Oppo Foldable Smartphone Launch Could Happen Soon, ColorOS 12 Also Being Readied

The launch of an Oppo foldable smartphone has been expected for a while, and it may be commercially introduced soon alongside ColorOS 12.

Oppo Fold foldable smartphone
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A new Oppo foldable smartphone is seemingly expected to launch soon, and its commercial unveiling may happen rather soon – at least in global markets. According to a popular technology blogger in China, who goes by the name Digital Chat Station on Chinese social media platform Weibo, Oppo is seemingly ready with a bunch of hardware and software, for which it may host a launch event soon. Of all this hardware, one of the biggest attractions will reportedly be an Oppo foldable smartphone.

The post, in fact, suggests that Oppo may launch more than just one foldable smartphone. The translated text somewhat suggests that the Oppo foldable smartphone may resemble something like the Moto Razr 5G or the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip series foldable devices. There have been plenty of leaks and rumours that have suggested that Oppo has had multiple patents internal projects working on a foldable smartphone, but a commercially available Oppo foldable smartphone has so far remained absent. This may change soon, although at least initially, such a device might be marketed only in China, before eventually coming to global markets.

Other details posted by Digital Chat Station on Weibo have stated that Oppo may also introduce ColorOS 12 soon. The latter is expected to be based on Android 12, and may therefore feature a major visual overhaul alongside new features. The post also claims that Oppo is also set to launch a number of flagship grade smartphones in the near future, which may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 and Snapdragon 888 chipsets. The latter may feature in upcoming Oppo flagships, which would be different from the premium range of Oppo Reno 6 and Reno 6 Pro smartphones that Oppo launched in India recently.

The foldable smartphones market is yet to really take off, owing to the lack of durability of folding phones, their high prices and lack of a truly compelling use case. Samsung has been the most notable player in this category, and has attempted to pitch its folding phones as potentially mainstream devices by throwing in waterproofing as well as a price tag akin to regular flagship phones. Can Oppo follow a similar strategy in order to appeal to more users? Only time will tell.

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