A new foldable star is born with greater longevity and cool features
By siliconindia | Friday, 27 October 2023, 14:48 IST
When foldable smartphones arrived on the scene a couple of years ago, with Samsung taking the lead, they were treated as luxury devices meant for a chosen few. Little did the world of technology realize that the appetite for premium experiences was growing steadily worldwide and Indians were not far behind. When smartphones worth Rs 1.5 lakh and above started to fly off the shelves in countries like India, where price has mostly been a decisive factor while purchasing a device, foldable unfolded an altogether new experience for the consumers in a unique form factor.
They evolved over the years and now, OnePlus has brought its flagship foldable to India that clearly ups the game and challenges its rivals with a device that combines light, compact-slim design with revolutionary imaging to deliver one of the best foldable experiences. OnePlus Open addresses one of the most talked about thing among the foldable lovers -- durability and longevity of the hinge architecture. OnePlus Open has been certified for reliable folding by an international certification institute in TUV Rheinland, where it was put through extreme environmental tests and 1,000,000 test-folds that amount to way more than 100 folds per day, lasting for over 10 years!
It means it can be opened 1 million times at ease sans any issue. The key to this exceptional longevity is the single-spine hinge architecture. According to Kinder Liu, COO of OnePlus, unlike conventional folding designs with more complex three-part spines, the single-spine hinge minimizes stress on the folding mechanism. “This results in reduced wear and tear on the components, allowing the OnePlus Open to withstand the rigors of frequent folding and unfolding for years,” Liu told IANS last week. Furthermore, aerospace-grade materials, such as titanium alloy, carbon fiber, and proprietary cobalt molybdenum alloy used in its construction, not only reduce the weight of the folding device but also contribute tremendously to its overall durability.
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