Chinese companies seem very keen to release their handsets before the end of the year as right after the launch of the Xiaomi 13 now comes the Oppo Find N2 and Oppo Find N2 Flip – two new foldable phones designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z flip 4.
They were just presented on the second day of the annual Oppo Inno Day event, but as with the Xiaomi 13, this first launch is only for China. However, Oppo has been a bit more specific in its global plans than Xiaomi; saying that the Oppo Find N2 Flip will launch overseas – including most countries in Europe – in the first quarter of 2023. That is between January and March 2023.
Unfortunately, there is no word on the global launch of Z Fold’s rival, the standard Oppo Find N2, so it can only stay in China; especially since the original Oppo Find N is not widely available either.
As for the specs, we’ll start with the Oppo Find N2 Flip as it’s the one you’ll most likely be able to buy; a foldable flip like the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Motorola Razr (2022), with some advantages.
The highlight is the largest screen to date in any foldable flip phone, which could make the Oppo Find N2 Flip much more usable when folded than most foldable flip smartphones.
Oppo claims that up to six notifications can be displayed on this display at once, and it can also be used to view photos taken by the phone’s “flagship-level” cameras.
The Find N2 Flip also has a 4,300mAh battery that Oppo claims provides “all day life” and at its heart is the powerful MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Plus chipset and a seemingly “almost invisible” fold; we will believe when we (not) see. The rest of the specs have yet to be revealed at the time of writing.
As for the Oppo Find N2, it’s a larger foldable, along the lines of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. It has a 7.1-inch foldable main display with a resolution of 1792 x 1920 that uses AMOLED technology and has a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
There’s also a 5.54-inch external AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2120 with a refresh rate of 120Hz, and the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset along with up to 16GB of RAM.
There’s up to 512GB of storage, a 4520mAh battery with 67W charging, 5G support and a triple-lens camera with a 50MP f/1.8 main sensor, 48MP f/2.2 ultra-wide and a 32MP f/2.0 telephoto. There are also two 32MP selfie cameras and the Oppo Find N2 runs Android 13 with the Oppo ColorOS 13 interface.
It is covered with durable Gorilla Glass Victus on both the front and back (in white and green), while the back of the black model is wrapped in vegan leather. It also weighs just 233g in black or 237g in other shades, which makes it lighter than the 240g iPhone 14 Pro Max, even though this phone is not foldable.
Analysis: stiff competition from Samsung and Motorola
It’s been a challenging year for foldable phones, especially flip phones, as the Oppo Find N2 Flip faces competition from the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Motorola Razr (2022).
We won’t do a full specs comparison here – not least because we don’t have a complete list of Oppo phone specs – but the Find N2 Flip stands out with its large screen and 4,300mAh battery, which is significantly larger than the Z Flip 4’s 3,700mAh or the Razr’s 3,500mAh ( 2022).
The crease on the Oppo phone is probably less noticeable, but we won’t be sure until we test it.
As for the Motorola Razr (2022), the highlight is the 144Hz refresh rate, while the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 offers water resistance and both Samsung and Motorola have the powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset.
We won’t know exactly how the Oppo Find N2 Flip stacks up until we actually use it, but from what we’ve heard so far, it certainly sounds like one of the best foldable phones out there.