Oppo has long been rumored to be working on its first foldable smartphone, and it was always due to arrive at some point this year. And while it didn't launch in the first half of 2021 as some rumors claimed, it's apparently still on track to become official before the end of the year.
In fact, according to the newest rumor out of China, we should expect the foldable to be announced in November. It will allegedly have an 8" foldable internal display with 120 Hz refresh rate and LTPO technology, which probably means it will be made by Samsung. The phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which is a strange move considering the timing - the successor to the 888 should be unveiled in December, with one or two phones for the Chinese market running it already being made official by the end of this year.Image of an older Oppo foldable prototype
Anyway, the leakster behind today's rumor is also implying that Oppo's foldable won't be cheap, which isn't very surprising. We should further add that so far there's been no mention of whether this device will be made available globally. It's safe to assume it will be offered in the Chinese market, but we'll have to wait and see if it stays relegated to that market like Xiaomi's Mix 4, or if it will get a wider release.
Previous rumors talked about the Oppo foldable having a 50 MP main rear camera with Sony's IMX766 sensor and a 32 MP selfie snapper, as well as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Another way to cut down costs is to give lower RAM and internal storage. That could contribute to another $150 to $250 price cut.
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Looking at how bad the Z Flip3 battery endurance rating is, it seems like clamshell isn't really the way forward. Clamshell works if you want a modernized flip phone, but that's about it.