OnePlus and OPPO, two of the biggest names in the Android smartphone market, are teaming up to release their first foldable phone, the OnePlus Open
. This device substitutes the awaited OPPO Find N3 and has been rumored to launch later this month in the $1K-$1,300 price range.
In an exclusive interview with Unbox Therapy
, Pete Lau
(Founder of OnePlus and SVP of OPPO) provided an early look at the upcoming OnePlus Open
, the first foldable device by OnePlus, as well as some insight on what makes it unique and the marketing strategy surrounding this launch.
During the interview, Lau was asked whether this product is going to be identical to an OPPO folding device and how he sees the difference between the two brands. To this Lau replied:
This folding phone is jointly developed by the OPPO team and the OnePlus team because we want to create a synergy and bring the best of the two teams together because both teams have accumulated strong experience. This folding phone will have a different go to market strategy in different regions, because there is only one…the best…folding phone now. OPPO team has accumulated strong experience in the foldable design and in the camera technologies, while OnePlus is famous for the fast and smooth experience, the burdenless design, and the peak performance of the hardware. So, we decided to bring the best of these two teams together and create this folding phone, and we will use a different go to market strategy in different regions so that more users will be able to have their hands on this device.
The OnePlus Open/OPPO Find N3 is rumored to have a number of impressive features, including the highest pixel density of any folding display currently on the market. This means that the display will be extremely sharp and clear, even when folded. The phone is also expected to have a more compact hinge than the Find N2, its predecessor, making it lighter and more durable, a fact confirmed by Lau during said interview.
Another key feature of the OnePlus Open/OPPO Find N3 will be the textured alert slider, which is proudly shown off during the interview. This is a signature OnePlus feature that allows users to quickly and easily silence their phone or put it into vibration mode. The alert slider is a popular feature with OnePlus fans, and it is good to see that it will be included on the company’s first foldable phone.
Image Source – Unbox Therapy
Unfortunately, the camera housing for the device was covered up during the interview, as were all of the b-roll shots. Additionally, there was one piece of bad news revealed during the interview, and that was the possibility of OnePlus/OPPO’ releasing a flip style phone at some point. To this, Lau answered that there are currently no plans to add that form factor to their lineup. Hopefully that answer changes in time.
The OnePlus Open/OPPO Find N3 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting foldable phones of the year. With its high-resolution display, compact hinge, alert slider, and the rumored powerful specs, it is sure to be a hit with consumers.