OPPO Find N3 Flip Review: Should You Buy It?

OPPO Find N3 Flip Review: Should You Buy It?
OPPO Find N3 flip

With the OPPO Find N3 Flip, we finally have a foldable smartphone without compromising on the camera. It's hard not to feel like OPPO could have done more with the larger foldable display, but the combination of a bright, wrinkle-free internal display, overall good build quality and impressive battery life makes the Find N3 Flip a great foldable device.

OPPO Find N3 Flip Review: Quick Review

  • What is it? Find N3 Flip is OPPO's second generation foldable flip. The new model is largely based on the Find N2 Flip, with a new alert slider, camera hardware, and a set of fold-focused software changes.
  • What's the price? The OPPO Find N3 Flip is priced at S$1,499. It's slightly more expensive than last year's model, at about $1,090.
  • Where can I buy it? Availability of the OPPO Find N3 Flip is currently rare. The phone is slated to launch in the US and Europe, but we've only seen it in Singapore so far, with pre-orders starting on October 20.
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  • I tested the OPPO Find N3 Flip for five days. The test device was provided by OPPO.
  • Is it worth it? The OPPO Find N3 Flip is a big improvement over the N2 Flip, especially for photographers, but it lacks in places. The limited screen coverage and dull design aren't as elegant as the phone's glossy screen and top-notch camera quality.

Is OPPO Find N3 Flip worth buying?

OPPO Find N3 Flip homescreen semi folded

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

If you saw last year's Find N2 Flip, it's clear that the N3 Flip is an evolution of the same design that was first introduced in the US. While similar in appearance, the improved flex hinge is 25% stronger and still ensures no gaps and minimal creases on the screen. The N3 Flip improves the hardware with a new alarm slider that offers silent, vibration and ringing settings without having to open the phone - a nice touch. The same IPX4 rating remains, but the more durable Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protects the phone from drops. The internal screen still looks great, and it's clear that the time spent perfecting OPPO's flip phone was well spent.

The display cover also looks familiar (it's the same panel). While the N2 Flip had one of the largest open displays at launch, it is one of the smallest options today. However, OPPO has improved the software experience by supporting third-party apps as well as weather, timer, camera, calls, audio recording and now 3D pet widgets. I had no problem accessing many useful tools without opening the phone.

The Find N3 Flip offers improved hardware, but doesn't solve all the problems of the previous generation.

“Apps,” as OPPO calls them, are a small selection of popular apps including X (formerly Twitter), WhatsApp, Gmail, Google Maps, Wallet and others that run on the cover. You don't need to download them separately (it's the same app, it just works on a small screen), but you need to enable each one in the settings menu. These are available in "Labs", which indicates that errors may occur. I didn't find anything that would ruin the experience, but the setup is definitely on point.

My biggest issue is that the screen is too small to comfortably accommodate the keyboard, which still takes up too much of the screen to see what you're reacting to. Sending messages and emails from the display cover is a hassle: I ended up just opening the phone and the display wouldn't open. Even pressing a few small app buttons is tedious. Additionally, app support isn't as extensive as the nearly complete Android support on the Motorola Razr's front display. Your experience may vary, but I definitely can't use my phone for long without opening it.

OPPO claims that the comparatively smaller display allows for focusing without compromising camera settings. It's hard to believe when the lenses are housed in a small camera body with a Hasselbland logo that mimics the look of other OPPO/OnePlus phones. I understand the desire for brand recognition in all phones, but aesthetically this phone is inferior to its predecessor. Looking at what competitors are doing with larger screens, it seems like the extra space is wasted.

However, OPPO has updated the 48MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle model, and this time there's a third lens: a 32MP beast with a 47mm focal length and 2x zoom. It's not a game-changer for long-distance photography, but it's a great addition for portrait photography. Let's see.

First, OPPO's partnership with Hasselblad touches on the rich side of color science. However, what I like most is the appearance; This is a significant improvement over last year's lackluster results. First, the optics are the same no matter which three lenses you use. For other brands this is often an ongoing problem. Detail from the main camera is crisp, if a little blurry when viewed at 100% crop, and the new ultra-wide image appears virtually distortion-free. If you want even more from the camera, the Pro mode and editing tools are incredibly robust.

When I first saw the spec sheet for a 2x lens, I thought, "Wow, we're making up numbers, aren't we?" I couldn't be more wrong; The 2x lens produces great images even at 5x magnification thanks to good image fusion. After pressing the shutter button, observe carefully. You see the magical improvement happen.

OPPO has

clearly

shared the technology with the equally brilliant Find.

It's ideal for portrait and product photography and is my favorite lens of the three. The only downside is that the telephoto lens is not always suitable for close-up macro photography, so using the main camera will give you much clearer, better quality photos.

Of course, 2x optical equipment has its limitations. At long distances, it can't compete with the Galaxy S23 Ultra's 10x zoom. OPPO allows you to zoom in up to 20x, but the results are confusing. Go for 5x, which is plenty for most scenarios and this set of cameras won't disappoint.

There's not much to say about selfies; You need to use the main camera for the results to look as good as any other shots. Textures and skin tones are great, as is the bokeh in the optional software. The only noticeable drawback is that the low location of the camera makes it easier to fix. It took me a few shots to get used to flipping the phone over. Despite this disappointment, the internal camera isn't all that great; I would use it exclusively for video calls.

The triple camera is the main reason to buy the OPPO Find N3 Flip.

