Oppo Find N3 Flip Long-Term Review: Finding Its Own Place

- Updated: 21st Apr 2024, 12:55 IST
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    Review Summary
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Price In India And Variants
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Box Contents
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Specs At A Glance
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Design And Build
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Camera
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Battery And Charging
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Display And Audio
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Performance
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    Oppo Find N3 Flip Software And UI
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    Verdict
Review Summary

The Oppo Find N3 Flip remains one of the few underrated flip phones that seems to tick almost every box on the specs sheet. With competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra, is the Oppo Find N3 Flip worth buying in 2024?

The Oppo Find N3 Flip arrived in India last year, and I have been using it for a while now. It brings some noticeable improvements over its predecessor, such as an alert slider and a telephoto lens for the first time on a flip phone. Here is my long-term review of the Oppo Find N3 Flip and why it remains an underrated smartphone in a sea of similar flip phones.

The phone’s unique hinge design allows it to fold completely flat. Furthermore, the 6.8-inch inner screen has an almost invisible crease and offers a 21:9 aspect ratio, making it ideal for content consumption.

But how does the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 perform in real life? Is the 32-megapixel telephoto lens actually useful? Has Oppo improved the functionality of its cover display? Read my long-term review of the Oppo Find N3 Flip to find out.

PROS

  • Beautiful display With Almost Non-Existent crease
  • Great Performance
  • Amazing Cameras With Telephoto Lens
  • Fast 45W Charging

CONS

  • No Wireless Charging
  • Heating Issues When Gaming
  • Plenty Of Bloatware
Key Specs
Battery Capacity4300 mAh
Operating SystemAndroid v13
Screen Size6.8 inches
Highlights:
  • 4300 mAh

  • Android v13

  • 6.8 inches

Oppo Find N3 Flip Price In India And Variants

The Oppo Find N3 Flip is available in a single variant in India with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It retails for a price of Rs.94,999 on Flipkart and is available in Cream Gold and Sleek Black colours.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Price In India

The phone can be purchased via Flipkart, Oppo India website and leading retail stores.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Box Contents

The Oppo Find N3 Flip packs the following items inside the box:

Oppo Find N3 Flip Box Contents

  • Phone
  • Case
  • Manual
  • USB Cable
  • Charger

Oppo Find N3 Flip Specs At A Glance

Before we talk in detail about the device, let’s see what the on-paper specs look like:

  • Display: 6.8-inch AMOLED with 120Hz (inner) 3.26-inch AMOLED (outer)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 9200
  • RAM & ROM: 12GB 256GB
  • Software: ColorOS 14 based on Android 14
  • Rear camera: 50MP+32MP+48MP
  • Selfie camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Weight: 198 grams
  • Dimensions: 166.4 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm

Oppo Find N3 Flip Design And Build

The Oppo Find N3 Flip retains its predecessor’s clamshell form factor. It is pretty slim and lightweight, weighing around 198 grams. Furthermore, the phone is just 7.8mm when unfolded and 16.5mm when folded.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Design

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Thanks to its compact nature, you won’t feel the phone is lying in your pocket most of the time. Even when folded, the phone does not feel bulky or heavy in the hand.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Cover Xcreen

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On the back, you get a large cover display alongside a tiny circular camera module that houses the triple camera setup with Hasselblad branding. This is a significant change from the vertical dual camera setup on the N2 Flip.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Lower Half

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Another upgrade is the IPX4 rating, which means the phone is protected against 360-degree low-pressure jets like rain, although it won’t survive when immersed underwater. The aluminium frame on the side is thinner than before, and you get an alert slider for the first time on a flip phone.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Hinge

Oppo claims the Flexion Hinge is now more durable and can last over 600,000 folds, translating to 16 years of usage if you fold the phone 100 times daily. Thanks to the hinge, you can keep the phone in unique positions, like tent mode for selfies or camcorder mode for recording videos.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Pattern

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I have the Cream Gold variant, which looks flashy. It has a wavy pattern on the hinge and the bottom half of the phone. You also get a premium silicon case with a snug fit for the top and bottom half of the phone.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Right

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Coming to ports and placements, the power and volume buttons are on the right.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Alert Slider

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Moreover, the alert slider is on the left, which feels tactile and clicky.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Top And Bottom

In addition, there is a secondary speaker at the top, while at the bottom, you will be greeted by the USB-C port, speaker grille, and SIM tray.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Camera

The Oppo Find N3 Flip boasts a triple camera setup with Hasselblad branding on the back. It has a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 32-megapixel telephoto with 3x zoom, and a 48-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Camera

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On the front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. The Oppo Find N3 Flip is the first flip-style foldable to offer a telephoto lens.

