OPPO Find N3 Flip: Revolutionising the Flip Phone Game with Unparalleled Performance and Style
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Flip phones are known for their iconic and nostalgic design. They harken back to a time when mobiles were compact, stylish, and easy to carry. While all smartphone makers are trying to hop onto this trend, OPPO has been one brand that has showcased its excellence in this domain. The flip phone series from OPPO has, time and again, brought forward some amazing innovations in this form factor and with its latest offering – the Find N3 Flip – the brand seems to be on top of its game once again.
Given how critical the camera is to the flip phone category, OPPO is raising the bar and offering a triple camera setup with its new phone, which is a first for any flip phone in the market. Priced at Rs 94,999 and with cashback and incentives it can be purchased at an attractive price of Rs 82,999. This flip phone is surely a force to be reckoned with, but how well does it perform in the real world? We’re here to tell you just that in this broad inspection of all its features.
Capturing Memories in Style
The OPPO Find N3 Flip is the only flip phone in the market with a flagship-grade triple camera setup. The main wide camera here is a 50MP Sony IMX890 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS support. The photos that we clicked with this shooter featured a high dynamic range and captured high amounts of detail in both highlights and shadows. This is surely the OPPO Computational Photography model at work, which captures the original brightness information at the moment the photo is taken and fine-tunes the HDR on a pixel-by-pixel basis to produce a more natural image.
And to add to this, there’s the phone’s Hasselblad branding, which provides you with access to the exact look offered by the company’s XCD lenses. This resulted in great portraits captured by the phone’s 32MP IMX709 telephoto camera that also offers 2x optical zoom. During our tests, these portraits featured DSLR-level clarity and gave out the trademark Hasselblad vibe, which made them instantly worthy of uploading to our social media apps. Apart from the Hasselblad Natural Colour Calibration, the Find N3 Flip also benefits from the signature Hasselblad shutter sound and watermark, which makes things a bit more feisty.
OPPO has also equipped the phone with a 48MP IMX581 ultra-wide camera that’s ideal for gaining a wider perspective on the scenes around you. What’s even more amazing is that it enables Hasselblad’s retro-style XPAN mode that captures images in a 65:24 aspect ratio. We were extremely impressed with this mode, for when it was employed for the right scenes, it returned images worthy of hanging on our walls. In addition to all this brilliance, Hasselblad also brings to this device a set of three filters inspired by 3 photography masters. When used on your regular photographs, these can instantly add extra style and creativity to them.
For selfies, the OPPO Find N3 Flip relies on a 32MP IMX709 front camera that’s embedded into a punch-hole on the main display. As excellent as this camera’s performance was, we didn’t find ourselves using it often. That’s because the folding nature of the phone allows you to use its entire rear camera setup for capturing selfies. Just open the camera while the phone is shut, and it shows the viewfinder in the Cover Screen display. We could use the main camera to get stunning selfies or opt for the telephoto camera to get dazzling portrait selfies. For group pictures, we just had to switch to the ultra-wide camera, and that enabled us to include anyone and everyone in the frame. This entire experience is made awfully smooth and effortless by the high-quality Cover Screen, which we’ll talk about later.
A wide array of camera features is enabled by the Find N3 Flip in its half-open form. That’s the reason why OPPO calls it the Multi-Angle FlexForm Camera. One of the best implementations of this is the FlexForm Interval Shooting feature that lets you capture modelling shots of yourself without anyone being around you. Just open up the phone halfway and place it on a flat surface with the Cover Screen facing you. You can now experience hands-free photography and even direct the device to click photos at different intervals, so you have enough time to change your poses. And when you’re clicking someone else’s modelling photos, a dynamic Waist-Level Framing feature allows you to get the preview on the bottom half of the inner display, so you can capture waist-level shots without bending down. That’s not all, in its half-folded state, the phone even enables the DV Recording mode that lets you record videos while holding it the way you’d hold a retro DV camera. We have to admit, this feature did make us nostalgic by taking us back in time.
