"Folding screen users almost only use external screens. It is ridiculous that they are reluctant or inconvenient to use large screens." This is a joke made by "Boss Zhang" Liu Zuohu at the OPPO Find N conference.
The ridicule belongs to ridicule, but I deliberately counted that a few days before I received Find N, the use of internal and external screens accounted for about 37%, but the "three" was the large screen.
From this point of view, it seems that OPPO Find N has not got rid of the fate of the traditional folding screen, is it true?
Aside from Find N, when using more conventional folding screen phones, they tend to give people a kind of pressure, forcing you to rigidly separate the scenes of your own use of the phone, some of which use a small screen, and some of which use a large screen, and there is a split. Feeling in.
Which part is used less (especially the large screen), it seems to suffer a general loss. Coupled with the immaturity of the system and software ecology, and the freshness of the new form, there will always be a question of what I want it for, and the urge to replace it.
The reason is that the traditional folding screen almost folds up the tablet, and the narrow secondary screen is an auxiliary. It is fine to use occasionally, but it is embarrassing.
Two days after using Find N, when the editor-in-chief asked me what I think about it, "I don't have the urge to change the phone yet, I can use it as the main machine" is my deepest feeling.
Until now, there is almost no "split" like before, a little more indifferent. On the bright side, it is actually OPPO Find N's choice in the body proportions, while on the other hand, it is due to the details of the body design.
OPPO Find N's positioning is closer to a smart phone. Based on the role of a mobile phone, it expands to the expanded large screen, and then adds some unique ideas.
The basic specifications are as follows:
- Find N: Thick (folded) 15.9mm, weight 275g.
- Screen: Main screen: 7.1 inches 1792*1920 LTPO 120Hz, UTG glass, secondary screen: 5.49 inches 1972*988 60Hz, Corning seventh generation glass
- Processor: Qualcomm Xiaolong 888
- Front camera (inside and outside): 32 million pixels
- Rear camera: IMX766 main camera + 1600W ultra wide angle + 13 million pixels 2 times telephoto
- Battery: 4500mAh, 33W fast charge power
This screen ratio has many advantages, but there is also a disadvantage
The OPPO Find N is probably two shorter and rounder iPhone 13 minis. From the main screen, it also has the same advantages and disadvantages as the mini.
▲ Left: OnePlus 9RT, right: OPPO Find N.
The biggest advantage of the 5.5-inch 18:9 screen size is that it can be controlled with one hand. Most operations can be done with a single finger. With the full-screen gestures, you can walk almost like flying.
The smaller body, combined with the rounded processing on all sides, will not have the feeling of holding hands or holding hands. The most important thing is that the little finger does not need to be on the body at all times, which can be regarded as invisibly reducing the burden on the little finger.
After getting started, you will first be surprised by its compactness and feel, and then you will notice its 275g weight. Compared with the traditional mobile phone's 275g, but the small body gives a more concentrated weight, that is, greater pressure. Find N is a bit heavier, but Quandang comes with an additional battery at random, which is not a big problem.
Although the feel is closer to subjective feelings, after many people in the content department of Aifaner took turns touching them, almost everyone raised their hands to praise the feel.
▲ The thickness of Find N is roughly equal to two Android/iPhone.
The external screen looks like a small-screen flagship. After unfolding, the ratio of the screen is naturally close to 1:1 (it is actually 1.1:1 when counting the hinge), with the long side down.
In this way, Find N is more like an Android tablet under the horizontal screen after the screen is turned on, and it also reduces the problem of involuntary switching of the turn on the screen App.
However, for some niche apps (the third-party Weibo client See), the horizontal screen mode is not supported for the time being, and the screen is rotated when the screen is turned on. However, I only encountered this case, and the probability is not high.
▲ If it doesn't fit, then pinch it.
Let’s talk about the Android ecology here. Some bank apps cannot be displayed perfectly on a large screen (horizontal). There are generally two situations, one is zooming in, and the other is black bars. However, ColorOS has given a solution, that is, four-finger pinch to form a small App window, which pops up in a reasonable proportion, somewhat similar to the solution on the PC desktop.
