That seems increasingly unlikely as June goes on, and in fact The Elec predicts a much later date: 2022. The Korean site reports that Oppo is collaborating with Samsung on the phone's display, but that it has been delayed and now won't release until some time next year.
Of course, this remains unconfirmed at the time of writing, but we’ll update this article when more details become available.
It should be noted that the foldable device is thought to be different to the rollable Oppo X 2021, which is an official concept phone. That device features a revolutionary scrollable display powered by motors that glide the expanding surface into place.
How much will the Oppo foldable phone cost?
Again, there’s no price available at this time. For some indication though, we can look to the other foldable models that have already been released.
- Motorola Razr 5G - £1,399/US$1,399
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G - £1,399/US$1,399
- Samsung Galaxy Fold Z 2 - £1,799/US$1,999
- Huawei Mate XS - £2,299/US$2,700 (approx)
As you'd expect, these cutting-edge devices cost a lot. Foldables are still such new technology, that the cost of entry will remain high for a while yet, so expect to pay well over the £1,000/$1,000 mark.
What features will the Oppo folding phone have?
As with the pricing and release date, any hint of the specs in the upcoming Oppo foldable remain unclear. Obviously, though, it will have a foldable display.
Ross Young, a display expert, tweeted back in December that Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo will release four foldable models between them in 2021, with Samsung following suit with three new devices. (The tweet is badly worded - Oppo isn't releasing four folding phones by itself, and Young clarified that in a later tweet.)
Second half of 2021 is going to be really exciting for foldable smartphones. At least 3 models from Samsung, 4 models from Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi and 1 model from Google...BTW, no Z Fold Lite - Z Flip Lite. Specs for all are in our latest Foldable Report.— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) December 10, 2020
Reports from Chun on Twitter, Arsenal on Weibo, and The Elec all predict a 7.1in internal display in a clamshell form factor, and using LTPO tech rather than OLED - which could indicate support for dynamic refresh rate. They also predict an external display between 1.5 and 2in in size, with Arsenal specifying that the company has settled on a 2in panel here.
All of this does at least point to Oppo offering a clamshell foldable, the same form factor as the Motorola Razr and upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, as opposed to the larger tablet-style foldables adopted by Huawei and Xiaomi.
Aside from this, expect top-line specs, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 5G compatibility, multiple camera lenses and all the bells and whistles you’d hope for with a premium-priced device.
One thing we have seen from Oppo recently, is how it will approach foldable technology going forward, with the company showing off a foldable concept phone at the 4th China International Industrial Design Expo in December 2020.
This device uses three foldable screens, attached by hinges, that allow the user to unfurl the display to the height they prefer. There’s also a stylus contained within one of the segments to allow note-taking and other pen-based tasks.
The concept phone it obviously still far from a reality, but if Oppo can bring any of that technology to the 2021 device, then it could be the one that sets the standard for those that follow.