When travelling, we love to click long exposure shots and time-lapses. With this phone, we did not need to carry a tripod around, as the Find N3 Flip’s Multi-Angle FlexForm Camera was good for capturing all moods. All we had to do was place the phone down on a flat surface, and it steadily did its job. The final camera feature of this phone that we tested was Dual Preview. As its name suggests, before the image is clicked, it gives a preview to both the photographer and the subject. This way, the subject can check their poses, pouts, and smiles before giving the go-ahead. At first, it was the extreme versatility of this camera experience that awed us, but realising that the phone performs so well in everything it tries its hand at made us doubly impressed with its camera capabilities.
Innovation right where it is needed
Earlier this year, OPPO launched its Find X6 Pro to a rapturous reception, and it’s hence no surprise that it has used the handset’s design philosophy on the Find N3 Flip. This is glaringly visible in its Cosmos Ring camera cluster, which is framed by an intricate Starlight Track inspired by the aperture control rings found on professional cameras as if to allude to the pro-grade experiences that await users with the phone’s cameras. The Find N3 Flip’s construction is a brilliant blend of metal and glass, which feels so premium. On its back, it uses a precision-curved Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which also boasts being the most curved glass back panel among flip phones. This is achieved by OPPO using an industry-leading glass manipulation process that makes the phone comfortable to hold as well as robustly safe.
On the Find N3 Flip’s side railing, you’ll find an Alert Slider, a much-loved design choice owing to the convenience it delivers. With the help of this, we were able to seamlessly switch between Silent, Vibrate, and Ring profiles without waking the display, and we thought this was a nice touch to add. The iconic look of the pocket-friendly handset is further enhanced by the colours it has chosen to get drenched in. We got to use the Sleek Black version for this review and found it to be classy. Its mirror-like finish and metallic sheen had us bowled over. There’s a Cream Gold colour also available that exudes a distinctive shine and helps it stand out among other phones. Both are solid shades that truly accentuate the premium nature of the device.
OPPO introduced its unique Flexion Hinge with the Find N2 Flip earlier this year, and the company has now refined its design further. Its new aircraft-grade stainless steel core gives it a 25 percent improvement in load-bearing strength and helps it gain a TÜV Rheinland Reliable Folding certification for 6,00,000 folds. This means the hinge is good for 16 years of usage even if folded 100 times daily. The refined nature of this hinge, moreover, results in a completely crease-less inner display, which is not something you’ll find on other folding smartphones. And then, as was the case with its predecessor, the Flexion Hinge leads to a completely gap-less profile when the device is closed. It even helps the phone gain an IPX4 rating, protecting it from splashes of water and allowing you to use it freely when it’s raining.
Double the power: The cover display gets more done
When unfolded, the OPPO Find N3 Flip reveals a gorgeous 6.8-inch AMOLED screen with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate that’s great for its battery life. Also helping the device’s battery life is this screen’s new polariser-free structure that leads to a 20 percent drop in power consumption. Additionally, this display even comes with an anti-reflection coating that reduces reflections to just 1 percent. The high-end display is the beneficiary of 1,440Hz PWM dimming, which reduces screen flickering even if the brightness is low. The display boasts 1600 nits of peak brightness, which gives it magnificent contrast levels, which is great for people like us who stream a lot of content on their devices. It was a delight to watch movies that support the HDR10+ standard as we were able to experience a doubly immersive experience when viewed on this display.
Being a folding phone, the Find N3 Flip even carries a Cover Screen, which is vertically oriented and gives access to more than 40 essential apps without even opening the main screen. Not just the camera or the voice recorder but everything from the alarm app to the music app can be displayed in its entirety on this 3.26-inch AMOLED display. At times when we were busy with work, this versatility of the Cover Screen helped us get a lot of important things done without getting distracted by other things. For instance, we were able to quickly reply to important messages without having to look at other messages, and that we feel is a hugely useful feature. That’s because the phone provided a list of one-touch replies to choose from.
