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OnePlus To Meet Foldable Phone Demand

Despite the company previously claiming that they were in no rush to make a foldable phone, OnePlus are reportedly developing one. According to PriceBaba, a OnePlus foldable smartphone is currently “in development” and will resemble the Oppo Find N, made by the same parent company, BBK Electronics.

Its worth noting that currently, the Oppo Find N is exclusive to China. However, the launch of a OnePlus foldable may mark plans to sell globally.

PriceBaba doesn’t reveal any information on when the OnePlus foldable will be available, where it will be available or how much it will cost, only revealing that OnePlus is set to launch five devices in 2022, and this is not one of them.

Previously, in 2020, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau expressed his disinterest in foldable phones, saying that the company doesn’t believe that they are worth investing in.

”We haven’t found that the significant advantage or value that’s brought [from a foldable form factor] that isn’t outweighed by the shortcomings or the disadvantages of the current state of the technology [sic]“.

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However, following the merge with Oppo, OnePlus seem to be realizing the market potential and high demand for foldable phones, and want to capitalize on the interest. Samsung, as one of the pioneers of the technology, noted that their Galaxy foldable phones make up 10% of overall smartphone sales. Recent studies also found that 26% of Australians are interested in foldable smartphones.

Companies such as Motorola and Huawei among others have also released foldable phones, and more companies, such as Microsoft and Google, are tipped to follow.

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