Foldable smartphones aren’t “new” anymore, but there are still some options and plenty of room to improve. Today, Oppo has announced its Find N2 series, which expands on the company’s initial foldable model and is one of the finest phones that fold up to this point.
Its Oppo Find N2 is not significantly different from the first Find N, launched almost one year ago. It comes with a brand new Snapdragon 8+ Generation 1 chip and a 120Hz refresh rate on the display’s outer and inner display; however, aside from those and a few minor tweaks, the fundamental user experience hasn’t changed significantly.
However, the Find N2 feels much improved than its predecessor when you feel the hardware.
In the past few days, I’ve been playing using my Oppo Find N2 and had the chance to test it to that of the first Find N and my Galaxy Z Fold 4, and there are a few noticeable differences. One thing that stood out over everything else when I pulled the Find N2 out of its packaging was how light it was. After being accustomed to the huge weight of 275g in the original Find N, the 233g of the Find N2 is remarkable. More importantly, this is similar to a folding device this big is supposed to weigh. Its weight Find N always felt jarring due to its weight. It was heavier than Samsung’s foldable, even though it was smaller than the one.
The dimensions of the Oppo Find N2 also remain fascinating to me. The 5.5-inch outer display is incredibly compact, despite being quite heavy, which is surprising considering that almost every Android smartphone is this big these days. It’s the same as Find N’s first generation. Find N but remains something that makes the foldable Oppo stand out. The larger aspect ratio gives you a more comfortable typing experience than Galaxy Z Fold 4. Galaxy Z Fold 4, even though Samsung made some adjustments in previous versions.
The equipment of Find N2 is a bit slick. Find N2 is also almost completely matte. The back glass of this white version Oppo provided comes with a lovely matte finish that recalls the Google Pixel 4 series. It’s soft and pleasant to work with. The chassis is made of metal and features a matte surface similar to glass.
Contrary to Samsung’s latest model phone, it’s simple to open your phone with this frame. Edges are smoothed in a manner that’s perfect for holding on to. The Fold 4 needs a case that is comfortable to open. However, this Find N2 is perfect in this regard.
The hinge hardware on the Oppo feels more comfortable than Samsung’s motion. It’s quiet and smooth, and the brush within the hinge creates a disturbing sound all the time. Oppo can’t make similar claims as Samsung does about water resistance. However, Oppo certainly offers a superior experience in this regard, and the trade-offs may be worth considering the $700 difference in price.
The hinge Oppo uses also allows the display crease to be more effective. This is an almost invisible display crease. You may glimpse the crease in certain angles, such as the one shown below. However, in real life, it’s almost impossible to discern. The wrinkle of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 doesn’t bother me at all. However, Oppo certainly beats Samsung’s efforts. I’m hoping it’s the push Samsung is looking for to achieve a significant improvement in this regard.
To complete the picture, There are the displays. As we mentioned, one of the biggest enhancements is a 120Hz panel on the outside, up from 60Hz in the last. It makes the exterior panel more enjoyable and ideal since the outside display is absolutely delightful. Although I’m still determining if I’d prefer this to the fold’s display on the outside because I’ve come to love the slim and tall style, The larger display does have its advantages.
The inside display is the same. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, and the lack of a crease creates an excellent viewing experience. The issue is primarily due to the way. Android applications behave when they are this size. Because it’s further away from the typical aspect ratio (super wide but not too tall), many apps need to be fixed. Optimizing over time could fix this like it was in Samsung’s foldable.
Oppo Find N2’s biggest issue is that it’s unable to be sold worldwide or at all Oppo has yet to confirm plans to make it so. Only the clamshell FindN2 Flip is available outside, not just in China.
This version of ColorOS designed for China is quite a different experience from what users in the US and Europe are familiar with. However, even with Google services, this could be a better experience. If there isn’t an option to have this phone available worldwide, many apps will not improve on this aspect particularly. Oppo is the right hardware; however, each year, the company decides to leave this to China. This is another year the software doesn’t improve, and another year Samsung maintains its leading position.