A foldable OnePlus phone has actually been in the rumor mill for a while now, so this confirmation might not come as a complete surprise. Of course, a foldable phone can come in two to three forms these days, so it’s still uncertain which path OnePlus would take, at least until now. Lau showed off what was clearly a long hinge that took the foldable clamshell out of the equation. OnePlus’ first foldable phone would most likely fold like a small notebook, and we might not have to look far to see what it could look like.
It wouldn’t be so far-fetched to think that the OnePlus Fold, or whatever its name would be, will share many things in common with the Oppo Find N. Despite the two’s insistence that they aren’t related, Oppo and OnePlus did eventually merge their R&D departments, creating closer ties between the two companies. Some of the fruits of that relationship were outright rejected by some camps, forcing OnePlus to reconsider its decision to embrace Oppo’s ColorOS almost wholesale. That, however, doesn’t contradict expectations that the Oppo Find N would be the basis of OnePlus’ own foldable model.
OnePlus could, of course, do better than Oppo, and it definitely has to. The company has to distinguish itself not just in design and UX but also in overall value. Given how it has been pricing its handsets, there is a great deal of expectation that the OnePlus foldable will have a more accessible price tag, and it could even be the most affordable foldable phone in that category — presuming OnePlus sticks to its usual pricing strategy, that is.