Saturday, September 23, 2023

The OPPO Find N2 Flip redefines foldables

The most important part of any foldable phone is the hinge from which the display folds. And OPPO has done an outstanding job with the Find N2 Flip, which comes with a New Generation Flexion Hinge (no gap when folded), which not only results in the phone opening and closing smoothly but also comes with the least noticeable crease on any flip phone.

By India Today Web Desk: The era of foldable phones has well and truly arrived, and one of the most popular form factors in this category is the flippable phone. The idea of a phone that can flip into a smaller size and then flip out to reveal a normal-sized device is very appealing as it combines both productivity and portability, However, implementing it is no walk in the park. Most flip foldable phones that have been released in the market in recent times come with some compromise or the other – the external display (the one that is visible when the phone is flipped shut) is often too small, battery life tends to be on the lower side, cameras are also not the greatest, the internal display has a big crease bang in the middle which is an eyesore, and last but not least, the phones themselves tend to be a little fragile.

However, the latest flip phone in tech town totally redefines the concept of a foldable flip device. The OPPO Find N2 Flip changes all that – it is a flip phone with no compromises. The OPPO Find N2 Flip is priced at INR 89,999, the device will go on sale starting 17th March from 12 AM onwards across Flipkart, OPPO Store, and mainline retailers. Customers can get it for as low as INR 79,999 through cashback and incentives.

The OPPO Find N2 Flip is a no-compromises smartphone right through, with the foldable display adding to its ability, rather than restricting it. Even when it is flipped shut, it is easy to use because it comes with the largest external screen (cover display) on a flip phone. The phone is not only elegant and a design marvel in appearance (it comes in Astral Black and Moonlit Purple), but comes with a strong, polished aluminium frame that blends into the glass casing. Curved corners ensure that the phone lodges comfortably in your palm, whether flipped shut or open. It is a mere 7.45 mm thin when opened and weighs only 191 grams, making it easy to carry in your hand or your pocket.

The most important part of any foldable phone is the hinge from which the display folds. And OPPO has done an outstanding job with the Find N2 Flip, which comes with a New Generation Flexion Hinge (no gap when folded), which not only results in the phone opening and closing smoothly but also comes with the least noticeable crease on any flip phone. Open the phone and you would have a tough time finding the crease! The hinge itself is made of aircraft-grade high-strength steel and aircraft-grade carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer, making it very strong, while making sure it stays light. There is no ‘hinge gap’ when you close the OPPO Find N2 Flip, which means no entry for dust particles, which can be such a pain in other flip phones. The Find N2 Flip’s screen features a lighter and smaller water drop hinge with more than 700 key-size control points. The highest assembly accuracy is only 0.01mm, which is only one-tenth of a piece of paper. That’s the level of intricacy that has gone into the design of the hinge. It is a very tough one too, the is the first one in the flip phone category to get TÃœV Rheinland Reliable Folding Certification. As a result, it can be used normally even after 4,00,000 folds – that’s about ten years of usage.

Having tackled the challenge of the hinge and durability, the OPPO Find N2 Flip also is the first flip phone with a highly usable external display and is also the largest cover screen on any flip phone in the market. In most flip phones, the external display is basically a notifications zone, with little scope for interaction. Not on the OPPO Find N2 Flip, which features a 3.26-inch display with a 17:9 aspect ratio and a peak brightness of 900 nits. The bright, colourful display enables us to do far more without having to open the phone. You can see six notifications and even respond to messages on SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Telegram using built-in and customised phrases. No need to open the phone! The cover screen also lets you use UPI apps like PhonePe, PayTm, and Google Pay, so you can make payments without having to open the phone! Of course, you can also customise the cover display with wallpapers and choose the information that gets displayed on it. It is an always-on display too, so you can check it whenever you wish. It is almost a phone in its own right.

