Oppo already has a foldable gadget on the market, with the Find N being one of the outstanding foldable of the year, but regretfully confined to the Chinese market. Now, reports say that the corporation might be working on a clamshell design that would not only introduce a flip-style gadget to the portfolio but also at a more accessible price than its costly stablemate.
Here’s what we know so far about the Oppo clamshell smartphone.
When will Oppo’s foldable clamshell launch?
There has been no news from Oppo about an official release date for their newest clamshell-styled gadget. However, GSMArena has revealed that Oppo has registered the titles Find N Fold and Find N Flip with the EU Intellectual Property Office. GSMArena also thinks that the devices might be available for purchase in foreign stores this coming autumn.
Additionally, Billy Zhang, Oppo’s Vice President of Overseas Sales, remarked that flip phones and foldable phones are the way of the future, and he stated that Europe would “probably” receive the next iteration of Oppo’s foldable phone.
We are going to assume that the Find N Fold and Find N Flip will correspond with the Samsung foldable of the same name. The Find N Fold will likely be a successor to the Find N book-style phone, and the Find N Flip will likely compete with other flip phones such as the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Motorola Razr.
There is also a correlation between this and reports from a Chinese tech reporter named Digital Chat Station. These reports state that the new phone will use the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which would put the launch of the Oppo Flip at the very earliest in the third quarter of 2022 (July to September).
Oppo clamshell price?
Oppo has not yet confirmed any specifics regarding the cost (or even the existence) of their next flip-style phone, same how they have not yet confirmed the release date.
Turning once further to the rumors, we have seen many claims (perhaps all prompted by the first post from Digital Chat Station) that the new gadget might be priced anywhere between one thousand and eight hundred dollars or pounds sterling. This would make it a competitive proposition when compared to other contemporary flip phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, the Motorola Razr 5G, and the Huawei P50 Pocket, all of which have the following pricing points:
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4:
- 8GB RAM + 128GB: $999/£999/€1,099
- 8GB RAM + 256GB: $1,059/£1,059/€1,159
- 8GB RAM + 256GB Bespoke Edition: $1,139/£1,099/€1,199
- 8GB RAM + 512GB: $1,179/£1,199/€1,279
Motorola Razr 5G:
Huawei P50 Pocket:
- 8GB RAM + 256GB: €1,299 (£1,100/$1,389)
- 12GB RAM + 512GB: €1,599 (£1,355/$1,700)
Oppo folding clamshell specs?
At this point, we do not have a lot of solid evidence to back up any of our hypotheses on the hardware that will be included in the Oppo Flip. As we have said before, there have been rumblings that the CPU in question would be the brand-new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is expected to be Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line silicon product in the year 2022. Aside from this, the only other thing that we are aware of about the flip format is that the fold in the screen will be horizontal rather than vertical, as is often the case with the format.
If the Oppo flip is going to beat out the Huawei P50 Pocket, which wowed us only recently, its hardware will need to be on par with or beyond that of its competitor. This apparatus is pre-assembled with high-profile components such as the following:
- Full HD+ (6.9in) (27901188) 120Hz OLED display that folds
- OLED cover display 1.04in (340340) 60Hz
- 8/12GB RAM 256/512GB internal storage Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G octa-core processor
- 40 megapixels, f/1.8 main camera + 13 megapixels, f/2.2 ultra-wide camera + 32 megapixels, f/1.8 ultra spectrum camera + 10.7 megapixels, f/2.2 selfie camera
Because of the continuous restrictions placed by the US government on the corporation, Huawei does not have support for 5G networks or Google applications. This is owing to the fact that Huawei is located in China. Keeping this in mind, Oppo would have an advantage over its competitors since it would not be subject to these constraints.
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is rumored to be arriving in August 2022 and is rumored to feature a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 8GB memory, 128/512GB storage, and the usual selection of excellent cameras. Samsung is currently the market leader when it comes to flip-phone smartphones, and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is expected to continue this trend. Therefore, if the Oppo Flip (if that’s what it’s going to be named) wants to grab the number one slot, it’s going to have its work cut out for it. We can only hope that we will find out as quickly as possible what each has to offer.