Oppo find N2

Oppo find N2 review

The Oppo Find N from late 2021, the only foldable that deviates so far from the form factor’s standard, has just been replaced by the Find N2. Nearly exactly one year later, the N2 continues to defy expectations for size and proportion in the “full-size” phone-turned-tablet arena. See what has changed.

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The weight loss is the most noticeable, but it may not be immediately apparent as the Find N (1) was as thick and heavy as the larger ones despite its small size. A 14 Pro Max iPhone weighs less than the new model. The Find N2 is a fairly tiny phone with a decent aspect ratio when folded, and when opened, it transforms into a little tablet that resembles a landscape orientation. You can’t find that anywhere else.

The camera system represents yet another important advancement. Due to size constraints, foldables sometimes make less-than-state-of-the-art sacrifices, and the Find N’s setup was very average with no autofocus on the ultrawide and a rudimentary telephoto lens. By introducing bigger sensors to the ultrawide and telephoto lenses and adding AF to the former, the Find N2 raises it to more of a “acceptable” status on paper. It’s not a “cameraphone,” but it is an improvement.

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Oppo find N2 Image credit: GSMArena.com

The N2 also receives a chipset upgrade, as usual, but this time it’s the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 rather than the Gen 2. This means that the foldable Find will once again be out of sync with the current flagships. The list of “significant” modifications for this year is completed by a few charging innovations: a welcome switch from 33W to 67W charging, offset by the regrettable but sensible elimination of the wireless charging coil (thinness and lightness were a higher priority).

The Find N2 will continue to be limited to its native market, which is something that hasn’t altered and that the spec sheet won’t reveal. Outside of China, the Find N2 Flip is the closest thing to an Oppo foldable (maybe).

Unboxing of Oppo find N2

The Find N2 comes packaged in a box that resembles the one from the previous generation. It has the same kinetic design, which raises the phone compartment toward you when the lid is opened. This time, it’s not all black; the top is painted a pale blue grey. Furthermore, despite the fact that the handset’s size and weight may have decreased, the package as a whole has increased by 30% in volume. Hmm. However, there is more in there as well, for what it’s worth.

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Unboxing of Oppo find N2

The charger is beefier, if not in terms of bulk, then at least in terms of specifications (67W vs. 33W). Also included is a cable (USB-A-to-C).

This time, however, there is a case because an attachment was missing from the Find N. It has a two-piece construction; the display component, which resembles a frame, mainly relies on adhesive strips (though it may be attached without them), but the cover for the back is a snap-on-only kind. To match the colour scheme of the phone, the rear is wrapped in greenish imitation leather.

The microfiber towel that is supplied is another wonderful feature for this generation. Sure, it’s worth pennies, but what matters is the gesture.

Design

The form factor is something that Oppo nailed from the start that other manufacturers of huge foldables don’t yet appear to have grasped. The first Find N, released a year ago, was a tiny, fully functional smartphone that, when folded, changed into a small tablet with a squarish aspect ratio and a little tilt toward landscape position. It was a novel strategy back then, and the Find N2 hasn’t altered anything.

Oppo find N2
Oppo find N2

The Find N2 improves on the idea of its predecessor by giving you a 5.54″ external display that is ideal for calls, general single-handed operation, and other jobs that don’t call for a large amount of screen real estate. Oppo frequently contrasts the Find N2’s outside screen experience with that of the Galaxy Z Fold4, but in reality, the Find’s dimensions make a lot more sense.

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Left side (Oppo find N2) & Right side (Samsung Galaxy Z Flod 4)

The Galaxy’s cover display, at 6.2 inches diagonally, could seem like the superior choice because it should provide you more workspace. A display as tiny as the Galaxy’s makes it difficult to type on, and this reviewer will be the first to confess that he spends the majority of his smartphone time texting. However, the Fold’s extended aspect (23.1:9 this year) means that the 12% longer diagonal only equates to 5% extra space. The Find N2 is clearly the winner in this regard.

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Oppo find N2

One may argue that other huge foldables, like as the Mix Fold 2 or even the theoretically quite different Huawei Mate Xs 2, aren’t as slim as the Fold and provide an even better platform for messaging. But those are far taller than the Find N2 (and, hence, substantially bigger).

Therefore, among “big” foldables, the Find N2 maintains its physical compactness without truly compromising usefulness in the smartphone mode; in fact, it may even be superior to the “benchmark” Galaxy Z Fold4.

