We thought that 2021 would be the year of foldable phones’ rise, but apparently, this isn’t happening. Earlier this year, rumors pointed towards the arrival of many foldable devices from various brands like Oppo, Honor, and even Google. However, with just one month remaining, it seems that that will need to wait until the next year. Google reportedly canceled, or at least postponed, its foldable Pixel due to continuous constraints in the components segment. Oppo, which was expected to launch a foldable smartphone, probably also had big challenges and should not bring one this year. Despite this, a new leak suggests that whenever it comes, it will be called Oppo Find N 5G.
The technology behind foldable smartphones is still giving its first steps. So far, only Samsung has mastered this technology and is still improving it every year through its Z Fold and Z Flip series. The Korean firm is proving that if you have enough resources to produce good, but not crazily expensive products, you can still achieve success in this segment. This is something that not every smartphone brand can afford. Also, selling foldable smartphones amidst the global crisis can be a difficult task.
Oppo Find N 5G will be the brand’s first foldable smartphone
This year, however, we still had a nice surprise coming from Xiaomi in the form of the Mi MIX Fold. However, it was exclusive to the Chinese market. Other devices are still on track, and Oppo will still be one of the brands bringing a foldable device soon. According to tipster Digital Chat Station, Oppo is preparing a foldable device that could be dubbed Oppo Find N 5G. The post from Weibo also brings reference to the long-forgotten Oppo N series of phones and a photo of an Oppo N3. For those unaware, this lineup brought a device with the main camera on a motorized swivel so it could act as a selfie and also capture panoramas.
Another of his posts is related to the mysterious Oppo Find 5G which mentions a foldable display and a 50 MP Sony IMX766 sensor for selfies. The post also brings reference to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra which pull-off selfies with the main camera through a tiny display on the back. Perhaps, the Oppo Find N 5G will also bring a tiny display outside. Anyway, most of the rumors suggest it will pack an inward folder. The fact that it belongs to the Find series probably means it will pack flagship specifications. Hopefully, we won’t be seeing a foldable mid-range as Motorola did.
A different source claims that Oppo’s foldable phone will have a 7.8- to 8-inch OLED display. It will bear a 2 K resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. Apparently, it is far into its development and production cycle that units are already dissipating through internal channels to stores for the purposes of employee training. So, we can have hopes for an imminent release.