If the official announcement of the 5G-enabled OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
earlier this week has felt like the culmination of an eternity of rumors and leaks, that might be because we've known about these high-end devices for an incredibly long time. We're not just talking about their names or existence, but rather the designs on the whole, which were first revealed
more than six months ago
Steve H.'s inside sources, who are rarely wrong about these things, claim the handset was originally planned to be unveiled along with the OnePlus 8
series on April 14, but the company's schedule had to be revised due to the coronavirus "situation." That certainly sounds plausible, especially thinking back to CEO Pete Lau's remarks a few weeks ago
, when the aforementioned April 14 date was announced.
Before "moving forward", OnePlus apparently pushed back that launch "three times out of concern for the current situation", which is probably also what happened to the OnePlus Z. That name, by the way, popped up in the rumor mill
as a OnePlus 8 Lite replacement just last month, when it was still unclear whether or not we were going to see the mid-end device unveiled alongside its higher-end cousins.
Unfortunately, there are no words on exactly when to expect this OnePlus Z now, although the best case scenario seems to call for a vague and relatively distant "summer" announcement. If nothing changes compared to the latest speculation, the company's first mid-range smartphone since 2015's not-so-popular OnePlus X
is likely to come with a flat 6.4-inch AMOLED display, a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset supporting 5G speeds, three rear-facing cameras
including a 48MP primary shooter, 8 gigs of RAM, at least 128 gigs of internal storage space, and a sizable 4,000mAh battery.