OnePlus has launched its first foldable phone, the OnePlus Open, which offers a sleek design, a powerful camera and some unique software features. The phone is aimed at the premium segment and competes with the Samsung Galaxy Fold series.
A sleek and stylish design
The OnePlus Open has a metallic chassis and a textured vegan leather rear, which gives it a premium and elegant look. The phone is also very thin and light, measuring 5.9mm in thickness when closed and weighing 239 grams. The phone has a tight close with hardly any gap visible between the two sides when shut.
The phone also has a trademark OnePlus alert slider on the left side of the unfolded screen, which lets users switch between different sound modes. The phone comes in two colors: Voyager Black and Lunar Silver.
A powerful and versatile camera
The OnePlus Open features a three-camera Hasselblad setup in the rear, which consists of a 48MP main camera with a new Sony LYT sensor, a 64MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and up to 120x digital zoom, and a 48MP ultra-wide camera. The camera offers stunning photos and videos with natural colors, sharp details and impressive bokeh effects.
The phone also has two selfie cameras: a 32MP front camera above the unfolded screen and a 20MP camera above the cover screen. Both cameras offer clear and crisp selfies even in low light conditions. The phone can record 4K video in 60fps with Dolby Vision, which offers a cinematic experience.
A unique and user-friendly software
The OnePlus Open runs on OxygenOS, which has been customized to suit the foldable form factor. The phone has a 6.31-inch Super Fluid AMOLED cover screen, which is big enough to use as a regular smartphone. The cover screen also has an in-display fingerprint scanner for security.
When the phone is opened, it reveals a 7.8-inch screen with almost a 1:1 aspect ratio. The screen has a 2K resolution and supports HDR10+. The screen also has a very subtle crease, which is hardly noticeable. The hinge behind the screen is smooth and sturdy, allowing users to adjust the angle of the screen as they wish.
The software offers some neat features that make use of the large screen. For instance, the apps are laid out in two columns, making it easier to access them with one hand. The keyboard is also split into two halves, allowing users to type with their fingers on either side of the screen. Users can also multitask with up to three apps on the screen at the same time, and switch between them by swiping or squeezing. Some apps, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, have been optimized to show chats on the side of the screen when opened on the large screen.
A fast and smooth performance
The OnePlus Open is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, which is one of the most advanced chipsets in the market. The phone also has 16GB of RAM, which can be expanded by up to 16GB if there is enough space left in the 512GB storage. This means the phone can handle any task or game with ease and without any lag or heating issues.
The phone also has a 4805 mAh battery, which can last for a whole day with moderate usage. The phone supports fast charging with Warp Charge 65T, which can charge the phone from zero to 80% in about 30 minutes. The phone also supports wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
A few drawbacks
The OnePlus Open is not without its flaws. For one thing, the jacket that comes in the box feels flimsy and does not fit well on the front of the phone. It also collects dust easily and might not be suitable for Indian conditions. Another issue is that when the phone is folded while using an app, it does not immediately open on the cover screen and requires unlocking first. This can disrupt the user experience and continuity.
The phone also has a large camera bump on the back, which looks good but feels bulky when holding or placing the phone on a flat surface. The camera bump also makes it hard to use some accessories, such as car mounts or tripods.
A worthy contender
The OnePlus Open is a foldable phone that stands out from its competitors with its sleek design, powerful camera and unique software features. The phone offers a premium and versatile experience that caters to different user needs and preferences. The phone is priced at Rs 139,999, which is lower than some of its rivals but still quite expensive for most consumers.
The OnePlus Open is available for pre-order from October 20 on Amazon India and OnePlus.in. The first sale will start from October 27.