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Oppo find N2

For all its minimalism in two of the dimensions, the Find N2 still feels like a small chonker when compared to a typical bar smartphone. Admittedly, we’ve just really been discussing the footprint. However, it is significantly thicker than certain foldables, such as the Mix Fold 2 or the Mate Xs 2, at 14.6mm around the waist (both just over 11mm). And that’s after Oppo was able to make the thickness less than the 15.9mm of the previous iteration.

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Oppo find N2

Contrarily, the Find N2 does appear to be a lot superior when compared to the Fold4. The Find lies in the lower end of the 14.2 to 15.8mm folded thickness range for the Galaxy. Additionally, unlike Samsung’s foldables, which always have a gap between the two parts, it folds upon itself with no visible gap.

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Oppo find N2

However, size only accounts for 50% of pocketability. The Find N2 comfortably triumphs in the weight category as well. It’s quite the accomplishment that Oppo claims the new model is 42g lighter than the original. But first we need to speak about materials and colour selections since the figures need to be explained.

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White & Green varient of Oppo find N2

There are three colour options for the Find N2; the White and Green variants feature Gorilla Glass Victus backs and are rated to weigh 237g. The press materials blame the 42g weight decrease on the fact that the Black one has an eco-leather rear panel, which makes it 4g lighter at 233g.

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Oppo find N2

Another minor caveat is that, while you could remove the plastic layer from the outside display, the inner panel wouldn’t be too thrilled about it. These numbers normally do not include screen protectors on either display. Our glass-backed Green review version weighs 242g on our scales, which are unfortunately not at all calibrated or standardised.

However, that’s actually not half awful. On the same scales, our Fold4 review unit registers 268g, indicating that the Find is still significantly lighter. And when you consider that the Galaxy S22 Ultra weighs 228g and the iPhone 14 Pro Max is 240g (on paper), you can get the Find for about the same weight as a huge phone.

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Oppo find N2

A significant improvement over the previous generation, switching between a phone and a tablet is a pleasant and trouble-free process. You could try to perform it by yourself, but it won’t look or feel right, and you’ll need assistance from the left hand. Use both hands first, if possible.

Because of the flat frame’s generous gripping surface and the frame’s chamfered edges, you can open the object without so much as squeezing your fingers in between the two parts.

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Right side view

It doesn’t seem like the phone is battling you because of the weight of the hinge’s springs; instead, it yields while offering just the proper amount of resistance. Additionally, it can be set to maintain any arbitrary angle between 45 and 125 degrees, allowing for applications like a tripod mode for self-portraits from a table or waist-level photography with the viewfinder parallel to the ground.

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Oppo will claim that by reducing the number of pieces in the hinge from the previous design to 100, which was 38 less, the weight reduction was partially achieved. This second-generation Flexion hinge, which has a rating of 400,000 actuations, is made of aviation-grade metals and carbon fibre.

Another foldable that accomplishes something Samsung has resisted doing for various reasons is the Find N2, whose no-gap closed state is made possible by the hinge design. In order to survive the operation, the display takes the form of a droplet inside the body.

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Oppo find N2

The Find N2 maintains an almost wrinkle-free surface along the centre line even after being unfolded. But we can’t help but wonder whether the first Find N handled it just a little bit better. In any case, the Find N2 is smoother and flatter than almost every competitor, although being arguably somewhat less flat.

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Find N (Left side) & Oppo find N2 ( Right side)
Oppo find N2
Samsung Galaxy Z fold 4 ( left side) & Oppo find N2 (Right side)

The 7.1-inch tablet you receive in this form has a squarish aspect ratio, which is roughly the same as the aspect ratio of the other big foldables. But there are two distinct contrasts here. The Find N2, while being square, expands into a landscape configuration and is broader than it is tall. You could counter that with the other foldables, you can just spin to have a landscape orientation, but with the Find, you get there by default and with one less action.

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Oppo find N2

The other issue is weight, once more. Simply said, the Find N2 is superior to any other prospective competitors in terms of weight and comfort for extended usage. It’s so little that holding it in both hands nearly makes it appear strange.

