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OnePlus won't be making a foldable phone anytime soon

By Cookie Monster - on 19 Jan 2020, 10:13am

OnePlus won't be making a foldable phone anytime soon

The OnePlus 7 Pro.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau thinks the company is not ready to release a foldable phone anytime soon. 

In an interview podcast with The Verge, Lau shared that the current foldable phones are not good enough. While OnePlus has looked into it, the company has not pursued the foldable screen technology. Lau claims that the shortcomings or the disadvantages of the current state of technology outweigh the advantages or value that foldable phones have.

Lau - One point to focus on here in response to the question, if you look at the fold and the current foldable technology devices, it’s very large and not very clean or a very crisp fold. That also currently results in a lot of screen creasing or issues with where the fold is in the screen. This isn’t something that I can accept in products that are built.

Lau stated that OnePlus will only consider making a foldable phone when the technology is able to ensure the folds are "really crisp" and "not impact the screen at where the fold happens". 

When asked if OnePlus will consider the same strategy as Motorola took for its Razr foldable phone, Lau thinks the fold is still not a clean crease to the degree that he would want in a product that he would make. In addition, the plastic material nature of the foldable screen is more vulnerable to scratches than glass.

While OnePlus takes a wait-and-see approach to the foldable phone category, Huawei and Samsung have sold modest numbers of foldable phones. Huawei says it is selling 100,000 units of the Mate X every month and plans to release an enhanced version at MWC 2020. Samsung sold over 400,000 units of the Galaxy Fold in 2019 and plans to sell more this year with at least two upcoming foldable phone models.

Source: The Verge