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OnePlus CEO teases company’s first foldable device, here’s how it’s designed


OnePlus working on a foldable device, most likely a smartphone, CEO Pete Lau teased through a Twitter post where he showed off the metal hinge of the device’s body. The OnePlus CEO shared two images with his post and looking through them we can assume the foldable device will not have a clamshell design and can unfold like a small laptop .

Rumors of OnePlus working on a foldable device have been around for quite some time, and the CEO’s post just confirmed it. The current, foldable phones, since they first appeared on the market, have been marketed as premium products that budget-conscious users will steer clear of. Initially, Samsung and Huawei emerged as the leaders with their foldable products and soon followed by other brands such as Xiaomi, Honor, Microsoft and Samsung. Oppo have also launched their foldable devices. However, only Samsung’s foldable smartphone is intended for the mass market. Others have limited numbers.
OnePlus could really change the game by bringing an ‘affordable’ foldable flagship device, something the current foldable device market lacks. That is a high possibility. The company can build on what Oppo did with the Find N and its pricing strategy could turn a profit for them with its foldable device. Now that the CEO has revealed the device himself, we hope to see more design and details about this foldable soon.
New foldable phones from Samsung and Xiaomi
Samsung recently launched two new foldable phones – Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip4. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a 6.2-inch HD + Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a resolution of 2316 x 904 pixels and adaptive refresh rates of 48Hz and 120Hz. When you unfold the device, there’s a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display with 120Hz refresh rate with support for Adaptive refresh rates from 1Hz to 120Hz. Under the hood, the smartphone comes with Qualcomm’s latest chipset – Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 paired with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB storage.
Like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is also equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. The device has a 1.9-inch shell display which is a Super AMOLED panel. The handset unfolds to reveal a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex display with a resolution of 2640 x 1080 pixels and a 22:9 display. It’s a 120Hz refresh rate panel and supports high refresh rates. Adaptive refresh rate allows smartphones to automatically adjust the refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz based on the content being viewed. The screen has a maximum brightness of 900 nits.
Xiaomi recently launched Mi Mix Fold 2. The company’s second foldable phone after the Mi Mix Fold launching in 2021. The Mi Mix Fold was not launched globally and was limited to the company’s home market, China. It remains to be seen whether the company will follow the same strategy for the Mi Mix Fold 2.





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