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Oppo find N2

However, not everything on the Find N2 is rosy. The volume rocker was moved from the “front” half to the “back” half while thinking of it as a smartphone, and from the left to the right when it was configured as a tablet. This was one of the surprising modifications from the previous version. Double tapping the volume rocker to start the camera is one application where we found this to be harmful; it’s not nearly as convenient as it was on the Find N. (1).

The power button’s integrated fingerprint sensor, which is situated in essentially the same spot as previously, continues to be a quick and dependable unlocking method.

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Oppo find N2

The ingress protection is the Find N2’s second weak point, and it’s arguably the one hardware area where it falls short of the Galaxy Z Fold4 that we’ve been praising nonstop. The only foldables with a real IPX8 rating are the past two generations of Galaxies, and the Find N2 won’t be joining them. It may have a gasket around the SIM card slot (dual nano, no microSD, as one would anticipate), and it probably won’t be damaged by a splash or a few drops of rain, but it is not water-resistant.

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Oppo find N2

Display

When the Find N2 is unfurled, a 7.1-inch LTPO AMOLED display that is concealed inside of it is seen. With the same diagonal and 1,792×1,920px resolution (with an 8.4:9 aspect ratio), it has specs that are relatively comparable to the one from the previous generation and a 370ppi pixel density. Additionally, the 120Hz maximum refresh rate does not change, although Oppo claims higher brightness levels.

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Oppo find N2

You are staring at a 5.54-inch AMOLED with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 1,080×2,120 pixels on the cover. In addition to having a slightly bigger diagonal and greater resolution than the Find N display, this new panel also supports a 120Hz refresh rate, whereas the Find N could only handle a very meagre 60Hz. This one ought to be more radiant than the last.

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Oppo find N2

A touch sampling rate of up to 480Hz is present on both panels. On the screen, there is also HDR10+ compliance (no Dolby Vision, though).

When using Adaptive Brightness mode and testing the phone tablet in bright light, we measured an outstanding 1216nits on the big display. Oppo lists 1200nits for HDR and 1550nits for “outside” brightness, thus it’s possible that our testing programme can’t activate the “proper” setting. In any event, 1216nits is a lot, adding an additional 200 and a half to the Galaxy Z Fold4’s score. The utmost brightness we were able to get by manually moving the slider was 502nits, which is a performance that is more-or-less typical.

The Fold 4 wins by a little margin here, largely for bragging rights. The cover display was “only” good for 967nits when put under intense light in the Adaptive brightness setting. The Huaweis aren’t nearly as good as the Mix Fold 2, which is roughly as bright as the Oppo. Furthermore, the Find N2 is approximately 200 nits brighter than the N (1). The internally shown 487nits, which may also be reached manually, is standard fare.

Color accuracy

There are a total of 4 colour modes on the Find N2, with Vivid being the default. However, there is another book that is even more colourful than this one: Brilliant. Both of these settings are noticeably chilly in the whites but somewhat accurate for DCI-P3 targets. This may be fixed using the supplemental colour temperature slider.

But there is a simpler choice. The other two settings, Natural and Cinematic, provide neutral whites and average dE2000 values of about 1 that are perfectly calibrated for sRGB and DCI-P3 content, respectively.

Refersh rate

You have two choices in the refresh rate menu: Standard and High. You cannot change it separately on the two displays because it is the same parameter for each. Standard sets a limit of 60Hz, whereas High permits a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. The internal screen should technically have the ability to dynamically change the refresh rate all the way down to 1Hz. Oppo doesn’t promote its minimum refresh rate and the cover panel isn’t as complex, so we assume it’s a regular 60Hz.

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Oppo find N2

While the Display.Mode class specifies a third 90Hz mode, in fact Android only reports 120Hz and 60Hz modes while the phone is in operation with the ‘Show refresh rate’ tool enabled in Developer settings. Another issue is that our tool, which gets the frame rate from the renderer, and the refresh rate reporting from Android often disagree. In certain cases, our tool reads 60 frames per second while Android reported 120. That’s nothing new, but it adds another level of doubt to the refresh rate.

In any event, while the Find N2 is operating in High mode, it will reduce its refresh rate – most likely to 60Hz, although it might also be lower – after detecting a few seconds of no touch input. There is no high refresh rate for games, and video programmes often default to 60Hz as soon as you begin them. This constraint is present on all ColorOS devices.

