Rumours are circulating that suggest OnePlus will be the next brand to get into the foldable smartphone game.
OnePlus is a part of the BBK family, and sister companies Vivo and Oppo have both released foldable devices, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see OnePlus doing the same.
As of now, the rumours are saying that the OnePlus foldables will likely be based on Oppo’s Find N2 and Find N2 Flip.
It’s still early days, and much of the information has yet to be revealed, but here’s what we’ve learned so far.
When will the OnePlus foldables be released?
OnePlus has not officially acknowledged the existence of any foldable phones at this point, but a teaser was shown after the brand’s Cloud 11 launch event, which showed what looks to be a foldable device coming in Q3 2023.
Leaker Max Jambor also tweeted an image suggesting that we’ll be seeing the new devices in 2023.
In addition, the company has trademarked the names OnePlus V Fold and V Flip in China, as uncovered by Mukul Sharma. His source claims that these phones have already begun internal testing in several regions.
Later intelligence coming from Yogesh Brar, on behalf of PriceBaba, claims that OnePlus will be holding a launch event for the phones in New York sometime in the early half of August – squarely in the Q3 timeframe. In addition, Brar says the V Fold and V Flip will launch globally with focuses on the United States and India.
What specs and features will they have?
- Likely based on the Oppo Find N2 phones
Older rumours about the OnePlus foldable originated from PriceBaba, which reported that the device would be identical to the Oppo Find N, back in April of 2022.
However, in the time since, Oppo has launched the Find N2 and Find N2 Flip, so it’s far more likely that OnePlus’ foldable devices would be based on those instead – especially given the trademarked names of V Fold and V Flip.
As we mentioned up top, Oppo and OnePlus both fall under the BBK umbrella, and it’s not uncommon to find hardware and software similarities between the various brand’s offerings.
It’s very possible that BBK could use the OnePlus brand to launch the Oppo Find N2 outside of China, as OnePlus has better brand recognition, at least in Europe and the US.
The Find N2 Flip, on the other hand, is confirmed to be launching outside of China in the coming months. Having two identical phones with different brand names would be a little confusing to consumers, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
How much do we expect them to cost?
- Could be priced similarly to the Oppo Find N2 devices
It’s far too early for us to gather any concrete information on pricing, but we can look at the Oppo Find N2 phones as a guide.
In China, the Find N2 retails for 7999 CNY (~$1185) and the Find N2 Flip costs 5999 (~$890).
The international version of the Find N2 Flip costs £849 / ~$1000, but the Find N2 is still only available in China.
It’s worth noting, that prices are often higher when these devices make it to total sale, as can be seen with the Flip. So expect to pay more than the price listed above for OnePlus’ full-fat foldable.
OnePlus V Fold and V Flip rumours: The story so far
Here is everything we have heard so far about the upcoming OnePlus foldable phones. We will drop any new stories in here as they appear.
February 8 2023: Did OnePlus just tease its first foldable phone?
During its launch event, OnePlus showed what looks to be a teaser for its first folding phone.
January 30 2023: OnePlus next to embrace foldable phones, possibly V Fold and V Flip
OnePlus is reportedly working on its own foldable phone range, according to an industry tipster, for release this year.
August 15 2022: OnePlus boss teases manufacturer’s first foldable
OnePlus co-founder and CEO, Pete Lau, has released a couple of images that hint to the manufacturer’s first foldable phone.
April 11 2022: OnePlus first foldable could be rebadged Oppo Find N
OnePlus is rumoured to be working on a foldable smartphone, said to be identical to the Oppo Find N.