Even though it has been around for a long time, not many cellphone manufacturers are working on folding screen cellphones. For example, in folding screen phones with clamshell models currently, there are only two big names playing, namely Oppo and Samsung.

From Oppo, the newest variant is the Find N3 Flip, while from Samsung the newest is the Galaxy Z Flip 5. What is the comparison between these two folding screen phones? Come on, take a look at the following review.

Design

In terms of dimensions, at first glance, these two phones look similar. However, if you look in more detail, the Z Flip 5 is indeed smaller and lighter than the N3 Flip, there isn’t much of a difference. The thickness of the Z Flip 5 when closed is 15.1mm and 6.9 mm when open.

Meanwhile, the N3 Flip is 7.8 mm thick when opened and 16.5 mm when closed. The weight is 9 grams apart, namely the Z Flip 5 is lighter at 187 grams.

Then the outer screen. Oppo and Samsung carry different styles in this section. Oppo uses a screen with a conventional shape, with a 3.26 inch AMOLED panel. Meanwhile, Samsung “finished” the outside with a 3.4 inch screen, except for the area for the camera module.

The N3 Flip’s smaller screen makes it more comfortable to operate with one hand. Then the interface feels more interactive and supports more applications that can be operated directly from the outside. Even though Samsung does provide the Good Lock application to bring more applications to the external screen, the setup process is quite complicated.

Hinge

Well, this hinge can be said to be one of the most important components of a folding cellphone. And, Oppo claims that the Flexion Hinge on the N3 Flip is made of stainless steel material, and is promised to be strong when opened and closed up to one million times. Meanwhile, Samsung only promises that the Z Flip 5’s hinge will last 200 thousand times opening and closing.

Flexion Hinge N3 Flip also creates screen crease marks that are less visible than on the Z Flip 5. The crease marks are of course still visible, but they are clearly more minimal. Oh yes, both the N3 Flip and Z Flip 5 screens can be closed tightly without any gaps.

Screen

The N3 Flip uses a 6.8 inch LTPO AMOLED panel, slightly larger than the Z Flip 5 which uses a 6.7 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X. Both have FHD+, 120Hz and HDR10+ resolution. However, on paper, this Samsung screen has a higher brightness level, namely 1,750 nits compared to 1,600 nits on the Oppo.

System on a chip and battery

The system on a chip (SoC), or commonly referred to as the processor, used by these two cellphones comes from different manufacturers. Samsung chose Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 from Qualcomm, while Oppo chose Dimensity 9200 from MediaTek.

Both use 4nm architecture, LPDDR5X RAM, and UFS 4.0 storage. The N3 Flip RAM has a capacity of 12GB, while the Z Flip 5 only has 8GB. How’s the performance? From Tech Viral testing, the AnTuTu Find N3 Flip score reached one million. So, even though it is a folding screen cellphone, its performance is still fast and you can even play heavy games like Genshin Impact smoothly. And of course, you can get through daily use without slowing down, with satisfactory battery life.

In the battery sector, the N3 Flip is quite superior because it has a larger capacity battery and greater charging support. Namely 3,700 mAh versus 4,300 mAh, and 25W charger versus 44W. However, the Z Flip 5 supports wireless charging up to 15W and reverse wireless charging 4.5W. Another advantage of Oppo is that it includes a charging adapter that is much larger than the 65Watt power the device receives.

Camera

In this section, it must be admitted that Oppo has quite a big advantage. The three cameras on the N3 Flip were designed by Hasselblad, and consist of a main camera with a 50MP Sony IMX890 sensor with OIS, a 48MP ultrawide camera with a 114 degree field of view, and a 32MP portrait camera with 2x optical zoom. Then the selfie camera is 32MP.

Meanwhile, the Z Flip 5 still has a camera system similar to the previous Z Flip series. Namely a pair of 12MP cameras on the back for the main camera (with OIS) and ultrawide, as well as a 10MP selfie camera.

With relatively the same price, namely IDR 15,999,000 (12GB/256 variant on the Find N3 Flip and 8GB/256GB on the Galaxy Z Flip 5), these two cellphones have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, we think the Find N3 Flip provides a more enjoyable user experience.

Yes, in terms of the SoC used, the Z Flip 5 benchmark results are slightly superior, but that doesn’t mean the Find N3 Flip is a slower cellphone. The reason is, in the tests we carried out, Genshin Impact with high settings and a frame rate of 60 could be run smoothly by the Find N3 Flip. Oh yes, the battery is bigger and charging is also faster.