Oppo's big plans for early 2019 include foldable smartphone and 5G device for Europe (UPDATED)
As it remains unclear exactly when the Galaxy F (or Galaxy Flex) will hit global stores (in limited numbers), Oppo is officially joining the foldable war by confirming a related February 2019 launch event.
This will unsurprisingly take place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to a product manager quoted by Dutch website Tweakers (translated), although we’re obviously still light on details.
We don’t know when and where this first Oppo foldable smartphone is supposed to become available for actual consumers, and we highly doubt the company will be able to beat Samsung to the commercial punch.
That’s because rumors of its interest in this exciting technology have been floating around for a little while, suggesting among others that Oppo will be using Samsung’s very own Infinity Flex screen as the latter aims to “grow the ecosystem.”
Ranked fifth in the latest global smartphone shipment report, Oppo has been ramping up its presence in the Western Hemisphere this year, while attempting to find an original solution to the bezel problem.
In addition to foldable designs, the increasingly ambitious OEM naturally wants a piece of the 5G pie as well, planning the European rollout of an unnamed phone with the next-gen cellular technology during the first half of 2019. Oppo has also started developing a prototype with a screen-embedded selfie camera, which may need until 2020 to become ready for primetime.