Categories
Latest News

The OnePlus Z is coming — here’s everything we know so far

Advertisement

OnePlus 8 Lite Render

OnePlus 8 Lite RenderSource: @OnLeaks / 91Mobiles

Leading up to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro launch, the rumor mill was strongly suggesting that the two phones would be joined by a budget-focused OnePlus 8 Lite. As time went on, that name went to the wayside and it was starting to be referred to as the OnePlus Z. The product unveiling came and went, and there's still no OnePlus 8 Lite/OnePlus Z in sight.

The phone is still coming, we just have to wait a little while longer before we can get our hands on it.

Based on what we know so far, the OnePlus Z should carry the same ideals of 2015's OnePlus X. In other words, we're expecting a phone with great build quality, good specs, and a super low price. Interested in learning more? Let's dive in!

Best VPN providers 2020: Learn about ExpressVPN, NordVPN & more

Nice balance



OnePlus 8

Right in the middle

If the OnePlus Z is the most affordable new OnePlus phone for 2020, the regular OnePlus 8 sits right in the middle between it and the OnePlus 8 Pro. This is a device that boasts a 90Hz AMOLED display, three rear cameras, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor. We expect the OnePlus Z will have a more competitive price than it, but if you have some additional cash to spare, the OnePlus 8 is a solid pickup.

This is what the OnePlus Z looks like

OnePlus 8 Lite

OnePlus 8 LiteSource: @OnLeaks

First thing's first, let's talk about the design of the OnePlus Z.

The front of the phone is home to a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display, slim bezels, and a hole-punch cutout in the center near the top. The display also isn't curved at all, which is something you do get on the 8 and 8 Pro.

Around back is where things get a little confusing. If you look at the render above, you'll see that there are three rear cameras and an LED flash to the right of the camera bump. That's one of the more recent renders that we've seen, but prior to it, the render below is what was being shared. It looks mostly the same, save for the fact that it only shows two rear cameras.

OnePlus 8 Lite render

OnePlus 8 Lite renderSource: @OnLeaks

It's hard to say for sure which one is accurate, but in any case, you can look forward to at least two cameras and possibly three.

Rounding out the design of the OnePlus Z, it looks to have the iconic OnePlus alert slider and a USB-C port for charging. Just like the last few OnePlus phones, there's no 3.5mm headphone jack.

It's a spiritual successor to the OnePlus X

OnePlus X

OnePlus XSource: Andrew Martonik / Android Central

Unless you've been following OnePlus from the very beginning, there's a good chance you don't remember the OnePlus X. Honestly, we don't blame you.

The OnePlus X was released in October 2015, just a few months after the OnePlus 2 hit the scene. The idea behind the OnePlus X was to deliver the OnePlus experience at the lowest price possible, resulting in a $249 phone that offered a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera. At the time, those were great specs for a phone so cheap.

Unfortunately for OnePlus, the phone was plagued by poor camera performance, weak battery life, and just never captivated a similar audience that its other phones had.

The OnePlus X remains as the cheapest handset OnePlus has ever sold, and seeing as how it's getting close to five years since it released, there are a lot of expectations for a successor to it. Especially with the baseline OnePlus 8 costing $699 and the OnePlus 8 Pro costing as much as $999, a truly low-cost OnePlus device is just what we need right now.

Here are the specs we're expecting

OnePlus 8 Lite Render

OnePlus 8 Lite RenderSource: @OnLeaks / 91Mobiles

None of the OnePlus Z's specs have been confirmed, but the rumor mill has been chugging along at full power to try and figure out what we can expect from the phone. Based on the latest rumors and reports, here's what we currently have.

Category OnePlus Z
Operating System Android 10
OxygenOS
Display 6.4-inch
AMOLED
Full HD+
90Hz refresh rate
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1000 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
RAM 8GB
Storage Up to 256GB
Rear Camera 1 48MP primary camera
Rear Camera 2 Unknown
Rear Camera 3 Unknown
Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging 30W Warp Charge

Looking at that spec sheet, one of the more interesting tidbits is the OnePlus Z's rumored processor. For the longest time, it was looking like the phone would get the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset. On May 1, however, a new leak

Advertisement
suggested that the OnePlus Z would actually get Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765 — the same processor that's in the LG Velvet and rumored for the Pixel 5.

