If you haven’t been paying much attention to foldable phones until now, it’s time to give them a second chance with the Find N2. Oppo’s Find N2 is the second-gen vertical folding clamshell from the Chinese smartphone brand and parent company behind OnePlus. It also happens to be one of the best foldable phones we’ve tested to date.
To that effect, not only has the Find N2 been greatly refined over its predecessor, but it wipes the floor with vertical folding phone competitors like the popular Samsung Galaxy Fold4. Ultimately, the Find N2 is the folding phone we’ve been waiting for – but there’s a big catch.
Oppo Find N2 Design
The Oppo Find N2 is easy to use both closed and open. Its camera module on the back doesn’t protrude too far, making it surprisingly compact even when folded. When folded, it measures 14.6mm thick. And despite its 237-gram weight, the phone is well-balanced, pretty pocket-friendly, and easy to hold with one hand while reading or watching videos.
When opened, the 7.1-inch main screen has a substantial plastic bezel around it, but no visible crease when viewed face-on thanks to its Flexion Hinge. The revamped Flexion Hinge on Oppo’s Find N2 is a huge improvement over the previous version. To that effect, not only is it more visually appealing, but it has 38 fewer moving parts this time around and feels very sturdy.
The foldable display crease is also 67% smaller than on the original Find N, which already had a relatively unobtrusive crease compared to other foldable phones on the market. Now it appears to be almost creaseless. However, there is a slight bump when swiping across the screen that can be felt and sometimes seen under some lighting conditions.
The Find N2 also sports a subtle faux leather back finish that helps give it a sophisticated look and feel. This is unlike anything we’ve seen on other foldables. However, if faux leather isn’t your thing, an all-glass model is available.
Unfortunately, the Oppo Find N2 doesn’t have an IP rating or offer water resistance, which is a feature found on other popular folding phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4.
However, in the box, Oppo throws in a two-part plastic case. Not only do we appreciate that they included that much-needed accessory, but we like that the case is attractive, and doesn’t weigh down the device or add much to its thickness.
Oppo Find N2 display
The Find N2’s hinge allows for an impressive range of positions, from 45 to 125 degrees. Whether you want to use it like a tent, lay it flat, or do anything in between, the Find N2’s FreeForm Mode makes it easy. The hinge has been TUV-certified for durability and has been tested for 400,000 opening and closing cycles.
The 7.1-inch main display on the Oppo Find N2 offers a resolution of 1920 x 1792, with a dynamic refresh rate that ranges from 1Hz to 120Hz depending on the content. It also has HDR10 certification and offers an impressive peak brightness of 1350 nits. The 5.54-inch external display boasts many of these same specs.
Ultimately, the Oppo Find N2 has one of the brightest and most color-accurate displays on the market. It certainly has the best display on a foldable phone to date.
Oppo Find N2 Camera
The Find N2 boasts a 50-megapixel main camera, a 48MP wide-angle camera, and a 32MP telephoto camera for a 2x optical zoom. Additionally, the device features a pair of 32MP selfie cameras, one on the cover screen and the other in a hole-punch cutout on the main screen. Oppo has teamed up with Hasselblad to fine-tune and tweak the camera system’s performance.
When taking photos with the main camera, the results are impressive, showcasing beautiful tones with a distinct use of color. The camera’s shadow and exposure levels are also well-balanced. Night photography is solid too. However, the wide-angle camera can oversaturate colors, giving photos a less realistic tone. The telephoto camera also failed to impress us, since it tends to produce washed-out colors. The portrait mode for selfies is pretty good but not great, performing much better in daylight than it does in low-light environments.
Overall, the Find N2’s camera system is quite good and certainly above average for a foldable. However, it can’t quite compete with the camera system on a flagship smartphone like the Pixel 7.
Oppo Find N2 sample photos
Oppo Find N2 software
The OPPO Find N2 comes running a Chinese version of Android 13 and ColorOS 13. Fortunately, we were able to install Google services and Google Play on the device without any issues. However, there are significant drawbacks and limitations to using the Chinese version of the software.
For example, there are areas where the UI insists on showing Chinese text. Plus there are a large number of pre-installed apps and it takes some time to go through and clean them out. That said, ColorOS 13 on the Find N2 makes it easy to multitask and run apps side-by-side.
Ultimately, it took some significant work to customize Find N2’s software to get it to the place we needed it to be. This is why we’re hoping that a global version of the Oppo Find N2 will be released soon.
Oppo Find N2 Battery
The OPPO Find N2 packs in a respectable 4,520mAh battery that can last through a full day of heavy use. With moderate use, it can last for two days on a single charge.
The foldable comes with a 67W wired charging system that claims to charge the battery to full in just 45 minutes. However, we can’t confirm this to be true since the included charging block with our review unit is Chinese.
Surprisingly, the Find N2 lacks wireless charging, which is something we expect by default from a premium smartphone.
Oppo Find N2 Performance
The Find N2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 which isn’t the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm, but it’s still a very powerful chipset that offers a lag-free experience. Consequentially the device is able to handle gaming, and multitasking with aplomb.
Our only gripe with the Find N2’s performance is that unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor that’s located on the power button is a bit awkward and slow to use.
Oppo Find N2 vs Samsung Galaxy Fold4
The Samsung Galaxy Fold4 may be the most well-known foldable smartphone out there, but the Oppo Find N2 is the more practical foldable thanks to its form factor. That’s because the Oppo is more pocketable. The Oppo Find N2 also offers superior displays.
Furthermore, if you ask us, the Galaxy Fold4 is more of a tablet that happens to be a phone, whereas the Oppo Find N2 is more of a phone that can be a tablet as you need it. That said, the Oppo Find N2 lacks wireless charging and an IP rating which the Galaxy Fold4 has.
Ultimately, when it comes to form factor, design, and display, the Oppo Find N2 is the hands-down winner over the Samsung Galaxy Fold4. However, we can’t recommend the Oppo Find N2 over the Galaxy Fold4 due to its software constraints for global users outside of China.
Should you buy the Oppo Find N2?
There are very few gripes we have with the Oppo Find N2. Yes, the lack of an IP rating and wireless charging is disappointing but forgivable.
In terms of hardware and design, the Oppo is the best vertical folding phone you can get at the time of publishing this story. That’s because it offers incredible displays, performance, and a great main camera, all in a form factor that’s pretty practical for everyday use as a phone.
Sadly, we can’t recommend buying the Oppo Find N2 over the Samsung Galaxy Fold4 – at least not yet. And therein lies the “catch.” The Oppo Find N2 is the best vertical phone smartphone on the market right now, but its lack of global software holds it back from us being able to recommend it to users outside of China.
Where to buy the Oppo Find N2 in the U.S.
If you’re interested in buying the Oppo Find N2 in the U.S., it’s possible to pick it up from Aliexpress for $1299.