OnePlus Open foldable phone renders paint a better, more realistic picture

Last month’s big Samsung event attempted to remind people that foldable phones are here to stay. While the fancy and hip Galaxy Z Flip 5 is the one making headlines, large foldables like the Galaxy Z Fold 5 are still the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about this kind of form factor. Of course, Samsung is no longer the only game in town either, and OnePlus even boldly made that fact known right at the start of Samsung’s device launch with an equally bold name. While most brands, Google included, focused on how these devices fold down, OnePlus might have chosen the name “Open” to send a very different message. That said, the OnePlus One’s design might not be completely different from what we’ve seen before, but it seems that there will be some big changes that will set this phone apart, at least visually.

Designer: Steve Hemmerstoffer/OnLeaks (via SmartPrix)

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard or even seen what is allegedly the OnePlus foldable, with inklings and leaks already trickling down for months. Back then, it was christened the OnePlus V Fold, more in line with the naming convention of foldable phones. It also had a fairly typical tall design, with a circular camera bump that’s becoming a norm on foldables other than Samsung. In all honesty, the images felt more like a rehash than the daring character that OnePlus often paints for itself. Fortunately, that’s not going to be the case it seems.

A fresh batch of renders shows a design that diverges from the older ones in important ways. The biggest difference is the aspect ratio, now wider when folded and more horizontal when unfolded. This puts its closer to the design of the OPPO Find N2, but these cousins are far from being twins. The OnePlus Open, should that be truly its name, has very flat edges, though its outer rounded corners are more pronounced. Although the inner corners near the hinge are still angular, the screen and back cover are cut to be curved, giving the illusion of rounded corners that make the entire design more symmetrical.

The camera design has also shifted, both inside and outside. The internal selfie camera moved from the left corner to the right corner, a more natural spot for it, while the circular camera bump is now larger and thicker. The latter could hint at an upgrade in specs, especially with an unknown sensor sitting below the Hasselblad “H” logo, speculated to be a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor. There’s still a faux leather cover on that side, though it’s unknown whether there will be other options without this material.

Internally, the OnePlus Open is expected to have the staple high-end components, so it will be battling Samsung and other brands in terms of design, overall experience, and camera performance. OnePlus will surely play up the “Open” name, but it remains to be seen if its first foldable phone will have the same groundbreaking impact that the OnePlus One had which catapulted the brand into stardom.