Oppo’s first foldable could finally offer competition to Samsung’s devices


Oppo released its first foldable, the Oppo Find N, today at an event held in China. The company said last week that it has worked on it for four years, and developed some six generations of prototypes before producing this model.

While the device uses a similar type of folding mechanism as the Samsung Z Fold 3, there are certain design differences. The Find N is shorter and wider than the Fold 3 when it’s folded. As a result, it has a more traditional 18:9 display aspect ratio, compared to the tall 25:9 ratio on Samsung’s device.

Oppo’s new device unfolds into a 7.1-inch display with an 8.4:9 (almost like a square) aspect ratio as compared to the 22.5:18 aspect ratio of the Fold 3. Before we talk more about the phone’s features, let’s take a look at its specs.

Specsheet

  • Folded screen: 5.49-inch AMOLED screen; 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Unfolded screen: 7.1-inch AMOLED screen; 8.4:9 aspect ratio; 120Hz refresh rate
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • Camera: 50-megapixel main sensor + 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor + 13-megapixel telephoto sensor
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Charging: 33W wired charging; 15W wireless charging; 10W reverse wireless charging

Features

Oppo talked a lot about its hinge design with 136 components that are aligned with 0.01mm precision to make sure it works smoothly. It said its “water-drop hinge” solves problems like visible creases and gaps created by the folding mechanism. 

To make the device sturdy, the company has secured the back with Gorilla Glass Victus.

Ben Wood, Chief Analyst at CCS Insight said the Chinese company has worked hard to make the phone durable:

As with other foldable phone makers, Oppo was keen to emphasis it has done extensive testing with the flexible display to ensure it can cope with a lifetime of use. It seems that 200,000 folds are becoming a benchmark for this product category and the robustness of foldable phones is clearly a major consideration from consumers given the emphasis all manufacturers are placing on it when announcing products.

The phone has a ‘FlexForm’ mode in which the phone can sit partially unfolded between 50 to 120 degrees. That should allow for video calls, laptop-like note-taking, and 4K timelapse recording without the need for a tripod.