Report: Oppo working on two new foldables powered by Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Announced to the world barely a week ago at Samsung’s Unpacked event, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 might soon have genuine competitors from Oppo, according to a report provided by Pricebaba.

Pricebaba indicates that they have insider knowledge of Oppo working on two new foldable devices which should be out later in the year. What makes the report interesting, is that the smartphones are scheduled for international release unlike the earlier foldable from Oppo, the Find N which was only released in the Chinese market.

The Find N received high praise, however, as it was only restricted to the Chinese market it was unable to gain a foothold in the rest of the world, and as an extension, properly challenge the foldables in Samsung’s line-up.

Pricebaba further claims that the new foldables from Oppo will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the best-performing mobile phone processor in the current smartphone market. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 developed by TSMC replaced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which was developed by Samsung and offers better performance and lower operating temperatures under workload.

Oppo has settled on naming their foldables, the Oppo Find N Fold and Oppo Find N Flip. From the familiar naming system obviously inspired by Samsung, the Find N Fold will be a tablet-like device just like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold while the Find N Flip will feature the familiar design of the Galaxy Flip, also referred to as a clamshell design.

A similar naming scheme to Samsung and the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor being part of Oppo’s lineups indicates that the devices will fight it out with the foldables from Samsung at the highest end of the smartphone market. Whether OPPO will have everything to steal some market share from Samsung will be interesting to see.

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Taking a look at Oppo’s first foldable, the Find N. They managed to fit a 50 MP main camera and 16 MP Ultrawide as opposed to Samsung’s 12 MP for the main camera and another 12 MP for ultrawide shots. As the camera setup was one of the biggest disappointments in the Fold 3, Oppo fitting a more competent set-up this time round for the international market might get them some new fans.

Another advantage the Find N had over the Fold 3 was that Oppo managed to get rid of the crease between the two screens, while on Fold 3, the crease was easily observable, especially in broad daylight.

Whether Oppo will manage to transfer the advantages the China-only Find N had over the Fold 3 to their next set of foldables will be the key to their adoption in the international markets. Not to forget the pricing, as we recently reported that Samsung opted to keep the price of the Fold 4 and Flip 4 similar to the launch price of their older counterparts in a bid to make the Samsung foldables mainstream.

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Naftaly is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for tech, video games and pop culture. When he is not writing articles for AndroidKenya, he is probably rewatching the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the hundredth time. Email at criskariuki@gmail.com Twitter @KarisNaftaly

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