The foldable phones are coming, and it seems Chinese handset maker Oppo is the latest to join the fray.
On a tour of the company’s headquarters, Oppo told multiple news sites it would have more to share on this topic at Mobile World Congress next February.
According to AndroidWorld.nl, product manager Chuck Wang said: “We know Samsung and Sony are working on a foldable phone, you can also expect more news from Oppo on that topic, maybe at MWC.”
It’s not clear what exactly Wang meant by this, but we do know Oppo is interested in foldable phones. The company has patented a number of foldable designs over recent years, including a device that folds outwards twice to triple in size. One news site, Tweakers, interpreted Wang as meaning that Oppo will have a foldable device to show off at MWC, but it’s not clear if this is the case. We’ve reached out to Oppo for more details and will update this story if we hear more.
If the company is readying a foldable device, it will join a number of manufacturers in what could be the next big thing in mobile. Samsung has already shown off its first foldable with what it’s calling an Infinity Flex display (thought to go on sale in March 2019 for a staggering price); Huawei is reportedly planning its own foldable phone launch before then; and both Lenovo and Xiaomi have teased prototypes. Importantly, Google has also given its blessing to this coming wave, with official support in Android for their changing displays.
Whether or not foldable phones will turn out to be a legitimate trend or just another flash in the tech pan remains to be seen. But for companies vying for attention in the competitive mobile industry, the oppo-tunity to jump on the bandwagon is too good to pass up.
Correction, November 29th, 07:00AM ET: A previous version of this story quoted news site Tweakers that Oppo would be unveiling a foldable phone at MWC. It appears the site may have taken a quote out of context. More