Amidst all these innovations, the Cover Screen doesn’t let go of its traditional purposes. You can customize it to showcase widgets for sports scores, weather information, world clocks, and much more. Live weather wallpapers that change according to the time of the day and the weather are also enabled by this screen. And you can customize all this into various styles so you can pick and choose between them according to your mood. As a bonus, OPPO has also added the ability to keep 3D virtual pets in the Cover Screen. These can be a dog, a cat, or even a koala, and they react adorably to your actions.
The MediaTek Dimensity 9200 SoC has proven itself to be among the best in the market right now, so it’s no surprise that the OPPO Find N3 Flip has adopted it. It brings with it a sophisticated charm that’s visible in the phone’s everyday operations. No matter how heavy the tasks we were running, the performance never faltered. During our gaming sessions, we didn’t notice any lag or performance drops, which is a testament to the robust nature of the MediaTek chip. Moreover, the 12GB of RAM onboard the device ensures that a next-level multitasking experience is also at hand. As for internal space, you can choose between 256GB and 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage.
We expected this phone’s 4,300mAh battery to provide us with all-day usage but it definitely exceeded our expectations. Despite moderate to heavy usage, it would still have much juice left in it when it was time for bed. And we didn’t need to keep it charging overnight, either. The 44W SUPERVOOCTM Flash Charge technology ensured that even short bursts of charging were enough to give the phone enough juice to last for hours on the trot. It takes just 23 minutes for it to go from 0 to 50 percent, while reaching 100 percent is just a matter of 56 minutes. Another great feature that highlights the Find N3 Flip’s robust performance is its 360-degree Surround Antenna that automatically adapts to your grip, meaning no dropped calls or signal losses. During our time with the device, we experienced neither of those two annoyances, which is an incredible achievement for the device.
The OPPO Find N3 Flip is a well-rounded flip phone with a host of compelling features that make it an ideal choice for people who love this form factor. Its three reliable cameras, fast charging capability, and impeccable design make it a dependable choice. Notably, the unique cover screen adds to its appeal, giving it heaps of added functionality. Priced at INR 94,999, and with cashback and incentives it can be purchased at an attractive price of INR 82,999. The Find N3 Flip is already up on sale and is available via Flipkart, mainline retail outlets and OPPO Store. Below are some the exciting offers that customers can avail.
Customers can enjoy a cashback of up to INR 12,000 and no-cost EMI for up to 24 months from ICICI Bank, SBI Cards, Bajaj Finserv, TVS Credit, Kotak Bank, IDFC First Bank, HDB Financial Services and One Card from mainline retail outlets and the OPPO Store. Customers purchasing via Flipkart can avail a 12-month no-cost EMI along with cashback of up to INR 12,000 from ICICI Bank, Axis Bank & Kotak Bank. Loyal OPPO customers can avail an Exchange Bonus of up to INR 8,000. Consumer can also avail a one-time screen replacement up to 6 months from the date of purchase; offer valid on purchases till October 29, 2023.
OPPO Premium Service Offer:
- Worry-free travel with international warranty rights on the Find N3 Flip.
- Refresh service allows users to replace their screen guard and back cover of Find N3 Flip, twice within the warranty tenure.
- OPPO has introduced EMI schemes for the service/repair of the Find N3 Flip. Customers will have the option to decide on EMI instalment and tenure at their convenience.
- In case of accidental damage, customers can avail a 15% discount on the first repair of the display (T&C apply).
- Users can avail one-on-one service online by connecting with OPPO experts via WhatsApp.
- Free pick-up and drop facilities are available across 25,000+ Indian pin codes with issues resolved within 72 hours of the complaint.
- Flash fix at select service centres promise a 2-hour repair for your flip device on selected issues.
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