OnePlus is expected to unveil its OnePlus 8 series of flagship smartphones in the first half of 2020. The lineup will consist of a standard and Pro variants. Back in October, the leaked renders of OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro surfaced on the web revealing a punch-hole display. Now according to the latest reports, OnePlus also seems to be working on an affordable variant of the OnePlus 8. The brand is expected to re-enter the mid-range category after more than four years since the launch of the OnePlus X. The second mid-range high-end phone from the company will be called the OnePlus 8 Lite, reports 91mobiles. Notably, the publication has also leaked a handful of 5K renders and a 360-degree video of the upcoming mid-range OnePlus offering in collaboration with the popular gadget tipster @OnLeaks.
The OnePlus 8 Lite renders gives us the first look at the smartphone. The images reveal that the handset will have a hole in middle-top of the screen to house the selfie camera. The phone seems to have a rectangular-shaped vertically stacked camera module on the back panel. The camera housing has two cameras and an LED flash located at the top left corner. The smartphone’s design appears quite similar to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S11, Note 10 Lite, and Galaxy A91. According to the renders, the OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to flaunt a curved glass rear panel in gradient Blue finish. There is a USB-C port at the bottom, and the device will roughly measure 159.2 x 74 x 8.6mm. Looks like the handset won’t arrive with a 3.5mm headphone socket.
As for the specs, the OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to sport a 6.4 or 6.5-inch OLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner. OnePlus has already confirmed that its future smartphones will offer a 90Hz display. So it will be interesting to see whether this affordable OnePlus 8 Lite will come with a 90Hz refresh rate screen panel as well.
For the uninitiated, back in 2015, OnePlus launched an affordable smartphone dubbed the OnePlus X. However, with a new flagship phone’s launch afterwards, the Chinese brand exited the mid-range segment and discontinued the OnePlus X. To recall the technical specifications, the OnePlus X has a 5-inch full HD display, a 13MP rear, and an 8MP front camera. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 801 processor, which is paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB native storage. A 2,525mAh battery keeps the whole package alive.
It’s worth mentioning that with the brands like Xiaomi, Redmi, Vivo, and OPPO offering flagship devices at an affordable price tag, OnePlus could be targetting the same segment with the upcoming OnePlus 8 Lite.