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.
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.Right off the bat, you can see that the OnePlus 8 Lite has slightly larger bezels than the
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.