Oppo has always been the dark horse. While the Android scene is fixated on Samsung, Oppo has slowly but surely manoeuvred itself farther ahead in the smartphone race. Remember the Oppo Find N3 Flip that was released last year? With an improved flexion hinge and souped-up camera system, it demonstrated what a good foldable phone ought to be. In the same vein, the Oppo Reno11 series showcased what a dependable midrange phone could be.

Released in China last year, the Reno11 series made its first SEA stop in Singapore this January. With marketing fiercely touting the Reno11 Pro smartphone’s Ultra-Clear Portrait Camera System, Oppo banks on attracting a new segment of smartphone photographers.

The Reno11 Pro’s glass back was inspired by nature and comes in two colourways: Pearl White and Rock Grey. We were handed the former to test, and at first glance, it reminded us of expensive marble. The effect is courtesy of a 3D etching process. That creates millions of reflective micro surfaces, giving it a shimmer that moves under the light. Curiously, the thickness of the Pearl White smartphone measures 7.66mm, while the Rock Grey is 7.59mm. However, unless you’re some sort of hypersensory mutant, the difference is negligible.

The System

Set in the curved glass back panel is a raised Sunshine Ring camera system. This contains the main 50MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS, a 32MP telephoto with an f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP ultra-wide (112 degrees of Field of Vision) with an f/2.2 aperture. Front-wise, you have a 32MP camera with a f/2.4 aperture.

The 32MP telephoto lens is something else. It shares an IMX709 sensor with the front camera and can capture portrait photos even under low light conditions. The Reno11 Pro includes a next-gen computational photography algorithm called the HyperTone Imaging Engine. Originally featured in the Find X6 Pro and Find N3, the Reno11 Pro has an improved version. One that combines multiple uncompressed images in the RAW domain. It also applies AI-powered de-noising and de-mosaicing to give your images clarity, dynamic range and colour richness.

On top of the photography expertise, there is one more thing that stuck out: ColorOS 14.

The OS

There is something inherently exciting about the updated ColorOS 14, which serves as an exciting launchpad for the brand in 2024. With an updated user interface; Aqua Dynamics; allows for more network connectivity in challenging environments; the use of Oppo’s Trinity Engine and more, ColorOS 14 allows the company to lean away from Android and into its own identity.

The smartphone race has also always been about whether the hardware can catch up to the software. The Find N2 Flip was the first device with ColorOS 14 but its hardware was unable to do anything else to the cover screen when its closed. But with the Reno11, the series presents what it can do with ColorOS 14 and what the operating system could possibly do in the future. And that is a future we will eagerly stick around for.

The Oppo Reno11 Pro is now out in stores.

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For the 'Gram

It’s really for the nostalgia. The flip phones of the noughties were a vibe; nothing felt quite as satisfying as flipping the phone shut after an infuriating call to make a point. Oppo’s N3 Flip phone will afford you that same experience and more. When you find your Instagram Significant Other wanting, the N3 Flip's industry-leading hinge lets you prop it for that photo moment. When it’s opened, it’s a seamless 6.8-inch screen with brilliant colour and clarity. And when its folded, the vertical cover screen is still functional with a host of basic features.

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Find N3. OPPO

There’s a new foldable in town, and its name? The Oppo Find N3. But it’s not just any foldable; it’s the kind that leaves you genuinely impressed. We’re three iterations in, and Oppo’s commitment to getting it right is evident. Not only does it fold (of course, that’s the point), but it does so with an elegance that’s hard to ignore.

Slimmer than your average men’s magazine (ahem) at 5.8mm when unfurled, its design screams quiet sophistication – especially the gold model (albeit, still a little too ostentatious for us). The ‘Cosmos Ring’ on the rear isn’t just for aesthetics – it hints at a beautiful partnership with the camera boff’s at Hasselblad.

Photos taken in Hasselblad Portrait Mode. OPPO


Speaking of cameras: you get a trio of powerful lenses (48MP wide, 64MP telephoto, 48MP ultra-wide). So far, colours have been vibrant with excellent clarity. But we’d need to spend a little more time with it at night before we can render the full review.

The fact that it folds isn’t just skin deep when it comes to photography. The N3’s "flex-form" mode lets one screen act as a mini tripod, letting you place it on counters/tables for steady images. The second screen then provides you with advanced controls.

Dual screen preview. OPPO

Obviously, the main draw of a foldable is that screen. Here, you get a primary 7.8-inch display, boasting a 120Hz refresh rate, is lovely on the eyes. And for those quick phone checks and messages? The 6.3-inch AMOLED front display has you covered.

Under its stylish exterior, the Find N3 is a powerhouse. Packed with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and a whopping 16GB of RAM with 512GB of storage. It’s ready to handle any task you throw at it. Gaming, multitasking or streaming, it doesn’t skip a beat.

Find N3's two flagship displays. OPPO
Boundless view displays. OPPO
Third-generation flexion hinge. OPPO


Battery life, often a concern when it comes to foldables because – obviously, this has many screens – is another area where the Find N3 shines. Thanks to Oppo’s cutting-edge charging tech, you can go from zero to 35% in a mere 10 minutes. Imagine that: a quick coffee break, and you’re powered up and ready to go.

The Oppo Find N3 then is not just another foldable in the market. It’s a blend of design, performance, and improvement. With this release, Oppo is not just participating in the foldable race; it’s really competing against the likes of Samsung (and the self-crowned king of foldable phones).

Originally published on Esquire ME

OPPO Find N3 is available for pre-order online.