In November 2020, Oppo introduced to the world a new phone concept featuring a scrollable screen.
The Oppo X 2021 seemed to be a proof of concept rather than a feasible device that would go on sale soon, but with the phone starting to show up in various hands-on demonstration videos, it could be that the arrival of the Oppo XU 2021 will be released for the mass market?
We’ve put together all the news and rumors surrounding Oppo’s first scrollable phone.
When will the Oppo X 2021 be released?
There is no confirmed information on when we will see Oppo X 2021, but with the emergence of the aforementioned videos, it seems that the company has more testing devices than it is putting in the hands of potential reviewers. This evidence suggests that what at first appeared to be just a conception device could be really close to maturity.
The most concrete information we come from DigiTimes, Citing “industry sources” in a report that the X 2021 will be launched in “the second half of the year.” It seems like a pretty safe bet given the name if nothing else.
How much will the Oppo X 2021 cost?
Again, this is unknown territory, as there are no comparable models on which to base a price. The closest would undoubtedly be the leaflets we have seen coming onto the market in the last two years.
All of these come with some pretty important fees as you can see from the list below:
It’s hard to gauge whether scrollable phones will feel closer to foldable models or those sporty flip screens, but one thing’s for sure, you’ll pay well more than a grand for the Oppo X 2021.
What specifications and features do we see in the Oppo X 2021?
There’s a lot we know about the Oppo X 2021, at least in terms of display, as the company already has he announced on stage at Inno Day 2020 last November.
The OLED panel has the ability to go from a standard 6.7-inch format to a 7.4-inch tablet. This is achieved by an impressive technology that allows the additional screen area to be curved under the sliding frame of the phone and then widened in view via the dual ‘Roll-Motor Powertrain’.
The expansion is controlled by the side button that also contains a fingerprint sensor used to lock and unlock the device.
Oppo claims that it employs linear caterpillar track patterns on the bottom of the display to move it in and out, while two intertwined support substrates work together to ensure the surface is stable and rigid.
You can see it all in action in a useful video that Oppo has put together for MWC Shanghai 2021:
The proposed advantage of this approach, in contrast to the currently available folding or flipping alternatives, is that you should avoid folds that may appear on displays after they have been folded repeatedly. Of course, we don’t know if this is the case until we can spend some time with the Oppo X 2021, but it certainly makes sense in principle.
Of course Oppo wasn’t the first company to mock a “scroll” phone, and we also saw similar technology from the LG Rollable. This phone is no longer ready to release after the closure of LG’s mobile phone business, therefore, Oppo is likely to be the first to launch the new technology.
The smooth opening and closing of the device was highlighted at the presentation event, but recent YouTube videos of technology reviewers using the device only highlight the impressive nature of Oppo’s technology as much as it can. see from the examples below.
The first is from French YouTuber Brandon Le Proktor.
We also saw the German technology channel AllroundPC showing the Oppo X 2021.
The rollable screen won’t be the only bit of cutting-edge technology in the Oppo X 2021. The company has also used the phone as an example of a device to unveil its wireless air charging technology – a shorter version of the same for Xiaomi My Air Charge which would allow the phone to recharge from a compatible charger even when it is not in physical contact.
We don’t even have detailed specifications on charging speed or capacity, but you can see it in action in another official video:
Oppo has also announced that the X 2021 will come with a 48MP f / 1.7 camera, supported by two Spot TOF 3D cameras that help with Bokeh effects and AR / VR capabilities.
Expect the device to be equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with other front-line components when it finally arrives.
Of course, we will update this page when more details are available, but in the meantime, you should also check out our guide to the the best new phones coming in 2021 to see what the Oppo X 2021 will be up against.