Oppo Find N2 Flip Review: Is Oppo’s first clamshell foldable better than the Galaxy Z Flip 4?

Oppo as a brand, has become popular for its mid-range devices ever since it set foot in India. Of late, the company is known for its popular Reno series of devices, which span the mid-range segment, while its subsidiary, OnePlus, has been focused on the premium segment with smartphones priced above Rs. Is. 60,000. So far, Oppo has launched a few premium handsets including the Oppo Find X and more recently the Oppo Find X2, which was the last premium device to arrive in India. While the Oppo Find X2 also came after a long break, the launch of the company’s first clamshell foldable Find N2 Flip definitely proved to be a move that no one expected. Surprising or not, Oppo is back in the premium game as it takes on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4.

On this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, guest host and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto (that’s me) talks to Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo, who spent weeks with the Oppo Find N2 Flip. We discussed everything from its new hinge design to its larger than usual cover display, to its new and interesting software bits. And some of how it compares to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, the only other vertical foldable available in the Indian market.

Oppo recently launched its foldables, the Find N2 and Find N2 Flip, which were officially announced in China, and of the two, the company decided to bring its vertical folding smartphone to global markets and India . We start with a little history, as the Find N2 model is not the first foldable device from Oppo. Oppo announced its Find N in 2021, which was of the horizontal folding variant, but that too was limited to the company’s home market.

Surprisingly, the Oppo Find N2 Flip looks to be a direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 and there’s no better indicator than its price, which is a premium Rs. 89,999. Oppo’s Find N2 Flip certainly seems like a bold move as Samsung has been the only company in India to introduce a foldable device till now.

The most striking feature of the Oppo Find N2 is its larger-than-usual 3.26-inch cover display, which has been on our wishlist for vertical folding devices for a long time. Oppo has done a good job optimizing that display as well, with plenty of gestures, controls and full-sized notifications appearing on the vertically positioned external display.

Also new is Oppo’s Flexion Hinge, which holds the flexible internal display in a U-shaped curve that, in addition to minimizing damage over long periods of time, also helps reduce creases when unfolded. However, this new hinge has its drawbacks as it only stays open at certain angles. Oppo’s first foldable in India also lacks the IP rating, which has been available on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip model for some time now. Oppo also takes advantage of the phone’s folding inner display by using its FlexForm software capabilities, which lets users split the long display while using select apps.

Oppo has also partnered with camera maker Hasselblad, and it adds a visually different Pro mode and additional functionality to its primary camera. Apart from its missing IP rating, the phone also lacks wireless charging, another feature that Samsung managed to squeeze into its foldable. However, wired charging at 44W feels faster than the competition.

So is Oppo’s first vertical folding smartphone better than Samsung’s Galaxy Flip 4? Hear more in detail in our episode by pressing the play button on the embedded Spotify player above.

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