Oppo’s first foldable smartphone has been rumored for a long time, and it was always expected to arrive this year. While it didn’t launch in the first half of 2021 as some rumors suggested, it appears to be on track to do so before the end of the year.
However, the latest rumor out of China claims that the foldable will be unveiled in November. It will reportedly sport an 8-inch foldable internal display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and LTPO technology, indicating that it will most likely be manufactured by Samsung. The phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which is an odd choice given the timing – the successor to the 888 is expected to be announced in December, with one or two phones for the Chinese market running it already being made official by the end of this year.
Anyway, the source of today’s rumor also suggests that Oppo’s foldable will be expensive, which isn’t surprising. We should also note that there has been no mention of whether or not this device would be made available globally. It’s safe to presume it’ll be available in China, but we’ll have to wait and see if, like Xiaomi’s Mix 4, it’ll be limited to that region or have a wider distribution.
Previous speculations said that the Oppo foldable would have a 50 MP main back camera using Sony’s IMX766 sensor, a 32 MP selfie camera, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.