Oppo launched its latest high-end foldable phone, the Find N3, on Oct. 19, highlighting advances in screen, imaging, security, and system interaction. The 12GB+512GB variant is priced at RMB 9,999 ($1,392), while the collection edition with 16GB+1TB storage costs RMB 12,999 ($1,810). The new device comes in three colors: green, gold, and black. Our team was given a fortnight to review a black 12GB+512GB model.
The Find N3 is a stylish device, albeit slightly weighty in the hand, with a dual high-resolution display, and a processor that plays to its visual prowess. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor ensures a steady performance, placing it among the top foldable smartphones currently available.
Mature leathery design
The leather case with a discernible grain offers users a comfortable grip and a pleasant feel. In terms of dimensions, when folded, the device feels hefty both in the hand and pocket compared with other non-foldable devices’ lightweight profiles. However, for a foldable device, the Find N3 surprises with its relatively lightweight, coming in at approximately 239 grams. The device boasts a thin profile, measuring a mere 5.8mm when unfolded and 11.7mm when closed.
In terms of overall appearance, the Find N3 leans towards the classic, giving it a business look. This is an aesthetic geared somewhat towards older generations.
LTPO technology and durable hinges
The Find N3 unfolds to a 7.82-inch screen with a resolution of 2,440 x 2,268 pixels, and the outer cover screen measures 6.31 inches with a resolution of 2,484 x 1,116 pixels. LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) technology makes a smooth 1-120Hz dynamic refresh rate possible for fluid scrolling and gameplay, with up to 2,800 nits peak brightness.
Both screens are covered in toughened glass, improving drop resistance and strength. In addition to IPX4 splash resistance, the Find N3 is the first phone to be independently tested to withstand one million folds by TÜV Rheinland, according to Oppo. The phone’s crease is not visible unless you look at it from a certain angle.
Enhanced imaging performance
The Find N3’s camera system is branded by Hasselblad and sets new benchmarks in its category. It features two selfie cameras, with a 20MP camera inside and a 32MP camera on the cover screen. On the back, there is a 48MP LYTIA-T808 sensor from Sony, which is a 1/1.43″ sensor equipped with dual-layer transistor technology. This technology ensures great light sensitivity and ultimately leads to improved image quality.
The device’s day and night time photography capabilities stand out within the foldable phone category, as evidenced by the following images. In portrait mode, photos have a great sense of contrast, even in low light.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powers high-performance gaming
The Find N3 features the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB. Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 at its Snapdragon Summit on Oct. 24 but as no foldable phone currently on the market features the new processor yet, the N3 is the most powerful in its category. Our two-hour test of the mobile game Honor of Kings revealed stable performance without any overheating. Stereo speakers also enhance gameplay.
Users can play the same game on two different screen sizes: unfolded and folded. Although the display size and games have been adjusted to some extent, the gaming experience may feel quite different to what users are used to when the phone is unfolded. Gaming enthusiasts be warned that, folded, it also takes some time to get used to the phone’s thickness.
The Find N3 is equipped with a high-capacity 4,850mAh battery. For reference, the iPhone 15 Pro features a battery rated at 3,274mAh. Our practical tests have shown that the new Oppo phone’s battery life can support a full day’s use even under moderate or high-intensity usage. The phone also supports 67W fast charging technology and can be fully charged in around an hour.
Privacy protection and office functions
The Find N3 offers multiple privacy protection functions, including a security chip with national encryption certification, file encryption technology, and end-to-end cloud transmission encryption. The device is equipped with a button on the side, allowing users to easily switch to “VIP” mode, which disables the camera, microphone, and location permissions in one go.
On the software interaction front, the Find N3 improves office efficiency by enabling users to directly access files made in Apple’s office trio Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, as well as CAD engineering drawings. This breaks down a barrier between Android and Apple, enabling seamless file sharing.
The Oppo Find N3 performs well in terms of chipset performance, screen quality, camera capabilities, and battery life, setting a new benchmark in the foldable smartphone category. It is just as well that the Find N3 is suitable for business professionals, as its relatively high price excludes many other consumer groups.
- Thin and lightweight entrant in the foldable category
- Leathery design for a firm grip
- LPTO screen with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
- Great camera performance for a foldable phone
- Large battery and 67W fast charging technology
- Self-developed security chip
- Slightly heavy for long-time use and carrying in the pocket
- Gaming on the device takes some getting used to
- No wireless charging support