Whereas many smartphone producers have launched or teased foldable telephones, from Samsung and Motorola to TCL, Oppo and Xiaomi, one firm that up to now hasn’t dabbled within the new type issue is OnePlus – and now its CEO has defined why.
In an interview with The Verge, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau defined quite a lot of his pondering on totally different areas of smartphone tech, from digicam telephones and image-processing software program to foldable telephones.
”We haven’t discovered that the numerous benefit or worth that’s introduced [from a foldable form factor] that isn’t outweighed by the shortcomings or the disadvantages of the present state of the know-how [sic]“ stated Lau’s translator (as a non-native English speaker, he opted to make use of an interpreter for the interview).
The principle motive for this, it appears, is the folding know-how itself. “In the event you have a look at the fold and the present foldable know-how gadgets, it’s very massive and never very clear or a really crisp fold [sic]“, Lau added.
When requested in regards to the Motorola Razr‘s tech, and the way its screen retracts slightly to enable a tighter fold, Lau’s translator explained “what Pete’s saying is that the fold is still not a clean crease to the degree that he would want in a product that he would make“.
Clearly, then, OnePlus has high standards with regards to foldable tech, and hasn’t found a good enough way to get a crease to work without impairing the design of the device. There’s also a fair bit of nay-saying on Lau’s part, particularly towards the Razr, with him commenting ”because it’s a plastic material, its ability to have the scratch resistance of glass just isn’t there yet”.
We’ve heard similar sentiments from Lau before – in April 2019 he said OnePlus had “not yet found a way to build a [foldable] device”, adding that the company’s R&D department was instead focusing on the OnePlus TV.
Since then, however, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Motorola Razr and the Huawei Mate X (in certain countries, at least) have been released, warming consumers to the idea of foldable phones.
We’re expecting to see several more foldable phones in 2020, including the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, along with debut devices from companies including Oppo, Xiaomi, TCL; so while OnePlus might not yet be ready to commit to the tech, it’s likely only a matter of time before it’s obliged to follow suit.