The Oppo Find N2 and its beautiful screen.
Okay, admittedly, “bargain price” is pushing it. Even if foldables like the Find N2 Flip are definitely more affordable when compared to the competition, the price tag is still quite far from midrange phones. But we’ve been seeing new foldables for years, so when are they finally going to become more affordable for people with tighter budgets?
Well, Billi Zhang — Oppo’s vice president for overseas sales — went into details about this phenomenon during the Q&A. To put things bluntly: until foldables start seeing even wider adoption rates and selling more units, the price drop won’t come. Regardless of how good companies are at making this type of smartphones, the tech is still expensive, and so is the research required to push the boundaries that leads to improved yearly iterations.
Zhang gave an example of a foldable that has a weaker SoC, no external screen and underperforming cameras, then described it as a bad product that users will not be interested in, even if it comes at the price of a midrange smartphone.
Oppo wrapped things up with a statement that they are not interested in this type of product, as the user-experience is a top priority. Billy Zhang said that there may come a time in half a year or so when such a midrange foldable could enter the market. But even then Oppo would not be interested in competing with it.