Battery life of find N2

A 4,520mAh battery powers the Find N2, a negligible 20mAh improvement over the model it replaces. The Z Fold4 has a 4,400mAh powerpack, while the Mix Fold 2 and the Mate Xs 2 stand at 4,600mAh. This is around the normal capacity for the category.

The Find N2 performed better in all of the “active” tests during our testing, but it was unable to equal the standby efficiency of the original model, thus resulting in a lower total Endurance rating of 83h.

We believe that the actual use is more important, and the Find N2’s 17:18h result (at a steady 60Hz) is more than 3h better than the Find N. (1). Another boost of 15% is the 13:33h on our Wi-Fi web surfing script (running at a steady 120Hz). The improvement in voice calls, now at 27:34h, is of a comparable size.

Results from the Find N2 are much superior to those of rivals like the Mix Fold 2 or Mate Xs 2, especially with the screen on. Despite having a slight edge when browsing the web, even the Galaxy Z Fold4 behind in movie playback (14:26h) (14:02h).

We repeated the screen-on experiments and obtained nearly identical outcomes on the Find N2’s cover display (17:08h and 17:41h).

Charging speed

The Find N2 doubles the rating to 67W from the N(133W )’s charging capacity. Along with it, a charger with such rating is included.

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Oppo find N2

On the Find N2, we recorded a time from 0% to 100% of 37 minutes, and at the halfway point, we were at 87% (49% in 15 minutes). In absolute terms, these aren’t world-beating numbers, but the Find N2 is pretty much the fastest-charging big foldable we’ve tested.

Sadly, the Find N2 no longer supports wireless charging like the Find N did due to efforts to make the device thinner and lighter. I guess.

Speaker

Similar to the Find N1, the Find N2 features two speakers, both of which are located on the bottom. When using it as a tablet, you do get a stereo impression; however, the separation disappears when it is folded. The identical sound intended for the other channel will also be played back on the “opposite” speaker, but at a considerably lesser level.

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Oppo find N2

Quality of both bottom speakers

The Find N2 narrowly edged its way into the “Good” category for loudness in our test, putting it one notch above the “Average” Find N. Only the Mate Xs 2 received a “Very Good” rating for loudness among recent big foldables.

The sound quality of the Find N2 is superior to that of the Find N, with a little bit more presence in the bass end and somewhat brighter treble response. It doesn’t sound quite as full as the Mate Xs 2, but generally it sounds a touch better than the Galaxy Z Fold4. The Mix Fold 2 has the least bass of the bunch, if not the least.

Software

Even though it was customised for China, the Find N2 review device we received was running Android 13 with ColorOS 13 on top. Even though ColorOS 12 was installed atop the Find N’s outdated Android 11 last year, this is a good improvement. Our Find N is still running Android 11 (side note).

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Oppo find N2

Some of the aesthetic modifications have previously been observed in Realmes running ColorOS 13 and Android 13. Although the original Find and other ColorOS tablets did feature fairly significant multitasking capability before, the Find N2 may be the first of its sort that we encounter in terms of the tablet-specific elements in the Oppo overlay. The two displays’ continuity is certainly exclusive to foldables, though.

The multitasking should be discussed first because it’s definitely important if you’re considering a foldable. One of the simplest methods to enter split-screen mode is to use a motion first introduced on the original Find N. Simply swipe down from the top with two fingers and the app you’re in will move to the left, showing the homescreen beneath so you can choose another app for the right side.

You may now expand an app to full-screen, switch it out for one of three automatically picked previously used applications, or open the homescreen to see all available alternatives by clicking the new three-dot bar at the top of each window.

You can resize the two applications (although with a very, very little margin) and save the pair as a shortcut on the homescreen using the three-dot option on the border between the two apps.

You may now have the applications split horizontally as a new, third option. For some use situations, it’s a really welcome development; according to one coworker, its omission from the Find N was a deal-breaker. The horizontal split appears to only function on in-house apps, and not even all of them, so that may still be the case for him (not even the browser).

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Oppo find N2

One approach for launching an app into a floating window is by switching to split screen from the task switcher. When running a fullscreen programme, you may also get a floating window by using 4 or 5 fingers to pinch to zoom out. In order to use the other two methods, the app must already be open. However, you can also start an app from the Smart sidebar and launch it directly into a floating window. You can enter split screen again if you have a floating window running on top of a fullscreen programme by grabbing its handle and dragging it to either side of the screen.