▲ The split-screen status of ColorOS has quite a wealth of switching, switching, and changing operations.
Counting the small window apps and the split-screen display of the desktop, OPPO Find N can display up to three apps at the same time on one screen, which is enough to handle multi-line operations occasionally.
Regardless of ecological issues, the only disadvantage of this ratio of large screens in terms of experience is the video. At present, most online videos have a 16:9 ratio, and movies may go directly to 2.35:1. The utilization rate of square screens is not high, and the black borders may be more than traditional folding screens.
▲ You can watch Tiga with peace of mind instead of barrage.
Of course, on some videos such as station B and Youku, you can use barrage to fill it, but for friends who want to immerse themselves in the movie, it may be a little worse.
▲ Almost perfectly adapted to the 4:3 "Sissi", the classics are worthy of recollection.
However, when watching classic films such as "Modern Times", "Sissi", "Casablanca" and "Shuker and Beta", the immersion is better. (Now there are still several classics in Find N for me to recall).
The choice of the internal screen ratio is actually a combination of the external screen and the overall experience. In official terms, it is "balanced."
This is similar to the 3:2 (16:10) screen that has become popular in notebooks in recent years, and gradually considers the overall demand. Find N's large screen is split-screen, and the apps on both sides happen to have the mainstream (18:9) ratio. Whether it is input or display, it has an experience close to that of a candy bar.
In this case, it is not an exaggeration that Find N has three 18:9 screens.
Going back to the question at the beginning, I think the "sense of splitting" of traditional folding screens is mainly due to the too small screen ratio. It is good to browse text information. When encountering mixed media, the experience is difficult to say.
OPPO Find N has a precise balance of screen ratio and function control and trade-offs, and it is not too radical for the size of the body.
When closed, it is a small mobile phone. When unfolded, it can be two mobile phones (screens) or a tablet. The variety of forms and blurring of boundaries weaken the "sense of division", and it becomes a little bit of integration. feeling of using.
It’s worth spending $100 on a mechanical shaft
"A shaft, hinge, more than 100 US dollars." OPPO Chief Product Officer Liu Zuohu said truthfully.
What is the concept of the cost of $100 on a smartphone? Basically, the sub-flagship can be equipped with a mainstream mid-to-high-end SoC. And the processor is also the largest cost of the smartphone. When it comes to Find N, the mechanical structure and SoC are equally divided in the world.
From a cost point of view, the status of the hinge on Find N is almost the same as that of SoC.
With the development of smart phones, or with the development of technology, the mechanical structure is actually dying out. Volume, weight, durability, etc. are all considerations.
However, with the emergence of "folding screens", the mechanical structure has returned to the central battlefield of consumer electronics. If SoC is the "diamond" of products, then the current mechanical structure is undoubtedly a special ring base, which is indispensable for folding screens.
The flagship SoC will bring better performance to the product, which is the cornerstone of smartphone functions, and the mechanical hinge is the cornerstone of the change in the shape of the folding screen. What will the $100 mechanical hinge bring to OPPO Find N?
Simply put, it is texture. If it’s complicated, there are about four points: 1. Hover the screen, 2. Small creases on the screen, 3. Close fit, 4. Improve the durability standard.
The damping of the Find N hinge is very precise, and it is slightly stronger than opening the top cover of the notebook, but the edges of the Find N are more rounded, and the focus is comfortable, and it is effortless and not slack.
What’s more interesting is that from 0° open to 180° unfold, the “6 sets of cams” in the hinge clamp and rub each other, the opening force is almost the same, and within the range of 50°~120°, it can support free hovering, which further enhances the refinement. feel.
From the precision of the internal mechanical hinge to the precision of the fingers, it is actually difficult to express with text, pictures and videos. It is still recommended to experience the real machine offline, and also check out the folding screens sold by other brands by the way. You should understand what texture this $100 mechanical hinge will bring.
