Recently, I bought several smartphones, but surprisingly, my favorite one to use is the Oppo N3 Flip.

With a slew of popular smartphones hitting the market lately, I purchased the Mate 60 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro. However, it turns out that my preference lies with the Oppo N3 Flip. It’s my first experience with a foldable phone, and I find that when unfolded, it compares favorably in size to the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

While the Oppo N3 Flip features a folding design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, it has a different camera array. In contrast to the Z Flip 5’s 12-megapixel main camera and 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, the Find N3 Flip sports a new Hasselblad-branded triple-camera setup on the back, similar to the configuration found on Oppo’s Find X6 Pro. It includes a 32-megapixel telephoto lens, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a 114-degree field of view, a 50-megapixel main camera, and a 32-megapixel front-facing camera.

Comparing the sizes of the Oppo Find N3 Flip and the iPhone 15 Pro:

The N3 Flip has a total thickness of about 16.4mm, with a thickness of 7.8mm when unfolded. This is slightly thicker compared to the Z Flip 5’s folding thickness of 15.1mm and an unfolded thickness of 6.9mm. The N3 Flip weighs 198 grams, while the Z Flip weighs 187 grams.

The Find N3 features a 6.8-inch inner screen with a pixel density of 403ppi and a 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a 3.26-inch outer cover display with a pixel density of 250ppi. In comparison, the Z Flip 5 has a slightly smaller internal display at 6.7 inches with a 120Hz refresh rate and a higher pixel density of 425ppi. The outer cover display on the Z Flip 5 is larger at 3.4 inches with a pixel density of 306ppi.

However, when folded, it’s incredibly compact and cute, especially compared to the iPhone 15 Pro:

Its vertical outer screen is hassle-free to use and requires zero learning curve:

The outer screen supports a variety of apps.

The Find N3 Flip is equipped with a 4300mAh battery that can be charged at speeds of up to 44W. It also features the popular three-stage alert slider, which allows users to quickly switch between media and notification settings—a feature likely borrowed from Oppo’s subsidiary, OnePlus.

After using it for a few days, I find this compact folding screen to be really impressive. It offers sufficient performance, lasts a day on standby, and the best part is that it fits comfortably in my pocket when folded. When unfolded, it provides a great viewing experience. Even without opening it fully, using apps like WeChat, Weibo, navigation, and music on the outer screen is more than sufficient. It eliminates a lot of hassle in many scenarios where you don’t need to fully open the screen.

After using it for a few days, Apple and Huawei smartphones no longer hold the same appeal for me. It’s possible that after years of using traditional flat-screen phones, I’ve become accustomed to a certain threshold, and I’m ready for something new and innovative.