At this year’s MWC, and a couple of days after yet another grand reveal, OnePlus proudly announced that it will launch a foldable smartphone in the second half of 2023. The announcement was made during its “From Fast & Smooth to Beyond” panel discussion at Mobile World Congress.
“Our first foldable phone will have the signature OnePlus fast and smooth experience. It must be a flagship phone that doesn’t settle because of its folding form, in terms of industrial design, mechanical technology, and other aspects. We want to launch a device that aims to be at the pinnacle experience of today’s foldable market.” said Kinder Liu, President and COO of OnePlus at the event.
Since 2013, OnePlus has been creating what the industry brands “flagship killers” that provide users with fast and smooth experiences at a competitive price. The brand recently launched the latest generation of its flagship phone, the OnePlus 11 5G, which was widely praised for taking the Fast and Smooth experience to the next level. OnePlus 11 5G was the first OnePlus phone which applied an extended software support policy of 4 years of operating system updates and 5 years of security updates to make the experience even more future-proofed.
At the Fast & Smooth to Beyond panel, OnePlus also shared its approach of achieving the ultimate and industry-leading fast and smooth experience: powerful hardware, plus great software which is deeply tuned to get the best from the hardware, empowered by chipset-level algorithms. OnePlus also emphasized that constantly learning from its community, one of the largest tech communities in the world, is critical to improving the overall experience.
OnePlus also shared its plan of building a stronger smart ecosystem in the next 3-5 years to bring its signature fast and smooth experience to broader categories. Creating this ecosystem will allow OnePlus to provide seamless connection between OnePlus devices, such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, TVs, and other Internet-of-things devices.
So far, OnePlus has indeed wowed its community and potential newcomers with its surprising releases. However, this new foldable phone coming out later this year might just be a gamechanger in an industry that is slowly developing their own lineup of foldable flagships.
Rest assured, we’ll keep our eyes peeled.