OnePlus Open: Shaking the Foldable Smartphone Scene, Takes on Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold5
Embracing foldable tech, OnePlus unveils the Open, set to rival Samsung's Z Fold5. Gear up for an exciting reveal in late August. The competition heats up
OnePlus has pulled a slick move. With Samsung's mammoth product release - Galaxy Z Fold5, Galaxy Z Flip5, Galaxy Watch6 family, and the Galaxy Tab S9 - captivating audiences worldwide, OnePlus seized the spotlight by throwing its hat into the ring of foldable smartphones.
Through a masterfully cryptic tweet, OnePlus confirmed its first-ever foldable smartphone, OnePlus Open. The name aligns with the recent rumour mill, but what's even more intriguing is the strategic use of the term "Fold," which leaves no room for doubt that OnePlus Open is all set to challenge Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold5, paving the way for an exciting rivalry. The clever play of words in the tweet adds a sprinkle of friendly competition in the burgeoning foldable phone segment.
The OnePlus Open, slated for an official reveal in New York at the end of August, has been buzzing in the tech community through CAD-based leaks and speculations. The striking similarity to a leaked schematic of Oppo's Find N3 raises an interesting possibility. As the Find N3 is speculated to be a China-exclusive release, the OnePlus Open could be the international counterpart, carrying the foldable innovation to a global audience.
The speculated specifications of OnePlus Open are a testament to the company's commitment to redefine premium smartphone experience. A 6.3-inch AMOLED cover screen with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate is believed to adorn the front, along with a 20 MP hole-punch selfie camera. The main screen is rumoured to be a 7.8-inch LTPO AMOLED, boasting a resolution of 1,900 x 2,100 and a 120 Hz refresh rate, supplemented with a 32 MP selfie cam.
Powering the device could be the advanced Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, with up to 16GB of RAM and a staggering 512GB of storage. OnePlus Open could borrow the main and ultrawide cameras from the OnePlus 11, while adding a new 64 MP telephoto lens to its repertoire. A robust 4,800 mAh battery and 67W fast charging support are also rumoured, promising users a long-lasting, smooth, and powerful experience.
While the OnePlus Open appears to be a direct response to Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold5, it’s intriguing to see how the competition unfolds. The features, design, and pricing will play a critical role in determining the success of this device. As the world waits with bated breath for the end of August, OnePlus Open could be the catalyst that shakes up the world of foldable smartphones.