While some of these motions come naturally to you and others require conscious study, once you become accustomed to all the options, things should go without a hitch.

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Oppo find N2
Oppo find N2

There is also the FlexForm mode, which allows for a specific shift in interface in compatible apps by placing the “interactive” section on the bottom and the “consumption” piece in the upper half. When you fold the Find halfway while on the homescreen, it immediately activates and provides app choices that support this mode. Alternately, if you’re currently in a compatible app, it will activate when the screen is folded in half. For instance, it functioned in a few internal apps and on YouTube.

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Oppo find N2

The camera app is arguably the most practical application for this FlexForm. The camera app UI and viewfinder may be found on the part of the screen that is still parallel to the ground when the phone is folded at 90 degrees for waist level photography. As an alternative, you might place the UI on the bottom and the viewfinder on the upper part. The camera app may also show sizable thumbnails of previously captured photos adjacent to the live viewfinder.

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Oppo find N2
Oppo find N2

Your typical apps might not be optimised for the Find N’s rather odd aspect ratio. Therefore, it will show third-party apps by default in a pillarboxed format with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The application will launch again in fullscreen mode after tapping the “expand” button. You may choose how you want each app to be presented in the settings.

Additionally, you may configure the Find’s default behaviour when folded, including whether it should go to standby, continue immediately on the outer screen, or ask you to confirm your want to continue with a swipe after a little delay; if not, it will go to standby.

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Oppo find N2
Oppo find N2

Let’s shift to the outside screen to discuss ColorOS 13’s fundamentals. Simple homescreens, a clear and uncluttered notification/toggle area, and an intuitive task switcher are all features of the launcher. There is also an optional app drawer that is as uncluttered as one could want for.

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ColorOS 13
Oppo find N2
ColorOS 13
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Oppo find N2
Oppo find N2

Large Folders and Dynamic Widgets are now supported by the new launcher. Any folder may be made larger or smaller, and huge folders don’t even need to be opened in order to launch programmes. To the left of the leftmost homescreen is a larger version of the Search page that has dynamic widgets.

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Oppo find N2
Oppo find N2

If you desire complete control over your Find N2, the settings menu contains a variety of strong tools. The features are many but mostly unchanged from earlier ColorOS releases. The Smart Sidebar is a useful window of shortcuts you pull out from the side, and there are internal gallery and file management applications available. A variety of screen-on and screen-off motions are also available.

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Oppo find N2
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Settings of ColorOS 13

Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset powers the Find N2. Given that Gen 2 handsets are now being released and that’s what will be in flagships for the following year, in a sense, it puts it a year behind the most recent. The Find N was likewise a touch behind the times, but the Find N2 comes out a year after the N and features a year-newer chipset. The SD 8 Gen 2 offers certain efficiency advantages that the Oppo foldable won’t have access to, so it’s not like the Find N2 will have less power.

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Oppo find N2

In GeekBench and Antutu, the iQOO 11, the only SD 8 Gen 2 device we’ve benchmarked, has a significant edge over the Find N2 thanks to 30–40% better scores for the latest chipset. You may anticipate a similar performance from the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold. However, in both single-core and multi-core GeekBench, the Find behind the current Fold4 a little bit, even if the two are virtually tied in Antutu. They are easily outscored by The Mix Fold 2.

Thanks to a somewhat lower resolution than the Galaxy and the Mix, the Find N2 is maintaining quite good frame rates on the huge panel, while the Mates is both resolution and chipset to slip farther behind. Then there is the issue that Find is limited to 60Hz/60fps, which causes it to fall behind in less difficult tasks when the others may go above that limit without restriction.

Looking at the offscreen graphics benchmarks, the Find N2 is showing to be quite the performer, edging out the 2022 foldable crowd, though clearly it can’t compete with the 2023 Snapdragon.

In conclusion, the Find N2 is really strong. It compares favourably to the 2022 foldable crowd but will fall behind when SD 8 Gen 2 foldables unavoidably begin to appear. However, since our evaluation machine included 16GB of RAM and an SD 8+ Gen 1 card, there was never a time when the phone or tablet kept us waiting.

Camera

Generally speaking, foldables lack industry-leading camera technology, and the original Find N was no exception with only adequate modules. The second generation is in a comparable situation, but let’s just say that things are better with the new configuration.

