Oppo Says Smartphone Innovation Has 'Hit a Wall' As It Teases First Foldable Device

Chinese consumer electronics maker Oppo says that innovation in the smartphone industry has "hit a wall" and that people are asking, "What's next for smartphones?" In an answer to that question, the maker teased its first-ever foldable smartphone named "Find N."

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In a press release, Oppo's chief product officer, Pete Lau, said that following "four years of intense R&D and six generations of prototypes," Oppo is ready to reveal its first foldable smartphone.

Foldable smartphones have grown in popularity over the years, with Samsung being one of the earliest adopters of the new smartphone trend. According to Lau, foldable smartphones have yet to become a mainstream hit due to many factors, including concerns over durability, software utilization, and more, and that Oppo wanted to change that.

Although a handful of other brands have already introduced foldable devices to the market, barriers such as utility, durability and user experience continue to prevent foldable devices from becoming a more feasible daily driver for most people. So when I returned to OPPO last year, I was excited to take over this major project and guide the team to overcome the final hurdles to turn this dream into reality.

With the Find N, we have solved the main pain points in previous foldable smartphones, such as the crease in the display and overall durability of the device, by inventing perhaps the best hinge and display designs available today. We look forward to truly pushing the folding screen experience forward.

Lau added that beyond 5G, faster charging, higher refresh rates, improved cameras, and more, "smartphone development has reached a limit" and that "new ways of thinking and new approaches to continue innovating" are needed.


The name "Find N," according to Lau, represents "new possibilities" and ushers in "the next chapter of smartphones." The press release, which serves as a mere teaser of the device, includes one image, while a tweet by Oppo offers a clearer look at the device. Find N will launch on December 15.

Apple is poised to join the foldable smartphone market in the future. Still, a device of that nature remains several years away as Apple tends to wait until technologies are more mature for mainstream use before unveiling a product.

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Top Rated Comments

Six0Four Avatar
15 months ago
Sorry, but I don't want a crease running through the middle of my display.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cocoua Avatar
15 months ago
In the meanwhile, the rest of the industry looking fordward for the next iPhone
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chorx Avatar
15 months ago
If I were to want a foldable smartphone for some insane reason, it would be to get a more one handable small phone that turns into a normal sized device. Not a phablet that turns into a newspaper. If there is any legs in this foldable phone space, it’s in making smaller phones bigger when they need to be.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Makosuke Avatar
15 months ago
I got to actually use someone's Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 for a bit. I guess I can imagine that if you really need a bigger screen, and really don't want to carry a small tablet, then that's a legit use case for it.

...but to me it just felt all kinds of wrong. The crease was distracting, the screen felt weirdly soft, opening the hinge felt unpleasant (a huge difference from the ultra-satisfying flip and slider phones of old), and the whole thing just didn't feel like a good form in the hand--too small to be useful when closed, and awkwardly large when open.

The case it was in was also really awkward, seemed almost counterproductive and the phone kept coming off of it, but maybe that was just a bad case.

I'm not saying it's a bad phone, clearly some people like it, but if Apple shipped an iPhone with every feature the 13 Pro has and that exact screen and hinge today, I would not even consider trading my 13 Pro for it.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrchinchilla Avatar
15 months ago
Hey look, a shameless copy of another phone from a phone manufacturer that literally exists to copy other phone manufacturers!

Aside from that, current foldable phones are garbage. Far too many compromises and weaknesses. The tech just isn’t ready yet. Give it another 5+ (more like 10) years, and it might be good enough to not be an expensive, cumbersome gimmick.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TechRunner Avatar
15 months ago

Sorry, but I don't want a crease running through the middle of my display.
That was my thing, too. I checked out the Samsung foldables a couple weeks ago, and the crease just felt/looked weird to me. When display tech catches up, I would definitely consider a foldable, though.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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