We've heard a lot that OnePlus should introduce a smartphone that will have mid-range specs, but will be very cheap. Now, against the background of the global decline in demand for smartphones by twenty percent, many would not refuse such a device. OnePlus itself needs an inexpensive model in its prayer line after the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro came out this year, the price of which has already reached almost $ 1,000. Against the background of all this, as well as the appearance of the second generation iPhone SE and the upcoming Google Pixel 4a, the idea seems very promising. The question is what the smartphone will be like.
What do we know about OnePlus Z? Much.
Why you need a cheap OnePlus Z
Information, or rather rumors, that OnePlus Z will be in general, appeared even before the presentation of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, which were presented in April this year.
The company's last mid-range phone was the OnePlus X back in 2015. Then he aroused a lot of interest, but the gap between the price and the flagship was not so great. Now it can be made much more impressive. This will definitely attract many new buyers. I have already said that sometimes the appearance of expensive brand smartphones leads to an increase in demand for cheap ones. If this happens with the release of the new OnePlus, then this will once again confirm my words.
To understand this, it is necessary to put together all the information that we have on this matter and understand what the new product will become and how much it will cost.
When the new OnePlus comes out
At the very beginning, we did not have a name for the new product and everyone thought that the cheaper device would simply be called OnePlus 8 Lite. Max Weinbach of XDA Developer revealed the correct name at the end of March when he stated that the upcoming phone is actually called the OnePlus Z. This has been confirmed by many other experts.
OnePlus has always been interesting to users.
Everyone expected to see it on April 14, but this did not happen, and many started talking about the novelty coming in the summer when the main wave of the coronavirus pandemic subsides. If this is indeed the case, then the wait is not very long. Now everyone is talking about July this year.
OnePlus Z design
The upcoming OnePlus phone first leaked online in December 2019 thanks to Twitter OnLeaks. The renders showed a phone with a camera in display and a mode switch like other OnePlus.
This is what OnePlus Z might look like.
From the rest, the absence of a headphone port can be noted. Dual cameras and front camera placement in the center, not the side. Later, however, information appeared that the camera would still have three sensors, when OnLeaks published a photo of a new smartphone, allegedly taken under normal conditions. But the source was OnePlus itself.
At one point, OnePlus held a stream featuring smartphones, including the one that most closely resembled what the potential novelty looks like. It is unlikely that the company would be so active in demonstrating what is not and will not be. Perhaps it was a bold hint to whet the public's interest.
A fragment of the same stream.
OnePlus Z specifications
In the new generation OnePlus 8 Pro, all the specifications are at the highest level – this is usually the case. It has a Snapdragon 865, plenty of RAM, wireless charging and even IP68 water resistance. Of course, all of this will not be in the OnePlus Z, but it will have a low price.
The new product is rumored to offer a processor MediaTek and a 90Hz display refresh rate. Previous rumors have pointed to the MediaTek Dimensity 800 or Dimensity 1000 chipset, which means that this phone may also have 5G. This is very logical in the modern world, where all respectable flagships have already managed to show models with the support of this technology.
Most likely, OnePlus Z will run on MediaTek.
The Dimensity 1000 is a flagship processor in many ways, offering the latest ARM processors and a machine learning chip, but a slightly weaker Mali-G77 MP9 GPU compared to the Exynos 990 for example. Meanwhile, the Dimensity 800 is more in line with the Snapdragon 765 series, in which installed competitive eight-core processors (four Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55) and Mali-G77 MP4 graphics.
Would you like a $ 500 OnePlus like this?
Other obvious specs include an in-display fingerprint reader, 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of internal storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and 30W charging. The main camera looks like it will still be triple (48 Mp, 16 Mp, 12 Mp), although some renders show only two sensors.
When will OnePlus Z come out and how much will it cost
As I said above, the novelty will most likely appear in July this year. According to rumors, one of the first markets will be the UK, where the device can be purchased for £ 400 (approximately $ 506 or 34,700 rubles). For comparison, the cheapest OnePlus 8 costs one and a half times more in this country. We can conclude that in other regions the new product will be cheaper than the models presented in April by at least $ 200.
Apparently, the new OnePlus Z should be expected in July.
Interestingly, in their interviews, the company's management does not deny the release of the cheaper OnePlus. Perhaps it will be OnePlus Z. True, it is reported that the new product is likely to first appear in India and only then will be sold to other markets. But in any case, it will be very interesting to watch her.