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Oppo find N2

The telephoto and maybe the ultrawide are two focal lengths where the benefits can be observed. The zoom camera features a bigger 1/2.74″ sensor (up from a 1/3.4″ sensor) and is still set to 2x. It uses 4-to-1 pixel binning on a 32MP Sony IMX709 sensor with an RGBW colour filter to produce 8MP photos. As we’ll see later, this camera isn’t utilised very much at night, so in a way, it’s a step down from the 13MP tele camera of the Find N, especially for daytime shooting.

Regardless, let’s go on to the ultrawide. Now equipped with a big 1/2.0 Sony IMX581 Quad Bayer sensor “0.8-micron pixels and optical format. Although the lens is said to have a 14mm equivalent focal length and an f/2.2 aperture, having autofocus (AF) may be the most significant advancement because it enables close-up photography and increases topic and framing variety.

The Sony 1/1.56-based primary camera is used “sensor, this time a 1.0 m pixel Quad Bayer sensor. While hardware apps indicate an IMX766, which is the same as the Find N’s, the promotional materials claim it is an IMX890, about which there is little information online. In any case, you’ll receive 12.5MP photos as standard. The stabilised lens has an f/1.8 aperture and a focal length similar to 24mm.

There are a few identical selfie cameras, each of which makes a hole in a screen. Oddly enough, these are no longer the Sony-based Find N devices, but rather ones from Samsung, although maintaining a 32MP resolution. The JD1 Tetrapixel sensor is housed behind a fixed-focus 22mm-equivalent f/2.4 lens and features a 1/3.14″ optical size with 0.7 m pixels. Two times that entire list.

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Oppo find N2

this year, which should indicate that the Swedish camera maker has contributed some colour science and other such things. makes it to the Find series. Processing of the data streams is done by the internally built Marisilicon X imaging NPU, which is especially useful for HDR and low-light video.

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Oppo find N2

The camera app’s viewfinder, where the formerly yellow ColorOS accent has changed to orange, is another place where the Hasselblad influence is more apparent. The app is very similar to what you’ll get on any Oppo or Realme device aside from that (or OnePlus, for that matter).

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Camera UI
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Camera UI
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Camera UI
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Camera UI
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Camera UI

That is, before you discover how foldable it is, which is the main attraction of owning a Find N2. The full-fledged UI has two nearly undetectable shortcuts in the upper left corner. The first one, with the two arrows, shrinks the camera viewfinder to a portion of the screen while letting you navigate, examine, and edit recently taken photos on the other. In this manner, the camera is always prepared in case another spectacular occasion worth photographing occurs.

The other allows you to take pictures of your pals while your friends may see a preview of themselves on the cover screen. Additionally, if you press the same key on the cover screen while in this mode, you can use it as your primary viewfinder and use the rear cameras to snap selfies.

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Camera UI
Oppo find N2
Camera UI
Oppo find N2
Camera UI

Before we wrap out this chapter, we should mention that you may utilise the Flex mode—that is, the halfway opened position—as a tripod. It’s a terrific technique to include you in timelapse videos and group shots if it isn’t windy outside.

Daylight photos

Excellent daytime photographs are captured by the Find N2’s primary camera. You can rely on constant good exposure, appealing colour saturation, correct white balance, and a broad dynamic range. Additionally, there is no discernible noise, excellent sharpness, and realistic detail rendering.

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Daylight photos, Main Camera (1x) Zoom
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Daylight photos, Main Camera (1x) Zoom
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Daylight photos, Main camera (1x) Zoom
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Daylight photos, Main camera (1x) Zoom

Even in situations when the viewfinder would suggest a “Blue sky” scenario, for instance, where we would typically anticipate more blue saturation, turning on the AI scene improvement option didn’t seem to make much of a difference.

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Daylight samples, main camera (1x), AI enhancement on
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Daylight samples, main camera (1x), AI enhancement on
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Oppo find N2

Unremarkable 50MP photos were produced with the 50MP Hi-res mode. In this case, rather than being demosaicked differently from the sensor, we would conclude that the images appear to have been upsized from the 12.5MP ones.