▲ Find N internal mechanical structure. Picture from: OPPO
The full name of the hinge inside OPPO Find N is actually "Seiko pseudo-vertical hinge". It has 136 parts and more than 400 key size controls. After 4 years of research and development, and the screen stack jointly developed with Samsung, it is finally achieved It is "the lightest folding screen with the lightest crease on the market."
When the screen is turned on, it is difficult to detect the "crease" if you don't observe it carefully or look sideways. I still remember that after the release of Find N, @爱范儿 posted a real device to get started. Many netizens thought that the crease P was removed. In fact, the "crease" is so secret in ordinary scenes.
▲ The crease under the limit light ratio of the screen is almost imperceptible in daily bright screen use.
Just like the pictures in this article, the most difficult thing to photograph is not the shape of Find N, but to find a specific light to fully present the crease under the sun.
After the Find N screen is folded, it adopts the "water drop" solution, which is similar to Mate X2 and Z Fold 3. It is not a rigid folding, but a buffer space is given by the mechanical structure of the hinge. However, OPPO has made the "water droplets" bigger, and more areas are involved in screen folding, thereby buffering the rigid folding area. As a result, the crease is reduced by 30%.
Under the guarantee of hand feel, hovering and other characteristics, OPPO Find N has also passed the Rheinland Worry-Free certification. At present, only Find N has passed this test. Judging from one of the standards that passes 20W dynamic folding times, if it is folded 10 times per hour, it can be folded for more than 5 years.
If you are more intuitive, before experiencing this mass-produced version in hand, I also touched an old Find N engineering machine whose frame has been "padding" in advance. Its shaft damping is almost unchanged from that of the new machine, and durability is not necessary. Worry. However, the creases are relatively obvious, but this does not rule out the problem of early engineering machine craftsmanship.
During the experience of OPPO Find N, almost everyone in the content department of Aifaner will come to "check" its crease and open and close several times. The conclusions are also very consistent, that is, the crease is light and the folding feels good. . Oh, and the two points are exquisite enough and compact.
Generally speaking, for its specifications, only Teacher Liang raised a mouth (processor, etc.), and the rest of the focus was almost entirely on the mechanical shaft and folding form.
And this time, the "Seiko pseudo-vertical hinge" that claimed the cost of 100 US dollars to bring the bonus to the whole machine also improved the performance of Find N in the hearts of everyone.
How about using two screens the size of Find N?
Including OPPO Find N, there are about three screens for folding screens, one is small screen, the other is large screen and split screen, and how to interact with relay, switching and so on. It can be said that the difference between folding screen and mobile phone, tablet single screen interaction .
In addition to these three states, OPPO Find N has added an intermediate form of interaction, with new ideas and creativity in this form, called "three-dimensional interaction."
However, after experiencing it, whether it is split-screen, relay, or "three-dimensional" interaction, I prefer to call Find N an interactive "integrated master". It has everything I can think of.
- Large and small screen relay
When switching from a small screen to a large screen, or from a large screen to a small screen, after turning on the "Large and Small Screen Relay" in the settings, during the operation of opening and closing the screen, the content of the current screen will not be interrupted, especially in When streaming media such as video and music are played, and it is a system-level relay, there is no App adaptation problem.
However, it is worth noting that when there is a "close" operation, the small screen will default to a black screen and the upward slide operation is required to continue the relay. After 3 seconds, the screen will be automatically locked.
- Split screen, floating window
The two-finger split screen and four-finger floating window are operations that I operate very frequently when I use Find N. With the full-screen gestures, it is very exciting.
Under the split screen, the system interface has four operation areas. At the boundary, you can move left and right to control the size of the split screen app. Click the center of the split screen to switch and save the split screen combination application to facilitate quick opening of the current split screen combination. Improve efficiency.
The indicator bar staying above the App can control the switching of the App between the floating window and the split screen status. With the original "Smart Sidebar" of ColorOS, you can quickly switch the split screen App and call the floating window.
