Flip phones are getting a huge cover screen upgrade – and I tried it out

The Oppo Find N2 Flip features the biggest cover screen of any folding phone to date

Oppo Find N2 Flip
(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

There's something really exciting about the best folding phones on the planet. To me they're like the future of this market's technology – and I've been fortunate enough to play with the latest flip phone to bring a huge upgrade (literally) to the cover screen.

The picture before your eyes is of my Oppo Find N2 Flip, which I've been tinkering with for a few days (having finished my Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review), and as you can see pretty clearly the front screen is massive

That's Oppo's big sell in the Find N2 Flip: the cover screen measures 3.26-inches on the diagonal. Now, I know what you're thinking, it doesn't sound especially large in context to a full smartphone screen, but the Find N2 Flip has you covered there too, with its 6.8-inch panel revealed by unfolding the device. 

Besides, the surrounding market is nowhere near this kind of scale just yet. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hosts a 1.9-inch cover screen, while the pricier Motorola Razr (2022) is in-between, with its 2.7-inch front panel. The Oppo, therefore, is simply showing off. 

That's not the only thing that makes the Oppo unique though. The company's ColorOS software, which sits over Google's Android 13 operating system, has some baked-in goodies such as 'virtual pets', which have really grabbed my attention. 

'What the heck is a virtual pet?,' you'll no doubt be wondering. As you can see from my gallery of goodies above, the Find N2 Flip lets you choose between a cat, dog, bird, hamster or rabbit that is hosted on the cover screen. Tap to interact, causing cute little animations. It's no Tamagotchi, though, this is ultimately just an animated wallpaper. But it's kinda adorable.

Oppo differs from its competition elsewhere too, as the first brand I've seen to introduce MediaTek's Dimensity 9000+ processor. And while that doesn't bring with it a 320-megapixel camera (that chipset is capable of processing such high volumes of pixels), it's still a super-powerful contender to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform. Oppo has instead opted for 50-megapixel main and 8MP wide in terms of cameras.

I think Oppo has the makings here of a device that can really challenge the market. Not just on account of its quirky and fun features, but the size of that cover screen and, somewhat unexpectedly, on asking price too. Priced from £849, the Find N2 Flip is actually cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 was at launch. Talk about putting a cat among the pigeons (or should that be rabbit among the hamsters?)...

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor at T3.com. He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone too (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech and audio aficionado his beat at T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a tech stone unturned he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.