Update, August 4, 2023 (04:34 PM ET): We’ve updated this OnePlus Open rumor hub with updated renders.
Original article: OnePlus is finally entering the foldable phone space later this year. It’s been a long time coming, but the wait might make it all worth it. OnePlus has had plenty of time to learn from the mistakes and successes of its competitors. Its own mothership, OPPO, now has three foldable phones under its belt. Suffice it to say, OnePlus is in a prime position to make a great foldable phone. Leaks have the “OnePlus Fold” (more likely to launch as the “OnePlus Open”) pegged as a premium device with all the flagship frills attached. Here’s everything we know so far.
Will there be a OnePlus foldable?
The marketing name of the foldable OnePlus phone might still be up in the air, but the device is in the pipeline for sure. In fact, it may be just around the corner (more on that in the next section). After years of rumors, OnePlus first teased the 2023 launch of the OnePlus foldable during the OnePlus 11 launch event. Then during MWC 2023 in February, OnePlus further confirmed launch details for the upcoming foldable phone. So yes, we will see the OnePlus Fold, or whatever the company decides to call it, this year.
What will the OnePlus foldable be called?
Up until recently, the OnePlus foldable was unofficially called the OnePlus Fold or the OnePlus V Fold. Presumably, media outlets settled on the Fold name due to its book-style form factor and the fact that many large foldables gain the Fold moniker.
This all changed on July 6, as frequent leaker Max Jambor claimed the device would be called the OnePlus Open. This name also appeared in an EUIPO filing earlier this year, alongside the Wing, Edge, Peak, and Prime.
OnePlus effectively confirmed this name via a Twitter post on July 26. “We OPEN when others FOLD,” the company tweeted. That’s as close as we’ve got to an official name right now.
What is the OnePlus Open release date?
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While OnePlus hasn’t shared the specifics of the OnePlus Open launch, it has confirmed that the release will take place sometime in the second half of this year.
A leak on July 13 via tipster Max Jambor pointed to the OnePlus foldable launching on August 26. Another source corroborated the August 26 date. So it seems more likely that this could be the actual launch date. However, the most recent rumors suggest OnePlus has delayed the launch due to display issues, so the launch is very much up in the air. Until the company gives us a confirmed date, we can only speculate for now.
The phone is expected to launch globally, including in markets like the US and India. The UK should also be on the launch roster for OnePlus. As far as the rest of Europe is concerned, the availability of the OnePlus Open might vary across countries. OPPO and OnePlus are embroiled in a legal battle with Nokia in the region, forcing the companies to reportedly scale down their presence in some markets.
What features and specs will the OnePlus Open have?
The OnePlus Open isn’t a clamshell-style device, meaning it won’t fold and unfold like a flip phone. OnePlus is sticking to the more traditional book-style foldable format, which should be plenty clear with all the leaked renders shown in this article.
Officially, the company hasn’t divulged much about the folding handset, but has promised a “signature OnePlus fast and smooth experience.” We hope that means a smooth folding action, minimal display creasing, and a crisp software experience. Thankfully, leaks have given us plenty to think about. Reputed tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer has shared everything from the renders to a complete spec sheet for the OnePlus Open.
All-black renders of the folding OnePlus phone show a relatively slim foldable with several interesting design choices. We see flat edges, a pleather back that should feel very good to hold if done right, and an alert slider on the left side — a rarity for a foldable phone.
A large circular camera cutout at the back of the device is reminiscent of the OnePlus 11 and hosts three cameras in all, complete with Hasselblad branding. There’s also a punch-hole cutout in the left corner of the foldable screen and one at the center of the cover display.
Do note that, originally, Hemmerstoffer shared renders that he then retracted as not entirely accurate. These renders had the phone looking a lot more like a Galaxy Z Fold 5, while the new renders (which you can see all over this article) show a phone more in line with the OPPO Find N2. Considering OnePlus and OPPO’s close ties, this makes far more sense.
Leaker Max Jambor added that the phone will be available in Green or Black color options.
Specs and features
The OnePlus Open is shaping up to be a complete flagship. It is said to feature a 7.8-inch 2K AMOLED display on the inside, with a 6.3-inch AMOLED flanking the front. Both displays are expected to support a 120Hz refresh rate, though there could be differences in their minimum refresh rates if the LTPO tech differs.
The performance is said to be handled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC and sizeable 16GB RAM. The specs leak only mentions 256GB of internal storage, but we could also see other storage tiers. A 4,800mAh battery may be on board with 67W fast charging. The report doesn’t mention wireless charging, though we cannot rule out the feature until the phone launches.
In the camera department, we might see a 48MP primary sensor, a 48MP ultrawide sensor, and a 64MP telephoto camera sensor. The cover screen could feature a 32MP shooter for selfies, and the inside screen could get a 20MP selfie snapper.
Jambor specifically claimed that the OnePlus Open would arrive with a 3x periscope camera. So it sounds like that 64MP sensor will have decent zoom capabilities.
The phone will likely ship with Android 13-based Oxygen OS 13.1, but it should be a prime candidate to get Android 14 once the software goes stable. However, a leak on July 7 points to the software being called Oxygen OS Fold. This will presumably share a lot in common with OPPO’s Color OS for foldables.
What will the OnePlus Open price be?
Given this is OnePlus’ first foldable phone, there’s no precedent that allows us to predict what it would cost. However, we don’t expect it to be cheaper than $1,000 for sure. When OPPO entered the foldable fray, it launched the Find N at around $1,200. That phone now has a follow-up — the Find N2— which is similarly priced, starting at 7,999 Chinese Yuan (~$1,108). Being an OPPO sub-brand, one could argue that the OnePlus Open would also follow a similar introductory pricing strategy, making it significantly cheaper than the likes of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Pixel Fold. Even a price of around $1,500 could be a sweet spot for OnePlus, depending on how many units it’s planning to move.
Of course, we’ll have to wait for more concrete details to surface regarding the price of the OnePlus Open. With the renders and specs leaks out of the way, we’re guessing a price leak won’t be far off.