OUR The Oppo Find N2 Flip debuted in the foldable world this month and is fast becoming one of the most popular mobile devices on the market.
Previously, the device was only available in China, and many international fans have been eagerly awaiting its release due to the rave reviews from Chinese users. Right out of the box, you can tell that Oppo didn’t come to play, with a lot of focus not only on the design of the phone, but also on its functionality and user experience.
The device boasts a 6.8-inch foldable AMOLED display – in landscape position – and a 3.26-inch vertical display on the front. What makes the phone really great is the Flexion hinge.
As many other reviewers have pointed out, the N2 Flip folds perfectly flat with no gaps, and wrinkles are almost invisible. Obviously it is felt when you swipe the screen, but in everyday use, when you read messages, surf the Internet and especially when watching videos, it is almost imperceptible.
Under the hood, the N2 Flip comes with ColorOS 13 (based on Android 13) and, unfortunately, all the typical Oppo bloatware. However, I can almost forgive all the extra apps thanks to the widgets that have been built in for the vertical front display.
Besides the standard weather app, there’s an app that lets you reply to messages (including WhatsApp) with predefined emojis or suggestions, a timer, and a photo app that lets you use the “rear” cameras (one 50MP main camera and 8MP ultra-wide angle) to take selfies and gives you a neat bokeh effect.
You can also set the front display wallpaper or have an interactive pet (with a choice of five animals) to play with. Overall, the front display successfully improves the user experience, going beyond what you would expect from your smartphone.
In terms of cameras and photography alone, I would rate the N2 Flip above average.
What will be the main selling point is the flexibility the device offers. The ability to curve the screen really offers so many options for the “perfect shot”.
I found it handy when holding the phone for both low and high angle shots, and it was especially handy to place it on a table to take group shots (you can start the selfie timer by raising your palm) .
In terms of photo quality, daylight images displayed true-to-life colors and videos looked crisp and vibrant. Indoor and night shots had a slight grainy effect that the phone tried to artificially sharpen, but still better than most mid-range devices.
The N2 Flip also comes with a two-piece transparent hard case, which is a nice “freebie” for a phone. However, I noticed that after nearly two weeks of daily use, one half became a bit loose and could easily slip off if pulled. If this is a concern for you, it might be wise to invest in a more secure case. Either way, the screens are protected by Gorilla Glass, so minor spills are tolerable. However, the phone is not water resistant, so try not to get it too wet.
If there’s any gripe with the N2 Flip, it’s that Super VOOC battery charging isn’t up to speed. After examining two other recently released models with really fast charging speeds, the N2 Flip felt like it was crawling at a snail’s pace.
It took a full hour to charge the device from less than 5% to 100%, which is what I’m used to seeing on my old phone.
Also, the Flexion loop is a little looser than I expected, holding its position up to a maximum of 110°. This means that if you tilt it too far back, it will fall straight. However, this only happened once; In any case, most of the time I held the phone at a solid 90° angle.
Other than that, the picture from the device was bright and there are clear speakers at both ends of the phone, making watching videos and playing games on the device a pleasure. And despite my personal complaints about malware, none of the added apps slowed down the phone, due in part to its MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chipset.
The phone comes in only one variant: 256 GB storage and 8 GB RAM, in two colors: Astral Black and Moonlit Purple.
At a reasonable price of RM3,999, the Oppo Find N2 Flip could be the best foldable device around.