Hands-On With the $1,700 'OnePlus Open' Foldable Smartphone

Chinese smartphone company OnePlus this week introduced its first foldable smartphone, the OnePlus Open. OnePlus joins several other manufacturers that have come out with foldable smartphones, including Samsung, Google, and Xiaomi. We picked up the OnePlus Open to see how it compares to Apple's latest flagship, the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The OnePlus Open is similar to the Galaxy Fold in that it opens up like a book. When folded, the cover screen has a 6.31-inch display that's about in the middle of the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ and Pro Max in terms of size. Unfolded, the display measures in at 7.82 inches, so a bit smaller than the iPad mini. The displays are OLED and support a 120Hz refresh rate, with OnePlus advertising a "Ceramic Guard" cover glass, which sounds almost identical to the Ceramic Shield that Apple uses.

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When it comes to form factor, the OnePlus Open is nothing like the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max from Apple since Apple hasn't delved into foldable smartphones as of yet, but there are similar components inside. The OnePlus Open has a premium feel, and size wise, it's between the Z Fold5 and the Pixel Fold. It is able to fold down flat with a crease that's almost unnoticeable, plus it's thin and lightweight.

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The Open is 11.7mm thick when it's folded in half, but when you open it up, it's 5.8mm. For comparison, the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max is 8.25mm thick. As for weight, it is 239 grams, or 18 grams heavier than the 15 Pro Max.

OnePlus has a partnership with camera company Hasselblad, and it is using a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 64-megapixel telephoto camera with 6x in-sensor lossless zoom, and a 48-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera. There's also a 20-megapixel front-facing selfie camera accessible when the OnePlus Open is unfolded, and a 32-megapixel selfie camera that can be used when it's closed.

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Design wise, the lenses are in a large circular housing at the back of the device, which OnePlus likens to a the face of a luxury watch. The lens housing is super massive, and it can be hard to get photos from some of the lenses without your fingers getting in the way.

Other features include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, 16GB RAM, a fingerprint sensor power button, a 4,805mAh battery, and support for Wi-Fi 7.

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The OnePlus Open is available for pre-order as of now, and it is set to launch on October 26. It is priced starting at $1,700.

What do you think of the OnePlus Open? Let us know in the comments below.

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Top Rated Comments

mikeyteh Avatar
8 months ago
Listen, I'll start liking foldable devices whenever Apple tells me I can.
Score: 85 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Born Again Avatar
8 months ago
Typical macrumors member "Folding phones are dumb!"

in the next year 'Apple Announces folding iphone!' "macrumors member - take my money!!!" :rolleyes::p
Score: 74 Votes (Like | Disagree)
marzbarz Avatar
8 months ago
folding phones are stupid and pointless. just stop.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zakarhino Avatar
8 months ago
Terrific phone, one of the best foldables I've seen yet. I can't wait for Apple to do one. Remember when the first Galaxy Note came out and all the Apple fans made fun of it (I was one of them)? "Why would I carry a tablet around in my pocket, it's so absurd." Now the Pro Max (same size bracket) is the best selling iPhone model.

Foldable tech is getting to the point where the folded state has approximately the same weight and thickness as a regular slab phone. The first generation crease issues are being improved year over year and OnePlus have done the best job so far as far as I can recall.

Yes, I want a Pro Max that unfolds into an iPad Mini in my pocket. Imagine multi app use or even editing ProRaw photos in the unfolded state ?
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Djones96 Avatar
8 months ago
I'm sorry, but I don't see the appeal of foldable's.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac_The_Ripper Avatar
8 months ago
While there is a lot for me to like here (RAM, Peak nits, 239g weight, multitasking approach, barely noticeable crease, overall size, fast charger in the box, etc.) I just can't buy a OnePlus phone for three reasons:

1. Chinese company
2. Past record of hardware and software issues
3. Probably the worst support in the game

I almost pulled the trigger just to give it a shot, but I know better.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)