Oppo foldable phone: Everything you need to know

Of course, this remains unconfirmed at the time of writing, but we’ll update this article when more details become available.

It should be noted that the foldable device is thought to be different to the rollable Oppo X 2021, which is an official concept phone. That device features a revolutionary scrollable display powered by motors that glide the expanding surface into place.

How much will the Oppo foldable phone cost?

Again, there’s no price available at this time. For some indication though, we can look to the other foldable models that have already been released.

As you’d expect, these cutting-edge devices cost a lot. Foldables are still such new technology, that the cost of entry will remain high for a while yet, so expect to pay well over the £1,000/$1,000 mark.

What features will the Oppo folding phone have?

As with the pricing and release date, any hint of the specs in the upcoming Oppo foldable remain unclear. Obviously, though, it will have a foldable display.

Ross Young, a display expert, tweeted back in December that Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo will release four foldable models between them in 2021, with Samsung following suit with three new devices. (The tweet is badly worded – Oppo isn’t releasing four folding phones by itself, and Young clarified that in a later tweet.)

Reports from Chun on Twitter, Arsenal on Weibo, and The Elec all predict a 7.1in internal display in a clamshell form factor, and using LTPO tech rather than OLED – which could indicate support for dynamic refresh rate.

There’s less agreement on the outer display – early reports predicted an external display between 1.5 and 2in in size, with Arsenal specifying that the company has settled on a 2in panel here. 

All of this points to Oppo offering a clamshell foldable, the same form factor as the Motorola Razr and upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, as opposed to the larger tablet-style foldables adopted by Huawei and Xiaomi.

However, since then a more recent report from The Elec points to a much larger 5.45in outer display. If this is correct, it suggests that the phone is either not a clamshell, or is one but has a large outer display covering the phone when folded, which would be a first. Or, of course, it could be that the leaks are confused and there are two Oppo foldables in the works, one in each form factor.

The same Elec report also points to the display tech being used, claiming that Oppo is among several foldable manufacturers moving to use ultra-thin glass (UTG) to cover the folding display. This is the same tech that Samsung has adopted for all of its foldables following the first Galaxy Z Fold, so the move is unsurprising since it’s Samsung that’s tipped to providing the phone’s internal display.

Aside from all this, expect top-line specs, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 5G compatibility, multiple camera lenses and all the bells and whistles you’d hope for with a premium-priced device.

One thing we have seen from Oppo recently, is how it will approach foldable technology going forward, with the company showing off a foldable concept phone at the 4th China International Industrial Design Expo in December 2020.

This device uses three foldable screens, attached by hinges, that allow the user to unfurl the display to the height they prefer. There’s also a stylus contained within one of the segments to allow note-taking and other pen-based tasks.

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The concept phone it obviously still far from a reality, but if Oppo can bring any of that technology to the 2022 device, then it could be the one that sets the standard for those that follow. 

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