The four-finger floating window is actually more like preparing for some horizontal screen apps (such as banks, third parties) that are not adapted to the horizontal screen. After the four fingers are pinched, the app can be displayed in a traditional vertical screen. Of course, you understand it as a small window of an ordinary mobile phone. No problem.
- Free drag
In some app split screens, files can be dragged and copied across apps. The most I use is to drag the pictures from the album to WeChat, but I still can’t get around the limit of 9 pictures at a time.
- Stereo mode
When OPPO Find N is bent in half, different interactions and user experiences will be presented in different scenarios. Although this is not unique to ColorOS, it actually has a lot of unique thinking in the coverage scene.
In the bent state, one half is upright for display, while the other half is supporting the body while also acting as a touchpad. There are many new interactions in scenes such as videos, fitness, meetings, and photos.
In a QQ video call, you can enter the hover display when placed horizontally, which is like a normal PC notebook video experience. More importantly, it can free your hands without having to raise your hands while chatting to "exercise".
When watching online videos, the same is true. You can use the hovering function to put Find N on the table to watch videos and adjust them in a more free way.
With the same hovering, you won’t be stuck on the phone holder when you follow the fitness class.
When the phone stands on its own, the camera no longer faces the desktop, but is used for viewing. Based on this, Find N has a built-in "time-lapse photography" function in the camera, which is convenient for recording the passage of time in different ways.
Compared with other functions, "Time Lapse" can be used to experience Find N with a high frequency of appearances. When cooking, making coffee, or even typing on the keyboard, I will take pictures, which is very interesting.
In fact, even if Find N does not have these "three-dimensional" interactions, it will still not compromise the experience of multi-screen interaction. They are not essential interactions and functions. They are more like "creative" and "brain holes", but they are also These unique interaction methods will continue to bring freshness to these products.
▲ Cut in, Find N's main camera style is very OPPO, the contrast is not high, the color saturation is slightly higher, and the overall feel is very bright. It can be said that the adjustment of IMX766 is handy.
Whether it will be a breakthrough on the folding screen, I still dare not draw a conclusion, but what I dare to conclude is that after experiencing a round of new interaction methods, I did not forget them, but in the right scene. Sometimes, I will try it.
Controversies that naturally exist in folding screens
When the "folding screen" appeared, many people would have doubts about "who needs a folding screen". At that time, the folding screen was fragile, bloated, imprecise, and ecological, and other problems. Oh, there was also a high price. .
It doesn't look like a practical device at all. However, in the past few years, manufacturers are still tirelessly improving the process to optimize it, and are unwilling to abandon this track because of some existing "defects".
If you go deeper, the folding screen is actually the conflict between people's desire for large screens and the shackles of hardware. This can also explain the continuous increase in screen size and the rapid popularity of full screens after the outbreak of smartphones.
Going back to OPPO Find N, it is the latest folding screen device. Regardless of body size and hardware level, it can be regarded as a smart phone that can reach the level of "main machine". But it still has not completely resolved the above-mentioned contradictions, and the above-mentioned contradictions should be with us for a long time.
OPPO Find N is not the end of the conflict, but a good solution at the moment. Instead of following the original idea to do folding, it adopts a smaller size and incorporates some new ideas in the software.
Some people say that Find N is iPhone mini + iPad mini, and it is the most appropriate form of small-screen flagship at the moment. For me, Find N is probably the folding screen phone closest to ordinary people.
At the beginning of the article, when I first came into contact with Find N, I was probably the ridiculous user mentioned by Boss Zhang when the screen was opened. After experiencing Find N, if you make a rough calculation, the size of the screen will be four or five, and the other percentage will be in the hover mode.
Unknowingly, the OPPO Find N foldable phone has changed my habit of using the phone, accustomed to opening and closing, accustomed to hovering, accustomed to different scenes with large and small screens and so on.
If you have the slightest idea to experience the folding screen, maybe OPPO Find N is the most suitable device right now. While it has a unique shape, the price is only 7699 yuan.
This price is definitely a "kill."
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