Leaked OnePlus 7 case renders provide a closer look at the flagship's design

Leaked OnePlus 7 case renders provide a closer look at the flagship's design
With the OnePlus 7’s announcement set to take place sometime next month, today Slashleaks contributor Sudhanshu Ambhore has shared a gallery of OnePlus 7 renders which corroborate the design that leaked one month ago.

Not one, not two, but three rear cameras

Like the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T that precede it, the OnePlus 7 will be constructed primarily out of glass and will make use of a vertical camera setup on the rear and a large display up front. This time around, though, some pretty big improvements have been made.

Nowadays, triple-camera setups are becoming the norm and the OnePlus 7 is set to become the latest smartphone to jump on the bandwagon. For the primary sensor, the device is expected to utilize a new 48-megapixel camera, which itself should then be paired with a secondary wide-angle sensor. Usually, this is where we mention the presence of a telephoto camera too, but this is a budget flagship and such a fancy sensor isn't expected. Instead, the OnePlus 7 will probably integrate a dedicated depth sensor as its third camera which will help with background blur.

Couple with all of this will be an LED flash and what could be a laser autofocus system, although the latter is yet to be confirmed.

No notch or display hole, so where's the selfie snapper?

Moving over to the front of the OnePlus 7, this is where things start to get interesting. As many of you will remember, both the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T sport notches. This year, though, OnePlus is seemingly doing away with the feature entirely in favor of an all-screen design with extremely thin bezels.

In the ideal world, in-display technology would have made this new design possible, but things still aren’t up to the standards required and OnePlus has instead opted for a new pop-out camera module which contains the front-facing selfie snapper. Also, in order to ensure the thinnest bezel possible, the company appears to have placed an elongated in-ear speaker along the very edge of the smartphone’s frame. These design efforts result in a large 6.5-inch display which is said to boast an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 95%. 

Qualcomm's best processor and probably lots of storage

The OnePlus 7’s exact specifications are yet to be confirmed, but the brand’s previous releases do mean we can make some educated guesses. For one, Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 855 is almost a given. The smartphone may also arrive with at least 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. More impressive configurations such as 8/256GB and 12/512GB could be on the table, though.

Joining all of this could be a battery in the region of 4,000mAh complete with support for Warp Charge. Android 9 Pie and support for Bluetooth 5.0 & NFC are to be expected too. However, two things that will be missing are wireless charging support and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

OnePlus 7 price, release date, availability 

The OnePlus 7 is expected to be announced around mid-May, with sales commencing around one week after the announcement takes place.

On a global scale, the OnePlus 7 should be available to purchase via the company’s own website. Over in the US consumers can also expect availability through T-Mobile and, with any luck, the carrier will offer some steep trade-in discounts once again.

In regards to pricing, the next OnePlus flagship will likely cost a little more than the existing model, with the expectation being that it’ll cost closer to $600.
Separate to this, it’s worth pointing out that OnePlus is also preparing a 5G smartphone. This won’t look too different to the OnePlus 7 but will command a significantly higher price tag which could sit closer to $1,000.

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