OnePlus Unveils Its First Foldable Phone, the OnePlus Open, Priced at $1,699

OnePlus Open

The OnePlus Open marks the debut of Oppo sub-brand ” OnePlus” into the foldable phone market. You can now pre-order it for $1,699 (€1,799 / £1,599), with the official release date set for October 26th. For a comprehensive review, you can explore the insights provided by my colleague, Allison Johnson. Alternatively, read on for a summary of the device’s specifications and features.

While the OnePlus Open is the first of its kind for OnePlus, the company is positioning it as a joint venture with its parent company, Oppo. Oppo has previously introduced foldable devices like the Oppo Find N and Find N2 in the Chinese market. Consequently, the OnePlus Open can be considered a third-generation foldable phone, and it will also be marketed as the Oppo Find N3 within Oppo’s domestic market. Notably, OnePlus is emphasizing the presence of an alert slider on the foldable device, which is seen as one of the distinctive features synonymous with the OnePlus brand.

One of the standout features of the OnePlus Open is its remarkable durability, having undergone testing for a million folding cycles. This is approximately five times the folding cycle durability advertised by its main competitors, the Pixel Fold and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. OnePlus assures users that the hinge is built to withstand the rigors of being opened and closed up to 100 times a day for over a decade, ensuring the mechanism’s longevity even beyond the point when the phone may no longer receive software updates. It’s worth noting that the OnePlus Open is set to receive four years of Android version upgrades and five years of security patches, further enhancing its long-term performance and support.

In addition to highlighting its durability, OnePlus is proud of the slim design of the Open, which measures just 5.8mm in thickness when unfolded and weighs a mere 239 grams in the black vegan leather-backed variant. There’s also a green glass-backed version, slightly heavier at 245 grams. While it’s not as ultra-thin as the slimmest and lightest Honor Magic V2, which boasts a 4.7mm thickness and 231 grams weight, nor is it as slender as Huawei’s 5.3mm-thick Mate X3, the OnePlus Open stands out for being available in international markets and offering 5G support along with access to Google’s apps and services, a feature absent in Huawei’s phone.

The OnePlus Open’s main folding screen boasts impressive specifications, featuring a 7.82-inch display with a resolution of 2440 x 2268, a high 120Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 2,800 nits. While a faint crease is noticeable, OnePlus has employed a teardrop-shaped folding mechanism to reduce its visibility. To enhance durability, the screen incorporates a layer of ultra-thin glass. The device holds an IPX4 rating, making it resistant to water splashes. It’s worth noting that Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 offers a higher IPX8 rating, providing full submersion protection. Additionally, the OnePlus Open’s cover display measures 6.31 inches, matching the 120Hz refresh rate and peak brightness of 2,800 nits, with a resolution of 2484 x 1116.

The OnePlus Open operates on OxygenOS 13.2, built upon Android 13. OnePlus has customized the software to optimize it for the Open’s larger screen. Notably, it includes a taskbar located at the screen’s bottom, providing convenient access to files, favorite and recently used apps, and enabling multitasking with the ability to run multiple apps side by side.

OnePlus has introduced a solution called Open Canvas to address issues that arise when running apps on foldable devices with unconventional aspect ratios. Open Canvas allows users to organize their apps on the screen in a manner that aims to maintain a practical aspect ratio. This approach prioritizes usability over complete visibility, as opposed to resizing and stretching apps which can lead to glitches.

Inside, the OnePlus Open is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, accompanied by a substantial 16GB of RAM and a generous 512GB of internal storage. Additionally, this smartphone boasts a sizable 4,805mAh battery, capable of rapid charging with speeds of up to 67W.

The OnePlus Open features an impressive Hasselblad-branded triple-camera setup on its rear. This setup includes a primary 48-megapixel camera, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 48-megapixel ultrawide lens. It offers the flexibility of recording in Dolby Vision HDR at resolutions of up to 4K at 30fps. If HDR isn’t a priority, you can enjoy smooth 4K video recording at 60fps. In addition to these rear cameras, the OnePlus Open is equipped with dual selfie cameras, boasting 20-megapixel and 32-megapixel sensors. These selfie cameras are cleverly positioned within hole-punch notches on the device.

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