Chinese smartphone brand Oppo in all probability will be the next handset vendor to come unveil its foldable device. The company’s vice president Brian Shen has revealed this by showcasing a prototype of Oppo’s foldable phone. However, Oppo’s vice president has not thrown light on the specifications or availability information of the upcoming device.
We should mention that Oppo‘s prototype handset looks a lot like the Huawei Mate X that was launched recently at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. But then, its form factor also reminded us of Samsung Galaxy Fold that was unveiled on February 20.
From the images that have been shared by Shen on Weibo, it can be seen that Oppo is working on a device that will fold outwards and will have a flexible display. When unfolded, users will be able to use the device as a tablet.
This is where the device is similar to Huawei Mate X, which provides a real estate of 8-inches on the screen when it is unfolded.
Besides this, Oppo’s foldable phone will also come with a thick bar on one side that will house the camera module of the smartphone. It is being speculated that like Huawei Mate X smartphone, the device would let users capture selfies and landscape shots with this camera module. It is also worth adding that the smartphone does not have a notch or a cut-out when it is unfolded. For those unaware, Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with a notch on its display to house the selfie camera of the device.
Coming back to Oppo’s foldable device, its camera module also has a dual LED flash and the thick bar also has the Oppo branding on it.
It is also being speculated that the prototype will run Android skinned with ColorOS. In addition to sharing the picture, Shen also asked Weibo users if they wanted the company to begin the mass production of the smartphone. This further points towards the device being in the prototype stage.
Although it is too early to comment on the pricing of the upcoming smartphone, it is being said that like Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold, it will be in the premium category too.