another unreleased OnePlus phone way back in December. Initially expected to be called OnePlus 8 Lite, this very intriguing mid-ranger has yet to materialize, but according to Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka @OnLeaks, its launch was most likely postponed rather than cancelled altogether.What many of you may not remember is the same prolific leaker that outed the now-official high-end duo depicted
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.