OnePlus will finally enter the foldable phone space later this year. It’s been a long time coming, but the wait might be worth it. OnePlus has had plenty of time to learn from the mistakes and successes of its competitors. Its mothership, OPPO, now has three foldable phones under its belt. Suffice to say, OnePlus is in a unique position to make a great foldable phone. The leaks have the OnePlus Fold pegged as a premium device with all the flagship frills attached. Here’s everything we know so far.
Will there be a foldable OnePlus?
The OnePlus foldable phone marketing name may still be pending, but the device is definitely in the works. In fact, it could be just around the corner (more on that later in the next section). After years of rumors, OnePlus first teased the 2023 launch of the so-called OnePlus Fold during the OnePlus 11 launch event. Then, during the MWC 2023 in February, OnePlus further confirmed the details of the upcoming phone’s launch. folding. So yes, we will see OnePlus Fold, or as the company decides to call it, this year.
What is the OnePlus Fold release date?
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While OnePlus hasn’t shared specifics of the OnePlus Fold’s launch, it has confirmed that the release will take place in the second half of this year. Narrowing it down further, the company has teased a Q3 launch, meaning the phone should be out before the end of September. We imagine it will closely follow the launch of Samsung’s new foldable phones. Indeed, a recent leak also stated that we could see the OnePlus Fold as early as the first half of August. The phone is expected to launch globally, including in markets like the US and India. The UK is also expected to be on the OnePlus launch roster. As for the rest of Europe, OnePlus Fold availability may vary from country to country. OPPO and OnePlus are in a legal battle with Nokia in the region, forcing the companies to scale back their presence in some markets.
What features and specifications will the OnePlus Fold have?
OnePlus Fold is not a clamshell device. Meaning it doesn’t fold and unfold like a flip phone. OnePlus is sticking to the more traditional book-style foldout format, which should be very clear with all the leaked renders shown in this article.
Officially, the company hasn’t divulged much about the foldable phone, but it has promised a fast and smooth OnePlus experience. We hope this means smooth folding action, no display bending, and a crisp software experience. Thankfully, the leaks have given us a lot to think about. Renowned informant On Leaks shared everything from renders to a full spec sheet for the OnePlus Fold.
All-black renders of the OnePlus foldable phone show a relatively slim fold with several interesting design choices. We see flat edges, a leather back that should be very comfortable to hold when done right, and an alert slider on the left side – a rarity for a foldable phone.
A large circular camera cutout on the back of the device is reminiscent of the OnePlus 11 and houses three cameras in all, complete with Hasselblad branding. There’s also a cutout in the left corner of the fold-out screen and one in the center of the cover display.
Specifications and features
The OnePlus Fold is shaping up to be a complete flagship. It is said to feature a 7.8-inch 2K AMOLED display on the inside, with a 6.3-inch AMOLED flanking the front. Both displays are expected to support a 120Hz refresh rate, although there may be differences in minimum refresh rates if the LTPO technology is different.
Performance is said to be handled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC and a sizable 16GB RAM. The spec leak only mentions 256GB of internal storage, but we could see other tiers of storage as well. There may be a 4,800mAh battery with 67W fast charging. The report doesn’t mention wireless charging, although we can’t rule out the feature until the phone boots up.
In the camera department, we could see a 48MP primary sensor, a 48MP ultrawide sensor, and a 64MP telephoto sensor. The cover screen might feature a 32MP selfie snapper, and the inside screen might feature a 20MP selfie snapper.
The phone will likely ship with Oxygen OS 13.1 based on Android 13, but should be a prime candidate for getting Android 14 once the software is stable.
What will be the price of OnePlus Fold?
Given that this is OnePlus’ first foldable phone, there’s no precedent for us to predict how much it would cost. However, we don’t expect it to be cheaper than $1,000 for sure. When OPPO entered the folding fray, it launched the Find N at around $1,200. That phone now has a Find N2 follow-up that’s similarly priced, starting at 7,999 Chinese Yuan (~$1,108). As an OPPO sub-brand, it could be argued that the OnePlus Fold will also follow a similar launch pricing strategy, making it significantly cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Pixel Fold. Even a price tag of around $1,500 could be a sweet spot for OnePlus, depending on how many units it plans to move.
Obviously, we will have to wait for more concrete details to emerge regarding the price of the OnePlus Fold. With renders and spec leaks out of the way, we’re guessing a price leak won’t be far off.
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