Oppo Find N2 Flip Review: Love at First Flip!
So if you have been following me long enough then you know I am a massive fan of foldable, especially the flipping ones. As a female, the portability side of Flip phones is something I find very practical. And when OPPO launched this phone, the Find N2 Flip, I instantly got it for myself and have since been using it as my secondary phone alongside my other test phone.
Honestly, I am really impressed with what OPPO has been able to achieve with this first-ever flip phone. Here OPPO has somehow managed to overcome some significant limitations of the Samsung Z Flip 4. Yes, I am talking about the crease, the battery life, and the cover screen.
Oppo Find N2 Flip Specifications:
- Folded: 85.5 x 75.2 x 16.02 mm
- Unfolded: 166.2 x 75.2 x 7.45 mm
- Weight: 191 gm
- Main: 6.8-inches AMOLED panel, 120Hz LTPO, 240Hz touch sampling rate
- External: 3.2-inches AMOLED, 60Hz
- Main: FHD+ (2520 x 1080 pixels)
- External: 720 x 382 pixels
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ (4nm)
- CPU: Octa-core:
– 1x Cortex-X2 (3.2 GHz)
– 3x Cortex-A710 (2.85 GHz)
– 4x Cortex-A510 (1.80 GHz)
- GPU: Mali-G710 MC10
- RAM: Up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, Up to 512GB UFS 3.1 storage
- Software & UI: Android 13 with ColorOS on top
- Rear Camera: Dual-camera;
– 50MP, f/1.8 primary sensor
– 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, 112-degree FOV
- Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.4 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
- Battery: 4300mAh battery with 44W wired charging
- Price in Nepal: N/A (Rs. 89,999 in India)
Oppo Find N2 Flip Review:
First, let me talk about the cover screen! I think this is probably the biggest on a Flip phone to date at 3.26 inches, which means you get a lot of room to do stuff and things don’t have to look crammed. For example, taking a high-res selfie or shooting a selfie video is much more convenient here than, say, Z Flip 4.
Oppo Find N2 Flip (left), Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (right)
I also felt it is more natural to use a vertical cover screen than a horizontal one. I do admit that it does not look as pretty as the Z Flip 4, but then again, at the end of the day, it’s all about usability and convenience, which I think Oppo has struck the right balance of. Even quality-wise, this cover screen is bright and responsive, so I am pretty happy about it.
Next, the crease, or should I say, the absence of a crease. Having used Samsung’s Flip phones year after year, something I had to get used to and settle was the presence of “the crease” and I had kind of trained my mind to ignore its presence. But not on this phone!
Here, you can barely feel anything as close to a crease. It is visible when you look at it from certain angles, but when you are interacting with the screen, it feels like a normal phone.
Likewise, OPPO says they have used a new generation Flexion Hinge for controlling the crease and also this gapless design which as you can see looks more uniform when compared side by side with the Z Flip 4. Plus, this gapless design also means, there is literally no dust getting accumulated on it.
N2 Flip’s Gapless Hinge (Left) Galaxy Z Flip 4’s Hinge (Right)
Talking about folding, OPPO says that the Find N2 Flip is TUV Rheinland Certified for up to 400,000 folds, so long-term durability should also not be an issue here at least in theory.
I have only been using this phone for about 2-3 weeks, so I can’t really confirm its durability just yet, but yeah, if any new developments come forth in our long-term usage, I will definitely let you guys know with an update.
Third, the battery life on the OPPO Find N2 Flip is actually good. When I say good, I mean it’s good for a flip phone! It carries a 4300 mAh battery that gave me around 5 hours of Screen on Time in my everyday usage. In comparison, the Z Flip 4 only provided me with a max of 4 hours of SOT.
To put things into context, I am someone who is into watching YouTube and Netflix a lot, I am always scrolling through social media pages, and I get a lot of calls and texts and click a lot of pictures too. So, doing all that, the phone would get me through the morning till evening when I reach home. This is not bad at all considering its compact size and the fact that it has to power 2 displays.
Charging it is fast too. With the 44-watt wired charger, which, by the way, you get inside the box, the phone can go from 0-100% in about an hour.
Now, talking about other general things, the design of the N2 Flip certainly is robust, although it is a bit slippery and would slide out of my trousers time and again. Either way, ergonomically, it feels good on the hands and has a nice heft too. I do have to mention that I like the Z Flip 4’s heft a little more, but this one’s pretty good as well.
OPPO has left very less room to complain about the main display too. It’s a 6.8-inch E6 AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate, LTPO refresh rate tech and a maximum brightness of 1600 Nits. Plus, this screen is also not as narrow as the Z Flip 4. So, for me, it did not feel that different from a regular smartphone.
The only thing that’s a little different here is that it unfolds to an unusual 21:9 aspect ratio, which means black bars are more prominent while content consumption on YouTube and OTT platforms.
Other than that, the phone has stereo speakers which sound alright. They are loud…a little sharp for my taste, but okay for watching movies and casually listening to music.
