Samsung India is soon set to get a proper competitor in the foldable space with the launch of OnePlus’ first foldable. The Chinese smartphone maker has been working on a device that is expected to be called the OnePlus Open. The company is planning to release the device later this year. OnePlus is reportedly partnering with sister brand OPPO to develop this phone. The device has been the subject of many leaks in recent months.
Earlier, OnePlus had teased the upcoming OnePlus foldable in response to the Galaxy Z Fold 5 launch. The company also mentioned that it would soon enter the foldable market and come with “flagship specifications.” This is quite a statement, as OnePlus has yet to have any flagship-grade smartphones in its portfolio.
The OnePlus Open is tipped to be an open book-style vertically folding device, much like the Oppo Find N2. According to a tipster, it will sport a 7.8-inch 2K AMOLED inner primary display and a 6.3-inch AMOLED cover display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It will be powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, backed up with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Recently, a leaked video showcasing the Open’s hinge build and its gapless design has surfaced on YouTube. It is worth mentioning that the video was shot on an early prototype of the OnePlus device. The video also showcases the device from both closed and opened angles. The OnePlus Open, as it is being referred to, looks sharp, even though the early build is unfinished. The inner screen bezels, however, appear thick and raised higher than other foldable phones on the market.
One of the most exciting aspects about the OnePlus foldable is its hinge build. The company has reportedly revamped the hinge on its older devices and incorporated it into the Open. This will enable the device to fold seamlessly, and it is said that there is no noticeable crease or gap on either side of the device when it is folded.
Besides the improved hinge, the OnePlus Open is also expected to offer better battery life than other foldables on the market. It is tipped to feature a 4,800mAh cell, capable of fast charging at up to 67W speeds. This is lower than the 100W speeds offered by some of the more premium foldables in the market, but it will significantly improve what OnePlus currently offers with its phones. Lastly, the company’s popular OxygenOS will also be available on the OnePlus Open, which should give it a competitive edge over the other foldables in the market.