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Rumor | The OPPO N-line is back, and in 50MP-cam foldable form too

A successor to this phone might be foldable. (Source: Digital Chat Station via Weibo)
A successor to this phone might be foldable. (Source: Digital Chat Station via Weibo)
The OEM OPPO has become embroiled in rumors that it was bringing its distinctive N-series of movable-camera smartphones back, and that it would also launch its first-gen foldable phablet soon. A new leak effectively combines both of these claims, indicating that the resulting device is one with a secondary display to handle selfies taken with a high-end main camera.

Remember the OPPO N series? They consisted of early-2010s smartphones with an innovative solution to the problem of taking selfies with main-camera quality. They have been discontinued for some time, although echoes of their innovation were seen in later devices such as the Samsung Galaxy A80 and Asus ZenFone series.

The leaker Digital Chat Station has now bolstered earlier assertions that a smartphone of their name is on the way back, if not in exactly the same form as before. In fact, the eminent leaker now asserts that this device, named as the "Find N" for the first time, will be foldable.

This change will apparently be what allows this new hybrid of the Find and N lines to take selfies with its primary lens, which, as the tipster now purports to reveal, will be a flagship-grade 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor. 

The new alleged news might spark confusion as to whether this "Find N" and OPPO's also-rumored Galaxy Z Fold3-challenging foldable phablet, allegedly code-named peacock, are one and the same. However, there are initial signs that this may not be the case.

Digital Chat Station paints a picture of a device with a "small screen preview function" that kicks in when the owner wants to use its alleged main camera. This possible secondary display is apparently very similar to that of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which just might imply a different form factor, possibly along the lines of a clamshell or even a tri-fold.

Therefore, it is just possible that the OEM has not 1 but 2 flexible-display smartphones in the works: this "Peacock" and the Find N, aimed at the current market-maker, the Galaxy Z Fold3, and its main alternative the Flip3 respectively.

Either way, the latter is also now touted as "polished" and "mature" with an in-development UI that has become well-adapted to its form-factor. All in all, it is possible Samsung may need to look over its shoulder as its OPPO-made rivals get closer to reality.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-28 (Update: 2021-12-14)