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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The appeal of folding phones may be limited, but Oppo’s Find N leads the way

Hasn’t the ‘folding phone’ phenomenon sparked off yet? Are they still considered the next big thing? Oppo isn’t sure – it has banned its own flagship folding phone, the Find N, from being sold here in Europe. That’s a shame, as this is arguably the best folding phone hardware for the overall price on the market.

The T could be more expensive, however, if Oppo decides to release it here at some point.

The main attraction is the 7.1-inch internal display that you get when fully folded. It’s a high-end screen (120Hz) that looks and feels great. Oppo also made a good choice in keeping the fold-shut size slightly smaller than most of its flagship folding phone rivals. So the regular external screen is 5.5 inches, which is about the same size as the iPhone 13 Mini.

This, understandably, makes the Find N much more pocketable and useful than its main competitors, which tend to favor bulkiness.

Another big plus here is that Oppo hasn’t skimped on the camera or battery life at all, giving it an excellent triple-lens system and a really decent (4,500mAh) battery life.

Engine power is also excellent, with the latest top-end Snapdragon 888 chip and the option of 8GB or 12GB of RAM. (It comes with a choice of 256GB or 512GB of storage.)

And it charges fairly quickly, with a 33-watt input giving it about half a full charge in 30 minutes.

Exclusivity aside, is a fold-out phone useful in any major way?

For reading or note taking, yes – you can use the extra screen real estate quite productively in my experience. This is especially so for people whose vision has deteriorated, even with a pair of glasses.

On the other hand, it’s not really that much useful for things like videos. This is because almost every video format is either horizontal (YouTube, Netflix) or vertical (Tiktok, Snapchat). A square screen does not allow you to watch large videos in any way.

The only major drawback of the trial version I have is the lack of the Google App Store. That’s entirely because it’s only the China version – Oppo isn’t restricted from using Google the same way Huawei is. And you can sideload it onto the device if you want, although most security experts warn that doing so puts your smartphone at risk of vulnerabilities.

The lack of Google, for me, gave the Find N the same usability challenges on day-to-day apps that every new Huawei phone has. If Oppo decides to launch the Find N here, it can’t stand it.

But overall, it’s one of the most practical, useful fold-out smartphones out there yet. That Oppo isn’t releasing it here may still speak to the limited appeal that devices like this have for most of us. But if and when interest in these flagship devices picks up, Oppo could be in a good position to take advantage.

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