The foldable smartphone market has been dominated by Samsung in recent years, and while other brands have released foldable phones, we’ve only seen a small number hit the Aussie market. With the launch of the OPPO Find N2 Flip in the Australian market, this marks a first for OPPO and gives Aussies more choices for foldable smartphone tech.
While the premium price point can be justified thanks to the complicated nature of a foldable screen, OPPO hasn’t skimped on the features, with the Find N2 packing a bigger battery than its main competitor, more powerful fast charging and great quality screens. But, are these features enough to justify the price, especially if you’re on the fence about a flip phone? Read our hands-on review of the OPPO Find N2 Flip to see if this foldable phone is worth it.
How we tested the OPPO Find N2 Flip
I used the OPPO Find N2 Flip over the course of a couple of weeks, testing a range of features and functions to see how the phone held up with general day-to-day use, while also testing the benefits that a flip phone can offer. I also monitored the battery and charging performance with varying levels of usage intensity, from light usage to more intensive activities like gaming and HD video streaming.
OPPO Find N2 Flip features and specs
- $1,499 AUD RRP
- 5G connectivity
- MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ 8-core processor
- 6.8 inch AMOLED main display (phone opened)
- 3.26 inch AMOLED screen (screen on back)
- Up to 120Hz refresh rate (main screen)
- Dual rear-camera setup (50MP main + 8MP ultra-wide)
- 32MP front-facing camera
- 4,300mAh battery
- 44W SUPERVOOC fast charging (charger included in the box)
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB internal storage
- Fingerprint and facial recognition unlocking
- Astral Black and Moonlit Purple colourways
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Design and functionality
- Wider design makes it feel like a standard phone when open
- Mini screen is rather large and makes good use of the space
The standout feature for the OPPO Find N2 Flip is, of course, its folding capability. The whole point of a foldable phone, at least in this day and age, is to have a more compact device that can easily fit into your pocket or your bag.
I found the Find N2 Flip was wider than I was expecting for a foldable phone. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 that I previously reviewed, felt rather narrow, so I didn’t quite feel like I was getting the full smartphone experience, especially when watching videos. The Find N2 Flip measures 75.2mm wide compared to the 71.9mm of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4; this might not seem like much of a difference, but when you’re holding it in your hand, the Find N2 Flip feels like a more standard smartphone when unfolded.
Of course, with this extra width, it means that it’s slightly bulkier and harder to operate one-handed (if you have small hands). Opening the phone one-handed was virtually impossible for me, but I was able to close it with one hand.
While it does feel like a rather large phone when it’s open (with a 6.8-inch main display), when closed, its rather compact and fits well into pockets, even when sharing space with other items. The one downside, as with any foldable phone, is that you do have extra thickness. This isn’t too much of a problem with pockets in certain clothes or some roomier bags, but if you’ve got a tight pocket or a very small purse, you might find that the extra thickness is a little annoying. But ultimately, you’ll know if a foldable phone is right for you, and you can always keep it unfolded.
The back of the phone features a slightly textured matte finish. I was supplied with the black version (there is also a pretty purple version available) and it’s a rather safe design, compared to some of the more interesting and unique phone finishes that OPPO is known for. It’s inoffensive and simple, but with the customisable wallpapers for the cover screen display, you can still inject some personality. OPPO also supplies a clear click-on style case, but I didn’t feel the need to use it, especially as I kept the phone closed most of the time.
One of the stand-out features that OPPO has drawn attention to with the Find N2 Flip is the mini cover screen, which is reportedly the largest found on a current flip phone. The screen takes up most of the top half of the back of the phone, alongside the cameras, and I feel the layout of the mini screen doesn’t waste the space available. The advantage of this is that the mini screen seems so much more substantial than what Samsung’s competitor offers, and it feels a little more useful at this size.
