OnePlus is all set to announce a second smartphone later this year, one which for convenience is being called the OnePlus mini.
OnePlus devices are already fairly affordable, but this one’s set to be the most affordable phone from the company when it does come out. In fact, sources, if they’re to be believed, reckon the phone will go for as low as US$250!
As for the timeline, OnePlus will want to push the launch of this new phone towards the end of the year for the OnePlus 2 is still fairly young on the market, and the company wouldn’t want the new and affordable phone to eat up the sales of the 2016 flagship killer.
2.5D curved glass is the new ‘in’ thing’; Meizu finally did it with the Pro 5, and OnePlus are set to debut 2.5D curved glass on their OnePlus mini if sources are to be believed. The display, naturally, will be smaller than the 5.5-inches of the OnePlus 2. Perhaps something closer to 5-inches.
One of the most acclaimed mid-range to high-end processors this year has been the MediaTek Helio X10, which could make its way into the OnePlus phone. Moreover, OnePlus is also expected to release the source code for the device which could result in a lot of other Helio X10 devices getting custom Android ROMs.
As for the other specs of the phone, it’s set to get 2GB of RAM, a 13 mega-pixel Sony IMX258 sensor for the main camera with 4K video support and dual tone LED flash, and a 5 mega-pixel front facing camera.
An IR blaster is also expected to make an appearance on the phone, which is believed to have a battery of around 3000mAh in capacity. The 64-bit SoC range from MediaTek come with support for MiraVision, which is a technology used to improve video and picture quality. The OnePlus mini is expected to feature the tech.
A major gripe power users had with the OnePlus 2 was the lack of an NFC chip, and it is something which is finally expected to be addressed with the OnePlus mini.