Oppo’s first foldable phone could release next month
While we’ve recently seen some weird and wonderful prototype devices from Oppo playing with what’s possible from a smartphone screen, we’re still waiting for a real foldable from the company – an expectation that could soon to be completed.
Based on advice from a chinese source (Going through GSMArena), the foldable handset is going to break coverage next month, November 2021. It has been pretty quiet on the foldable phone front recently, so a brand new device would definitely be welcome.
This particular leak suggests that the new device will sport an 8-inch, 120Hz refresh rate screen, but we don’t get many other details. We’ve actually waited for the arrival of an Oppo foldable phone for most of this year.
The joy of specifications
While this particular leak doesn’t give us much information outside of this release window, previous leaks have. It looks like the foldable could be powered by a Snapdragon 888 chipset, like many high-end Android smartphones from 2021.
There will apparently be a 32MP camera on the front and a 50MP camera on the back, with Android 11 software on board the phone. While Android 12 is now rolling out to Pixel handsets, it will be some time before it hits other devices.
What we don’t know yet is at what price this foldable phone will be available, which is likely to go a long way in determining its success. As soon as something is officialized by Oppo, we will of course let you know.
Analysis: the rise of the foldable
Foldables have been with us for several years now, but it’s fair to say that they haven’t really entered the mainstream yet. That may well change in 2022, thanks to Oppo and other phone makers considering releasing foldable handsets in the future.
While the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are now official, we still haven’t heard from Google itself about the long-standing Pixel Fold. If and when it does appear, it is likely to increase interest in that particular form factor by several notches.
Then, of course, there’s the foldable iPhone which hasn’t been confirmed yet: Apple doesn’t like to rush when it comes to new tech, so by the time an iPhone Fold pops up (if it ever does. fact), we would expect foldable phones to be fairly well established.
Meanwhile, we’ve got likes like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, Motorola Razr, and others flying the foldables flag. They remain expensive, but that will change as the cost of technology drops.