OnePlus 8 could be OnePlus’ cheapest smartphone in years

OnePlus 8 could be OnePlus’ cheapest smartphone in years

The OnePlus 8 series will launch during the second week of April, according to a recent report from TechRadar that cited a source familiar with the company’s plans. Rumours and leaks have suggested the hardware will come in three models: the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite.

In case you weren’t aware, OnePlus has steadily been increasing the prices of its smartphones over the years. The gorgeous and extremely capable OnePlus 6 launched back in May of 2018 for a mere £469, the OnePlus 6T started at £499 and last year’s OnePlus 7T costs £549. Plus, the Chinese firm has also started releasing “Pro” variants of its flagships that come with more premium features and a higher price tag – the OnePlus 7T Pro comes in at £699, for example.

Assuming rumours and leaks are correct, the OnePlus 8 Lite could be a way for the tech giant to offer a new product to its legion of Android fans at a lower price while still offering more expensive, and more premium, handsets to others.

According to teenage tipster Ishan Agarwal, the OnePlus 8 Lite will come with a 90Hz display, a processor from MediaTek rather than Qualcomm and will cost just £400 in the UK.

The handset’s panel will purportedly be 6.4-inches in size and cover an in-display fingerprint reader, meaning it’s likely to be leverage OLED technology.

In terms of cameras, the OnePlus 8 Lite is rumoured to feature a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary 16-megapixel lens – it’s currently unclear what the purpose of the second camera is.

Finally, the phone is also expected to come with a 4,000mAh battery, support OnePlus’ own Warp Charge 30T speeds and either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

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Renders of the OnePlus 8 Lite surfaced back in December courtesy of OnLeaks and 91Mobiles. The device was shown with an all-screen design complete with a hole punch cutout housing a single front-facing camera.

That means it’s expected the phone won’t come with a mechanical pop-up style selfie camera like the OnePlus 7 Pro or OnePlus 7T Pro.

Elsewhere, the phone is exhibited with a USB-C port at the bottom along with volume rockers and OnePlus’ signature alert slider on the right-hand side.

As highlighted above, the OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to be the firm’s first mid-range phone since the OnePlus X that debuted back in 2015.

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The other members of the OnePlus 8 family – the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – are expected to be more premium than the OnePlus 8 Lite. The OnePlus 8 Pro in particular is expected to come with a 120Hz display, a quad-camera system and be made of more premium materials.

It’s also possible the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will support 5G, unlike the OnePlus 8 Lite that’s expected to be limited to 4G.

If OnePlus is indeed planning to hold a launch event for the OnePlus 8 series during the second week of April, we’d expect the company to make a formal announcement about it sooner rather than later.

Of course, Express.co.uk will keep you up to date with all the latest news from the Chinese tech titan.

Published at Sat, 07 Mar 2020 06:30:00 +0000