It’s possible that OnePlus will release a foldable phone this year.

It's possible that OnePlus will release a foldable phone this year.

In the US, Samsung might face some competition soon.

After some delay, there may soon be some competition in the foldable market.

OnePlus also promised a new foldable phone during its crowded OnePlus 11 event, showcasing the company’s Buds Pro 2 earphones, a glimpse of a concept phone arriving at Mobile World Congress later this month, and a new mechanical keyboard.

Although there are few details currently available about the future product, OnePlus’ parent company Oppo has been introducing foldable in China for the previous few years. Both the Flip N2 and the Find N2, which feature clamshell designs akin to the Motorola Razr and the Z Flip 4, are smaller, lighter alternatives to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 4. They were unveiled at the end of the preceding year.

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Oppo said in December that it would launch the Flip N2 in international areas this year, but the US was not one of the intended markets.

Since Samsung originally unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold in 2019, the market for foldable devices has largely lagged behind, especially outside of China. While Oppo, Xiaomi, Motorola, and Huawei have all made foldable devices available in China, they have been much more difficult to find or have arrived much later in other countries. Before its October debut in Europe, the most recent Motorola Razr was initially exclusively available in China.

This is especially true in the US, where options have mostly consisted of Samsung’s Z Fold and Z Flip lines (plus two prototypes of Motorola’s foldable Razr).

Despite this, US aficionados of foldable technology may likely have a few more alternatives in the not-too-distant future with OnePlus announcing it has a handset on the way and Google said to be working on its own Pixel Fold.

For a week, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 took the place of my laptop.