OPPO Find N3 Flip Review | Geek Lifestyle

OPPO's new flip foldable offers a true flagship experience.

The OPPO Find N3 Flip was launched globally recently, and in our review, we looked to see how it stacks up in the foldable flagship space.

Ahead of its launch, we got hold of a review unit, and our first impressions of it were positive. After all, the Find N3 Flip is a foldable that promises to deliver a true flagship experience. This is thanks to its MediaTek 9200 processor, as well as its triple rear camera setup. For comparison, most other flip foldables only have two cameras, meaning they lack a telephoto camera which the OPPO foldable packs.

On top of these, the Find N3 Flip retains its predecessor’s fairly large and vertical cover display. Plus, it has a large folding screen that has a crease that’s barely noticeable.

With all of these features, the new OPPO Flip smartphone is shaping up to be the new flip foldable to beat. But does it deliver on its promise in real-world use? Find out here in our Find N3 Flip review!

Geek-sthetic

To start, let’s take a look at the Find N3 Flip’s design. This new foldable looks quite a bit different from the previous-generation N2 Flip. While both phone share the same shape and cover display, the N3 Flip’s look stands out a bit more thanks to its larger camera module that’s now circular to accommodate the triple rear Hasselblad camera setup.

Something a bit minor that we like with the N3 Flip compared to its predecessor is the OPPO logo at the bottom. Previously, the bottom half of the phone had the OPPO and Hasselblad logos there. Now, only the OPPO logo is at the bottom. Of course, you still get the Hasselblad logo, but it’s now in the middle of the camera module which is a better fit visually.

The phone’s back may seem to have a plain color at first glance, but it does show off a unique pattern when light hits it at certain angles. It’s pattern isn’t exactly mother of pearl, but it looks sort of like it that it’s the closest we can think of.

Moving to the front, we have the phone’s 6.8-inch AMOLED foldable display that features a 120Hz refresh rate and a Full HD+ resolution. Aside from looking great, we particularly like the phone’s dimensions as its screen’s 21:9 aspect ratio doesn’t feel as tall as other flip foldables. This makes it feel more like a standard flagship when unfolded, making it more comfortable for us in daily use.

One thing to note is that the screen does have some fairly noticeable bezels, especially given that the bezels have a matte finish. For us, this wasn’t an issue as they weren’t think enough to be distracting.

On the flip side, the phone’s crease might be the most “invisible” out of all the foldables that we’ve seen. While it’s still there, you’ll be hard-pressed to find it when using the phone normally. It’ll only show itself in certain angles, and it’s only really clear to the eye if you look for it. This makes its display even more impressive in our eyes.

Also, when folded, the phone is quite portable. This is nice to know given that the phone is a bit wider than other flip foldables. It’s great that portability wasn’t sacrificed to get that.

Binge-Watching Factor

Aside from being a great-looking screen for general use, the phone’s 6.8-inch AMOLED display is also a great partner for binge-watching your favorite movies and shows. The screen outputs vibrant colors and deep blacks — this is great for watching content with squarer or standard 16:9 content.

On a sidenote, the 21:9 aspect ratio makes it a perfect fit for watching widescreen movies as these kinds of content will be able to fill the entire screen.

As for audio, the Find N3 Flip surprisingly has pretty good onboard audio thanks to its stereo speaker setup. While we would still prefer to use headphones or external speakers for movie/series-watching, the speakers can get the job done well if you don’t have an audio device on hand.

Do take note though that the Find N3 Flip does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning you’ll need wireless earbuds or speakers for the best experience.

Gaming Performance

As mentioned above, the OPPO Find N3 Flip is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9200 processor, and that’s paired with 12GB of RAM.

It might be a bit confusing as MediaTek’s 1200 processor may seem to be the brand’s flagship processor. But that’s not the case as the 9 series is the flagship processor line. In this lineup, the Dimensity 9200 is the latest model, meaning the Find N3 Flip has a true flagship processor.

Thanks to this, the new OPPO Flip smartphone has great gaming performance. For instance, it can run popular MOBAs like League of Legends: Wild Rift at High graphics settings and at a smooth and steady 120FPS framerate.

As expected, the phone can also run shooters like Call of Duty Mobile at the Very High graphics settings and at a high framerate with ease. This also means most of today’s popular games will run well on the Find N3 Flip.

For the most demanding games like Genshin Impact, the OPPO Find N3 Flip can run them. Specifically, Genshin Impact ran at a smooth framerate at the Medium graphics setting (which is the recommended setting on this phone). It may not be able to run the game at the max settings on demanding games like these like a flagship gaming phone would, but they should still be smoothly playable.

One quick note. Some phones may have high refresh rate displays, but they don’t work for games for some reason. Thankfully, that isn’t the case with the Find N3 Flip as gamers were able to take advantage of the 120Hz refresh rate.

