Oppo Find N2 Flip: We Go Hands-On With the New Foldable's Huge Cover Screen

The Oppo Find N2 Flip is the latest foldable phone, and one of its defining features is a tall vertical cover screen.

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Cover screen of the Oppo Find N2 Flip phone

Take a look at the notifications panel on the Oppo Find N2 Flip's unique cover screen. 

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The Oppo Find N2 Flip has arrived. The Chinese company showed off its first flip phone at a global launch event on Wednesday. Oppo's clamshell-style phone appears to be heavily inspired by the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4's squarish design, but with a notably different cover screen. 

Unlike the Z Flip 4, the Find N2 Flip's cover display has a vertical orientation and is much bigger, measuring 3.26 inches with a resolution of 720x382 pixels. By comparison, the Z Flip 4 has a 1.9-inch external display with 260x512-pixel resolution; last year's Motorola Razr came with a 2.7-inch cover screen with a 573x800-pixel resolution. In fact, the Find N2 Flip has the largest vertical cover screen on any flip phone. 

Cover screen of the Oppo Find N2 Flip phone

The cover screen of the Oppo Find N2 Flip.

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Apart from the display, the Find N2 Flip has all the features you'd expect from a flip phone in 2023. There are two rear cameras, including one with a 50-megapixel sensor, a 32-megapixel front-facing camera, a capable processor (MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Plus) and a 4,300-mAh battery, which can be fast-charged at up to 44 watts. There's no IP rating for water or dust resistance. For comparison, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has an IPX8 rating, which means It can withstand water immersion but has no rated protection against dust. At this time there isn't a foldable phone that is rated for dust resistance.

The Find N2 Flip will be available to preorder from today in the UK starting at £849, which converts roughly to $1,020 and AU$1,480. There are no plans currently for a US release, but the phone is set to hit stores in parts of Europe and Asia.

Watch this: Watch Oppo Reveal the Find N2 Flip Phone

Find N2 Flip's cover screen is big

It's commendable that Oppo dared to shake up the design of the cover screen on flip phones. Although this might not look as aesthetically elegant as the Galaxy Z Flip 4's horizontal screen, I believe the Find N2 Flip's cover screen has the potential for greater functionality. After all, it does boast the largest vertical cover screen on any flip phone. 

In the few hours I spent with the phone, I found the Find N2 Flip's cover screen convenient for quickly scanning the weather without needing to open up the phone. All I had to do was swipe left, and the cover screen would display my chosen widgets, including the camera, a timer, the weather and the recorder. I could receive notifications on it, but I couldn't view my plans. I hope Oppo adds a Google Calendar widget to the cover screen. 

Navigation is simple. You can swipe down the cover screen to bring up the control panel, swipe up to see a list of notifications and swipe left to bring up different widgets.

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The camera widget lets you take photos and shoot video from the cover screen. 

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The camera widget lets you use the cover screen as a viewfinder, meaning you can take selfies and portrait photos and even shoot video without opening up the phone. Thanks to the larger screen size, you get a good idea of how the photo will turn out as you're taking the photo. 

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Widgets on screen showing the weather.

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Quick replies -- also available on the Z Flip 4 -- are another convenient feature on this device. When I received a WhatsApp message, I could simply reply from the cover screen by choosing from a set of prewritten templates. I also had the option to create my own message template. In addition to WhatsApp, the quick replies feature is available on Slack, Messenger, Telegram and Line. Like the Galaxy Z Flip 4, this phone doesn't allow you to type or dictate a reply without opening up the phone. You're limited to the templates.

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Oppo Find N2 Flip is refreshingly compact.

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In its current form, however, the Find N2 Flip's cover screen has limited functionality compared to the one on Motorola Razr. In 2020, the second-generation Razr got a full keyboard for typing and the ability to curate apps suited for the cover screen (such as Gmail and YouTube), and it even lets you play games like PUBG mobile. I wish the cover display on the Find N2 Flip offered such freedom and utility, but there certainly is potential if Oppo manages to nail the software component.  

The Find N2 Flip has a 50-megapixel camera

There are two rear cameras on this phone: a 50-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel ultrawide. The Find N2 Flip lacks a telephoto camera so don't expect it to take crisp shots of faraway subjects. At this point, there isn't a foldable flip phone that includes a dedicated telephoto camera. I took a few pictures. Images tend to look soft when you zoom in digitally to a 5x magnification. To be fair, you're not likely to be buying this phone for its zoom skills. I found the photos I took with the Oppo respectable. Take a look below at some examples.

dog lazing on couch

This photo was taken in a bright room. Notice the various shades of blue on the couch as well as the wonderful contrast.

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dogs face

Here's an example of 2x digital zoom, which was taken in a bright room next to large windows.

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disco ball hanging over pool

Notice how even the objects in the distance appear crisp.

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kids toys

Here's a photo taken at 5x digital zoom. Details look soft.

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chairs on balcony

The camera does a good job of capturing contrast and dynamic range under bright even lighting.

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grassy mountain

Notice the detail and texture in the building and landscape.

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The Find N2 Flip's inner display has a slight crease

The inner display of the Find N2 flip takes the form of a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel. At first glance, you might not notice the crease that runs across the screen. Sometimes it appears when you're holding it at certain angles or under bright lighting. I can also feel it on occasion when I'm scrolling or interacting with the screen. For the most part, however, the crease didn't sour my experience and it's by no means a deal-breaker. Otherwise, the display looked crisp, was responsive and reasonably bright in sunny conditions. 

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Here's the Oppo Find N2 Flip halfway flipped open.

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The main display has a 120Hz refresh rate, which made navigating between apps and scrolling through news feeds look smooth. This year, Oppo has updated its hinge, which the company says is smaller and thinner, yet stronger than the one on its predecessor. According to the company, Find N2 Flip has been tested for 400,000 folds. Oppo says the display also has an ultrathin glass coating that should help with durability. 

For more details on the Oppo Find N2 Flip, take a look at the specs chart below.

Oppo Find N2 Flip vs. Galaxy Z Flip 4

Oppo Find N2 FlipGalaxy Z Flip 4
Display size, resolution Main screen: 6.8-inch AMOLED (2,520x1,080 pixels); cover screen: 3.26-inch AMOLED (720x382 pixels)Main screen: 6.7-inch FHD Plus (2,640x1,080 pixels; 22:9); cover screen: 1.9-inch (260x512 pixels)
Dimensions (inches) Unfolded: 6.54×2.96×0.29 inches; folded: 3.36×2.96×0.63 inchesUnfolded: 2.83x6.5x0.27 inches; folded: 2.83x3.3x0.67 inches (hinge) - 15.9mm (sagging)
Dimensions (millimeters) Unfolded: 166.2×75.2×7.45 mm; folded: 85.5×75.2×16.02 mmUnfolded: 71.9x165.2x6.9 mm; Folded: 71.9x84.9x17.1 mm (hinge) - 15.9 mm (sagging)
Weight (ounces, grams) 191 g187 g; 6.59 oz
Mobile software Color OS 13 (Android 13)Android 12/13
Camera 50-megapixel (main), 8-megapixel (ultrawide)12-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel10-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K
Processor Mediatek Dimensity 9000+Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
RAM/Storage 8GB/12GB +128GB/256GB8GB+ 128GB/256GB/512GB
Expandable storage NoneNone
Battery/Charger 4,300 mAh (44W)3,700 mAh
Fingerprint sensor SideSide
Connector USB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack NoNo
Special features Largest cover screen on any flip phone, 5G, dual SIM, bundled charger, 44W chargerIPX67, 5G enabled, foldable display, wireless charging, 25W fast charging