The Chinese Oppo knows how to distinguish itself from other smartphone manufacturers by showing innovation at an attractive price. Oppo was also the first manufacturer in the Netherlands to establish a 5G network connection in collaboration with T-Mobile.
A prototype of an Oppo folding smartphone was also shown at the start of this year. In addition, the creative engineers of the company seem to be working on a special alternative so that you still have access to a large bendable screen.
Although smartphones with a flexible display seem to have the future, folding phones are simply not yet available to the general public. The selling price of around € 2000 (such as the Galaxy Fold ) is simply way too high.
The Chinese manufacturer has an innovative idea for the meantime. We are not talking about the developed Oppo smartwatch, but about a display device where you can insert the smartphone, giving you an extra-large screen format.
Oppo foldable tablet with large touch display
In April 2019, Guandong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for a ‘Mobile terminal’. The patent was approved on October 31, 2019, and includes an extensive description of a very special smartphone accessory with a large flexible screen, giving the user access to a large folding tablet.
Consumers need a large screen, which is also light and thin, as can be read in the enclosed documentation. Oppo has designed a mobile terminal that functions as a large foldable tablet with touch control to meet this need. Ideal to watch Netflix movies, or to play games of course.
The foldable tablet from Oppo has a flexible screen and a hinge, making the device fully foldable. Once folded, the display is on the outside. The enclosed sketches show a particularly large display, almost the size of a laptop. The design may also differ from the images shown. For example, two separate screens could be used instead of one flexible display.
You can bend the device in such a way that you can also put it down and thus use half the screen. The device is then on the second screen part. It is possible that the housing protrudes slightly so that the screen is better-protected from scratches if you move the device.
What is special about this invention is the possibility to plug in your phone at the back. The smartphone is connected to the folding accessory via USB.
Then what you see on your smartphone screen is shown on the large flexible screen. Thanks to touch support you can operate the display device in the same way and you have exactly the same functions and apps as on your smartphone. This way you can even connect to the cloud.
The large flexible screen is of course also ideal for viewing multimedia content. You can also use this foldable tablet for gaming because playing popular mobile games such as Fortnite or Mario Kart Tour is of course much more fun on a large screen. A large display can also offer a solution for more serious matters, such as using Office applications or browsing through internet pages. Finally, much more content can be displayed.
The foldable device can also function independently
This Oppo folding tablet has its own processor and its own battery. The telephone battery, therefore, does not have to be used for supplying power to the flexible screen. This is also possible, thanks to a built-in wireless charging receiver. Provided that the smartphone inversely supports wireless charging, it can therefore also be used to provide the folding tablet with energy.
In addition, this foldable Oppo tablet has Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC. As the description states, it is possible that even a camera and a music player module are integrated. The display device can also be operated without a smartphone, but in simplified form, so you do not have storage capacity, for example. There is also not so much talk about an operating system.
A recess can be made exactly opposite the smartphone so that you can fully fold the device, even if the smartphone is entered. Whether this recess is needed will depend on the thickness of the device and the thickness of the compatible Oppo smartphones.