Oppo Shows Off Its Foldable Phone Prototype, Features Design Similar to Huawei Mate X

Oppo Shows Off Its Foldable Phone Prototype, Features Design Similar to Huawei Mate X

Photo Credit: Weibo/ Brian Shen

Oppo's foldable phone prototype sports an outward-wrapped flexible display panel

  • Oppo's foldable phone prototype has been showcased by VP Brian Shen
  • Shen posted a few photos on Weibo to reveal the new Oppo phone
  • The Oppo handset appears to have a thick bar with a camera module

After Samsung and Huawei, Oppo is likely to be the next smartphone vendor to bring a foldable phone to the market. Vice President Brian Shen on Monday divulged the development by showcasing a prototype of a foldable phone by Oppo -- without revealing any specifications or availability information. The prototype looks quite similar to the Huawei Mate X that was unveiled at a pre-MWC conference in Barcelona on Sunday. However, the overall form factor, which is foldable, is somewhat also the reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Fold that the South Korean company announced at the Galaxy Unpacked event last week. 

Oppo foldable phone design, features

As per the images posted by Shen on Weibo, the prototype of the foldable phone by Oppo offers an outward-wrapped flexible display that provides two screens when folded and a single screen experience when unfolded. This seems similar to the Huawei Mate X that offers an 8-inch display when unfolded.

In addition to the flexible display panel, the foldable phone prototype appears to have a thick bar on one side that includes a camera module. It is likely that the phone would let users capture selfies and landscape shots using the same camera module -- just as the Mate X. Also, there isn't any notch or cutout when unfolded, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold that has a notch for the selfie camera module.

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The camera module on Oppo's foldable phone prototype also appears to have a dual-LED flash. Furthermore, the thick bar has Oppo branding.

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Oppo foldable phone sports a design similar to Huawei Mate X
Photo Credit: Weibo/ Brian Shen

The prototype appears to have a new ColorOS version backed by Android. Moreover, Shen has asked Weibo users whether they want Oppo to kick off the mass production of the new foldable phone. This points to the prototyping stage of the new model.

Huawei Mate X vs Samsung Galaxy Fold

It is quite an early stage to comment on the price of the foldable phone by Oppo. However, if we look at the price of EUR 2,299 (roughly Rs. 2,09,400) of the Huawei Mate X and $1,980 (roughly Rs. 1,41,000) of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the new Oppo phone would cost significantly higher than the latest flagship smartphones.

The foldable phone pricing is going to be a key factor in adoption of this new form factor, analysts have claimed. Given the unrefined nature of the just announced foldable models, we are unlikely to see sales in large numbers.  

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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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