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Oppo just launched a more compact Galaxy Z Fold 3 for $1,200

This would be a rival to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 if it weren't restricted to China right now.
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December 15, 2021
Oppo Find N black and white
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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold phones have helped it to become the king of the foldable market, seeing off challenges from the likes of Motorola, Huawei, and Xiaomi. But that hasn’t stopped Oppo from stepping up to the plate to launch the Find N.

Oppo’s new flagship is a Galaxy Z Fold rival, packing a smartphone-sized display on the outside and a tablet-sized foldable screen on the inside. But the most immediate difference between Oppo’s device and Samsung’s foldable is just how much smaller the new phone is.

The Find N offers a relatively small 5.49-inch smartphone display (FHD, 18:9, Gorilla Glass Victus) that’s dwarfed by rival foldables in its class. Unfold the device, however, and you’ve got a 7.1-inch tablet-sized screen (120Hz, LTPO, E5 OLED) complete with an aspect ratio of 8.4:9. This display also offers ultra-thin glass (UTG), much like we’ve seen on Samsung’s foldables, and the firm says the screen can last for more than 200,000 folds.

Check out our hands-on impressions: This is the Oppo Find N

In saying so, the device weighs 275 grams. This is a little heavier than the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (271 grams), so you’re still be carrying a rather heavy device in your pocket or bag.

Oppo has also claimed that the Find N’s foldable display crease is up to 80% smaller than unnamed rival foldables — presumably a comparison to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It adds that this tech also “practically eliminates” the gap between displays when the device is folded.

The main display supports a so-called Flexform Mode, allowing the device’s main screen to be folded between 50 degrees and 120 degrees. Oppo says Flexform mode supports functionality like watching videos, the camera app, note-taking, and more. This all echoes Samsung’s Flex Mode, which adjusts an app’s UI based on how the main screen is folded. The firm also says you can swipe up on the smartphone display within three seconds of folding the device to resume whatever you were doing on the main screen.

Staying with software, the Oppo Find N also supports using the cover display as a preview window for shots with the main cameras, two-finger gestures to activate multi-window app mode, and four-finger gestures for floating app windows.

What else should you know?

Oppo Find N white
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The Oppo Find N comes as the rest of the industry starts to gear up for next-generation silicon. Unfortunately, it lacks the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC but packs the still-powerful Snapdragon 888 SoC instead. You’re also getting up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Battery life is a respectable 4,500mAh, in line with the Oppo Find X3 Pro. But unlike Oppo’s earlier flagship, the Find N offers slower 33W wired charging and 15W wireless charging, as opposed to 65W and 50W top-ups respectively. In any event, you can expect a full charge to take 70 minutes.

Oppo’s phone doesn’t seem too bad in the camera field either, sporting a triple rear camera system (50MP IMX766 main, 16MP ultra-wide, 13MP 2X tele), a 32MP selfie camera on the foldable display, and a 32MP shooter on the smartphone screen.

Other notable features include stereo speakers, 10W reverse wireless charging, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and Android 11 (no Android 12 or 12L just yet).

Oppo Find N pricing and availability

Oppo Find N unfolded
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Unfortunately for those hoping to get their hands on the device as soon as possible, Oppo says the Find N will only launch in China at first. It did say that it’s eyeing a European release for the phone, but there’s no indication of a launch window.

Expect the phone to retail for 7,699 yuan (~$1,210) for the 8GB/256GB model in China, all the way up to 8,999 yuan (~$1,414) for the 12GB/512GB variant. The device will be available in black, white, and purple colorways. We’re guessing the phone will be more expensive when it eventually comes to global markets, but hopefully it’s in line with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 at worst.

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