OnePlus Is Planning to Revamp the OnePlus X Under a New Name
Chinese smartphone giant OnePlus is best known for its competitively priced flagships. But it digressed from that moniker back in 2015 when it tried to crack the lucrative mid-range segment with the failed OnePlus X.
And now, five years after the unsuccessful attempt, it looks like OnePlus is going to give it another shot. According to tipster Max Weinbach, OnePlus is preparing to “revamp the OnePlus X” under an entirely new smartphone series. The hardware reportedly coincides with that of the already leaked OnePlus 8 Lite and the final product could end up being marketed as the OnePlus Z. Another tipster Ishan Agarwal, who had most recently leaked the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro specifications, also corroborated these claims.
According to several rumours across tech platforms, the new revamped smartphone will be priced at £400 across the UK when it hits shelves later this year. This means it could be priced around $450 in the United States and would instantly make it a competitor to the upcoming Google Pixel 4a XL and iPhone 9, which we are expecting to be priced similarly. That will be an interesting competition since OnePlus has never forayed into Google or Apple territory before. With a reliable hardware, who knows it might even end up beating the brands.
This new strategy also entails that the OnePlus Z will significantly undercut the OnePlus 7T, which currently retails for £549 in the UK and $599 in the US.
As of now, there is now word on when the smartphone is going to be officially announced, but an unveiling in early July seems likely.
The device could offer a 90Hz display and a triple-camera system. In regards to what the OnePlus Z (OnePlus 8 Lite) will have to offer, leaked CAD-based renders revealed the presence of a 6.4-inch AMOLED display way back in December. The panel will feature a centered punch-hole much like the Galaxy S20 series. However, unlike the OnePlus 8 Pro, there are no curved edges and the bezels are slightly thicker. Despite the lower price tag, OnePlus has reportedly retained the smooth 90Hz refresh rate.
The renders reveal a big camera module that sits in the top-left corner of the panel. It’s home to a 48-megapixel primary shooter coupled with unspecified 16-megapixel and 12-megapixel sensors. An LED flash and what is likely a laser autofocus system will seal the deal.
Other external features include a USB-C port and speaker on the bottom of the smartphone, a volume rocker on the left, and a power button paired with an Alert Slider on the right. There is no news on the storage, but it could be a lot, alongside some much-needed 5G support.
As for under the hood, it was reported earlier this month that OnePlus would be ditching Qualcomm for MediaTek. The exact chipset wasn’t revealed, but reports point towards the Dimensity 1000. The latter features four high-performance CPU cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four efficiency CPU cores running at 2GHz. There is also an impressive integrated 5G modem, which guarantees next-gen network support as standard. Coupled with the chipset should be 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage as standard. If that isn’t enough, a 256GB variant is also expected. Lastly, there is Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 straight out of the box alongside a 4,000mAh battery that offers support for OnePlus’ Warp Charge 30T 30W fast charging technology.