Chinese phone maker Oppo released its new generation foldable the Find N3 on Thursday, combining a lightweight folding design with flagship imaging capabilities for the first time.
Why it matters: Foldable phones may offer flexible displays and portability, but their camera performance has long been a concern for customers comparing them to conventional models. The Oppo Find N3 has ushered in a “new era of foldable imaging”, the company claimed at the launch event.
Details: The camera setup on the Oppo Find N3 features Hasselblad branding and is looking to set a new standard in the foldable category.
- On the rear, it incorporates Sony’s cutting-edge 48MP LYTIA-T808 pixel-stacked sensor, which is a 1/1.43″ unit equipped with dual-layer transistor technology. Essentially, this sensor boasts a redesigned pixel architecture that enhances light sensitivity, leading to better image quality.
- On the front, the Find N3 offers two selfie cameras: a 20MP camera inside and a remarkable 32MP camera on the cover screen. The device also includes a 48MP 1/2″ sensor paired with a 14mm f/2.2 ultrawide lens with autofocus. In terms of the zoom camera, it features a 64MP 1/2″ sensor with a 3x 70mm f/2.6 stabilized periscope lens, enabling hybrid zoom capabilities of up to 6x or 145mm.
- Under the hood, the Oppo Find N3 operates on the cutting-edge Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship processor, coupled with a substantial 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB of storage. It packs a 4,805mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging, achieving a full charge in 42 minutes, according to Oppo.
- The model follows the trend of compact, wide book-style foldable smartphones. On its exterior, it features a 6.31-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2484×1116 pixels and a variable refresh rate ranging from 10 to 120 Hz. The screen adopts a 20:9 aspect ratio and delivers a peak brightness of up to 2,800 nits. When unfolded, the Find N3 reveals a larger 7.82-inch display with a resolution of 2440×2268 pixels and a dynamic refresh rate varying from 1 to 120 Hz, along with the same maximum brightness level.
- The Find N3 boasts another distinctive feature in its self-developed Flexion Hinge. This hinge has undergone extensive testing of 1,000,000 folds, the company says, demonstrating the enduring durability and reliability of the foldable hinge over an extended period.
- The standard model of 12GB+512GB storage is priced at RMB 9,999 ($1,366), while the premium edition of 16GB+1TB is priced at RMB 12,999 ($1,776). It comes in four colors: red, black, gold, and green.
Contexts: In the second quarter of 2023, the global market for foldable smartphones witnessed a 10% year-on-year increase, reaching a total of 2.1 million units, as reported by Counterpoint. This growth stands in sharp contrast to the overall global smartphone market, which experienced a significant 9% year-on-year decline in shipments during the same period.
- Notably, the Chinese foldable smartphone market saw an impressive surge of 64% year-on-year, totaling 1.2 million units. As a result, China now dominates the global foldable smartphone market, holding a substantial 58.6% share.
- On August 29, Oppo unveiled the Find N3 Flip in China, marking it as the world’s first clamshell foldable smartphone, equipped with a trio of cameras on its cover.