18 December 2018
As time is passing by, we are seeing more and more OEMs expressing interest towards foldable smartphones. The latest one to share its views and stand on the situation is the Chinese smartphone maker Oppo. In a recent interaction with AndroidWorld team in Shenzen, China, Oppo's product manager Chuck Wang revealed that their team may have details to share about their own foldable phones around MWC 2019.
Wang talked about this topic when he was asked to share his opinion on foldable phones. In response, he told that they are aware of other OEMs' plans to release foldable phones. He said (translated via Google Translate), "We know that brands such as Samsung and Sony are working on a foldable phone. You can also expect more news from OPPO, perhaps at MWC."
This is a not-so-clear statement from the Oppo executive which only gives birth to speculations. It is hard to say if Oppo will only share plans related to its foldable smartphone or it will also showcase some kind of prototype as well. Although, a new Oppo patent was recently spotted which showed design renders for a foldable phone. This patent and the latest statement does make it clear that the company is indeed exploring the idea of having its own device with foldable play.
Additionally, Oppo also seems to be working on a 5G smartphone which also makes sense. The first 5G Oppo phone is expected to arrive sometime in 2019 which is the same timeline for most of the 5G phones from other OEMs including Samsung and OnePlus. Like the foldable device, it did not reveal many details about the 5G device as well. Lastly, Oppo's plan for future devices includes a smartphone with selfie camera embedded within the display. But it is something for which it is eying a 2020 release timeline.