Oppo Find N2 Flip vs. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Oppo is taking the foldable phone market seriously, even if it’s coming to the party a little later than the competition. So serious — in fact — that it’s finally launching one of its flexible smartphones outside of China.
The Oppo Find N2 Flip will be launched in early 2023 in global markets, and it will directly compete with the popular Galaxy Z Flip 4. Will it be able to steal Samsung’s foldable crown, or will it fail?
Design and manufacture
- Find N2 Flip: 166.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm (open) – 85.5 x 75.2 x 16 mm (closed)
- Z Flip 4: 165.2 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm (open) – 84.9 x 71.9 x 15.9-17.1 mm (closed)
- Find N2 Flip: 191 grams – Glass and aluminum construction
- Z Flip 4: 187 grams – Glass and aluminum – IPX8 water resistance
What’s interesting about the Find N2 Flip is that Oppo has come up with another design for a flexible flip phone, offering a completely different look than what other manufacturers are offering. In particular, the front cover has a very special look.
This, of course, is largely due to Oppo’s decision to opt for a vertical rectangular display that takes up almost all of the vertical space on the front. We’ll talk more about the display in a moment, but it creates a very unique look that you won’t be able to confuse with a Samsung display any time soon.
Samsung’s phone has a smaller display on the front, but otherwise the two phones share similarities.
Both phones are built on the same basic concept: an aluminum frame on the outside and a half-height hinge that lets you fold the phone in half.
Oppo’s phone is slightly thicker and slightly taller than Samsung’s when it’s wider and open. However, due to the hinge design, the Oppo closes almost completely flat, and thus there is no gap near the hinge or thickness that decreases when closed. There are no sharp creases on the main screen either.
The slightly larger size of the Oppo has its advantages, even if the phone is slightly less compact than the Z Flip 4: it has a bigger battery and a screen with a better aspect ratio.
The two devices are very similar in weight, but Samsung’s advantage is IPX8 certification against water ingress.
- N2 Flip tap: 3.26 inch – 382 x 720 AMOLED
- Z Flip 4: 1.9 inch – 260 x 512 AMOLED
In addition to providing a visual difference on the front of the phone, Oppo’s cover display offers a very different experience than Samsung’s. While the Z Flip 4’s flip screen offers small widgets for useful information, the Find N2 Flip is actually a miniaturized vertical smartphone display.
At 3.26 inches diagonally, it’s significantly larger than the Galaxy’s 1.9-inch panel, which means you get a virtually cropless view of yourself when taking selfies or filming yourself, even better framing yourself. you can
The screen is also more convenient for viewing your calendar appointments for the day and gives you a number of other key functions that you can perform without opening the phone. Be it replying to messages, checking the weather or checking pending notifications. It simply contains more information.
Samsung’s display lets you quickly check the weather, calendar, and check for any notifications, but it’s not the ideal size for interaction; for most tasks, it’s best to use the internal display.
Foldable internal screen
- Tap N2 Flip: 6.8 inch – 1080 x 2520 – 21:9 AMOLED display
- Z Flip 4: 6.7 inch – 1080 x 2640 – 22:9 AMOLED display
- N2 Flip tap: 120Hz – HDR10+ – 1600 nits peak
- Z Flip 4: 120Hz – HDR10+ – 1200 nits peak
Both phones have a fairly long and narrow screen inside, but with a 6.8-inch display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the Oppo is taller and has a more traditional aspect ratio. It’s still a bit narrower than most standard smartphones, but Samsung’s is even narrower with its 22:9 aspect ratio.
As for other specifications, they are quite similar. Both of them have a full HD+ resolution panel, although they are slightly different due to the proportions mentioned above. They’re both flexible AMOLED displays, and both can hit 120Hz refresh rates if needed.
The Oppo is the brighter of the two at 1,600 nits peak brightness, though at 1,200 nits peak the Samsung is still bright enough to look perfect in most conditions. Both screens are compatible with HDR10+ content.
As we mentioned, the Oppo screen curves in a way that makes the creases on the inside less noticeable, which means a better overall viewing experience. However, we’ll have to test both side-by-side to be sure.
Power and autonomy
- Find N2 Flip: MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
- Z Flip 4: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
- Tap N2 Flip: 4300mAh battery – 44W SuperVOOC wired charging
- Z Flip 4: 3700mAh battery – 25W wired charging – 15W wireless charging
Internally, both phones feature premium chipsets, although – unlike the bookish Find N2 – Oppo has partnered with MediaTek for the clamshell model. It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ processor, which should provide a fast and smooth level of performance.
Samsung chose the proven flagship processor, Snapdragon. In particular, it is equipped with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which ensures high-level performance without overheating the phone or using much battery.
When it comes to batteries, Oppo has achieved something quite impressive here. It has a 4,300 mAh battery, which is quite large for a phone of this size, which is significantly more than the 3,700 mAh cell inside the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the same as the battery in Samsung’s larger foldable: the Galaxy Z Fold 4 .
Plus, with 44W SuperVOOC charging, it should charge faster than Samsung’s 25W charging capabilities. However, Samsung does offer a wireless charging option on the Z Flip 4. You don’t get this convenience with Oppo’s phone.
When it comes to storage options, there are several for every phone. What you get will probably depend on the region you bought it from. Oppo’s phone comes in 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB and 16GB/512GB variants in China. Samsung also offers 128, 256 and 512GB models, but all come with the same 8GB of RAM.
- Find N2 Flip: 50MP f/1.8 main camera, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera
- Z Flip 4: 12MP f/1.8 main camera, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera
- N2 Flip tap: 4K/30fps to FHD/60fps
- Z Flip 4: 4K/60fps to FHD/240fps in slow motion
- Tap N2 Flip: 32MP selfie camera
- Z Flip 4: 10MP selfie camera
Both devices have a similar approach to cameras. Both have a main camera and an ultra-wide camera, although the exact makeup of these cameras is different.
Samsung has taken a consistent approach and stuck two 12-megapixel sensors to its two main cameras on the front, offering 4K recording at 60fps or 1080p recording at 240fps for super slow motion.
Oppo’s main camera has a larger 50-megapixel sensor than Sony, and the ultra-wide camera has a lower-resolution 8-megapixel sensor. Oppo has teamed up with Hasselblad for color processing, and it shows in the camera software as well. As for video, it maxes out at 4K at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps. For those who care about video, Samsung will therefore provide a better experience.
As for the selfie cameras, Oppo integrated a 32-megapixel sensor into its camera, while Samsung opted for a lower 10-megapixel resolution.
- Tap N2 Flip: £750 (equivalent price in China)
- Z-Flip 4: £999
We don’t know how much the Find N2 Flip will cost when it finally hits global markets in early 2023, but its 6,399 yuan price in China works out to around £750. That price is unlikely to be that low when it goes on sale in the UK or Europe. We’d be surprised if it’s cheaper than a Samsung phone. Oppo’s flagship phones are not that cheap in Western markets.
Samsung’s phone has an original retail price of £999, but since it’s been on the market for a few months, it can be found cheaper at various retailers.
The biggest draw of Oppo’s flip phone – in our opinion – will be its clamshell display. It’s a completely different approach to open screens offered by competitors, and will allow for vertical selfies and full-screen video. It also has a bigger battery than the Samsung, and – with Oppo’s usual optimizations – that means better battery life. It also charges much faster.
Samsung has a lot going for it, especially when it comes to brand power. It is a better known brand for buyers in Europe and other western markets. Moreover, it is a brand that has become synonymous with flexible phones. Add to that a waterproof design, the appeal of custom color options, and wireless charging, and you have a very attractive device.