2020 will bring all the usual yearly updates from all the usual phone vendors, but one interesting new addition is a cheaper smartphone from OnePlus. The king of value flagship smartphones is making what looks like a midrange device.
The news comes to us from OnLeaks and 91Mobiles, which have whipped up CAD-based renders of the device. OnLeaks says there’s no name for the device yet, but for now, the report is going with “OnePlus 8 Lite.” The render shows a device with a flat display measuring somewhere around 6.4-inches and a front camera that lives in a hole punch in the middle of the display, just like a Samsung device. The hole-punch camera is apparently the design OnePlus will go with across its lineup—OnLeaks has released “OnePlus 8 Pro” renders earlier, featuring this same Samsung-y front camera design.
Other features on the render include two cameras and a lot of sensors on the back, a USB-C port and speaker on the bottom, and a physical mute switch on the side. It’s hard to imagine an Android phone shipping without a fingerprint reader (unless you’re Google, I guess), so an in-screen fingerprint reader is probably included. There’s no headphone jack, which is a shame for a mid-range device.
The design doesn’t really matter, though. What we’re mainly interested in are the specs and price, which are mysteries for now. OnePlus regularly delivers the best bang-for-your-buck in the industry, and having the company build something cheaper than a flagship smartphone has the potential for greatness. For now, we’ll have to be on the lookout for more info before the launch sometime next year.