OnePlus says it’s the best foldable phone yet – here’s why it could be true

Now we know more about OnePlus’ upcoming “OnePlus Open.” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently sat down with tech YouTuber Unbox Therapy to show off an early render of the company’s upcoming foldable smartphone.

The YouTube video does not detail any of the hardware specifications or software features that the rumored “OnePlus Open” will have at launch. The company keeps its mouth shut. Instead, it focuses solely on one particular aspect of the device: its hinge. Focusing only on the hinge may seem a little strange, but it’s for good reason, as they apparently put a lot of work into it. You see, when closed, the OnePlus foldable will have a slim, gap-free design similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 5.

(Image credit: Unbox Therapy/OnePlus/YouTube)

Lau explains that OnePlus has “35 patents” on the hinge alone, ensuring a flat form factor. The video demonstrates the strength of the component by having a tester bend the phone closed over a sheet of paper and then proceed to suspend the phone in the air by simply holding the sheet. It does not shift or slide. Lau claims that OnePlus has further refined the hinge design over the years. Compared to sister brand Oppo’s Find N2, the phone’s new hinge has 31 fewer components and is “37 percent smaller.”

OnePlus foldable attached to paper

(Image credit: Unbox Therapy/OnePlus/YouTube)

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