We don't buy a foldable phone for gaming, but the Find N3 Flip worries us a little about the temperature. It's not that the phone is hot, it's trying to stay cold.

Firstly, the performance is lower than the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 phones; closer to the Pixel 7's Tensor G2. It's still ideal for everyday tasks and has the benefit of keeping the device super cool while gaming due to its frame rate. To resolve this issue, you can enable High Performance Mode. Speaking of which, this low performance figure also means that battery life is excellent; The phone easily lasts for the whole day. In our tests, you get 10 hours of web surfing, 16 hours of video streaming, and just under five hours of extreme gaming.

Limited thermal headroom also affects OPPO's SuperVOOC fast charging. ​​​​​​​Although the maximum power of 44W only lasts for a few seconds, most of the time the phone charges at just under 20W. So the Find N3 Flip takes 52 minutes to charge and 23 minutes to reach 50%. . That's faster than last year, but not very fast for a 4,300mAh battery. While we're being picky, 15W from non-SuperVOOC chargers isn't very good and means the phone will charge much more slowly from third-party sockets and power banks.

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OPPO Find N3 Flip

Sublime Cameras • Third-party apps to cover the screen • No visible creases

Foldable without sacrificing camera

Find N3 Flip is OPPO's second generation foldable phone. The new model is largely based on the Find N2 Flip, with a new alert slider, camera hardware, and a set of fold-focused software changes.

What are the best alternatives to OPPO Find N3 Flip?

OPPO Find N3 Flip hinge V open on desk

Robert Triggs/Android Authority

Without international pricing, it's hard to gauge the phone's value proposition, but we're probably looking at a price around $999 or slightly higher, which seems like a fair price. While we wait for the stock to arrive, the Find N3 Flip Flip has plenty of competitors that could be just what you're looking for.

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 ($999.99 at Samsung): The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is a big name in the foldable device space, and a phone that can perform at this price point. The phone has a larger foldable display and a greater selection of shortcut apps, but it comes with its own caveats. Samsung also offers wireless charging, IPX8 rating, and other color options. But the OPPO Find N3 Flip has a more reliable camera and an almost invisible fold.
  • Motorola Razr Plus ($999.99 at Motorola): With another huge foldable screen, the Motorola Razr Plus offers plenty of ways to use the phone without opening it. Top-notch performance, dust resistance and smooth software make it a great choice. However, the cameras are not very good for the price, which leaves the door open for OPPO.
  • Google Pixel Fold ($1,799 at Amazon): The Google Pixel Fold doesn't have a case and is much more expensive, but it's completely portable thanks to its compact, book-like size. With a great camera setup and Pixel-exclusive features, it's hard to miss. However, the Find N3 Flip is more compact and still has the performance advantage.

OPPO Find N3 Flip Specifications

folding
OPPO Find N3

screen


6.8" LTPO OLED display
Resolution 2520x1080
The aspect ratio is 21:9.
Refresh rate from 1 to 120 Hz
Brightness 500 nits (typical)
Brightness 1600 nits (peak)
HDR10+ support
Gorilla Glass Victus

– Lens Cap
3.26-inch AMOLED
Resolution 720x382.
The aspect ratio is 17:9.
Brightness 500 nits (typical)
Brightness 900 nits (peak)

CPU

MediaTek Size 9200

RAM.

12 GB

storage

256 GB
No extended storage

Violence

4300 mAh (typical)
Wired charging 44W (SuperVOOC)

Cameras

Back:
- 50 MP wide-angle lens, ƒ/1.8 aperture, 1/1.59-inch sensor, 24mm focal length
- 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens with ƒ/2.2 aperture and 14mm focal length.
- 32 MP telephoto lens, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 47 mm

focal length

.


- 32 MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1/2.74-inch sensor, RGBW pixels, 21 mm focal length.

The Camera

app

has professional controls.

Safety

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face recognition

Dimensions and weight

Unfolded: 166.2 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm
Closed: 85.5 x 75.8 x 16.5 mm.
198

video

Back:
4K (30 frames per second)
1080p (30 or 60 fps)

Up to:
4K (30 frames per second)
1080p (30 fps)

audio

Two speakers
Dolby Atmos

Ports

USB-C
Dual SIM cards (1 Nano SIM and 1 eSIM)

sustainability

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

Communication

Bluetooth 5.3
NFC
WiFi 7

networks

- 5G NR: n1/n3/n5/n8/n12/n20/n28A (707–733 MHz)/
n38/n41/n66/n77/n78/n79
- LTE FDD: bands
1/2/3/4/5/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28A (703-733)/66
(2110–2180 MHz)
- LTE TDD: bands 34/38/39/40/41 (2496–2690 MHz)
- WCDMA: bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
-GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

software

Android 13
ColorOS 13.2
5 years of operating system updates
4 years of security updates

Colors

Creamy gold, misty pink, elegant black

Box Contents

OPPO Find N3 flip
44W SuperVOOC charger
USB-A to USB-C cable
documentation

OPPO Find N3 Flip Review: Frequently Asked Questions

The OPPO Find N3 Flip's IPX4 rating means it can withstand light splashes such as rain or spills. It cannot be immersed in water.

No, Find N3 Flip does not support wireless charging.

Yes, OPPO Find N3 Flip supports 5G in sub-6GHz bands.

Yes, OPPO Find N3 Flip supports dual SIM. There is one physical slot for the Nano-SIM tray and another for the eSIM.

No, OPPO Find N3 Flip does not have external storage slots.

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