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During the day, the phone takes superb shots with the Sony IMX 980 primary lens with saturated and punchy colours. I preferred the vibrant setting, as it offered social media-ready photos.

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Similarly, the Sony IMX709 telephoto lens can take some good shots with amazing details; however, it offers only 2x optical zoom. There is also 5x zoom support via in-sensor zoom, and the output remains impressive.

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Oppo Find N3 Flip Daylight Sample 16

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The 48-megapixel ultrawide angle lens takes 12-megapixel shots by default, and its photos are crisp. You get the same level of colour science consistency across all three lenses, which is something very few phones offer.

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The low-light photos are excellent, although the primary sensor sometimes struggles with light sources. You get a wide dynamic range and realistic colours.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Selfie Sample

Thanks to the outer cover screen, you can also use the rear cameras as selfie shooters. Furthermore, you get a 32-megapixel front-facing camera on the inner screen that takes great photos with accurate skin tones.

Regarding video recording, all cameras offer 4K at 30 FPS, which is fantastic. There is also always an EIS for stabilisation. Overall, the Oppo Find N3 Flip offers a fantastic camera experience on a flip phone.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Battery And Charging

The Oppo Find N3 Flip packs a 4,300mAh battery with 44W wired charging support although you get an 80W charger in the box. Furthermore, the charger is included in the box, which is excellent as most manufacturers don’t provide one.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Battery

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During my usage, which included scrolling through social media apps, taking photos, playing casual games and listening to music on Spotify, I could get around 5 to 6 hours of battery life. The Oppo Find N3 Flip has the largest battery on a flip phone, which is evident in the results.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Charger

You can expect a great battery backup thanks to the LTPO panels and the efficient 4nm processor. Moreover, you can expect the phone to fully charge in 51 minutes, again the fastest charging speed on a flip phone.

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However, there is no wireless charging support, which is a bummer. Thankfully, you won’t face any battery anxiety issues when using the Find N3 Flip, as the phone can easily last a day.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Display And Audio

The Oppo Find N3 Flip features a 6.8-inch foldable AMOLED panel on the inside with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 2520 x 1080 pixels resolution. Furthermore, this Full-HD+ display has a Schott UTG Glass for protection and a peak brightness of 1200 nits.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Display

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A punch hole cutout on the top houses the selfie camera and sizeable bezels surrounding the screen. Furthermore, the crease in the middle of the phone is barely noticeable.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Inner Screen

The screen is bright enough for daily usage, and I did not face any legibility issues, even under bright sunlight. Despite being a foldable screen, the crease is almost non-existent thanks to Oppo’s unique hinge design, which folds the phone fully flat.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Quick Settings

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However, you can still feel the crease when browsing social media apps or scrolling through pages. Compared to other flip phones, the crease is not prominent, and you can get used to it.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Content Consumption

When it comes to watching content, the Find N3 Flip is one of the few phones on the market to boast a 21:9 aspect ratio. This unique aspect ratio provides a cinematic experience when watching videos, meaning you don’t get black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Display Settings

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Furthermore, I enjoyed watching Extraction 2 on the screen thanks to the saturated and punchy colours. I also did not notice the screen during the two-hour movie runtime. The stereo speaker setup is loud enough to fill an entire room and does not distort at the highest volume.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Refresh Rate

The 120Hz refresh rate makes navigation through the user interface smooth and fluid. You also get LTPO support, which adjusts the refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz depending on the content. In addition, the Nature Tone feature can adjust the screen’s screen’s temperature based on the environment, similar to True Tone on iPhones.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Cover Screen

Moving to the outer display, you get a 3.26-inch AMOLED cover screen outside with a 60Hz refresh rate. Moreover, this cover screen has a 382 x 720 pixels resolution and a peak brightness of 900 nits.

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Oppo has upgraded the cover screen protection to Gorilla Glass Victus from Gorilla Glass 5 on the N2 Flip. However, the rest of this display’s specifications remain the same as those of its predecessor.

In contrast to the wide-cover display found on the Z Flip 5, Oppo is sticking to the tall aspect ratio on the N3 Flip. This makes it convenient for one-handed usage, although it certainly won’t offer much screen real estate like its competitor.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Cover Screen 2

There are plenty of “mini-apps” that you can run on the phone, including Gmail, Spotify, Notes, Weather, and more. Unfortunately, Oppo still does not allow you to run any app you wish on the cover screen, which is disappointing.

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Plenty of Always-On Display options are available, including cute pets like Panda, Rabbit, and Tiger. These pets perform a different action each time you tap on the screen.

