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Rumor | OPPO's first-gen foldable might look like a Galaxy Z Fold3, but is not likely to be here any time soon

OPPO's foldable phone might look a lot like this. (Source: Samsung)
OPPO's foldable phone might look a lot like this. (Source: Samsung)
The latest leak on the subject of OPPO's alleged first-gen foldable phablet makes it sound like even more of a problem for the market leader Samsung. The new tip purports to specify refresh rates for its primary and secondary displays, thereby hinting vaguely at its looks in the process. On the other hand, it also throws earlier rumors of a launch for the device this year into serious doubt.

The famous leaker Digital Chat Station claims to have been following the run-up to OPPO's launch for its inaugural foldable smartphone closely over the last few months, most recently purporting to give this potentially top-end device a name.

Now, the tipster has further alleged details to disclose, which may sound optimistic for many fans of both this brand and next-gen mobile form-factors in general. On the other hand, this latest "news" is less encouraging for the prospect of the first-gen phablet debuting this year.

The well-known Weibo tipster now suggests that the putative Z Fold rival is still at a pre-production stage, and that OPPO has only just settled on a main display for use in the presumably high-end device, not to mention a panel for its "outer", or secondary, display. They are now thus said to have refresh rates of 120Hz and 60Hz respectively, with a 32MP punch-hole camera and a "slightly curved" nature for the latter.

The 'OPPO foldable's' main display is also touted to get a punch-hole camera for selfies (even though the "Find N" described just days ago should be in no need of one); however, it may not be that obtrusive from its corner-mounted location, as Digital Chat Station also now suggests.

The leaker has previously asserted that the device would have a top-end LTPO AMOLED display; however, it seems that despite these attributes, it will still fail to integrate a fingerprint reader. It may be mounted on the foldable's display instead.

Finally, this new post reiterates previous assertions that OPPO has 50MP Sony IMX766 sensors as main cameras for its first-gen foldable (or, just possibly, foldables), to be found in what might be the same rear hump as that of the Reno6 series.

The OEM has just moved on to a new one in the subsequent 7-series; however, it might have gone too far with the alleged flexible-display prototypes to turn back now. Nevertheless, it now seems the company may not get to a launch for its latest form-factors by the end of 2021 as once thought. All things considered, it really is a shame OPPO seems to have decided against commercializing the X instead after all.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-30 (Update: 2021-11-30)