OnePlus Open: Samsung dışında en iyi katlanabilir telefon Pixel Fold olmayabilir.

Samsung’s Dominance in the Foldable Market

As of this moment, four years after the debut of the innovative lineup, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold is still the most popular tablet-style folding phone on the global market (especially outside of Asia), which means despite the imperfections like the gap, the crease, the thickness and the weight of the Fold, Samsung’s “slow but steady” strategy seems to be paying off…Perhaps that’s thanks to the fact that unlike past years (when the company used to focus heavily on hardware), the South Korean phone-maker’s approach to the Fold/Flip series is to make it slightly better year after year. What also helps (a lot) would be Samsung’s strong brand recognition, pioneering role in the foldable market, and last but not least, the company’s newly found attention to fast, reliable, and long software support.

Challenges Faced by Other Phone-Makers

That being said, even considering the undeniable strengths of the Galaxy Fold (which I just mentioned), it’s rather fascinating to see how other phone-makers keep failing to challenge Samsung’s foldable, despite their undeniably solid attempts, often led by far superior hardware.

Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, Honor, Tecno, and even Google seem to be struggling to make a folding phone that stands up to the Galaxy Fold without making users compromise in one way or another. The smartphone market’s been missing an “undeniable Galaxy Fold killer”. But that could change very, very soon!

OnePlus Open: The Unexpected Challenger

But! All of this might be about to change very soon, and that’s thanks to what I deem to be a quite unexpected Galaxy Fold challenger made by none other than… OnePlus. Why unexpected? Well, because OnePlus is the same company that’s been scrambling to put together a clear product strategy for the past couple of years now.

However, “the new” OnePlus seems more concentrated and determined than ever to challenge the big dogs – not only in the flagship and mid-range segments (with the OnePlus 11 and OnePlus Nord 3) but also on the foldable scene! The name of the potential folding phone flagship killer? OnePlus Open (the name is for real).

OnePlus Open vs. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold

Do you think the OnePlus Open can be Samsung’s overdue wake-up call? Because I really do!

Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Google Pixel keep failing to make a better folding phone than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold without at least one glaring compromise Take the brand new Honor Magic V2, for example. This phone is light years ahead of the Galaxy Z Fold, but can Honor launch it globally and take over the world? Image courtesy of Ben Sin. Before I move on to the exciting new OnePlus Open, let me quickly explain why literally every other folding phone-maker seems to be failing to challenge the Galaxy Z Fold without making a device with one/more obvious compromises…Take Huawei, for example… Samsung’s original foldable competitor actually did make the best folding phone on the market with the Huawei Mate X3. However, (and to my biggest disappointment) the groundbreaking Mate X3 might be “perfect” only on paper, and that’s largely due to the questionable software experience on this excellent phone – of course, caused by the US trade ban and consequent lack of native support for Google apps. What doesn’t help either is the head-spinning price of the Mate X3 (£2,000 in the UK and €2,200 in the EU), and the fact that US buyers can’t get one unless they import it.

Another excellent foldable that failed to steal Samsung’s foldable crown (speaking in terms popularity and sales) is the universally praised Oppo Find N2. Despite being significantly cheaper ($1,250) to import than the Huawei Mate X3, the cutest tablet-style foldable raises the same old question – how many people are going to jump through hoops to get their hands on a folding phone that won’t receive the same, reliable support (both software and hardware) as the Galaxy Fold that’s natively sold in your country?

Did Google’s new Pixel Fold already fail to challenge the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Fold 5?

I can keep breaking down more examples from Xiaomi, Vivo, Honor, and even Tecno, but I should probably wrap this section up with the most recent attempt to make a Galaxy Z Fold killer, the one and only… Google Pixel Fold, which we just reviewed.

The Potential of OnePlus Open

Right out of the gate, Google’s journey in the folding phone market started with some hardware issues, obvious design imperfections like the massive bezels and cheap screen protector, as well as the familiar (though not exactly unexpected) performance limitations (ironically) caused by the Samsung-made Tensor G2 chip powering the Pixel Fold. According to early reports, battery life is also somewhat lacklustre on Google’s first foldable.

On a positive note, one thing’s for sure – out of all other folding phones on the market, the Google Pixel Fold seems to have come the closest to challenging the Galaxy Z Fold thanks to its stellar software experience, excellent camera system, and (of course) the fact that the Pixel Fold is available globally (albeit in a relatively narrow market range).

But now… What if there was another folding phone that checks all the boxes the Pixel Fold checks, while also excelling in the same areas as the Galaxy Z Fold? And what if it came very close to the Huawei Mate X3 in terms of hardware? Enter the rumored OnePlus Open…

Rumored Specs of OnePlus Open

OnePlus Open: Potentially the new best folding phone in 2023 can finally (and literally) close the gap between the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Samsung’s competition The OnePlus Open’s spec sheet looks impressive. Very impressive. The OnePlus Open is shaping up to be a special foldable, and it all starts with the bizarrely bold name of the phone, which doesn’t end with the word “Fold” but… “Open”.

While I would’ve gone with “OnePlus Size” for the (incredible!) pun potential, I admire OnePlus’ willingness to think outside the box here. And at least they didn’t call it OnePlus Oppo. Perhaps because it looks nothing like the Oppo Find N2. Jokes aside, according to all leaks and rumors I’ve come across, the OnePlus Open is going to be anything but a joke, which is exactly what I like to see in the new Galaxy Z Fold 4/Fold 5 challenger.

Here’s a breakdown of the rumored specs of the OnePlus Open, which should be released in the end of August…

6.5-inch, 120Hz cover display (wider than the one in Fold 4/Fold5)

8-inch, 120Hz LTPO inner display (larger than the one in Fold 4/Fold5)

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip with up to 16GB RAM (newer/faster than the one in Fold 4; same as Fold5)

50MP primary camera + 48MP UWA + 64MP Periscope camera with 3x optical zoom + 32MP selfie camera with Hasselblad tuning (expected to dominate Samsung’s Fold 4 and Fold 5 in zoom and color science – at least if we judge by the OnePlus 11’s tuning)

4800 mAh battery with 80W wired and 50W wireless charging (larger battery than the one in Fold 4/Fold 5; significantly faster charging speeds)

4 years of Android OS updates and 5 years of security support (identical to Samsung’s)

Leather back, Alert Slider, Quad speaker and more

The Potential of OnePlus Open

If you can’t already tell by the rumored specs and leaked design renders, the short answer to the question why the OnePlus Open could be the biggest Galaxy Z Fold challenger ever, is that this phone could basically be a “Huawei Mate X3” (by far the most impressive foldable on the market right now) but with reliable software support, Google apps, global availability, and (likely and hopefully) a lower price!

What can’t be seen on the rumored specs sheet (but becomes apparent when you look at the leaked renders) is how thin (and likely light) the OnePlus Open is going to be, and how flat it’s going to close. You know – unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 5.

In fact, reliable tipster Ice Universe recently said the “overall competitiveness (of the OnePlus Open) is very strong – no less than that of Huawei Mate X3, especially in terms of sound quality and camera”, which pretty much confirms that OnePlus is aiming to make the best folding phone on the market. And if you ask me, I see the OnePlus…

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