The Oppo Find N2 smartphone has just been officially released for the Chinese market. This is an evolution compared to the Find N that we were able to try before, but both aren’t available in France. With the same compact format as its predecessor, we were still able to try it out quickly to give you our impressions.
After a first folding smartphone Oppo Find N, the brand returns at the end of the year with a new version, the Find N2. For the record, it was formalized at the same time as another foldable phone, but this time with a clamshell, the Oppo Find N2 Flip. And, good news, it’s being marketed in France and you can count on us to tell you more about it as soon as we can get close.
In the meantime, we could briefly try out the new folding smartphone Oppo Find N2. Remember that it inherits exactly the folding principle of its predecessor, Find N, in an equally compact format. Also, the dimensions are almost the same: 132.6mm high on the Find N versus 132.2mm on the new model, and 140.2mm wide with the Find N open versus 140.5mm on the Find N2. Expect the latter to be 72.6mm wide when closed versus 73mm for the Find N. The Find N2 has gained in finesse. It measures 7.4mm in profile versus 8mm previously when open. When closed, it’s 14.6mm compared to 15.2mm on the Find N (on the left in the photo below).
In addition, the manufacturer claims that the Find N2 is the lightest folding smartphone on the market, weighing 233 grams for the black vegan leather version. We gain 42 grams compared to the Find N, which is far from negligible. Remember that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 weighs 263 grams and the Honor Magic Vs 265 grams (leather version).
Some position changes, but we keep the same principle
Still compared to the Find N, the Find N2 still has its fingerprint reader on the standby button in the right panel, which now also includes the dual volume management button, while it’s been placed on the Find N’s left profile. It is also the right disc, this time in the lower part, that offers the USB-C port and the tray for the SIM cards, while the latter is positioned on the left disc in the predecessor.
When the phone is closed we noticed that the external screen is less curved than before. From behind, the optical unit on the Find N2 is more imposing than on the Find N. It still benefits from a very nice integration with the rear pan.
The hinge has been redesigned to be more stable. According to Oppo, this could withstand up to 400,000 manipulations before showing the first signs of weakness. That’s 100 open/closes a day for over 10 years… Note that the hinge allows the phone to stay in a half-open position if it has one, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, but not the Honor Magic Vs, the is either closed or open. The crease in the middle is not visible and hardly noticeable when you run your finger over it. That’s a very good thing as you can see and feel the creases of the competition. The screen has thinner bezels than the previous model. Furthermore, we also appreciate that the two flaps stick together when the phone is closed, which is not the case with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4.
Two screens that are quite remarkable but are a source of frustration
The external screen measures 5.54 inches with a frequency of 120 Hz on an AMOLED panel and, according to the manufacturer, displays a maximum brightness of 1350 cd / m².
The internal screen has a diagonal of 7.1 inches with a variable frequency between 1 and 120 Hz depending on the applications used. It would display a maximum brightness of 1550 cd/m² according to Oppo.
The format is 9/8.4, an almost square screen. For this reason in particular, the brand explained to us that it does not distribute this product outside of China, since the applications are not optimized for such a display and this could cause frustration among users. Oppo wants to offer the best hardware experience, but also software. The company appears to have resigned itself to not selling the Find N2 in markets other than China. Hopefully things will move in the right direction so that eventually we too can enjoy such devices and experience them as satisfactorily as possible. In the meantime, we have to acknowledge that the Find N2 is indeed a success. Its design is particularly successful. Its handle is ergonomic and efficient and it seems able to offer excellent performance at the service of increased productivity. A more thorough test would have made it possible to know more, but here one has to be “satisfied” with the Oppo Find N2 Flip as a folding model for the brand.