OnePlus has been always known for its strategy/business model – it designs only flagship smartphones and releases only two series models in a year. ‘Flagship smartphone’ also means flagship hardware. In this sense, it’s hard to find anyone that will argue the fact Qualcomm is the only chip maker that offers true flagship mobile platforms (not taking into consideration Huawei that is making chips for its own smartphones only). That’s why OnePlus has been always packing its products with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. But this year, everything will/may change. According to some sources, there will be a cheaper version of the upcoming OnePlus handset. The OnePlus 8 Lite will sport a MediaTek chip. But this is not all the news we have learned this morning.
The OnePlus 8 Lite will sport a full-screen design with two holes on the display. The 6.4-inch AMOLED screen will have a refresh rate of 90Hz. But the basic variant and the enhanced version the OnePlus 8/8 Pro will feature a 120Hz screen. Also, on the back they will carry a 48MP + 16MP + 12MP triple-camera.
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In terms of core specifications, the processor should be the MediaTek Dimensity 1000. is MediaTek ’s highest-end 5G SoC that uses ARM’s latest Cortex A77 architecture. The chip is composed of 4 × Cortex A77 (2.6GHz) + 4 × Cortex A55 (2.0GHz). The GPU is the Mali G77 9-Core and it supports SA and NSA dual-mode 5G networking.
This phone will be available in two memory variants of 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. Apart from this, under the hood, it will host a 4000mAh battery supporting a 30W fast charge.
As for the price, the OnePlus 8 Lite should cost around 400 pounds.
However, we have to wait for it for a few months, as its release date is set to be July 2020. There have been rumors suggesting its launch in mid-April.