This year’s OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are a power-packed pair of smartphones for power users. That said, these phones are competing in the flagship phone category now and those looking for a “flagship killer” are waiting for the rumored OnePlus Z, another OnePlus phone that’s looking to serve the masses. We knew a lot about the upcoming OnePlus Z but a recent revelation reveals a striking decision OnePlus made regarding its specification.
OnePlus Z – previously appearing in leaks as OnePlus 8 Lite – was expected to launch alongside the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, but the coronavirus crisis reportedly derailed those plans. As per a new fresh leak about the OnePlus Z might finally go official in just over two months from now.
Tipster Max J. has shared a picture that has an outline of what appears to be the OnePlus Z alongside a July launch tease. That the OnePlus Z is probably going to be the first OnePlus phone that’s not using a flagship-grade Qualcomm chip. Max wrote in his latest tweet that the OnePlus Z will be powered by Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 765G chip, which is the second most capable chip in Qualcomm’s lineup this year. Max J Tweet suggests that it will be a 5G ready smartphone.
This goes in stark contrast to the previous leaks that suggested a flagship-grade MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chip. Dimensity 1000 has comparable performance with the Snapdragon 865 and unlike the latter, it has a built-in 5G modem. OnePlus’ decision not to go for the MediaTek chipset is weird, given that the Dimensity 1000 is more affordable than its Qualcomm counterpart.
It seems that OnePlus wants to achieve a very low priced phone with the OnePlus Z and that could have made it move to the Snapdragon 765G. Qualcomm is considered as superior to MediaTek in most countries where OnePlus sells its devices. OnePlus has so far relied on Qualcomm’s name to sell the performance tag on its phones and with the OnePlus Z, it looks to do the same. It also seems that this flagship will come up with 8 GB Ram and 128/256 GB variants.
The Snapdragon 765G is not a bad chipset by any means. In fact, with Oxygen OS and the countless optimizations OnePlus makes, the OnePlus Z with the Snapdragon 765G could offer similar levels of user experience as the more premium OnePlus 8. Rumors have it that OnePlus will still offer a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, UFS 3.0 storage, and a big 4000mAh battery with 30W wired fast charging.
That says not to assume the OnePlus Z to be cheap. Despite using the Snapdragon 765G chipset, the device could retain a price somewhere between Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000. The reason behind that is the higher cost. The Snapdragon 765G chip is a 5G-enabled chipset and as 5G infrastructure is extremely expensive, the prices are going to be high. This is also the reason India is yet to get any smartphone using the Snapdragon 765G.
Disclaimer, All the information is rumored and the updates are as per the leaks and tweets, no information is tended to be 100% correct but as per the rumors and leaks it is expected that the smartphone might consist of these specifications and as well the smartphone itself is also rumored.