Earlier this month, reports showed that Oppo was entering the foldable smartphone market. However, those same reports suggested the device is only now entering development, suggesting a launch is someway off. It now seems Oppo is making fantastic progress and is aiming to launch the handset by the end of the year.
The smartphone in question is said to be foldable in the vein of Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip series. In other words, a clamshell phone that opens and closes with the main screen on the inside. Often-accurate leaker Mukul Sharma says Oppo has already internally tested the device and will launch before the close of 2022.
While Oppo still flies under the radar for many customers, it is the fourth biggest smartphone manufacturer. That is in terms of both sales and market share, according to Counterpoint. Oppos is behind only Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi.
Oppo is also known for going all-out when launching a new flagship-level device. Expect the company's foldable to have all the latest specs and probably the kitchen sink as well.
Alongside the flip-style device, there are rumors Oppo is also working on a full book-style foldable like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold. This device is also having internal testing for a launch across Europe and Asia. This second device could also make its debut this year.
As mentioned, Oppo will likely provide top specs and design, while also undercutting Samsung on price. Reports point to the clamshell flip Oppo phone costing just $756 or €718. Samsung's Galaxy X Flip 3 retails for $1000.
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