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Our impressions of using the foldable OPPO Find N2

Bringing foldable smartphones to the market is like a nosebleed for manufacturers. Samsung basically dominated this market, motorola is testing its strength and that would be enough for now. Most Chinese companies have such devices, but do not use them outside their homeland. They do not reveal the reasons for their actions. And if you don’t know what that is, it’s usually about money. The ingredients are expensive to produce, so the price is very high. And since the world economic situation is not the best – companies have probably decided that there is nothing to lean on yet, because there is more to lose than to gain. In addition, the political times are also very uncertain, so overall – why take risks.

On the other hand, since everything can change 180 degrees at any moment, the producers have to keep their fingers crossed. And that’s what OPPO does. The company is experimenting with devices of an unusual form, first it showed a concept smartphone, then a folding smartphone – OPPO Find N. Of course, only in the country.

Now two more devices have debuted. Find N2 and the smaller Find N2 Flip. The manufacturer will risk entering global markets – but with this small – Find N2 Flip. Samsung’s Flip and Motorola’s Razr 2022 will finally see real, not virtual, competition.

What about the larger model – Find N2? Most likely, you will have to go back to the taste again. It happens that thanks to the kindness of the manufacturer I was able to use it for three days. And honestly, I’m furious with OPPO that this smartphone won’t be in Europe (at least for now). Because he’s great.

On the formal side, Find N2 is a combination of fire and water, a large and small device at the same time. Something that is almost perfect for me in daily use.

Of course, since the smartphone is sold in China, I received a test device without Google services. However, it turns out that installing them is a matter of 5 minutes and you don’t have to do anything. Just activate the Google Play services you already have on your phone. After signing in to your account, download the Play Store and that’s pretty much it. We can install applications known from every smartphone. Will they all work? Payments didn’t work for me because the device isn’t certified – but that’s pretty obvious. Other than that – everything worked, in English of course.

OPPO Find N2 – construction

As for the less important in the OPPO Find N2, there are the dimensions and the front screen. When folded, the phone measures 132.2 x 72.6 x 14.6 mm. If it doesn’t matter to anyone – the external display has a diagonal of 5.54 inches with an aspect ratio of 18:9. In comparison, my favorite classic toddler this year, the Zenfone 9, has a 5.9-inch display and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Which means it’s bigger and narrower.

The front display in the Find N2 is wide, so in short – it can be used completely normally, like any device with a classic design. It’s just much more convenient, because we can handle all the activities with one hand, without any fuss.

What about thickness, one might ask? Sure, it’s a bit like holding two smartphones in your hand. I was a little apprehensive about it myself, but it turns out I needn’t have been. Its thickness – perhaps due to its generally small size – didn’t bother me at all. Anyway, it’s not dramatically big, I felt it in my pants pocket just like any other smartphone.

I can also speak about the construction in superlatives. It is premium – with an aluminum construction. The mechanism is perfect – the smartphone folds evenly without any gap, which we have in Samsung Folds, for example. So you don’t have to worry about dust getting inside or anything that would scratch the display. There must be some magnets around the edges, as we have to overcome a bit of resistance to unfold the Find N2 (probably can’t do it with one hand). And when folded, the edges are drawn together. Hinges allow you to adjust the screen at any angle.

The fingerprint reader in the button and the volume rocker can be found after flipping the edge on the second one. The reader is fast and flawless, the smartphone can also be unlocked with the face. I thought the volume control would be inconvenient because the key is high up, but I was wrong. With such small dimensions of the smartphone, it fits perfectly under the finger.

I also really like the matte back with nicely integrated camera eyes. It is similar in style to what we find in the OPPO Find X5 Pro. Optics are branded Hasselblad.

OPPO Find N2 – will display

It was about the outside. It must be added that it is of very high quality, as it is an AMOLED refreshed at 120 Hz with a brightness of 1000 nits, which is boosted to 1350 nits in strong light.

The internal one is of course also AMOLED made with LTPO technology. It has a diagonal of 7.1 inches, a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, supports HDR10+ and the brightness is 1200 nits, it can be increased up to 1550.

When unfolded, the smartphone becomes square. So of course we’ll have big black bars at the bottom and top when watching movies, but that happens with any foldable device. The most important thing is that the image is simply large and everything is very comfortable to watch on it. The set includes good sounding stereo speakers.

The bend looks pretty good because it’s basically invisible. And certainly when we watch movies. It also disappears from our eyes when we split the screen vertically. I never minded anyway.

OPPO Find N2 – software, operation

Since the device is sold in China, it also has such software, and it would be difficult, if not unfair, to judge it in this regard. However, sharing the display, or the option to use an external screen as a preview when taking photos, is definitely a useful option.

The smartphone runs on Android 13. It has Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 with Adreno 730 GPU, 16GB of RAM expandable by 4 more and 512GB of inbuilt storage. I have no complaints about his work.

OPPO Find N2 – photos, videos

The optics look pretty good. This:

  • main lens: 50 MP, f/1.8, 24 mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0 µm, OIS;
  • telephoto lens: 32 MP, f/2.0, 47 mm, 1/2.74″, 0.8 µm, 2x optical zoom, PDAF;
  • wide-angle 48: MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 115˚, 1/2″, 0.8µm, AF;
  • selfie: 32MP, f/2.4, 22mm, 1/3.14″;
  • selfie inside: 32MP, f/2.4, 22mm, 1/3.14″.

In general, OPPO can take pictures, and this is confirmed in this case as well. The company uses its MariSilicon X processor to process them. One thing that surprised me, and actually positively surprised me, was the very natural color reproduction. Usually they are conquered by Chinese manufacturers, here everything looked very “real”, which I definitely liked. At the same time, we have a lot of detail, a great tonal range, almost identical colors on all three lenses. The 2x zoom is used for portrait shots and does the job perfectly. The night mode nicely sharpens the details and gently, very naturally illuminates the shots. Everything here is done simply with great “taste”, which suits me very well.

We will shoot movies in 4K and lower resolution, there is an option to shoot with a blurred background, in general I have no major comments.

OPPO Find N2 – battery

The cell has a capacity of 4520 mAh. It lasted me a day and a half, it charges very quickly with a 67W charger – full in about 40 minutes. There is no inductive charging.

Out of curiosity, I tried charging the smartphone with the OnePlus charger – and everything worked. So you can see that OPPO has unified charging standards between companies. The second highlight was the Always On Display theme I found – matching my favorite from OnePlus – showing the number of phone unlocks. So, as you can see, at least in the Chinese market, the integration of both companies is going very well.

OPPO Find N2 – Summary

I wrote once, I will write again. I am very angry with OPPO for not choosing to bring the Find N2 from China and sell it globally. I am fascinated by it both as a lover of small smartphones and as an addictive “consumer” of YouTube and various platforms. I didn’t think it was possible to match it in one device. But I was wrong.

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