There aren’t many of the foldable phones that see the light of day every year… Then when new ones appear, their appearance turns into a real party – of course, if you’re a phone nerd!
And while the end of the year might seem like a bit of a bizarre time to launch new devices, a bunch of Chinese companies seem to disagree, just like Oppo rolling down the red carpet for what could turn out to be the two most important to be foldable phones we’ve seen for a while – the Oppo Find N2 and the Oppo Find N2 Flip.
Oppo Find N2 puts Galaxy Z Fold 4, iPhone 14 Pro Max to shame with extra lightweight design
Unparalleled! The new Oppo Find N2 is lighter than Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max, which… doesn’t fold.
While this may seem a bit counterintuitive at first, I think it’s actually pretty fair to compare new foldable phones to “normal” phones and other foldable phones at the same time!
Ultimately, new foldable phones have two goals: to become the new “standard”, to replace the plates we’ve used for nearly two decades, and to be better foldable phones than previous devices of the same type…
Well, the miraculous Oppo Find N2 takes huge wins in both categories!
- Oppo Find N2 – 233g
- iPhone 14 Pro Max – 240g
- Huawei Mate Xs 2 – 255g
- Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 – 262g
- Galaxy Z Fold 4 – 263g
At just 233 grams, the Find N2 becomes not only the lightest foldable phone on the market, but also the first foldable phone-tablet (ever!) that is lighter than a regular phone – sponsored by Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max fat monkey, exactly 240g or seven ounces Lake than the foldable Find N2!
Achieving a “normal” phone weight has been one of the biggest (if not the biggest) challenges for large foldable phones. Therefore, Oppo’s new stand can and will play a huge role in driving innovation in the foldable market. , fast!
Incredible price makes Oppo Find N2 much cheaper than Galaxy Z Fold 4; little to no compromise from Oppo
Foldable phones are getting cheaper and cheaper! Well, except Samsung’s.
But the Find N2’s lightweight design isn’t where Oppo’s over-achieving spirit ends!
Before I look at the prices, I should clarify that part of the reason why the Oppo Find N2 turns out to be much cheaper than other foldable devices is that we are looking at converted prices from the Chinese market. But even if you were to import the (currently) exclusive Find N2 for China, it would probably cost you about 20% less than buying a brand Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung. As for the shocking fact that the Oppo Find N2 ends up being cheaper than an iPhone 14 Pro in Europe, that’s again thanks to the conversion, excluding import costs, but also because of Apple’s decision to shoot iPhone 14 prices in Europe skyrocketing, while prices in the US remain unchanged.
At just CNY 8,000 / $1,145 / €1,080 / ₹95,000, the price of the Find N2 in China is so much lower than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 (assuming that’s the most obvious benchmark) that it’s almost feels like a direct attack on Samsung! That’s before the import mark, of course, making the Find N2 a $1,530/€1,450 phone – still noticeably cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 at launch.
Weight and price aside, is the Oppo Find N2 a better foldable phone than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the rest of the competition?
Really, this question can’t be answered just yet, and that’s because the Oppo Find N2 is too fresh off the shelves (it hasn’t really hit the shelves yet) to tell. This means you’ll need to check back for our full Oppo Find N2 review to find out how it stacks up against the competition from Samsung and other foldable phone makers…
That said, of course it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give you some early thoughts on the Oppo Find N2, so let’s go ahead and do that…
- Its 5.5-inch outer display (and lightweight design) makes the Oppo Find N2 the more/most practical foldable phone-tablet not only compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but in some ways even compared to large plate phones that be difficult to operate with one hand – all while hiding another large 7.1-inch display inside
- Similarly, the Oppo Find N2’s 7.1-inch internal display not only makes it ideal for use as a mini tablet in split-screen mode (which has now been made really easy thanks to Oppo’s improved software), but also to use with one hand; that can be useful in situations where you need a bigger screen to navigate the streets with Google Maps while your other hand is busy or if you need to have both Maps and another important app open at the same time
- With all-new primary, zoom, ultra-wide and selfie cameras, the Oppo Find N2 is also a contender for the best camera system in any foldable phone; for example, each camera on the Find N2 has a larger, higher megapixel sensor compared to the one in the Galaxy Z Fold 4, with the difference between the ultra-wide cameras being most noticeable
- Compared to the much larger Galaxy Z Fold 4 (4400mAh), the Oppo Find N2 has a larger cell at 4520mAh, while also offering significantly faster charging at 67W (100% in 42 min); at the same time in a massive upgrade from the old Snapdragon 888 it now comes with the same Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip that worked wonders for the battery life of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 meaning that the battery endurance and efficiency on the Oppo Find N2 should (technically) be noticeably better than Samsung’s foldable, which also packs bigger screens into power
Oppo Find N2 is far from perfect; lacks water resistance – but you could easily get around the weak points
Far from perfect… Unless you live in China.
Ultimately, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention the elephant(s) in the room when it comes to the Oppo Find N2…
Unlike Samsung’s much more expensive Fold 4, the Oppo Find N2 doesn’t come with any kind of water protection, which could be a deal breaker for those who like to roam seas and oceans or have clumsy fingers. one of those things that you really appreciate having on your phone or don’t really care about… So it’s up to you to decide if that’s a deal breaker…
Questionable software support makes the Oppo Find N2 a little less ideal
The other factor that could hold the Find N2 back is the fact that Oppo, like almost every other Chinese phone maker, doesn’t boast a great track record of timely and reliable software support…
Again, I don’t think that’s what makes or breaks a phone, especially when the selling point is folded in half and when this phone is so much cheaper than its closest competitor, but it’s certainly not something to overlook!
Worldwide availability could be the Achilles heel of the Oppo Find N2, unless…
And we come to the biggest elephant in the building, which I’ve already alluded to a few times, and that’s the fact that the Oppo Find N2 is a device that can only be bought in China – or imported via third-party suppliers if you live in the US, UK, Europe or elsewhere.
The bad news is that import charges will make your Oppo Find N2 purchase a little less of a “bargain” than it felt before the price increase and you should make sure the model you order supports the international version of Oppo’s Origin OS (most devices that sending abroad).
The good news is that third-party vendors are usually very good at getting the international version of the software to Chinese phones as quickly as possible and that even with the import duties, the Find N2 will end up costing less than a Galaxy Z Fold 4 – at least if we’re judging based on its price at launch, which means it’s very likely to cost even less than the Galaxy Z Fold 5, expected in August 2023.
I’ve left the best news for last, which is the fact that Oppo is “very open” to bringing the Find N2 to the international scene! Apparently, the company is now waiting for the initial response from enthusiasts like you and me before deciding whether or not to start selling the Find N2 outside of China.
So let’s hear from you! Want to launch the Oppo Find N2 in your country and (finally!) pressure Samsung to step up its hardware game and lower prices? I know the answer myself…