Chinese companies such as Huawei and OPPO have hinted at plans to launch foldable smartphones of their own, presumably to take on the likes of Samsung who has been working on such a device for the past few years. This is why it doesn’t really come as a complete surprise to learn that Vivo might want to get in on the action as well.
A recent post on Weibo has revealed that Vivo’s subbrand iQOO could be working on a foldable smartphone as renders of the device have found their way online, giving us a glimpse as to what we might be able to expect. For the most part, it seems like standard fare, where the fold of the phone will be down the middle and the device can transform from a phone to a tablet and back again.
It is unclear if the images are a concept or if it could actually be the device that iQOO might be launching. The post also claims that the device might be priced around the $1,000 mark. This is quite pricey as far as Chinese smartphones are concerned, but with foldable display tech still being new, it’s not surprising. There is also no word on when the device in question will be launched, but chances are if and when it does, it might not be seeing a launch outside of China or Asia.
Foldable phones are currently on track to be the next smartphone trend, but whether or not it will be able to set a new standard for smartphones or if it will end up being a novelty like 3D phones remains to be seen. In the meantime, we have also heard that other companies such as LG and Motorola could also be exploring foldable devices of their own.