Samsung launched the fourth iteration of its foldable phones last week, while Xiaomi launched the second iteration of its foldable phone.
OnePlus could be joining the folding train, or at least that’s what we can do with OnePlus co-founder and CEO Pete Lau’s recent tweet.
What do you think this is? 😉 pic.twitter.com/vrT2pzQ7jXAugust 12, 2022
As you can see, Pete Lau has posted the gears of a folding phone. Everyone lost their minds over the tweet as it sounded like an official tease from Pete about a OnePlus foldable. Many media outlets reported this as a confirmation of the OnePlus foldable phone.
Pete Lau later mentioned that the gears he posted are from the Oppo Find N, Oppo’s folding phone released last year. And it’s not OnePlus’ next foldable phone.
This is the Find N hinge system 🦾 We’ve spent years making sure we certify the details (like the virtually crease-free display) to meet our users’ needs. What do you want from a foldable? 🤔👇 pic.twitter.com/B63psFlUylAugust 12, 2022
You may not know that Pete Lau is not only the co-founder and CEO of OnePlus, but also the COO of Oppo.
He was using the hinge part of the Oppo Find N folding phone for the post, while many fans and media interpreted this as a tease for OnePlus’ next folding phone. And many have even reported it as a hinge of OnePlus’ upcoming folding phone.
But all hope is not gone yet, Pete Lau also posted a post on the OnePlus community. The post is titled: “What do you want from the next generation(s) of foldables?”.
Of course, that’s not a confirmation of the OnePlus foldable phone you were hoping for. It’s just a community post asking community users for their opinion on foldable phones. But the OnePlus community post is certainly an indication that OnePlus is indeed floating around on the idea of foldable phones.
What to expect from a OnePlus foldable?
With recent OnePlus releases being increasingly based on Oppo and Realme phones, we can expect the OnePlus foldable phone to be based on an Oppo foldable phone.
Oppo currently has the Oppo Find N folding phone, but it is only available in the Chinese market. Oppo could be coming up with Oppo Find N successors soon. There were reports (opens in new tab) of Oppo Find N Fold and Oppo Find N Flip, which will be launched in global markets.
OnePlus’ new folding phone (phones?) would likely be based on these phones. OnePlus is releasing some rebranded Oppo phones in the US and international markets, so we can expect the phone to be a rebranded Oppo phone. Let’s wait now.