An extra little touch to the mini screen is OPPO’s introduction of virtual pet wallpapers. While you can select different designs for the back screen’s wallpaper, you can also choose from a range of ‘interactive pets’. There are several different pets to choose from — and they’re all super cute — and it’s almost reminiscent of a Tamagotchi, although there’s not much real interaction, just that the pet changes activities from time to time. It might seem like a slightly odd addition to some, but if you like all things cute, you’ll probably (like me) pick your favourite pet and find yourself oddly mesmerised (and attached!).
Using the phone
Despite the extra width to the phone, I found it was easy to use overall. It’s a little bit heavy — which is to be expected with the extra hardware needed to make the phone fold — but its thin design makes it feel sleek when holding it open.
There’s both fingerprint and facial recognition unlocking, with the facial recognition also working with the phone closed, and the fingerprint scanner located on the lock button. Both methods of unlocking worked rather well, although there were times where it would take several attempts to recognise my face or fingerprint — both when opened and closed.
I found the OPPO Find N2 Flip was easy to use, both closed and open. I appreciated the extra width of the device, which made it feel more like a ‘regular’ phone when using it open. OPPO has clearly thought of ways to make this phone feel like more than just a novelty, and with a sense of fun too (thanks to the animated mini-screen pets).
- Decent sized battery with generally good performance and fast charging
- Screen fold not particularly noticeable and easy to get used to
As you might expect, the OPPO Find N2 Flip carries a bigger price tag. Considering it’s also part of the ‘Find’ series (which is the premium lineup produced by OPPO), you’d expect a lot of bells and whistles in addition to the foldable tech. There’s a MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ processor under the hood, along with 5G connectivity, 8GB of RAM and up to 120Hz refresh rate on the main display. Testing out the 5G connectivity on the Optus 5G network, the highest average speed I was able to record was at 711.51Mbps. It’s also worth noting that using 5G (and testing 5G speeds) did demand a bit more on the phone and I found it ran rather hot, with a lot of heat felt mostly on the mini screen on the back.
I found, for the most part, the Find N2 Flip delivered a fast and seamless performance, although I feel I’ve had faster performances from other devices. On some occasions it seemed a little bit slow to load images in social media apps, and I did struggle with it recognising touch to open links. I also struggled to open links in the pre-installed Facebook app initially, but after updating the app, I didn’t have this problem again. The phone was also slow with buffering high definition videos on multiple occasions (I ran a speed test to ensure it wasn’t just my internet connection), but bar these few issues with slow responsiveness and loading, it generally kept up rather well.
Whether you’re scrolling through social media or playing a game, you’ll get a rather fast and smooth experience. Ultimately, the Find N2 Flip behaves as you would hope (and expect) for a phone with this price tag.
The OPPO Find N2 Flip has a 6.8-inch AMOLED main display with up to 120Hz refresh rate. The generous screen size makes it a phone on the larger end of the spectrum (like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra), which gives you a nice size for watching videos. The larger width (compared to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4) also made it feel like a more generously sized device for watching video, especially in landscape view.
The screen quality was excellent — you get a nice and clear display with very true-to-life colours, and using animated wallpapers helped to showcase the screen quality at its best. Watching videos was where the screen really shone, with nice clarity and depth to the picture. Whether you’re watching videos, playing games or scrolling on social media, it’s a really nice screen.
I found that the adaptive brightness was generally pretty good, but a little slow to react (although that can be a good thing in certain conditions). It seemed to struggle a bit going from extreme lighting settings, such as going from a dark room to a lighter room: but overall, I didn’t really have many issues and rarely needed to adjust the brightness manually.
Of course, considering it’s a foldable screen, the big question is: how noticeable is the fold in the screen? The good news is that, for the most part, the screen’s dent wasn’t obvious. When watching videos, especially with a lot of darkness, I didn’t really notice the fold unless the phone was at a certain angle or in moments where the screen was lighter, although it’s more noticeable with other activities such as web and social browsing. You do feel the dent, but it’s really easy to get used to, and you eventually stop thinking about it.
