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Oppo’s New Folding Phone is The Lightest One I’ve Ever Carried

When I think of foldable phones, large devices that are too cumbersome to carry around immediately come to mind. Oppo’s latest foldable phone, the Find N2, is beginning to change my mind. 

The Chinese company’s new phone, announced on Wednesday, is the lightest foldable device you can find  — even compared to its biggest rival, the Galaxy Z Fold 4. It’s also the shortest foldable I’ve ever used. 

Foldable phones seem to be inherently chunky, which is one of their major shortcomings, but Oppo has managed to make impressive progress with the Find N2, which is 42 grams (42!) lighter than its predecessor known as the Find N. Oppo credits its upgraded “Flexion” hinge for helping create a lightweight phone. Oppo says it reduced the number of components required to build the hinge and introduced materials like carbon fibre and a “high-strength alloy” that is used in the aviation industry. 

Apart from its practical size, the Find N2 includes all the trappings of a 2022 foldable flagship. It has a powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, two equally responsive displays, fast-charging, and solid cameras. However, there is no official IP rating for water and dust resistance, and you probably won’t be able to buy this phone, even if you were interested. The Find N2 is currently earmarked for a China-only release. However, Oppo has also launched a new flip phone, similar to the Galaxy Z Flip 4, and it’s expected to receive an international release in the coming months. There was no pricing available for the Find N2 at the time of this writing. 

The Find N2 is a shortie

The Find N2’s design is similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4’s in that it is a book-style foldable phone. However, one key difference  is that the Find N2 feels much more compact, The Find N2 is almost one inch shorter than the Z Fold 4. Think iPhone 13 Mini in terms of height, but backed with double the thickness. It also has a differenct aspect ratio of 17.7:9. This means when you unfold the Find N2, it morphs into a squarish screen as opposed to the more rectangular display seen on the Z Fold 4.

Like I mentioned earlier, the Find N2 is also the lightest commercially available foldable phone. At 233 grams, the Find N2 is 30 grams lighter than the Z Fold 4. It also weighs less than the iPhone 14 Pro Max by a few grams. This lightweight design makes it easier to deal with the inherent heft of a foldable phone.

All these qualities make for a more portable foldable phone. I feel more comfortable storing it in my pocket without worrying that it might fall or stick out. This square-like screen also makes the Find N2 stand out from Samsung and Huawei’s competing devices despite the many similarities between these phones.

The Find N2 has a nearly creaseless display

Oppo admits the Find N2’s main display has a crease, but it’s hardly discernible. In my short time with the Find N2, I hardly ever saw or felt the crease. In fact, I needed to maneuver the screen to just that right angle (in a bright room) to see it. While a completely creaseless phone is ideal, the Find N2’s didn’t bother me at all. 

The Find N’s inner screen measures 7.1-inches and offers a 120Hz refresh rate Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a 7.6-inch inner display. The Find N2 also has a 5.5-inch AMOLED outer screen, which might feel short to those who are used to taller phones. 

Sareena Dayaram/CNET

The Find N2 has a triple-lens camera

The Find N2 has three rear cameras consisting of a 50-megapixel main camera, a 48-megapixel ultrawide, and a 32-megapixel telephoto lens. In general, the Find N2 took impressively bright photos even in low-light environments. It was also great to have a telephoto camera capable of a 2x optical zoom, which is 1x less than the Z Fold. Like its foldable rival from Samsung, the Find N2 has an amusing feature that lets you use the cover screen as a viewfinder for taking selfies with the rear camera. That’s a big deal because front-facing cameras are usually lower quality than the main cameras on the back of the phone.  

FlexForm mode in action on the camera app. Sareena Dayaram/CNET

Oppo’s Find N2 also has a feature called FlexForm Mode, which moves the app you’re using to the top of the screen while displaying the controls at the bottom when the phone is positioned half-open. This allows you to place the camera on a surface — say a table — and capture a subject from a top-down angle. In my case, I used it to take pictures of my dog sleeping on the floor and ended up getting some cool images from a lower-angle. I wouldn’t have been able to capture that shot as easily with a regular, non-folding phone.  Samsung’s foldable phones also have a similar software option called Flex Mode.

Taken using FlexForm mode Sareena Dayaram/CNET

I haven’t thoroughly tested the Find N2, but Oppo’s second foldable phone impressed me during the short time I spent with it.  The Find N2 has a refreshingly compact design for a foldable, two sharp screens, dependable cameras, and fast charging. With its shorter design, the Find N2 proves it’s possible to design a phone with a tablet-sized screen that’s still portable. The squarish shape also differentiates the Find N2 from its main Android rival, the Galaxy Z Fold 4. It’s a shame the Find N2 will only be available in China — at least for now.

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