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Daylight photos, 50 MP Main camera (1x) Zoom,
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Daylight photos, 50 MP Main camera (1x) Zoom,
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Daylight photos, 50 MP Main camera (1x) Zoom,
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Daylight photos, 50 MP Main camera (1x) Zoom,

The new telephoto camera is somewhat of a step back from the old one in broad daylight. These photos are noticeably cleaner than the Find N’s thanks to the significant improvement in noise performance they deliver. However, the 8MP vs. 12MP resolution difference, along with the somewhat larger coverage, results in less per-pixel information and less sharp 2x photos overall. Contrast is excellent, although occasionally the white balance was incorrect.

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Daylight photos, telephoto camera (1x)
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Daylight photos, telephoto camera (1x).
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Daylight photos, telephoto camera (1x).
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Daylight photos, telephoto camera (1x)

The new ultrawide represents a greater overall improvement than the tele. Although the resolution has decreased again, we can still observe the noise reduction and also see a substantial improvement in the sharpness and clarity (12MP vs. 16MP). Compared to the previous lens, the new one is also less prone to purple fringing. When shooting outside, colour reproduction is acceptable, although a little bit warmer and more saturated than on the primary camera. Even in these really challenging high-contrast winter settings, dynamic range is excellent.

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Daylight photos, Ultra-wide camera
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Daylight photos, Ultra-wide camera
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Daylight photos, Ultra-wide camera
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Daylight photos, Ultra-wide camera

The nominal resolution 48MP photographs from the ultrawide camera, like those from the primary camera, have a noticeably upscaled appearance, rendering them mostly useless.

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Daylight photos, 48MP, Ultra-wide photos.
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Daylight photos, 48MP, Ultra-wide photos.
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Daylight photos, 48MP, Ultra-wide photos
Oppo find N2
Daylight photos, 48MP, Ultra-wide photos.

Low-light photos

The Find N2 does intensive Night mode processing in Photo mode in low light, which you cannot turn off. What constitutes Night mode has recently become a little hazy, and the Find N2’s primary camera shows a notably little change in both user experience and final results.

You can expect well-defined shadows and restrained highlights in any case, as well as great exposure and a pleasingly wide dynamic range. Additionally, everything is done extremely methodically, preventing the graphics from overwhelming you with an excessively dramatic, “traditional” Night mode style.

Excellent detail and sharpness. Even though there is some noise in the mix, we much like it than noise reduction blurring textures.

Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Main camera (1x)
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Main camera (1x)
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Main camera (1x)
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Main camera (1x)
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Main camera (1x), Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Main camera (1x), Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Main camera (1x), Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Main camera (1x), Night mode

Whether in Photo or Night mode, you can anticipate the Find N2 to zoom in while using its primary camera to capture images at a 2x magnification. The actual telephoto camera will take care of better-lit areas (samples 5 and 7 below). Again, the mode you shoot in makes almost no difference.

It’s important to note that the behaviour was brought on by a firmware upgrade that appeared in the middle of the evaluation. Earlier, the phone would more frequently use its telephoto camera for the 2x zoom level in Photo mode regardless of light conditions, producing typically better pictures than their Night mode counterparts, which were taken using the primary camera. You now have the upscaled, intensely sharpened, yet ultimately soft appearance of digital zoom. Even again, these keep the excellent overall qualities of the output from the primary camera at magnifications appropriate for screens, so it’s not all awful.

Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Telephoto camera (2x)
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, telephoto camera (2x)
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, telephoto camera (2x)
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, telephoto camera (2x)

The almost identical Night mode equivalents are now here.

Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, telephoto camera (2x), Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, telephoto camera (2x), Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, telephoto camera (2x), Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, telephoto camera (2x), Night mode

With regard to the ultrawide, there is essentially no difference between photos taken in Photo mode and those taken in Night mode. Better yet, there are some excellent pictures.

The exposures are perfect; there is no over-brightening, but there is still good clarity in the shadows and well-managed highlights. The increased saturation and warmth we noticed during the day are still evident at night, but overall, colour reproduction and saturation are not a cause for concern.

Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Ultra-wide camera, (0.6x).
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Ultra-wide camera, (0.6x)
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Ultra-wide Camera, (0.6x).
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Ultra-wide camera, (0.6x).
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Ultra-wide camera, Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Ultra-wide camera, Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Ultra-wide camera, Night mode
Oppo find N2
Low-light photos, Ultra-wide camera, Night mode

Selfie camera

Additionally, rear camera selfies on the Find are far superior to the other ones compared to portrait selfies. Since they are typically of greater quality than what a “real” selfie camera can provide, usability issues are mostly at play. For example, you must constantly remind yourself to look at the lenses and not the live preview because the Find N2’s unfolded viewfinder is far from the camera that is capturing the photo.

