Flip and Folding phones are starting to get popular these days, probably reasons being are the improvements, socially acceptable by some or even having better structures and hardware specs are some of the enticing reasons that it is slowly becoming another choice for buyers.
Today we will look at one of the OPPO offering, the OPPO Find N2 Flip, which obviously it is a flip phone addressed to enter the world of foldable android smartphone arena.
Who is this for ?
The OPPO Find N2 Flip is for those who wanted a small form factor phone, with some style in it, and as a Flip phone it is a no brainer that it means style to the potential consumer, couple with an formidable performance inside it, this also means that the N2 Flip is indeed one of OPPO’s flagship android smartphone with good internals and camera that you can capture good shots, whether it is day or night.
Its an Android flip phone in general, but one that captivates me is the hinge when closed there is close to no gap to it over its steel and polymer construction, which in return makes it looks durable and OPPO claims that it remains durable even after 400000 folds. I have tested its flexform which is OPPO’s flip phone positioning when opened flip half on flat surface, and it is able to sit just nice, making the N2 Flip another flip phone that does that well, similar to its competition. When closed you will spot a quite sizable display screen which ask not just as a peeking display for notification, but so much more, and more on that over the display explanation. In case if you are wondering if there is gap after closing it, well, close to no gaps there.
The phone is weighted at 191grams, when closed its height is just 85.5mm and while opened it measured about 166mm which makes this flip phone one of the real slim ones we held. The weight is just as normal as any other phones you can find, but since its fitted so tightly, you dont really feel much when inserted to a bag or pocket, just by the folded size alone. The body is made of aluminum for increased durability.
Display and Audio
Main : 6.8 inch, 120Hz LTPO AMOLED
Cover Screen : 3.26 inch
I will start with the Cover screen first, the very essential reason why it is there is always to show notifications, peeking on notifications and messages, or alerting you on calls, but since OPPO design it to have a larger screen, it allows user to put in OMOJI, GIF and also animated wallpapers to keep you entertained, there is also an interactive Pet you can choose, sort of like a virtual pet in a screen. Dedicated section for your camera controls and picture taking is also there to capture portrait and normal photo is there along with whether notification screen, calendar, timer and music controls. With a sizable cover screen, this also makes your time spending on the smaller screen is much interactive and you might use it more.
Flipping things to the main screen, it houses a 6.8 inch LTPO AMOLED which peaks up to 1600nits, a pretty impressive brightness level making it suitable to be used on any dim and bright places. Apart from that it houses a 120Hz dynamic refresh rates, making it slowly a standard among flagship phones you can find today for all your scrolling and viewing pleasures, whether it is just on your social media apps, or just browsing though news on the web browser. The crease in the middle of the screen is still there but only if you touch through it, otherwise with our naked eyes looking at it, its just faintly visible and my points goes there as it is closed to no lines in the middle.
Also worth mentioning is the FlexForm mode, where you can flip the screen like a small little laptop mode to take a picture, as a web conference tool or even watching a stream, expanding the N2 Flip usability further for the user.
Now Flip phones are known to have tiny audio distribution as in loudness wont go loud and great, well fortunately for the OPPO Find N2 Flip, it comes with dual speakers, one bottom and one on the earpiece acting as a set of stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos enhancement. There is nothing too much to configure but you do get specific scenario selections and it does thing well accordingly, sometimes the less complications the better and I can say the experience is pretty clear and a little punchy whenever you are just listening in a room, that’s a pass from me and things could be better improved.
Main (Rear) : 50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 112˚, (ultrawide)
Selfie (Front) : 32 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm, AF
No macro camera here, in fact you are not losing too much from there, instead you only have one 50MP main wide PDAF camera followed by one 8MP ultrawide lens, both of which is powered by the Hasselblad tuned camera software with OPPO camera app. Taking the picture normally via automatic mode looks great and fine, with probably some fine tuning over contrast could be better, majority of the pictures taken day and night is all good with acceptable dynamic range and shadow exhibited on most of the scenes. If you need more pixels and even more details, XPAN mode does the job, especially at night but due to the missing OIS capabilities, it is better to take a still scene without much movement, so overall your milage may vary on this portion, otherwise its a fun camera with the included functions such as filters and so on. Selfie is business as usual but I rather use the rear camera in combination of the Cover Screen to attain more clarity, details, and control over the captured images.
Video wise, it is able to capture up to 4K at 30FPS, however that said, enabling 4K recording will results in some jitter in images as it lacks stabilization, so we do recommend to take any videos up to 1080P at 60FPS, as it is still the best when we record it whether it is day or night.
Performance, Benchmarks, Experience
We have explain most of the cover screen functionalities so I will just go straight to the others, the OPPO Find N2 Flip features the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ with 8GB of DDR5 RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The internal main configuration is one of the very few takes comparing other flip phones in the market that chooses mainly over towards Qualcomm based processor, but nonetheless it is still a flagship offering combo that still be able to perform challenging, heavier multitasking with fast app switching, also they have included RAM expansion which takes your part of internal storage as standby memory swap up to another 8GB to further smoothen the phone’s operation.
Within everything it is powered by OPPO’s own ColorOS 13 with Android 13 and I would say most of the original Android 13 features still remains with ColorOS own customization that includes Split Screen, Quick Return, Smart Sidebar and Kid Space, technically still an useful addon for the phone along with several bloatware, but thats not too much, just a few and I can live with that.
The included 4300MaH battery capacity with the combined specifications will last you roughly 11 hours in a single charge coupled with my usual daily calls, messages, social media, photo taking and some streaming. While gaming you will still get advantages over high framerate verified games. Genshin Impact will still lock to 60FPS however it will still throttle down abit here and there after long 30 minutes of gameplay, however the Find N2 Flip will try to cool things fast whenever towards the scenes where there is lesser action and this is still acceptable as part of a formidable gaming device. Recharging back with the included 44W fast charger will get you back to full in an hour.
Included are the benchmarks results, indicating on par with most of the flagship devices lineup that you can see today in 2022 and 2023, overall you will still be appreciating the performance that it has.
|Display||Main : 6.8 inch, 120Hz LTPO AMOLED Display, HDR10+|
Cover : 3.26 inch display, touch
|Rear camera||50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF|
8 MP, f/2.2, 112˚, (ultrawide)
|Front camera||32 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm, AF|
|Dimension & Weight||166.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm, 191 g|
|Processor||Mediatek Dimensity 9000+ (4 nm)|
|RAM+ROM||8GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128 GB UFS (MicroSD Slot Available)|
|Audio||Dual Speakers with USB C Audio|
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|Charging||4,300mAh (typ) battery Supports 44W PD Charging|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM, NFC, BT 5.x, AX Wifi 6, LTE/5G|
|Available colors||Astral Black, Moonlit Purple|
Verdict & Conclusion
The OPPO Find N2 Flip is a take on trying to perfecting how a flip smartphone to be, and while it does comes with several positive parts, there is still room to put in more towards its camera software functionality and further updating new features moving forward, while it is almost creaseless, the race towards a better flip phone will always innovate to make things better, and OPPO nearly nailed it. My take is if you are looking for a fashionable, sociable flip phone, this could be one of the candidate that packs in all the latest feature you can get and it will be in your small pocket whenever you are ready to use it.