OPPO is a smartphone manufacturer from the east that has always managed to impress us with some great tricks with innovative ideas such as motorized camera modules, skyline notification light and powerful cameras. Although the company lost a shot at folding phone fame to Samsung in the early stages, OPPO has apparently not given up. According to a recent leak from Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, OPPO is working on a foldable clamshell phone that is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
The leak finds that The OPPO clamshell phone has a foldable 7-inch inner panel, while the display of the outer cover is 2-inch diagonal. More importantly, the Chinese smartphone maker will be relying on an LTPO panel instead of traditional LTPS technology. In case you are wondering, LTPO (polycrystalline low temperature oxide) panels allow dynamic adjustment of the refresh rate. This means that the display can change the refresh rate based on what is on the screen.
Not only is this approach great for content consumption, but it also saves battery life, especially on phones with a pixel-rich screen. Also, a foldable clamshell phone doesn’t leave much room to use a larger battery, so LTPO technology is especially useful for the upcoming OPPO phone. Samsung has already used this technology on the Galaxy S21 series and is helping Apple use the same technology on the iPhone 13 Pro, which is said to be rocking a 120Hz display.
The OPPO X 2021 with a rollable display
Further details on the upcoming foldable clamshell from the OPPO brand are barely available at the moment, apart from the fact that it is aimed at women. While the company’s work on foldable devices remains a mystery, it recently unveiled the OPPO X 2021 phone, which flaunts a motorized rollable display that turns the phone into a mini tablet with just a swipe of the right edge. Although OPPO presented a working prototype on video, the ambitious device is unlikely to hit the market anytime soon.
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