Several firms have jumped on the foldable bandwagon in the recent past, ever since Samsung introduced its first Galaxy Fold smartphone in 2019. Other firms are attempting to catch up to Samsung, which is the market leader in the foldable area with the debut of its latest Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. According to recent speculations, Oppo could be the next firm to enter the foldable smartphone market, possibly as early as this month.
To refresh your recollection, Oppo was one of the first firms to demonstrate a foldable phone in 2019. It was a couple of years ago when Oppo’s VP Brian Shen released real-world photographs of a prototype foldable device on Weibo. However, we haven’t heard anything about a foldable device from the Chinese giant since then, despite the fact that Oppo has filed patents for foldable devices and shown off a rollable device.
Nonetheless, a recent report cites a new patent from Oppo for a foldable device. The patent was reportedly spotted on the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), and the images of the device take us right back to 2019 as they look similar to the prototype device that Shen shared at the time.
When it comes to the design of the Oppo Fold, or whatever name it will be given when it is released, the gadget has an outward folding display, similar to the Huawei Mate X. Because the left edge of the device has screen real estate, the patent photos show the power button and volume rockers on the right edge.
Apart from that, the device could include a triple-camera configuration mounted vertically on the back’s lengthy strip. A SIM card slot is located on the device’s top edge, while a USB-C port for charging and data transfer is located on the bottom.
In terms of the smartphone’s release, if the current speculations are to be believed, Oppo could release its first foldable device as early as this month. However, we recommend that you take this information with a grain of salt because there is currently little data to back it up. However, we’ll keep an eye out for any new developments in this area and keep you updated. So keep an eye on the news.