You can also access the quick settings toggle and notifications on the cover screen. However, you must first unlock the phone with the side-mounted fingerprint scanner to access them. This fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate, and I faced no issues.

Oppo does not allow you to rearrange the quick toggles or replace them with something else, so you are stuck with the ones you get. You can also not change the Wi-Fi network from the cover screen, as you only get the option to toggle it on or off.

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When you tap on a notification, you can choose from the list of pre-defined quick replies to answer it. There are also various widgets such as Camera, Events, Recorder, Wireless Earphones, and Timer. Furthermore, you can enjoy mini-games on the screen if you get bored during your daily commute. You also get a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the phone’s right side, which remains fast and accurate.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Performance

The MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chipset powers the Oppo Find N3 Flip, paired with 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage. It is one of the few phones to use this 4nm chipset based on the TSMC node.

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The Dimensity 9200 arrived last year as a competitor to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and brings features like Variable Rate shading. When it comes to day-to-day tasks, the phone remains fast and snappy.

Oppo Find N3 Flip RAM Expansion

Thanks to the blazing-fast UFS 4.0 storage, I opened most apps instantly without any issues. Moreover, the 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 8GB of virtual memory ensured they remained open in the background.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Gaming

During intensive tasks like gaming, the Find N3 Flip can run BGMI at 60 FPS and CODM at 120 FPS. The flagship chipset is capable of running BGMI at 90 FPS, but this is more of an optimisation issue as developers generally prefer to optimise their titles for Snapdragon chipsets.

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Due to the foldable form factor, the phone got warm during my gameplay sessions but did not feel uncomfortable to touch. It tends to throttle itself when it becomes hot, so you don’t have to worry about rising temperatures.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Gaming Benchmarks

I also tried more demanding titles, such as Call of Duty Warzone Mobile, Wreckfest, Hitman Blood Money Reprisal, Diablo Immortal, and Genshin Impact. Except for Warzone and Genshin Impact, most ran at 60 FPS at the highest settings.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Benchmarks

Moving on benchmarks, the Find N3 Flip has a Geekbench score of 1416 in single-core and 3448 in multi-core tests. Furthermore, the phone has an AnTuTu V10 score of 901329 and a storage test score of 140493.

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In addition, the Find N3 Flip achieves 50 per cent stability in the 3D Mark Wildlife Extreme Stress Test and 67 per cent in the 15-minute CPU throttling test. Overall, the Find N3 Flip is a great performer, but given its foldable form factor, it is not a gaming phone by any means.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Software And UI

The Oppo Find N3 Flip ships with Android 13 and has received the ColourOS 14 update based on Android 14. Oppo promises four years of updates and five years of security patches for its flagship phones, which is excellent.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Android 14

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This means the phone will receive updates until Android 17, so you don’t have to worry about using it in the long term. Furthermore, the ColorOS 14 update brings plenty of features, such as a file dock and content extraction from images, apart from Battery Health features to stop charging at 80 per cent.

Oppo Find N3 Flip ColorOS

You also get new live wallpapers featuring cute pets like Panda, Rabbit and Tiger. However, Oppo still needs to improve the functionality of the cover screen, which I was hoping for with the update.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Foldable Features

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The number of mini-apps you can run on the cover screen is still limited, and most of the foldable features found on Android 13 are still present. These include changing the cover screen style, pre-defined quick replies, ending or answering calls when opening or closing the phone, etc.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Bloatware

Unfortunately, the Find N3 Flip still has plenty of bloatware apps, which is disappointing for a phone that costs nearly a lakh. These apps include Public, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Dailyhunt, Netflix, Spotify, etc. Thankfully, you can either uninstall or disable most of these apps by heading into Settings.

Oppo Find N3 Flip Features

Oppo has done a great job with updates by providing timely OS and security patches for the phone. The promise of four years of OS updates and five years of security patches puts it on par with competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.

Verdict

Oppo Find N3 Flip brings several upgrades over its predecessor, such as better durability, a telephoto lens, performance and an alert slider. While most of these might sound like an incremental upgrade, features like a telephoto lens and barely visible crease are something you won’t get on other phones.

But the presence of bloatware, the IPX4 rating instead of a full-fledged IP rating, and the lack of wireless charging can be a few things that might disappoint you. Despite these shortcomings, the Oppo Find N3 Flip remains an all-rounder flip phone that delivers on all fronts.

Other alternatives include the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra, which offer large cover screens, wireless charging, and better IP ratings. However, they lack the alert slider, telephoto lens, and faster charging speed with the larger battery found on the Oppo Find N3 Flip, making it an underrated smartphone.



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