Breaking: Purported 5-inch OnePlus One Mini spied in China

Breaking: Purported 5-inch OnePlus One Mini spied in China

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Have OnePlus been listening to fans requests for a smaller phone? And are these images proof that a smaller, cheaper OnePlus One Mini is under testing?

According to a recent interview with OnePlus, we can expect their replacement for the OnePlus One around Summer of 2015, but what about a smaller, cheaper OnePlus phone like a OnePlus One Mini?

Apparently the photos we have here are of an engineering prototype of a Mini OnePlus One undergoing testing in China. The alleged phone is said to cost only 1499 Yuan and will come with a smaller 5-inch display and run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor.

The issue we have with the leak is that Antutu on the phone claims the OnePlus One Mini is running an 8 mega-pixel camera front and rear, and we are not sure if OnePlus would allow their customers to ‘settle’ for these specs considering what other phones ship with. Another problem with the leak is the fact that there are a number of fake OPO phones on sale in China already with a 5-inch display.

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But the rumour is there, and with a 5-inch display the OnePlus One Mini would be exactly what many OnePlus fans have been asking from the company since they announced their current phone.

What do you make of these spy photos? Genuine of fake?

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  • The Bastard Christ

    720p and 2gb ram please

    • If that was the case I would like to see the price around 800 Yuan

      • The Bastard Christ

        I missed the 1499 yuan part… This is looking more like a dud. Meh!

  • Konstantinos Natsios

    why snapdragon 615? cant it have snapdragon 805 ? at least 801 even it is 720p with 2gb ram it would skyrocket the benchmarks, snapdragon 615 is bad…

    • The Calm Critic

      You’re looking at purely performance points on not even an accurate science from benchmarks. Have you even considered chip gens? That’s ARMv7 vs. v8 we’re talking about here.

      I’d take some performance loss for better future proofing any day.

      • desponent

        What are you “future proofing” anyway?

        • The Calm Critic

          The trifecta; phone (device), OS and apps. I don’t change phones like I do underwear. Do you?

          64 bit ART’s core components are already in place if it’s any indication and even if 5.x/aarch64 builds won’t be coming out until end of next year it’s still a good bet and that’s just a year away.

          Considering that I’ve lasted 2.5yrs on an S2 GT-I9100G w/ nearly daily ROM flashing just fine I think that I can repeat that just as easily with early ARMv8 devices w/o any adverse problems.

          • desponent

            No real answer lol. You’re in fantasy world if you think 64 bit ARM cpu will make all non 64bit device obsolete within 5-10 year.

            Even today 32 bit program is still the lowest common denominator for mass consumers Windows.

            • The Calm Critic

              Didn’t say anything will get obsolete in x amount of years especially if I should care about voting for that with my dollars, funny I fail to see where did I ever mention that previously.

              I just don’t see the need to spend on ARMv7 devices right now when ARMv8 ones are already coming in these few months is all.

  • Danny H.

    I think this is fake, if the One still sell like hot cakes, they have no reason to make another mini version. According to their words, they try to avoid stocking cost as much as possible, another factor is their manufacturing capability. If the one still sell by invites then introduce another model doesn’t make any sense.

  • Lawrence

    I agree with Konstantinos – why do “mini” versions have to have inferior hardware than their “maxi” versions? It’s only the screen size that should be different.

    • Maciek Buczkowski

      Because of the marketing placement of the product. Flagship is more “premium” in terms of tech specs, otherwise smaller versions would cannibalise the sale of the flagship.

      • Konstantinos Natsios

        so why do flagships need to be 5.5+ intches? ,cause of 2k screens? for most people the perfect phone isnt bigger than 5 intches, there should be a powerfull option out there. the whole phablet craze is long gone by now, phones got that big that we now ask for smaller devices…

        • Maciek Buczkowski

          I know, I totally agree, but times are changing, so that the vendors are placing their flagship with bigger screens. Even Apple.

  • desponent

    Ugly and look too large for a 5 incher.

  • The Calm Critic

    Something is very wrong with that chin/bottom bezel there. A 5″ screen slapped onto that older 5.5″ proto chassis perhaps?

  • David

    5″ snap 615 and dual sim would sell as icecream at summer…

  • I personally think that the original OnePlus One is an excellent design and sits very high
    in the pile of the 2014 flagship smartphones. Probably right next to Xperia Z3 at number two spot with the HTC One M8 stealing the crown in my opinion due to metal finish and excellent ergonomics.

  • Gappler

    three is no need to settle for lesser hardware. the sony xperia z3 compact has top end specs with a 4.7 inch screen. there is only a 720p screen and a smaller battery due to the size, but i still usually go all day and then some before battery dies. everything else is the same as the bigger version. 20mp camera, snapdragon 801, 2gb ram, even has waterproofing.

    • Konstantinos Natsios

      actually you settle, as you say ,it has 720p screen while it could have a 1080p one, it has only 2gb ram instead of 3gb which is vital for a flagship device and offcourse the battery which they could at least put sth bigger(check galaxy alpha, worst battery ever for a 2014 device)

    • Oneplusfan

      Samsung’ note 4 is bigger then the one+ and no one are complaining About it. I think the size of the oneplus is perfect.

  • Daniel

    Never again a OpO. Not after the CM fail. OnePlus 100 unsolved Bugs

  • nick

    smaller, cheaper but you still get the full ugliness. sweet deal.

  • Phone zone

    Snapdragon 700 or over. 615 is not good enough

  • Phone zone

    Anything over snap 615. Is worth the purchase.

  • Veejay Kumar

    Thus us a fake as web can see the photos are of one plus one only with a custom back case.