Foldable projectors seem to be constantly resisting adversity. Not only is the technology still maturing and expensive, but its rise is currently counteracting the global market and unfortunate economic conditions. However, Samsung has successfully demonstrated that if you’re big enough and bold enough in your offerings and pricing, the foldable form factor can be a hit.
With that in mind, it looks like the foldable market is on the cusp of a major expansion. According to industry sources, Oppo has been working on the first foldable for some time now. Unfortunately, he lost his rumored playback windows one by one in the process. Well, in an interesting potential new development, the reputable leaker Digital Chat Station recently shared a few interesting posts on Weibo. The first one of these is flagged as being deployed from a mysterious device called Oppo Find N 5G. The post itself contains a reference to the long-forgotten Oppo N series of phones and a picture of what appears to be the Oppo N3 – a very strange device from 2014/2015 that had its main camera on a motorized rotor so it could serve as a selfie as well as take some photos Interesting panoramic view.
The second post related to the mysterious Oppo Find N 5G appears to be referring to a foldable screen, as well as a way to use the phone’s 50MP Sony IMX766 main sensor for selfies. Definitely unimaginable on a foldable phone. The post also has a reference to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra that pulls selfies with the main camera through a small screen on the back. The Oppo Find N 5G will probably have its own small screen, seeing how most sources agree it will be an internal folder. The Find brand definitely mentions key features, so we won’t get past them on Oppo. Then again, we should note that some of the company’s recent patents for foldable devices have also included things like a pop-up camera, as well as an odd shell with an outward-facing screen and camera strap somewhat similar to the aforementioned Oppo N3.
A different source claims that the Oppo foldable phone has a 7.8 to 8-inch OLED display, with 2K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Apparently, in its development and production cycle so far, units have already begun to dissipate through internal channels into stores for the purposes of employee training. This means an imminent release.
The news on Huawei’s part is certainly less real and specific. It is about a recent investor meeting of a company called Zhaoli Technology, where it was revealed that the company has begun mass production of a new foldable smartphone hinge for a large customer. Zhaoli Technology has not named the customer, but industry analysts believe it is Huawei.
Left: Huawei Mate X2 * Right: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
However, what Zhaoli Technology has mentioned is the fact that this new design is apparently not overly complicated and will allow higher profit margins for the device itself. A development that even a company on the scale of Huawei desperately needs to make a foldable device of the future successful and viable. All the information that correlates well with the previous rumors that Huawei is already working on a foldable phone at a reasonable price.
If all goes well, we could be on the cusp of a major expansion in the foldable display market which could really shake up the premium and cutting edge market segment of the industry.
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