A few days ago we reported that OnePlus has registered brand names for its upcoming foldable and flipable foldables. The first news on the topic comes from a tweet from the CEO and is already months old. In the meantime, the two smartphones are said to be in internal tests in many regions. So it was time for the first official teaser. At the big launch event for the new flagship OnePlus 11, the new OnePlus Buds Pro 2 and the first OnePlus tablet, an inconspicuous picture emerged. This very teaser revealed the launch date of the upcoming OnePlus V Fold and V Flip.
The picture doesn’t reveal too much, except that the smartphones will launch in the third quarter of 2023. With the OnePlus 11 series, the Chinese manufacturer did without a Pro model for the first time. Considering the rapidly growing foldable market, we may now have an explanation for this development. It seems that the resources are currently working to develop the first foldable flagships. That would also be obvious because Vivo belongs to the same group as OnePlus and has already gained some experience in this area with the Vivo X Fold series.
OnePlus V Fold a rebranded Oppo Find N2?
Oppo also belongs to BBK. Therefore, there are already the first reports that the OnePlus V Fold and V Flip are based on the Oppo Find N2 and Find N2 Flip. Oppo wants to market the Find N2 Flip globally and present the international version at MWC 2023. With the big Find N2 staying in China, on the other hand, it would be easy for OnePlus to launch the device to global markets without major changes.
The only information regarding the names of the upcoming foldable and clamshell smartphones are the OnePlus trademark filings. A OnePlus V Fold and a OnePlus V Flip were registered and thus protected under trademark law. The trademarks have been filed with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). If the OnePlus smartphones really come onto the market with these names, the similarities to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (review) and Galaxy Z Flip4 (review) would be obvious.