Foldable phones are all the rage nowadays. Candy bar style flagship phones like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy lineups have become a bit boring in a consumer market that craves ingenuity.
While Apple hasn’t taken the plunge into the folding or flipping world yet, Samsung andGoogle have. Samsung released the Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 a couple of months ago, while Google did the same with the Pixel Fold. Motorola came out with the Razr+ in June.
OnePlus Open: What does it look like?
Companies in other countries have entered the market as well, but U.S. residents haven’t had many options to choose from in the foldable segment. OnePlus is trying to change that. On Thursday, the Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer revealed the “OnePlus Open“, a folding phone similar to the Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold.
This didn’t come as a shock to anyone, as the phone has been rumored and designs were drawn up for a while before it was even announced. Still, it’s a major moment for OnePlus and one that is sure to make Apple, Samsung and Google perk up their eyebrows.
While the Open will be OnePlus’ first folding phone, technically, its parent company Oppo is on their second-generation flip phone and third-generation folding phone. So while the Pixel Fold was Google’s first true foray into the foldable world, OnePlus already had experience in the area. That should help alleviate concerns about durability
Release Date, Price and Features of OnePlus Open
The Open will feature a 6.31-inch outside display with 2K resolution and an LTPO 120Hz screen. The inside screens will measure 7.82 inches with similar specs. The phone is capable of reaching 2,800 nits of peak brightness, which is unprecedented for mobile phones.
The camera system has been created in conjunction with Hasselblad, a notable Swedish camera and lens manufacturer. The phone will run on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and come with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Users will be able to charge the phone at 67W, which should get you from 1-to-100 percent in 42 minutes.
OnePlus plans to start shipping these out on October 26. with pre-ordering already live. The MSRP is $1,699, which is only $100 cheaper than the Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold. The company is offering an additional $200 trade-in incentive on their website, as well as a free pair of earbuds.
It’s a slightly high price considering most consumers would associate OnePlus as being more of a budget brand. We’ll see if they’ll be able to move a lot of units at the current price.
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