Samsung made waves this year with the introduction of the newest generation of foldable devices but OPPO has just launched a potential rival at this year’s OPPO INNO Day.
The OPPO Find N is the company’s first folding flagship device and also houses a clamshell form factor like the Samsung Galaxy Fold3 with a couple of differences.
OPPO is the first to implement a landscape ratio for the inner display. The company says this provides a better balance to switch between its unfolded 7.1-inch inner display and its folded 5.49-inch outer display.
The company uses a custom 12-layer Serene Display that’s 0.6mm thinner than regular smartphone glass.OPPO also says the Find N has a crease that’s 80% less visible compared to other devices.
The Find N’s inner screen is built with an LTPO display with smart dynamic refresh rate capable of a 1-120Hz range. It also offers a touch sampling rate of up to 1000Hz.
For its folding mechanism, OPPO equipped the Find N with its own Flexion Hinge. Composed of 136 components, OPPO says the Flexion Hinge can work as smoothly as human joints. It also closes the gap between displays when folded.
The hinge also unlocks new ways to use the Find N. In FlexForm mode, users will be able to enjoy their device in various form factors. OPPO has certain apps to adopt a new interface when the device is set up between 50-120 degrees.
The Notes app, for example, will prompt the Find N to display a keyboard on the bottom display to make typing easier. The flexibility of the Find N also makes it possible to take better time-lapse shots or night shots since it can stand as its own tripod.
The OPPO Find N uses a 3D-curved design for a more comfortable grip and is protected with Gorilla Glass Victus. It also opts for a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the power button and offers dual speakers with support for Dolby Atmos.
Internally, it’s powered by a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and offers up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage.
As for software, OPPO introduces new gestures designed for this specific form factor. Swiping down with two fingers will enable split-screen mode, for example, and a four-finger pinch will turn compatible apps into a floating window.
Additionally, users will be able to save their preferred multi-app split-screen combinations to the home screen.
OPPO also assure switching and interacting between displays is a seamless experience. Users will be able to drag windows across with no problems and even continue working on the phone’s outer screen.
Being the company’s flagship, the Find N is equipped with a triple-camera setup headlined by a 50-megapixel Sony IMX 766 main sensor. It works alongside a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens.
Two selfie cameras are available, one for the inner display and another on the outer.
Combining the Find N’s camera system with its flexibility, OPPO intends to offer users more ways to use their cameras. Fold the device at an angle to make it its own tripod or prop it up to use the more powerful rear camera for better-looking selfies.
OPPO also designed a new split-camera user interface to make it easier to navigate through settings when using the phone this way. The interface also allows instant previews on one side while continuing to take photos on the other display. The Find N is also able to use the outer cover’s camera to show the subject a preview of the shot.
The OPPO Find N with its powerful internals and innovative engineering is looking like a promising new flagship folding device to hit the market. Unfortunately, the Find N is only confirmed for a local release in China this December 23. Global availability has yet to be announced.