Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist... smartphone leaker?! We've known for a long time about the many talents of Robert Downey Jr., including an inability to age like a normal 54 year-old man, but we had no idea the Oscar-nominated actor was thinking of pivoting from a hugely successful Hollywood career to the occasionally satisfying but largely unglamorous work of a mobile industry rumormonger.
OnePlus 8 Pro exposé will prove to be a one-time thing. Besides, RDJ almost certainly didn't mean to "leak" the unreleased handset, simply being photographed holding the device during a break from shooting... a new OnePlus ad.Of course, the likes of Evan Blass, Steve Hemmerstoffer, and Max Weinbach probably don't need to worry about facing steady competition from Iron Man himself, as we're pretty sure his
That's pretty much the textbook definition of irony, at least if we don't assume the company itself staged the leak as an unconventional way of scoring free publicity and building buzz around an announcement rumored to take place in about a month. That's definitely not out of the question, although it seems the picture taken by photographer and director Sam Jones was originally published on the filmmaker's Instagram page and then quickly deleted.
That essentially debunks our conspiracy theory, but either way, we're happy to see the beautiful OnePlus 8 Pro in the flesh. While we're only provided a partial view of the phone's rear cover, that's enough to tell this is an unreleased and unannounced OnePlus device with a grand total of four cameras slapped on its back.
Three of those lenses are displayed in a vertical formation just like on the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro, with the fourth sensor expected to be in charge of enabling advanced AR experiences. As leaked all the way back in October, it looks like the OnePlus 8 Pro will be following in the footsteps of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+, S20+, and S20 Ultra with a "world-facing" 3D depth (aka Time-of-Flight) camera that at least one iPhone 12 variant is tipped to adopt as well.
There's nothing else of substance we can glean from this photograph of Tony Stark looking as handsome as always alongside an equally attractive OnePlus 8 Pro, but the phone's spec sheet is not exactly the world's best-kept secret, and the same goes for the "regular" OnePlus 8 and mid-range OnePlus 8 Lite.
Unlike every single OnePlus handset released so far, the 8 Pro is essentially guaranteed to withstand water immersion and support wireless charging functionality. However, the key selling point might be a silky smooth 6.7-inch 120Hz display, a feature expected to be shared with the smaller 6.5-inch non-Pro OnePlus 8. The OnePlus 8 Lite could be slightly smaller than that, at 6.4 inches, as well as curveless, while supporting a humbler 90Hz refresh rate that would still be pretty impressive by mid-end standards.
As for the three "conventional" rear cameras of both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, these are tipped to come with 64, 20, and 12 megapixel counts, combining a main shooter with an ultra-wide-angle lens and a telephoto sensor equipped with 10x "hybrid" zoom capabilities. Last but certainly not least, the OnePlus 8 Pro should pack a massive 4,500mAh battery supporting state-of-the-art fast charging technology that could allow the phone to go from 0 to 100 percent capacity in a little over half an hour.
Oh, and let's not forget about 5G connectivity, which all but guarantees these bad boys won't come cheap.