Both chipsets bring a lot to the table, but with the Snapdragon 765, OnePlus can deliver fast processing speeds and sub-6 + mmWave 5G connectivity.

It's also great to see that the OnePlus Z will retain a 90Hz refresh rate despite its (hopefully) low price, and with a beefy 4,000 mAh battery, battery life should be quite swell.

Look forward to a budget-friendly price

OnePlus X with box

OnePlus X with boxSource: Andrew Martonik / Android Central

Speaking of price, that's one of the remaining mysteries for the OnePlus Z. While there's a lot we already know about the phone, there haven't been any concrete leaks or reports regarding how much it'll cost.

Given that the OnePlus 8 starts at $699 and the OnePlus Z is expected to be considerably more affordable, we could possibly see a price of around $399 or $499.

Those seem like fair potential prices given the rumored specs, but that's as much of an educated guess as we can give right now.

OnePlus might launch it in July

OnePlus logo

OnePlus logoSource: Android Central

In a perfect world, the OnePlus Z would have been released back in April alongside the OnePlus 8 series. Unfortunately, live in a perfect world we do not.

Thanks to the ongoing pandemic that's wreaking havoc in more ways than one, OnePlus reportedly had to delay the launch of the OnePlus Z until this July.

We can probably look forward to a digital-only launch event similar to what we got for the OnePlus 8 unveiling, so stay tuned on that.

Don't forget about the OnePlus 8

OnePlus 8

OnePlus 8Source: Andrew Martonik / Android Central

Advertisement

We can't wait to see what OnePlus delivers with the OnePlus Z, but if you want a new phone right now and don't feel like waiting, you should consider picking up the OnePlus 8.

It is a lot more expensive than what we're expecting the OnePlus Z to cost, but it's still a pretty good price considering everything it brings to the table. Some highlights for the phone include a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, and a 4,300 mAh battery.

The OnePlus 8 isn't the absolute best value we've ever seen from the company, but if you're shopping for a new Android handset, it's definitely one of the top ones you should consider.

Nice balance



OnePlus 8

Right in the middle

If the OnePlus Z is the most affordable new OnePlus phone for 2020, the regular OnePlus 8 sits right in the middle between it and the OnePlus 8 Pro. This is a device that boasts a 90Hz AMOLED display, three rear cameras, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor. We expect the OnePlus Z will have a more competitive price than it, but if you have some additional cash to spare, the OnePlus 8 is a solid pickup.

We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.

This could be our first look at Xiaomi’s future in-display camera phoneThis could be our first look at Xiaomi’s future in-display camera phone

This could be our first look at Xiaomi’s future in-display camera phone

A patent filing spotted by LetsGoDigital has revealed what could be the design of Xiaomi’s first phone with an in-display selfie camera. Xiaomi had demonstrated its in-display camera tech in June last year.

Pandora reveals how staying at home has changed our listening habits Pandora reveals how staying at home has changed our listening habits

Pandora reveals how staying at home has changed our listening habits

We spoke to Pandora about the trends it's seeing in its listening data thanks to stay-at-home measures, and found out more about their latest campaign.

Haptic feedback is the most important smartphone feature no one talks aboutHaptic feedback is the most important smartphone feature no one talks about

Haptic feedback is the most important smartphone feature no one talks about

Great haptics can make all the difference by letting your fingers know when you did a thing. Here's a closer look at how they work.

These are the best OnePlus phones you can buy in 2020These are the best OnePlus phones you can buy in 2020

These are the best OnePlus phones you can buy in 2020

Thinking about joining Team OnePlus but aren't sure which of the company's gadgets is right for you? Let us help you find the perfect OnePlus phone!

Original Article

Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *