phone and you will feel so when you hold it in your hands. Although I didn’t use the Find N which launched last year, OPPO claims that the new Find N2 weighs 42 grams less because of the new hinge system.
In other words, you don’t experience the weight or bulk; something which you do with the majority of other folding phones. To accomplish this, Oppo has used carbon fibre material in the hinge and the underside of the screen, removing heavier components and substituting them with lighter, more durable ones.
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The key difference here is the Flexion hinge used in the Find N2 Flip. According to Oppo, it’s more durable and is guaranteed for about 400,000 opens and closings.
When the device is closed, there is no space between the two halves. Although the phone opens and closes smoothly, the two halves slam together with a satisfying slap. The new hinge narrowed the crease by 67 per cent, which is definitely a welcome improvement.
The Find N2 lacks a water resistance rating, which is most likely due to the hinge. The phone has Gorilla Glass Victus protection, both on the front and the back (excluding the black variant – only the front has Victus protection).
OPPO Find N2 Camera
Well, cameras are never the strong point when we talk about foldable phones. However, they still did a pretty good job here. The OPPO Find N2 features a triple camera setup on the back which includes a 50MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide lens and a 32MP telephoto sensor. Both the cover display and the inner display have a 32MP selfie camera on the front.
These lenses are ideal for foldable phones, and the Oppo dedicated imaging chip results in quite good quality images with fantastic dynamic range. I am happy to see that OPPO has not packed some low-resolution camera lenses as we see on many phones.
The 50MP primary camera does a great job of taking shots in daylight. The images I took were packed with details and were clear. The images had good dynamic range and looked vibrant. The performance was good, even in low light.
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There’s also a dedicated night mode that brightens up the whole picture and makes it look really good. The colours were no longer so vibrant but were passable.
The ultra-wide camera has a decent 48MP sensor, so switching to a more panoramic shot doesn’t sacrifice quality. The photos were detailed and punchy. Dynamic range was also pretty good. However, the photos were distorted around the edges, which I have noticed on many other phones.
The telephoto lens also does a nice job of taking portrait shots. It doesn’t disappoint at all. However, I wish OPPO had given OIS support here to help in taking more stable shots. In terms of selfies and video calls, the 32MP selfie cameras on the cover and inner display are also good and won’t let you down.
Talking about video recording, it can record 4K videos at 60fps. The video output is clear and detailed with good colours. Videos recorded in low light were also useable.
OPPO Find N2 Battery and Charging
The OPPO Find N2 packs a 4520 mAh battery. At first, I was not really sure if it would deliver a good battery backup but thanks to the power-efficient chipset and the optimised OS, it offered a really good backup. It also has 20 mAh more capacity than the Find N, which doesn’t really matter.
I easily got one full day of battery life from it. My usage involved some gaming, Instagram scrolling, taking photos and casual browsing. I got about 6-7 hours of screen on time. However, it has two displays so the battery life will depend on your usage.
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The good thing is that it comes with 67W fast charging support. The 67W charger can fully charge the phone from 0 to 100 per cent in about 45 minutes. This is really fast for a foldable phone.
A quick charge of 15 minutes will juice the battery around 50 per cent. It also supports reverse wired charging which you can use to charge your earbuds on the go. However, it lacks wireless charging which is really disappointing to see for a flagship foldable phone coming at such a price.
OPPO Find N2 Display
Now let’s talk about the real deal of a foldable phone, its display. The OPPO Find N2 features a 7.1-inch foldable AMOLED display with a resolution of 1792 x 1920 and a 5.54-inch cover AMOLED display with a resolution of 2120 x 1080. Both the displays offer a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 480Hz.
Starting with the cover display, it offers a peak brightness of 1,350 nits which gets plenty bright. I had no issues while using the screen even under direct sunlight. It is vivid and bright. The cover display may seem small in comparison to many modern phones, but it is more than sufficient for calls and texts.
The quality is great, you get deep blacks with good viewing angles. If you’re browsing, you’ll likely unfold the phone for a better viewing experience on a larger screen. The cover display bezel has been reduced by roughly half if we compare it to the Find N.
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While the inner display is not huge at 7.1 inches, there is plenty of room for multitasking in split-screen, watching videos/movies or playing games. It offers a peak brightness of 1,550 nits which gets really bright. I was able to watch videos on YouTube while sitting out in the balcony on a sunny day.
It also has HDR10+ support so you can watch HDR content on your big screen. The crease in the middle isn’t visible once the phone is fully unfolded unless you move your finger on it. However, it doesn’t hamper the enjoyment of using full-screen.
OPPO Find N2 Performance
OPPO has packed its latest foldable with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset which is not the latest flagship chipset in the market but still packs a lot of power. The SoC is paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. No doubt the phone is a powerhouse but how well does it handle intensive tasks?
When it comes to day to day performance, I really didn’t face any issues. Everything was very seamless, from launching and closing apps to consuming content to taking pictures and playing games. Thanks to the 120Hz display, the overall experience was very smooth.
Even though it’s not the latest Qualcomm flagship SoC, it is still powerful enough to handle any task you throw at it. I really enjoyed using the phone, both the cover display and the main display. You get one of the best performance for a foldable phone.
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Talking particularly about gaming, I tried a couple of graphic-intensive games, including Apex Legends Mobile and New State Mobile. Both the games ran smoothly on their highest graphic settings. I did not notice any major frame drops or lags. In fact, the only time frame dropped was the loading time.
I did not see the phone heating very much or having thermal throttling issues. However, it does get a little warm at the back while playing demanding games for a long duration.
OPPO Find N2 Software and UI
There’s so much to talk about the software of OPPO Find N2. It runs on ColorOS 13 skin which is based on Android 13. There are a bunch of useful features that I love here, along with some customisation options. On the other hand, there are also some bugs and irritating aspects in the UI, which I will discuss below.
The FlexForm mode is the first feature I will talk about, and it turns on when you unfold the phone at the angle of nearly 45 or 125 degrees. This is something similar to what we saw on Samsung Fold 4.
It basically allows you to create a small laptop-like experience. Additionally, you can position the phone on something to record yourself or take a group selfie using the camera app.
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You can also activate split screen mode by swiping down using two fingers on the screen. A screenshot can be taken by swiping three fingers across the screen. To be honest, the gestures are very easy to use. You can use a variety of such features on the Find N2 and they are all pretty well optimised.
Because most Android applications are developed for portrait mode rather than landscape mode, and hence there are numerous app scaling issues. For example, Gboard remains unable to support split-screen keyboards on all devices, and the Find N2 is among them. As a result, typing becomes extremely uncomfortable when the OPPO Find N2 is unfolded and Gboard spreads across the entire screen.
Other than that, YouTube still does not support split-screen horizontally, so if I want to run YouTube alongside another app, it must split vertically, reducing the amount of screen space available for videos.
OPPO Find N2 Audio, Connectivity, Biometrics
The OPPO Find N2 packs a stereo speaker setup. The audio quality is good and clear. But it’s not the best in the market. Samsung Fold 4 still sounds a bit better, I feel.
The Find N2 comes with 5G connectivity but at the moment, we don’t know which 5G bands it will support in India.
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Talking about biometrics, the phone comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s pretty accurate and quickly unlocks the phone. You can programme it to unlock on when you physically press the power button or just place your finger on the button.
Obviously, foldable phones have now become available to the general public. For one thing, they’re still quite expensive, and not everyone will like the form factor. I must admit that I’m impressed with the Oppo Find N2’s build and design as well as the in-hand comfort.
It’s wonderful to see the folding phone category thrive in terms of design and performance. The smaller size of the Find N2 appeals greatly to people who find the Samsung Fold 4 to be too long and narrow. It’s also great for one-handed use when folded, and it has a dependable camera setup and battery backup, not to forget the great 120Hz displays and 67W fast charging.
Overall, I believe that this is one of the best foldable phones currently available. It is incredibly well made, with no gaps, barely any creases, and a sturdy folding mechanism.