Oppo unveils its Find N foldable mobile phone, but Kiwis face wait to purchase

Oppo Find N foldable mobile phone
Around 5 percent of mobile phones being used in NZ are Oppos. Photo credit: Oppo

Chinese tech company Oppo has unveiled a new foldable phone it's set to release in just days, but Kiwis face a long wait before being able to get their hands on one.

The Oppo Find N was revealed during the company's 'Inno Day' event and goes on sale in China next week.

However Oppo hasn't yet said when it will be available elsewhere, with the global rollout to be confirmed at a later date.

When it is launched in New Zealand, it'll join Samsung's Fold3 as a foldable phone in the local marketplace, with others like Xiaomi’s Mi MIX Fold and Huawei's Mate X2 available via parallel import.

According to the StatCounter website, Oppo is the fourth most popular mobile brand in New Zealand, accounting for around 4.7 percent of the devices currently being used by Kiwis.

"New form factors are ushering in an exciting new time in smartphone technology," said Pete Lau, chief product officer at Oppo.

"With the Find N, we aim to change people's perceptions about what a smartphone can offer and begin making foldable devices more accessible to an even larger audience."

The Find N has a 5.49-inch outer display, which opens up to a landscape 7.1-inch inner display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The side-mounted power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner, while there's also a dual speaker Dolby Atmos speaker system.

Like many other current flagship Android phones, the Find N is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chip and will have up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB storage. 

The 4500 mAh battery should offer all-day battery life, with fast charging meaning it'll charge fully in around 70 minutes. It's also able to be wirelessly charged using Qi-compatible devices and offers 10W reverse wireless charging so it can help juice other devices.

The Find N has a triple-camera setup with a 50MP Sony IMX 766 main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide lens and a 13MP telephoto lens. There are also selfie cameras on both the inner and outer displays.

The main outer display can be used to preview selfies while hand gestures will be able to trigger a photograph to be taken so users don't have to press the shutter button.

The Find N is the latest mobile innovation from the Chinese company, although not all have made it to market yet.

Earlier this year Newshub got its hands on the Oppo X 2021, the company's first rollable phone, with an expectation it would be available to purchase this year. 

However it still hasn't been launched yet and appears to have fallen down the pecking order behind the Find N.