14 January 2020
UPDATE (January 7th, 2020):
It is time for a new leak that claims to show OnePlus 8 Lite dummy. While the images are a bit blurry, one can easily see the OnePlus logo on the back panel. Another thing to note here is the camera module that shows that there are triple rear cameras instead of the previously reported dual cameras. The overall design of the dummy is very similar to what we saw in the CAD renders and the 360-degree video.
Original (December 9th, 2019):
OnePlus is one of those companies which runs according to up-close analyses based on the feedback of its consumers. Well, every company focuses on its end customers, but OnePlus takes a step ahead in the process of innovating and continuously works with its consumers for even better products. The strategy has indeed helped the company to gain glory in a mere six years.
At the beginning of its journey, it offered some “killer” specifications at a comparatively lower price than the flagships. But, gradually, it shifted its focus on the premium segment and hoped for the acceptance from its followers as well.
Latterly, OnePlus raised the prices of its smartphones and somewhat failed to stand by the benchmark it made for itself. The trend was to offer high-end features at a lower price than the flagships but of late, the Chinese company also started raising the prices and this displeases its loyal followers as well. However, products like the very recent OnePlus 7T did pose some justification for balancing out the price and specs. But this couldn’t really flatter its rooters and OnePlus does know about it and so, it is about to bring a little change to the trend it has recently adopted.
Well, going by the latest tip from the very reliable tipster OnLeaks, OnePlus may once again become the real flagship killer.
The tipster has shared a few renders of what is assumed to be the OnePlus 8 Lite, an affordable version of the yet-to-come OnePlus 8 phone. Renders have been delivered in collaboration with 91Mobiles and in this exclusive report, we also get to know about some key details of the device.
The OnePlus 8 Lite renders show a design that is similar to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S11, Note 10 Lite, and the Galaxy A91. There is a flat display, with a punch-hole in the middle of the top section of the display which may carry a camera for taking selfies. The renders also show a Type-C port on the bottom of the frame. The alert slider is located on the side and the headphone jack is not present.
The renders show a curved glass rear panel in a blur gradient finish. There is a rectangular-shaped camera module that houses two cameras and a bunch of additional sensors. There is an LED flash and a ToF sensor might be staying as well. The camera specifications of the alleged OnePlus 8 Lite are unknown but expect to be slightly on the low-end side compared to the standard and Pro variant.
Based on the renders, it looks like the OnePlus 8 Lite will offer an in-display fingerprint sensor which means an OLED display is also expected. According to the report, the OnePlus 8 Lite will offer a 90Hz refresh rate as seen on the OnePlus 7T and the premium OnePlus 7T Pro models.
It is being assumed, like many smartphone manufacturers, OnePlus will split the OnePlus 8-lineup in three – the standard and premium of all OnePlus 8 Pro, standard OnePlus 8 model, and now the budget 8 Lite.
The report doesn’t throw light on the price of the OnePlus 8 Lite, but we expect it to come for under $500, well, only if OnePlus really wants to re-maintain its flagship killer profile. Needless to say, the OnePlus 8 Lite will launch sometime in 2020.