If Oppo and OnePlus leave Europe, I'll be heartbroken

Reports suggest the pair could leave large swathes of the European market altogether

Oppo Find N2 Flip
(Image credit: Oppo)

Reports have broken this morning suggesting that Oppo and OnePlus could be set to depart from vast areas of the European market. The Android phone manufacturers – who have recently unveiled brilliant handsets like the Oppo Find N2 Flip and the OnePlus 11 – are reportedly going to be removed from sale in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

The rumour comes from Max Jambor, a journalist and leaker based in Germany. Since his initial tweet this morning, Jambor has suggested that an official statement from the two brands will be made soon. T3 has reached out to both brands for comment.

If this is true, I will be genuinely heartbroken. Sure, you'll either love or hate their range of slab phones, but their work in the world of foldable phones was unparalleled. 

The Find N2 Flip successfully brought foldable technology to an all-new low price point, and did so without neglecting the spec sheet. Users could enjoy the largest cover display on a flip phone, the largest battery on a flip phone and a redesigned hinge which resulted in the best crease I've ever seen on a foldable.

OnePlus also teased an upcoming foldable of their own at MWC 2023. That would have increased competitiveness in the segment even more, adding to notable expected releases like the Google Pixel Fold and an update to the Motorola Razr.

Without these devices, foldable phones remain an expensive pursuit. If these rumours do prove to be true, I sincerely hope other manufacturers take note of what they achieved, and fill the gaps left behind. Making the technology more accessible is the only way it can push forward and improve – and that wont happen if users are priced out.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.