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OnePlus Open: A Compelling Alternative to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, but My Belief in Folding Phones Remains Uncertain

OnePlus Open: A Better Foldable Alternative

The OnePlus Open is OnePlus’ first attempt at a folding phone. While OnePlus’ sister company Oppo has been making foldables for a while, the OnePlus Open can be seen as OnePlus’ first-gen foldable. Compared to its competitors, such as the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold, the OnePlus Open stands out as a special device.

Design and Display

The OnePlus Open has a bolder design than the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and is lighter and thinner, giving it a more “normal phone” feel. The display department is where the OnePlus Open outshines the competition with a wider and more usable cover screen, brighter panels, and an almost invisible crease. The anti-reflective coating on the inner display gives it a cleaner look compared to the Fold 5’s screen.

Camera System

The OnePlus Open features a flagship-grade camera system, offering a better low-light performance and a more powerful camera system compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 5. The larger primary camera sensor and higher resolution optical zoom module make it a standout in the folding phone market.

Open Canvas Multitasking

The OnePlus Open introduces a new multitasking experience called “Open Canvas” that allows for seamless navigation between full/half-screen apps. This innovative approach sets a new standard for multitasking on folding phones.

Pricing and Affordability

The OnePlus Open is priced at $1,500, making it a more affordable option compared to its competitors. With the $200 trade-in offer, the OnePlus Open effectively costs $500 less than the Galaxy Z Fold 5 at launch. Considering the features and specifications it offers, the OnePlus Open provides great value for the money.

The Future of Foldables

The OnePlus Open’s accessible price point and impressive features contribute to changing the perception of foldable phones among average users. While it may not replace iPhones or Galaxies for everyone, it signifies a shift towards foldables becoming more mainstream.

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