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Oppo’s foldable smartphone will solve key Samsung Galaxy Fold problem

Oppo has filed a patent for a new foldable phone, and it’s solved one of the problems that haunted the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

One of the key problems for the Samsung Galaxy Fold was that it featured a huge intrusive notch for selfie cameras on the inside of its book-like design. However, a patent recently filed by Oppo reveals its plan to solve this issue by engineering a pop-up selfie camera, leaving a pristine full-screen tablet-like display when the phone is unfurled.

Close up image of Oppo foldable phone kept on white background showing front and back panel

Image Credit: Oppo

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It’s far from the first time Oppo has dabbled in cameras of this sort — the Find X and the Reno 10x Zoom both had pop-up selfie snappers. We were impressed by this trailblazing design in our reviews, and the technology is becoming more widespread — even making an appearance on the flagship OnePlus 7 Pro.

Far from resting on its laurels, Oppo is still designing innovative solutions, having recently showed off a prototype for an under-screen selfie camera. Once perfected this should be the ideal solution to the notch problem, without the compromise of a potentially vulnerable pop-up camera unit.

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Of course, there were more problems than just the notch for the Samsung Galaxy Fold. After several days with the device, reviewers found that the screen malfunctioned and became inoperable; one possible cause was the removal of a plastic screen protector. Since then, pre-orders have been refunded and there is no set release date for it in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Huawei has made plans to capitalise on Samsung’s ill-fated experiment. Named the Huawei Mate X, this smartphone folds over in the opposite direction to the Samsung device and has 5G connectivity: it is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2019 in the UK, with a starting price of €2299 (~£2050/$2600).

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