Tomorrow Samsung has an occasion scheduled where we’ll likely see the next major foldable smartphones from the brand. OnePlus released a teaser for something today with a time and date that matches the beginning of the Samsung event. Given the relative lack of a lead-up with teasers and rumors and leaks of a tool like this, it seems likely OnePlus has something relatively simple planned instead of a full-blown dual-screen smartphone ready for release.
If we’re trying to find clues for a dual-screen device the likes of which OnePlus has not previewed before, we will find one major hint an OPPO patent. They describe a detachable display mechanism on April 5, 2021, in China. As shown by IT Home, this patent shows two parts for one device. The one is that the “display end,” the opposite is that the “host end.”
It would appear that the left side would be the host side, while the right side would be the secondary display. Something like this might be a match for what we’re seeing previewed here by OnePlus. OnePlus and OPPO are, after all, merged for real.
Releasing a tool like this can be a touch more fun than doing what OnePlus has wiped out in the past with “T” devices after the quality numbers earlier in each given year. OnePlus 9T may are canceled, consistent with recent leaks. Imagine OnePlus releasing a sneak peek at a dual-display OnePlus 9-like device instead, with a proposed price that undercuts Samsung’s foldable devices by a substantial amount… but actually, this is often almost the PR.
OnePlus’s Pete Lau commented on a reply to the first social media post on Twitter. “It’s literally a joke to urge PR value? you think that we don’t know the precise date and time our competitors are releasing phones and casually put a “Galaxy” video on the displays?”
Lau also confirmed: “I swear I told our R&D team to try to to their best to capture LG’s leftover market share but they weren’t creative in the least .” Lau also used the word “trolling” in comments with other social media users – so pack it up! Either it’s just a troll PR move, or it’s a crafty opportunity to double-fake out the general public and that they DO have a tool – in either case, well done.