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The Chinese consumer electronic giant OnePlus was all set to launch its first-ever foldable smartphone on 29th August, the OnePlus Open. However, the company has delayed the official launch issuing a production change in the device's screen.
This has certainly left the OnePlus audience and tech aficionados confused about whether the delay is of concern over the device's quality, stability, and compatibility or simply a competitive measure.
A competitive measure is what many believe as the recent launch of Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip5 and Z Fold5 has all the heads turned to which OnePlus might come up with a countermeasure in the heat of not falling back.
What exactly happened?
The official OpenPlus Open was supposed to uphold a BOE panel but in a sudden change of thought, the company is now testing or rather switching its first foldable smartphone with the display panels from Samsung, "first impression."
OnePlus showcased a non-satisfactory stand over the performance of the Chinese company BOE's panel to which they decided an end-of-an-hour change toward Samsung of which testing is done and OnePlus is happy with the performance.
Note that, the rumored looks and specifications remain the same, it is just the BOE panel gets replaced with Samsung. However, OnePlus has also shared a competitive challenge with the well-establish and newly launched Fold devices of Samsung (2).
In a popular tweet by the company, it raised a challenging bar by mentioning its entry into the foldable smartphone segment. OnePlus has a proven record of being a top contender in the smartphone segment and this entry is sure to be a new beginning in a new segment.
Unboxing OnePlus Open
The specifications, design, built quality and more important camera quality have already been out and very well appreciated by the audience. Aficionados anticipate "Open" to open premium avenues for OnePlus in the smartphone segment.
Now let's unbox no wait, now let's Open! The OnePlus Open features a large 7.8-inch foldable AMOLED primary display with a 2K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Moreover, it also equips a smaller 6.3-inch AMOLED secondary display.
The secondary display also consists 120Hz refresh rate with an aspect ratio of 8:4:9 while the primary display consists of an aspect ratio of 18:9 and features Snapdragon 8 gen 2 SoC.
The advanced chipset comes alongside 16GB of LPDDR5X RM AND 256GB UFS 4.0 storage. Moreover, the device comes with Oxygen OS 13.1 (Android 13) out of the box and is rumored to have a faux leather back panel.
However, it is rumored that the company will ship all its foldable devices with a glass black panel and would launch the devices in two colors, black and green. It features an openly large circular camera with a Hasselblad premium texture.
It comes with an LED flash in the top left corner and the lens equip a 48MP primary camera sensor combined with a 48MP ultra-wide camera and a 64MP tertiary periscope telephoto sensor.
The foldable device also features a punch-hole cutout on the top left corner with a 20MP front camera that collects smooth captures. Its periscope sensor is expected to feature a 3X optical zoom.
The core segment of its battery features a long-lasting 4800 mAh bank and supports 67W fast charging. All of the features are sure to sound tempting from its first-ever foldable segment smartphone.
But the current event of the delay led by modifications in the display has also raised concerns but also raised appraisal from the audience indicating that OnePlus does not aim to just hop into the race but with an ace.
Owing to the competitive standards set by Samsung's Galaxy devices, OnePlus sure does not aim to fall back and stick to the mark and open its avenues in the premium sector. However, since the rumors have already been such a big hit it is surely worth a wait to experience the end result.