Fresh renders reveal a return to the mid-range sector for OnePlus



While OnePlus has traditionally competed in the flagship market, back in 2015 it produced the mid-range OnePlus X. Even though OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said that the firm "aimed to create a best in class flagship-lite product," the phone did not connect with consumers. As a result, the company has shied away from this area of the smartphone industry. That is, until now. While back in October we passed along renders of the OnePlus 8 Pro, today renders of the OnePlus 8 Lite have been posted by 91 Mobiles.

Right off the bat, you can see that the OnePlus 8 Lite has slightly larger bezels than the OnePlus 8 Pro and a centered punch-hole selfie camera. The new flagship phone will also resort to the use of a punch-hole, but that will apparently be placed on the left corner of the display. A quick and dirty estimate calls for the OnePlus 8 Lite to sport a flat display in the 6.4-inch to 6.5-inch range and it will probably feature an FHD+ resolution. It is not clear whether the device will offer a 90Hz refresh rate although an in-display fingerprint scanner seems to be in the cards.

Unlike the OnePlus 8 Pro, which has a vertically mounted camera module in the upper center of the rear panel (with three cameras and a Time of Flight sensor), the OnePlus 8 Lite's vertically mounted module is found on the upper left corner of the curved glass rear panel. And this module features two cameras instead of the three employed on the flagship model, and an LED flash. There also could be a ToF sensor on the OnePlus 8 Lite as well. While the device does come equipped with a Type-C port, it would appear that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack onboard. The phone will measure 159.2 x 74 x 8.6mm compared to 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm for the OnePlus 7T Pro.

OnePlus has come a long way from the 2014 launch of the OnePlus One. The company required invitations to buy its phones in order to match demand with supply, but this also helped create a myth that OnePlus was a financially strapped manufacturer trying to fight the more powerful and highly funded competition. The truth is that OnePlus is a unit of China's BBK Electronics, which owns a varied portfolio of smartphone brands including Oppo, Vivo, and Realme.

In 2016 with the OnePlus 3, invitations were no longer required and the company also issued a refreshed "T" model in the second half of the year which is something it still does to this day. This year, OnePlus added a "Pro" variant of the OnePlus 7 and in 2020 a "Lite" model will seemingly be launched.

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12 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I hope OnePlus does not start to release a new device per week like their siblings.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22867; Member since: May 28, 2014

The low end mid-range sectors of the smartphone space are where the real growth is at currently, so it's a sound business decision by OnePlus to re-enter the space.

3. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

But money is at premium phone market. Reason why Apple earns much more than any brand.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22867; Member since: May 28, 2014

Most Android vendors cannot compete in the premium market, and for the ones that have smartphones in the low end and midrange space, that is where bulk of their smartphone hardware revenue comes from. Those two markets are the ones that show the most growth, hence why so many Android vendors compete there.

5. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 412; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Very true, even apple are introducing a lower cost IPhone 9/SE

6. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Analysts says SE 2 every year. Of course it is lie again.

8. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 412; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

According to rumours, it will use the same design as the iPhone 8

9. threeline

Posts: 323; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

I agree. Why would you need a high-end phone these days when the midrangers are coming with killer specs and half the price. I'm done with 900+ phones.

10. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

True! I picked up an Pixel 3a for $400 CAD on BF and it does everything I want for about half the price of the premium and shiny phones........ I vow to never spend more than $400 CAD for a smartphone again!

12. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 412; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Currently using the a50, usually buy an s or note phone and am throughly happy with my a50 which I got for a steal. My only gripe is lack of ois but I'll probably purchase flagship in the future, who knows what 2020 will bring

7. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I bet it cost about $350. But until then, OP7 wont be much different.

13. Cat97

Posts: 2032; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So a huge 159 mm brick is now "Lite" ? Pass...

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