OPPO's clamshell and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus-powered foldable smartphone prices allegedly leak ahead of their launch
OPPO is one of the latest OEMs to wade into the deepening pool of smartphone companies with flagship-grade foldable smartphones. Its Find N has one of the most common inward-folding, book-like form-factors; now, it is expected to diversify into another sometime soon.
Clamshell-style foldables are another fast-emerging categories, sometimes touted as one of the most compact and innovative types of smartphone of the last few years. Then again, there are not many devices of the category that can be described as up-to-date in 2022: only the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Huawei P50 Pocket fit that bill (and the latter only barely does so at that).
Nevertheless, a phone that might be a horizontally-closing version of the Find N is allegedly nearly on the market - in China, at least. It is now said to debut at around 4,999 yuan (~US$756), a potentially competitive level - especially compared to the Z Flip3 (which currently starts at 7,399 yuan, or ~$1,120) and P50 Pocket (even more at about 8,900 yuan (~$1,360)) in the same market.
The latest leaks have little to say in terms of specs for the alleged first-gen OPPO clamshell. Its next flagship foldable, on the other hand, is now said to improve (somewhat) on the Find N with the newer Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ (or Plus) processor.
It is also now slated to launch in the ~6,999 yuan (~$1,060), which, again, could be described as feasible enough for a new premium foldable Android smartphone. This putative "Find N+" might thus challenge devices such as the Vivo X Fold in the near future.