OnePlus has had a busy time at MWC 2023, with a OnePlus 11 Concept phone, a hands-on OnePlus Pad review and the unveiling of a OnePlus 45W Liquid Cooler. But perhaps the company saved the best for last.
In a panel hosted by BingoTingo’s Senior Phones Editor Alex Walker-Todd, we heard from Kinder Liu, OnePlus’ President and COO, that the company is building its first foldable phone and plans to launch the device before the end of 2023.
Specifically, this foldable OnePlus will appear in the second half of the year, so somewhere between July and December.
Liu said of the phone: “Our first foldable phone will have OnePlus’ signature fast and smooth experience. It has to be a flagship phone that does not settle down due to its foldable shape, in terms of industrial design, mechanical technology and other aspects. We want to launch a device that aims to be the top experience in today’s foldable market.”
So it sounds like this is going to be a no-compromise phone, and probably very expensive as a result. That said, most OnePlus phones – including the OnePlus 11 – are a little cheaper than many of their rivals, so there’s some hope the same is true for the company’s first foldable phone.
OnePlus hasn’t revealed anything else about this phone yet, but it has said more information will be revealed in the coming months. However, this is a company that tends to trickle out information ahead of launch, so it’s quite possible we’ll learn most of the details before the OnePlus foldable is fully unveiled.
Analysis: It could be similar to the Oppo Find N2
While OnePlus hasn’t said more about its foldable phone, there are some clues about what shape it might take.
For starters, we’ve been hearing rumors of a foldable OnePlus for a while now, with the more recent ones suggesting it might be based on the Oppo Find N, which was only available in China.
OnePlus is a subsidiary of Oppo, so that’s definitely a possibility; although since we heard these leaks the Oppo Find N2 has launched, so it seems more likely to base the OnePlus foldable on the newer phone.
The Oppo Find N2 is also only available in China (although the Oppo Find N2 Flip has launched more widely), so it wouldn’t be a competitor to a OnePlus device in most of the world.
This is just speculation though, so don’t be surprised if the OnePlus foldable is something completely different; but for reference, the Oppo Find N2 has a 7.1-inch 1792 x 1920 foldable screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate, a 5.54-inch 1080 x 2120 flip screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate, and a 4,520 mAh battery with 67W charging.
It also has a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a triple-lens camera with a 50MP wide snapper, a 48MP ultrawide, and a 32MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom. That’s an impressive range of specs, so if the OnePlus foldable is based on this, it could stand a good chance of being among the best foldables around.