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OPPO Find N, OPPO’s First Foldable Smartphone is Now Official


By now we all have to agree that foldable phones are now becoming a thing and we should expect to see more smartphone manufacturers jumping into this foldable bandwagon. Now after teasing its first foldable phone last week, OPPO has finally unveiled the device calling it the OPPO Find N.

OPPO unveiled the Find N, at the annual OPPO INNO DAY showcase with the company’s chief product officer Pete Lau saying that the company has been working on this phone since 2018. 

A result of four years of research and development and six generations of prototypes, the OPPO Find N brings a new approach to the foldable form factor and offers a refreshed user experience both for people who have used foldable devices in the past, as well as users who are new to the foldable form factor.

OPPO says the OPPO Find N brings together cutting-edge technology and unprecedented quality to create an improved foldable experience, offering a fully functioning compact smartphone when folded and an intuitive and immersive landscape display when unfolded.

“New form factors are ushering in an exciting new time in smartphone technology. OPPO has invested a significant amount of time and effort into coming up with a better approach to a foldable smartphone, experimenting with a range of form factors, hinge designs, display materials and aspect ratios, to create a new device that meets the needs of more users. With the OPPO Find N, we aim to change people’s perceptions about what a smartphone can offer and begin making foldable devices more accessible to an even larger audience.” Pete Lau, Chief Product Officer of OPPO, said.

The phone features a similar design we have seen on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series. However, OPPO has made some few on the Find N. For example, the outer screen is smaller than usual at just 5.49 inches and has an 18:9 aspect ratio. With an 8.4:9 aspect ratio, the inner display unfolds directly into landscape mode so users can watch videos, play games or read books without the extra step of rotating the device. When folded, the 18:9 aspect ratio gives users a full, familiar smartphone experience with a display that is easy to use with one hand.

OPPO is also making a big deal about the hinge technology on the Find N, called the ‘Flexion Hinge.’ The company says the Flexion Hinge on the OPPO Find N brings together 136 components with extreme precision of up to 0.01 mm, ensuring the hinge works as smoothly as the joints in the human body. Ok that’s impressive. OPPO really went all-out with its design.

Furthermore, OPPO’s unique water-drop hinge design solves some of the biggest pain points in foldable devices by widening the angle of the fold in the display and offering a buffer when the display folds, resulting in a minimal crease that is up to 80% less noticeable compared with other devices, according to TUV. This design also practically eliminates the gap between displays when folded, offering a more integrated look and better protecting the inner display from scratches.

The OPPO Find N comes with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 Mobile Platform, together with up to 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. A 4,500 mAh battery with 33W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge that the company claims is optimized to charge to 55% in 30 minutes and to 100% in 70 minutes. It also comes with 15W AIRVOOC wireless charging (compatible with standard Qi) and 10W reverse wireless charging. The OPPO Find N includes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that is housed in the power button, as well as a dual speaker system and Dolby Atmos support to deliver more lifelike sound.

The main camera is 50 megapixels joined by a 16-megapixel ultrawide and a 13-megapixel 2x telephoto. It has a single front camera setup for selfies, featuring a 32-megapixel sensor.

The OPPO Find N will be available in China from December 23, 2021, with the global release set to be announced later.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I write about tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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