Oppo has just launched the mid-range Reno 8 series in Europe, but many are still wondering if the Chinese company’s next foldable phone will also make its way to western shores. Finally, we have some additional information, courtesy of Oppo’s Vice President of Overseas Sales, Billy Zhang.
During a roundtable at which Tech Advisor was present, Zhang was asked if the successor to the Find N would be sold in Europe. His one-word answer, “…probably,” isn’t a guarantee, but we have other information that seems to indicate that the Find N follow-up will get a wider rollout, and another style of foldable might join it.
In early August, GSMArena reported that the names “Find N Fold” and “Find N Flip” had been filed by the EU Intellectual Property Office. This is the naming convention smartphone leader Samsung uses, with the ‘Fold’ being a book-style foldable and the ‘Flip’ being a clamshell foldable.
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Zhang also commented that Fold and Flip style phones are the future, so Oppo will most likely release both.
The company had great success with the China-exclusive Find N, a phone that we rated 4.5 out of 5 stars thanks to its premium build, long battery life, impressive cameras and its lower price than the competition.
Zhang mentioned in his keynote for the Reno launch that Oppo is “committed to Europe”, so making its foldable phones available to European buyers seems like a logical next step.
Currently, the only brand selling both styles of foldable technology in the West is Samsung. With prices for these phones topping £1,500/€1,700 for some models, Oppo has an opportunity here to rush in with more affordable options, and it could really boost the brand’s reputation in Europe.
However, there are still a few hurdles to overcome. In a separate roundtable, Zhang said one of the biggest challenges Oppo is currently facing is the lack of third-party app support for foldables — an issue that exists for other companies as well.
The most notable offender is Instagram, which doesn’t have a native aspect ratio for large-screen foldables. You have the option to run it in a standard 16:9 or 4:3 window with black bars on the side or force it to run full screen. However, the latter heavily crops all videos, posts, and stories so you miss a lot of what you’re watching.
It’s likely that Instagram is waiting for the appetite for foldables to grow before fixing this, but the company still hasn’t created an app for the iPad, so we’re not holding our breath for that to happen. produce so soon.
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Additionally, Zhang also confirmed that Oppo is exploring the possibility of dropping its charger from the box. This follows the trend of other smartphone brands such as Samsung and Apple, with the aim of reducing waste. Oppo has already taken action with the latest phone launch by foregoing a phone case.
However, Oppo is a pioneer in fast charging technology, with many of its devices (including the recently released Reno 8 series, which comes with 80W charging speeds) requiring the special SuperVooc bricks which are not readily available at your average store.
Zhang confirmed that this change will happen “next year for multiple products,” meaning it could potentially apply to putative foldables. However, we do not know if this change will be global or if it will only apply to Chinese versions of the phones.
Charger or no charger, Zhang claims the next-gen foldable will be “thinner and lighter than the Find N”, and “the fold will be narrower” and there will be upgrades to “the battery , charger, camera system and hinge”.
So when can you expect to see Oppo’s next foldable phone? Zhang says it will be in the “near future,” so stay tuned to Tech Advisor for the latest news.