Oppo explains why cheaper folding phones aren’t coming any time soon

Sitting in on a Q&A session fronted by several members of Oppo’s senior product and strategy teams on day one of Mobile World Congress this year, we were treated to illuminating insight on the company’s current approach to the foldable market and why it feels the time isn’t right for such technology to trickle down to the mid-range space.

Although we’ve had the ability to fork over cash for foldables for about three years, the materials, engineering and hardware that go into such devices still render them notably more expensive than similarly-specced alternatives that don’t have to bend at the waist.

A week prior to MWC 2023, Oppo unleashed its first foldable clamshell on the world, the Oppo Find N2 Flip. Despite being a great value for a folding smartphone (at £849 in the UK), it still prices-out plenty of users that would otherwise welcome the convenience of a compact foldable in their pocket.

Oppo Find N2 Flip review hinge

The Oppo Find N2 Flip (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

When asked whether there was space for fold or flip style phones with a mid-range price point, Oppo’s Vice President for Overseas Sales and Service, Billy Zhang, had a lot to say in response.

Source: www.techradar.com