Flip it open for magic…or even keep it semi-open

Opening the OPPO Find N2 Flip reveals the magnificent s large, 6.8-inch AMOLED FHD+ display in 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio and smooth 120Hz LTPO adaptive refresh rate. A peak brightness of 1600 nits ensures that the display is visible even in bright sunlight and OPPO’s own proprietary special anti-reflection film means that the display reflects five times less glare than other folding phones. Opening the Find N2 Flip also reveals the sheer flexibility of the hinge, giving the phone its FlexForm mode. The specially designed hinge allows the N2 Flip to hold its position in mid-fold making the flip phone into a tripod-steady, hands-free camera. Cam systems on either side of the hinge provide the perfect amount of resistance, in combination with the friction plate, confidently holding the folding angle of the user’s choice between 45º and 110º. You can keep the phone half open, and it will hold its position effortlessly and not feel unstable or keel over.

It is not just about hardware. The software on the Find N2 Flip allows you to keep the device semi-open and still use it comfortably. It detects that the phone is semi open and automatically splits the screen into two parts, with the upper half being the display and the lower half for navigation and control. You can actually watch videos and participate in video calls without having to hold the Find N2 Flip in your hands – you can just half-open it and place it on a table or any other surface, freeing up your hands for other tasks. And if you are a multi-tasker, you can actually watch videos on the upper display while doing other tasks on the lower one.

Superb shooters onboard

In the best OPPO tradition, the Find N2 Flip comes with top-of-the-line cameras. The main sensor on the OPPO Find N2 Flip is a flagship 50-megapixel Sony IMX890 sensor with OIS and support for Dolby HDR. The sensor delivers textured, dynamic and detailed snaps and also comes with all-pixel omnidirectional intelligent focusing, which means that every pixel on the sensor is a focus point, resulting in those classic shots with sharply focused subjects and soft backgrounds. What’s more, you can simply flip the phone shut and use that sensor as a selfie camera – the large cover display also is a great viewfinder for selfies. The 8-megapixel secondary camera comes with a Sony IMX355 sensor and a wide field of view for great landscape shots. There’s also a 32-megapixel dedicated selfie camera, with a Sony IMX709 sensor with RGBW pixel array that ensures superior noise suppression and gives you clear vanity shots.

The Find N2 Flip also comes with MariSilicon X, which is based on a 6nm process for 4K video experience in the daytime using the 4K ultra HDR and nighttime using 4K Ultra Night Video. Making colours on the OPPO Find N2 Flip more realistic and accurate is OPPO and Hasselblad’s integrated Certified HNCS (Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution). And you also get Hasselblad’s legendary XPAN mode for those unique ultra-wide views made famous by the brand. The hinge comes into play once more in photography, with the FlexForm mode allowing you to use it in a number of ways, including a semi-open camcorder, providing enormous flexibility in shooting videos. Sharing content is super quick and easy as the OPPO Find N2 Flip not only supports 5G but actually is also the first flip phone to support the superfast network on both SIM cards simultaneously.

Big battery, fast charging, fast chip…specs and performance to flip for

Ensuring all of this keeps going smoothly is a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chip with speedy 8 GB + 256 GB memory, with Android 13 and OPPO’s ColorOS 13 on top of it, specially optimised for the flip form factor. It keeps going for a while too, thanks to the largest battery found in the segment. OPPO has not only managed to place the longest-lasting battery of 4300 mAh into the Find N2 Flip, without affecting its size and weight but has also made it the fastest-charging one, something that is almost unheard of in the flip phone segment. OPPO has worked closely with MediaTek to create a battery-optimised Dimensity 9000+ chipset for the Find N2 Flip. These efforts result in one more hour of video calling, two more hours of social media, and five more hours of music streaming than other popular flip phones. The Find N2 Flip can be charged at 44W, thanks to OPPO’s SUPERVOOCTM technology, which means you can recharge it fully within an hour.

The OPPO Find N2 Flip redefines the flip phone segment by overcoming the challenges that others have faced. There are no issues with the hinge, the cameras are outstanding, the battery is large and charges fast, the external display is super useful and usable, overall performance is smooth, and of course, you get the joy of both a compact device and a large one, thanks to the flip form factor. It has the design, the strength, the power and the performance to be The Best Flip phone that consumers will flip for.

The OPPO Find N2 Flip is priced at INR 89,999 and will go on sale starting 17th March 2023 from 12 AM onwards. Customers can get it for as low as INR 79,999 through cashback and incentives. It will be available across Flipkart, OPPO Store and mainline retailers.

For more information about the OPPO Find N2 Flip and offers, click here.

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