In addition to an excellent screen, you’ll also get great quality built-in speakers. The speakers have a lot of clarity to the sound; while I felt the bass could have used a little bit of a boost, you get an overall clear and immersive sound, which is great if you tend to watch videos or listen to music without headphones.
Overall the Find N2 Flip offers a great viewing experience that is hard to fault. Despite the screen fold line being visible at times, OPPO has done a great job with the screen and minimising the visibility of the fold, producing a viewing performance that is pretty much hard to fault.
Battery and charging
One advantage OPPO’s Find N2 Flip has over its Samsung competitor is the battery size. OPPO has packed in a pretty decent 4,300mAh battery, compared to the 3,700mAh battery that you get in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4. If battery life is a big deciding factor to you, this could give OPPO the edge.
The battery performance is pretty good, with the battery dropping around 19% in 8 hours of moderate usage (social, web browsing and gaming with regular idle periods). Looking at more intensive activities, playing games on the phone for around 23 minutes resulted in a 4% battery drop, 20 minutes of streaming Disney+ saw a 4% battery drop, while 20 minutes of HD YouTube streaming drained 3% of the battery. While the battery drain seems fairly consistent with other devices, I felt it took a little more juice to get through gaming and video streaming than some other devices I’ve used. However, it held up pretty well and I was able to stretch just over 60% of battery charge to last for four days of moderate and light usage with regular and long idle periods.
If you find you drain the battery a fair bit and need a charging boost, this is where OPPO is a bit ahead of the competition. The Find N2 Flip has up to 44W SUPERVOOC fast charging and using the supplied charger, you can easily get from 0% to 100% battery in one hour (well, one hour and one minute to be exact). The fast charging is great if you find yourself in need of a little battery boost before going out, and it’s a bonus that OPPO includes a charger in the box, even if it is rather chunky.
Overall, the OPPO Find N2 Flip has a pretty decent sized battery that holds up rather well with day-to-day usage. Plus, with fast charging and an included fast charger, it’s hard to fault what kind of value for money OPPO gives you when it comes to the battery and charging performance.
- Stunning outdoor photos in sunny conditions
- Great results with portrait and night mode
The OPPO Find N2 Flip has a dual rear camera setup featuring with 50MP main and 8MP ultra-wide cameras, along with a 32MP front-facing camera. Despite only having the two cameras, the Find N2 Flip provides a great camera performance under a range of conditions and with a variety of subjects.
One big plus to having a flip phone is that you can take photos without having to hold the phone. You can also get the phone into certain positions where there might be obstructions that a full-length device might not be able to navigate, and you can also take selfies with the back camera. It certainly does add to your photo-taking game, with more possibilities for varied pics than offered by a standard phone.
Starting with outdoor photos, you can get some really great quality results. I found colours were rather true to life, although they tended to be a bit more vibrant in sunny conditions and a little duller and cooler in low light/overcast conditions. However, it does a really good job at balance, especially with clouds in the sky, and creates a nice depth to your images. It also picks up on a fair amount of detail using the main lens; although you lose some of that detail when zooming into the image (or using the zoom to take a photo), you still get some great quality images with nice clarity.
Indoor photos were pretty decent, and I found it picked up on a fair amount of detail with natural-looking colours and with minimal noise. Considering that OPPO phones tend to take photos with a boost of vibrancy compared to other devices, I feel like this could have contributed to the indoor photos having a bit more pop to the colours.
On to night mode, and this is where the Find N2 Flip has picked up a lot of points. Taking photos in dark/night conditions even without night mode switched on were fairly decent. Using the standard photo mode to take dark or nighttime photos produces some reasonably clear results, and the screen will light up when taking the photo as the on-screen image is lightened. With night mode however, it doesn’t lighten the screen, but it does produce a clearer and more lightened image after processing. You also get some good details in the night sky, with clouds and stars clear in your photos. While it was rather slow to process taking the photos in night mode — resulting in some dark streaks on the image while taking photos of bats flying overhead — it’s not uncommon for night mode photos to take longer to snap and process a photo on other phones, not just the Find N2 Flip.
