• Samsung is no longer alone in the realm of small foldable smartphones and its Galaxy Z Flip 4 now has a rival: the Oppo Find N2 Flip.
  • Unveiled on February 15 and launched at 1,099 euros in 256 GB, the new kid seems to accumulate the advantages against its rival now sold 1,059 euros.
  • Among other advantages, a larger external screen and much more powerful photo sensors.

A little known tune? The foldable smartphone Find N2 Flip that the Oppo brand unveiled in London on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 and that 20 Minutes was able to take in hand cultivates a funny mimicry with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. "This model responds to a real problem encountered with large format smartphones, which have become bulky," says Oppo France. But what is the Chinese quasi-twin worth if we compare its characteristics with its South Korean competitor?

A less visible fold

Folded, the Find N2 Flip measures 85.5 x 75.2 x 16.02 mm (for 191 g). It is therefore a little thinner than the Galaxy Z Flip 4 (17.1 mm) which weighs 187 grams. It also fits perfectly in the pocket. Unfolded, the two foldable terminals also have a funny resemblance to their Amoled screen of respectively 6.8 inches and 6.71 inches. Oppo's model is slightly wider, but this plays out at the margin. And the definitions of the two screens are equal, with respectively 2,520 x 1,080 pixels and 2,640 x 1,080 pixels. They even share adaptive 120Hz refresh rate.

Oppo takes the opportunity to boast "the least visible fold on the market". Comparing the two smartphones as we did, this is hardly the case visually (see our video). On the other hand, by sliding the index finger on both screens, it appears that we feel much less the presence under the screen of the hinge at Oppo than at Samsung.

Photo: Oppo Advantage

Obviously, all eyes are on the embedded photo modules that can make the difference. The Find N2 Flip advances a 50-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor (plus 32 megapixels inside, for selfies), as well as a partnership with Hasselblad for image software processing. Samsung is "content" with two 12-megapixel sensors on the back and a 10-megapixel front sensor. On paper, Oppo takes a certain advantage, even a certain advantage...

Autonomy, an argument that hits the nail on the head

Significant differences are also to be noted as to the autonomy of the two smartphones. Oppo's foldable embeds 4,300 mAh (45 W), while its rival offers only 3,700 mAh (25 W). In addition, Oppo provides a 67W charging block and its cable ("who can do more, can do less!", Oppo enthuses to 20 Minutes), while Samsung only provides a USB-C to USB-C cable. An argument that can weigh in the balance.

A significantly larger external screen

But Oppo has another surprise in store for its competitor, and not the least.

When folded, his smartphone has a small complementary screen of 3.26 '' (8.28 cm), where Samsung offers only one of 1.9 '' (or 4.82 cm). On trial, ergonomics are greatly increased, not only to constantly visualize some essential information; Like his notifications, his calendar appointments... But also perfectly frame his self-portraits and take advantage of the power of front photo sensors to make impeccable self-portraits.

The question of solidity may arise. At the IPX4 standard, the Find N2 Flip would withstand up to at least 400,000 openings / closings without weakening. IPX8, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 only talks about 200,000 openings / closings ...

Samsung faster

On paper, and pending further testing, Oppo's first foldable smartphone released in France seems to want to lecture Samsung. Point in its disadvantage however, the Find N2 Flip is powered by the MediaTek 9000 processor, where the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 + Gen 1, Qualcomm, recognized as the fastest.

In addition, the Samsung model is available with three memory capacities: 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The Find N2 Flip is only available in 256GB.

Stirring... like its competitor

Our first grip of the new kid leaves enthusiastic. The external screen is really a plus that saves us from opening the smartphone at any time. The interior screen enchants with its contrasts to watch videos. As for the "Flex" mode (common to Samsung), which allows you to put the terminal open to watch videos, surf, take pictures by perfectly orienting the upper part of the screen facing our eyes, make videos, it invites new uses quite pleasing that only foldable smartphones can offer.

There remains the question of price. Oppo advances its new toy to 1,099 euros, or, with equal memory, a price slightly higher than that of Samsung's small foldable (now at 1,059 euros). There is no doubt that the two manufacturers will compete in the coming weeks with promotions and goodies (by offering with their smartphone, who, headphones, who, an activity sensor, who, a connected watch). Or even by offering a refund offer, or a particularly advantageous trade-in offer for your old smartphone. Samsung, long alone in the field of small foldable smartphones will now have to deal with the competition. That's pretty good. The giant has always hammered that the "foldable" was the future of the smartphone. Oppo now seems to agree with him.


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