For the cameras, the Oppo Find N2 Flip has the same 50MP primary sensor as the Oneplus 11, that too with Hasselblad color calibration. So for the most part, I liked the photos coming out of its main lens.
I compared it against the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and well, the pictures from both phones stand out in their own way. Both phones produce a punchy output with good white levels and acceptable dynamic range. Of course, the photos are not flagship level, it lacks the telephoto lens for taking portraits, but in my experience, the Oppo Find N2 Flip has been a reliable performer overall and almost as good as the Galaxy Z Flip 4.
However, I found Samsung doing better in terms of the ultra-wide images and that’s because Oppo has used a pretty basic 8MP sensor here which we usually find on mid-range phones.
When it comes to taking selfies, I barely used the selfie camera on the Find N2 Flip. And that’s because I would always use the back cameras to take higher-resolution selfies and I love the output.
You will notice a bit of smoothening here and there but the final result is just wonderful. OPPO also lets you use the Palm gesture to take selfies and portraits from the back camera which has been really handy for me, especially when I want to take a picture of myself when no one’s around.
You can also shoot videos from the back camera using the cover screen, but the output is only limited to 1080p 30 fps for some reason. I particularly found that strange since the rear camera is capable of shooting 4k 30 fps footage when unfolded. I think the option to shoot in higher resolution would have been excellent for vloggers and Titokers or content creators in general.
Anyway, I found the performance on the OPPO Find N2 Flip to be satisfactory too. The Dimensity 9000+ is a reliable performer for everyday chores and even for gaming, you’re not going to be disappointed.
I played Genshin Impact on it in Medium settings and it was giving me stable 30 fps. I tried the game in higher settings too, but even though the gameplay was stable enough, I experienced a little bit of heating near the camera module.
Anyway, I had a good experience playing other relatively optimized games like PUBG and COD though. Even in the highest setting, there would be negligible heating and the FPS numbers were good too.
ColorOS is colorful!
OPPO’s software has also come a long way. Along with all the regular customization options, you get a few Flip-exclusive features here like, Flex Form video streaming, Flex form video call, and Flex form camera, which are very similar to what the Galaxy Z Flip 4 provides.
Something I find really cute is the ‘Digital Pets’ feature that lets you choose between a bunch of wallpaper options with different pet animations. I particularly enjoyed it because the animations change with what state the phone is in. For example, if the battery is low, the dog/ cat would be sad, when the battery is full the animal would be ready to play, etc. So, every time I looked at the cover screen it would show me something different which made me smile.
OPPO has also committed 4 major Color OS and 5 years of regular security updates on the Find N2 Flip, which is actually on par with what Samsung provides on their high-end flagships, so I am quite happy about that too!
Few downsides (here and there)
Okay, by now, I have talked about all the good things about the OPPO Find N2 Flip. But we have to keep in mind that it is OPPO’s first-gen Flip phone and there are some things that need further refinement.
For instance, it would have been great if the phone, in the flex form, could stand still at all angles, but it cannot do so at less than 30 degrees inwards or outwards. This would have been useful to take creative photos or videos from a lower angle.
Apart from that, there are only a handful of things that you can do from the cover screen. You can access the quick toggle menu, check notifications and reply to them partially. Then we have the camera widget, weather, timer, and music control and that’s it.
On the other hand, Samsung lets you do a lot more from their tiny cover screen. From being able to dial your favorite contacts to grouping similar notifications together, Samsung gives you a slightly more refined experience. OPPO says they are working on it, so let’s hope that happens soon.
It’s also necessary to mention that you don’t get any form of IP rating on the Find N2 flip, but the Galaxy Z Flip 4 does indeed come with IPX8 certification against water damage.
Likewise, in the videography department, the Find N2 Flip is limited to 4k 30 fps recordings from the rear primary camera and you also don’t have the option for 4k recording from the ultra-wide camera. Even from the front, the videos are limited to just 1080p 30 fps. Now, the quality of videos across all these lenses is not bad per se, but given the price point and the competition, OPPO can definitely do better in its next-generation flip phone.
Oppo Find N2 Flip Review: Conclusion
Okay, so with this, I have come to the end of the video and as I said in the beginning, I am really impressed with what OPPO has been able to achieve with their first-ever flip phone. It addresses a lot of issues that even Samsung, despite their head start in Foldables, has not been able to crack.
So, I genuinely think that OPPO is in the right direction. With a little more fine-tuning in the design, cameras, and software side of things, OPPO does seem to have a good future in the foldable space.
- Also, check out our video review of the Oppo Find N2 Flip.
Oppo Find N2 Flip Review: Pros and Cons
- Bigger cover display
- Capable main camera
- ColorOS Customizations
- 4 years of OS updates & 5 years of security Updates
- Good Battery Life
- Good Gaming and Performance
- Cannot stand still at less than 30 degrees on flex mode
- Limited usage on the cover screen
- No IP rating
- No 4K 60fps recording