With the launch of the OnePlus Open, a high-end, foldable smartphone with the brightest smartphone display ever, OnePlus enters the foldable smartphone market. The release of more brands’ foldable devices coincides with the OnePlus Open taking place as the battle in the premium market heats up.
While OnePlus has established itself in the premium smartphone industry, it will be difficult to compete in the ultra-premium smartphone market, which is rightfully controlled by Apple and Samsung. Here are the top five rivals that OnePlus Open must deal with in the premium market.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Cost-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (review) and the OnePlus Open are nearly equal. The Galaxy S23 Ultra is a typical candy bar-style phone, just as the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The Galaxy S23 Ultra, on the other hand, beats out the competition for anyone searching for a high-end Android smartphone without any compromises and offers practically everything that one would expect from a premium Android phone.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra sports a periscope zoom lens with an optical zoom range of up to 10x, just like the OnePlus Open. In contrast, the OnePlus Open boasts a 3x optical zoom, a 6x in-sensor zoom, and a maximum optical zoom of 120x.
Google Pixel 8 Pro
The Pixel 8 Pro is Google’s most expensive and technologically advanced phone to date when it comes to India. Once more, this camera-focused flagship smartphone is renowned for its AI prowess; in fact, it was one of the first widely available smartphones to be able to run generative AI models directly on the device. The Google Pixel 8 Pro employs software magic to enhance shots and images to make them look clear and bright, in contrast to the OnePlus Open’s Hasselblad-tuned camera.
The Google Pixel 8 Pro (review) provides a clean Android experience with very no bloatware, much like the OnePlus Open. The Google Pixel Fold, which isn’t sold in India, must also fight against the OnePlus Open in other areas, such the US.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is unquestionably the best-organized premium flagship smartphone of this year, and is expected to retain this title through September of 2019. The iPhone 15 Pro Max, although not being a foldable phone, competes fiercely with the OnePlus Open, which, albeit being a little less expensive, might not have as strong of a brand name as Apple.
Even without considering branding, the iPhone 15 Pro Max (review) has some of the best smartphone cameras right now, including a new 5x optical zoom lens.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
The original foldable brand is Samsung, and its fifth generation appears to be even more sophisticated. There is nothing that compares to the Galaxy Z Fold5 (review), whether it be the IPX8 rating that no other foldable offers or the speed-binned Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for improved gaming performance. Additionally, Samsung provides an excellent foldable software experience and up to 1 TB of internal storage, which is a bonus for consumers looking for a phone with more internal storage.
With its slightly more affordable price, the OnePlus Open does have an advantage over the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 in the foldables race. However, OnePlus needs to provide a similar, if not better, user experience if it hopes to start a foldables trend.
Oppo Find N3
OnePlus Open’s biggest competition will be none other than its parent company Oppo, which recently announced the Oppo Find N3, a foldable that is exactly identical to the OnePlus Open, with software being the only major difference. For a premium phone of this class, Oppo’s offering seems to have a bit of an advantage with its colour options, which include Gold, and red, which does make the phone look more dashing when compared to the more muted colour options on the OnePlus Open.
However, this won’t be much of an issue, as the Oppo Find N3 is limited to select markets, and in markets like India, OnePlus does seem to have an edge with no direct competition from OnePlus.