Portrait mode is another stand out for its nice and natural-looking background blur, which outlined the subject well. I didn’t notice much blur around the edge of the subject, with it capturing details like hair rather well. There was also good depth to the subject, including skin tone, and in a variety of lighting conditions. One thing it struggled with was portraits that are backlit (like a portrait or selfie in front of a window), with a bright blur outline and with less details. The Find N2 Flip also includes a bunch of filter and editing options, and while the editing tools can create some unnatural looking results for facial features, the filters generally provide nice adjustments to the lighting.
A macro mode is notably absent from this phone, although that was also the case with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4. While I was able to get some nice closeup shots, a message pops up telling you to move away from the subject, which I personally find kind of annoying. I also felt like the threshold of how close you can get in with the subject still in view was further away than photos with other non-macro premium phones, which is a little disappointing if you like to take closeup shots.
Video quality is overall decent, but nothing too flashy. Panning seemed a little jumpy and not particularly smooth (or blur-free) and I also found that you get a fair bit of background wind noise even if it’s not a particularly windy day. If you don’t record too much video, you’ll most likely be fine with the rather basic video performance of the Find N2 Flip.
Overall, the OPPO Find N2 Flip offers a pretty solid camera performance. It’s by no means perfect, but there was a lot to like about the camera quality, especially in bright outdoor conditions and using night mode. For the price point, I felt that OPPO delivered the kind of quality you would expect, albeit not quite as high-end as its premium non-folding phones.
Note: Images taken on the OPPO Find N2 Flip have been digitally compressed for web.
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Phone plans for the OPPO Find N2 Flip
The OPPO Find N2 Flip is currently available to buy outright from retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and the OPPO online store. Once you’ve bought your phone outright, you’ll need to pair it with a SIM-only phone plan. The following tables compare a range of prepaid and postpaid plans — switch between the tabs to view prepaid and postpaid plans.
Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try using our mobile phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data each month, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. If you want to compare a larger range of offers from other providers, use our phone plan comparison tool. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
Should you buy the OPPO Find N2 Flip?
The first question you’ll need to think of is whether a flip phone is the right phone for you. While there is no one type of person who suits a flip phone, it might still be a bit of a gimmick to some. The compact nature is, of course, an advantage, but it comes with the compromise of extra thickness which could stick out in your pocket.
If a flip phone is something that you think will suit your needs, considering the small pool of available devices, it’s pretty much the question of do you go OPPO, Samsung or Motorola? The OPPO Find N2 Flip is the same standard price as its biggest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4, while the 2022 Motorola Razr started with a bigger price tag, but you may be able to pick it up on sale. Ultimately, it comes down to what you think will give you the best value for your money.
The OPPO Find N2 Flip does a good job at feeling like a standard-sized phone when you have it unfolded, and the mini screen makes better use of the real estate on the back of the phone than its Samsung competitor. However, I found that the Find N2 Flip hinge felt a little flimsier and the materials used weren’t quite as sleek or premium-feeling than the solid Galaxy Z Flip4. But, the screen quality is excellent, for both the main and smaller screen.
While I found the performance was generally good, it wasn’t quite as smooth or seamless as other premium devices (or its main Samsung competitor). However, you do get a bigger battery and faster charging compatibility than what Samsung offers. If you’re still torn between the devices, you might want to also consider which user ecosystem you prefer, and it might simply come down to that.
Overall, the OPPO Find N2 Flip gives you a solid performance with a great camera setup. While it looks a little basic and ‘safe’ for an OPPO phone, OPPO has made good use of the space available to create a device that feels rather generous, but also maintains its compact nature. There’s little to complain about and if you’re in the market for a flip phone, it’s great to have more options, and the OPPO Find N2 Flip might be worth keeping in your considerations.
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Product used for review/testing was a free sample provided by OPPO.