The inevitable OnLeaks has published photos of the man who would call himself OnePlus 8 Lite. A smartphone that would sign the return of OnePlus in the mid-range segment, which has been somewhat neglected in recent years.
As is often the case, the end of the year is the scene of many rumours revolving around products that could emerge the following year. This time, OnePlus is cited by 91mobiles.com and leak specialist Onleaks. There is talk of a OnePlus 8 Lite for 2020 and some images of this alleged mobile have been released on the web.
At the moment, little information about the 8 Lite is available. Just a few conclusions can be drawn from the proposed images. The OnePlus 8 Lite would benefit from a large screen with thin edges, without a notch, but with a hole for the front camera to pass through.
The absence of a fingerprint reader on the back suggests that it would be placed under the display. The use of an Oled slab would then result from this positioning. At the rear, the renderings feature an impressive photo block that only includes two modules. Finally, it is worth noting the not so surprising presence of a USB-C port and the absence – not much more surprising – of a 3.5 mm mini-jack plug.
If it is too early to decide on the technical relevance of such a smartphone, the OnePlus 8 Lite would in any case sign the brand’s return to a mid-range segment. In recent years, the price of the Chinese manufacturer’s mobiles has risen steadily.
The latest OnePlus products, the 7T and 7T Pro, are worth €599 and €759 respectively. Prices that differ from those of the first OnePlus models, which were much more aggressive in their time. If the company decided to offer a cheaper smartphone to compete with models like the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, it would not be surprising.
Such a choice would not be a first for OnePlus, which in 2015 released the OnePlus X, more affordable than its current flagship, the OnePlus 2. Should we then expect the Chinese manufacturer to present three smartphones every six months? We’ll have to wait and see…