Additionally, even if a fully working interface can be displayed on the outside screen for certain use cases, holding the tablet while pressing the shutter button with only one hand may be extremely difficult. Fortunately, there is a palm shutter option, which considerably aids in this situation.

The selfie cameras built into the screens are another option. Given the ability to utilise the back cameras for selfies, we believe that the specialised selfie cameras should only be used for video calls or when you don’t want to put in the effort to activate the rear screen preview – image quality is obviously not a priority in any case.

These aren’t inherently awful; rather, the alternative is far superior. Additionally, the selfie-selfie photographs are produced at a notional 32MP resolution, which is mainly useful for increasing file sizes because they almost definitely lack the 32MP of information and have a somewhat soft overall appearance.

Closeup photos

The toggle for the Find N2’s “Auto macro” option is located in the viewfinder’s fast settings. The phone will transition to a zoomed-in view from the ultrawide, which can focus much closer, with a coverage to match the 1x zoom level when you’re at 1x in the viewfinder and you move in too close to a topic for the primary camera to focus. There is just a “Auto” implementation of a macro mode that you can “deactivate” if you don’t want the Find to automatically switch cameras. There is no separate macro mode that you can “force” on the phone.

In general, despite being upscaled, the closeups are rather good.

Oppo find N2
Closeup (Zoomed) photos
Oppo find N2
Closeup or Zoomed photos
Oppo find N2
Closeup or Zoomed photos

Portrait Mode

The Find N2’s portrait mode may be utilised with either the primary camera’s 1x zoom or the telephoto lens’ 2x magnification. The primary camera will provide you with typically somewhat greater pixel-level quality and will handle challenging lighting better. Contrarily, a telephoto lens results in more attractive face proportions and a more convenient shooting distance.

No matter the zoom level, subject identification is excellent and the blur level is restrained, resulting in generally extremely convincing images.

Video Recording

With its primary and ultrawide cameras, the Find N2 captures video up to 4K60. Although you could record at up to 4K60 at the 2x zoom level, only the footage would originate from the main camera, the telephoto’s maximum resolution is 1080p30.

The h.264 codec is what the phone uses by default, but you may change it to the more effective h.265. In our testing, the bit rate for 4K30 footage from either camera ranged from 44 to 61Mbps, but the bit rate for 4K60 was more frequently around 62Mbps. Stereo audio is captured at 256 kbps.

The footage from the main camera is good but not perfect. Color saturation and dynamic range are both excellent, but in our experience, the white balance was incorrect, resulting in footage that was too warm and yellowish. The gap in crispness between the 30fps and 60fps film was unsettling; 30fps was nice, but 60fps was superior.

Our Verdict

Given that market details don’t really give us an option, we aren’t exactly in a position to either endorse or advise against a Find N2. We can say that the second-generation Oppo foldable keeps everything that made the first one special and made it a distinctive offering and builds on it to provide an all-around greater device.

The screens are still the same size and dimensions as the Find N—possibly the finest package for the majority of users—but they now have more brightness and a smoother cover. The phone has significantly less weight, better cameras, and improved performance. It also couldn’t hurt that the charging process is quick.

Oppo find N2

To meet the weight targets, certain difficult choices had to be made, which is unfortunate because wireless charging was one of them. We have second thoughts about where the volume rocker is located and how the speakers are arranged, but these are minor issues.

In the end, the one thing that is a deal-breaker for us is not a problem with the phone itself, but rather the fact that we are unable to really use one, either officially or with the software we are accustomed to using. So let’s cross our fingers that the Find N3 will eventually leave China.

Pro’s & Con’s

Pro’s

  • Most lightweight and small foldable of its kind.
  • Exceptionally good screens with uncommon aspect ratios that are superior to the alternatives.
  • fastest huge foldable charging
  • Multitasking is improved in ColorOS 13, which already has a tonne of features.
  • The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip is still rather potent.
  • Excellent camera experience overall, excellent photo quality.

Con’s

  • again a China-only release.
  • There is no official IP rating (although, to be fair, only Galaxies have one).
  • unable to charge wirelessly.
  • The positioning of the speakers and the moved volume rocker both might have been improved.
  • Unreliable video recording.

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