Geek Photoshoot Capabilities

Now we move on to the cameras. As with previous OPPO flagships, this phone features a Hasselblad-branded camera setup. Specifically, it has a 50MP main + 48MP ultrawide + 32MP 2x telephoto triple rear camera setup. At the front meanwhile is a 32MP selfie shooter.

Unlike some smartphone and camera brand collabs, this partnership is more down to image processing than lens tech. Specifically, the Hasselblad partnership introduces some filters and promises to deliver accurate colors thanks to Hasselblad Natural Colour Calibration.

We can’t really explain the details of how this Natural Colour Calibration is implemented in the Find N3 Flip, but what we can say is that the shots taken by the phone’s main camera are detailed and have nice colors that aren’t overly vibrant. Many users might be used to more saturated colors from other smartphone cameras, but for us, we like the colors of the Find N3 Flip shots more.

At night, photos taken with the main camera are also great when shooting with the dedicated night mode. Photos turn out great with a lot of detail retained at low light, all while still having fairly accurate colors that aren’t too vibrant.

The ultrawide on this phone is also a pleasant surprise as shots with it can look just as good at first glance as the main camera when taking shots in daytime or in bright indoor conditions. There is a dip in quality at night, but the images are still pretty good thanks to the Night Mode.

The 2x optical zoom telephoto is also great for daytime as shots have great quality and colors. You can even go up to 20x zoom and still retain a good amount of detail.

In low light, the telephoto shooter does decently if you use Night Mode, though the results aren’t as good as with the ultrawide. Also, note that the Night Mode processing only seems to work at up to 5x zoom.

Moving to the front, the N3 Flip’s selfie camera takes some good photos in various lighting conditions, though you may want to tweak the beautification settings.

One thing to remember is that, thanks to the vertical cover display, you can take selfies that beats out most other flagships as you can use the main camera for them. You can even opt to go ultrawide or telephoto with selfies when using the cover display. Though the cover display’s camera app does lack the features of the main app. On the flip side, you can use the cover display when the phone is unfolded with the Dual Preview feature.

Along with these, the Find N3 Flip also has a bunch of other nifty photography features, including the Hasselblad Portrait Mode, the ability to take photos with the phone half-folded (for more creative angles), and the DV Recording mode for a retro video-capture feel.

Everyday Reliability

Having a foldable is cool and all, but does the OPPO Find N3 Flip deliver a good experience for everyday use. In our time with it, we found out that it is definitely a reliable daily driver. The phone’s processor gives it plenty of power for all your work and entertainment needs.

As for the foldable aspect of it, we had no issues with the phone as it felt well-built, all while being easier to flip up and close thanks to OPPO’s hinge design. The phone also has a physical mute switch which is a nice touch that we wish more Android phones could have.

The cover display is also a surprise highlight as we liked the shape of it given that all phones are vertical, so it made more sense to also have a cover screen with the same aspect ratio. This also helped it have some nifty supported apps. For instance, the cover display can be used to check Google Maps for quick navigation. For now, there aren’t that many apps supported yet, though OPPO promises that more will come soon.

The phone comes with a free case inside the box — a nice touch.

Finally, let’s talk battery life. The Find N3 Flip has a 4300mAh battery. In our time with it, the phone was able to last for a day of use on a single charge with some left in the tank. If you use it heavily, you can drain the battery within a day, but for the most part, it should last for a day of use.

If you do need to charge, the phone has 44W wired fast charging support that should make it fill up fairly quickly. While not as fast as other phones, the fast charging feature still lets it reach 50% in just a bit over 23 minutes.

Final Geek Lifestyle Verdict

Some flip foldables may compromise in one aspect or another, but that isn’t the case with the new OPPO Find N3 Flip. OPPO managed to pack its new foldable phone with a flagship-level processor with great performance, as well as a proper triple rear camera setup that captures excellent photos.

The only real improvement we could wish for is extra gaming performance. But other than that, the Find N3 Flip is a true flagship device, all while having an excellent design that should delight those who are in the market for a foldable.

In the Philippines, the OPPO Find N3 Flip is priced at PHP 64,999. Is it worth it? Well, that depends. If you’re willing to shell out the cash for a premium foldable with no compromises, this phone might just be the next device for you.

OPPO Find N3 Flip specs:

  • Main Display: 6.8-inch (1080 x 2520) AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Cover Display: 3.26-inch (382 x 720) AMOLED
  • Mediatek Dimensity 9200¬†processor
  • Immortalis-G715 MC11 GPU
  • 12GB RAM
  • 256GB storage
  • Rear cameras: 50MP main + 48MP ultrawide + 32MP 2x telephoto Hasselblad-branded triple rear camera setup
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • 5G, LTE
  • Under Display Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth
  • 4300mAh battery with 44W wired Fast charging
  • Android 13 with ColorOS 13.2

The OPPO Find N3 Flip is available for pre-order now in the Philippines, with an official release in physical and online retailers soon.