The latest rumor suggests that OnePlus’ upcoming foldable phone, known as the OnePlus Open or OnePlus V Fold, could actually be a rebranded version of the Oppo Find N3. According to leaker Max Jambor, the OnePlus foldable will essentially be the same device as the Oppo Find N3 but with different branding.
This is not entirely surprising, as OnePlus and Oppo are sister companies under the BBK Electronics umbrella. They also often share technologies and resources, and in the past, both companies have released similar devices with slight variations in design and features.
If this rumor turns out to be true, it could mean that the Oppo Find N3, which was initially a China-exclusive device, may also be launched in other markets, including the United States, under the OnePlus branding. This move could help OnePlus expand its foldable phone offering to a broader audience without the need for a completely new design.
By offering a foldable phone with a familiar form factor, OnePlus could leverage its existing customer base and brand recognition to introduce foldable technology to a wider audience. This move could be beneficial for both OnePlus and Oppo, as they can tap into each other’s strengths and expand their market reach.
The rumored launch date of August 29 for the OnePlus Open aligns with the company’s previous announcement of a foldable phone launching in the latter half of 2023. It’s not uncommon for smartphone manufacturers to follow a specific timeline for their product launches, and OnePlus seems to be on track with its foldable device.
The leaked specifications, including the 8-inch QHD+ 120Hz internal display, 6.5-inch FHD+ 120Hz external display, and the camera setup with a periscope lens, suggest a device that aims to compete in the premium segment. While foldable phones are still relatively new and considered a luxury, OnePlus may attempt to offer its foldable device at a competitive price point, similar to its strategy with previous flagship models.
Overall, the introduction of the OnePlus Open and other foldable smartphones in the market is an exciting development, and it will be interesting to see how they are received by consumers and how the foldable phone market evolves in the coming years.
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