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OnePlus teases a folding phone, but don’t get your hopes up

todayAugust 11, 2021 3

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Just a day before Samsung’s folding phone event, OnePlus appears to be teasing a dual-screen device of its own.

Or maybe it’s just some marketing gimmick — in which case I will hate myself for writing this article.

The company tweeted this short clip from its USA Twitter account, highlighting an August 11 reveal:

At first glance, it seems like OnePlus is about to unveil a folding phone right as Samsung announces the Galaxy Fold and Flip 3.

At second glance, I smell shenanigans.

The video clearly shows two separate screens, for one. So maybe the company is taking an approach like the Surface Duo, opting for two durable screens rather than one flexible one. Or maybe it’s something like LG’s second screen case — an add-on for existing devices. But neither of those really explain the teaser.

The curvature where the screens meet would be really weird for a Duo-like device. It’s also weird that both displays show earpieces and both have a cutout for the camera in the upper left corner (you can see the stars disappear as they pass by where the camera would be).