The release of the next OnePlus flagship is soon upon us, with many sources suggesting a release for mid April. The OnePlus 8 is rumoured to be the next model in the line-up, with a new Lite model, Pro model and the standard OnePlus 8.
What will we see?
There have been many rumours around what the new devices will be like, we expect to see a 120Hz display and wireless charging – something many OnePlus users have been waiting for. There will be three different models to choose from, the regular OnePlus 8, a trimmed down Lite version and a Pro version.
The OnePlus 8 will be the likely be the model most people will reach for, with the best balance of cost and features. The OnePlus 8 Pro will have some additional features that enhance the user experience, for an additional cost. Subsequently the OnePlus 8 Lite will have slightly lower end specs and a smaller price point to reflect that – is this the refreshed OnePlus X?
The OnePlus 8 is expected to come with a curved 6.4-inch AMOLED display, with a hole-punch cut-out to the top-left of the display to house the 23MP front-facing camera. If the leaks are correct, that would make it slightly smaller than the OnePlus 7 and 7T. The maximum refresh rate is expected to be 90Hz, however it is not an impossibility that it would come with a 120Hz panel.
Rumours also suggest there will be 3 rear cameras; A 64MP main camera, 16MP ultra-wide and a 12MP telephoto camera.
We can expect the OnePlus 8 to support 5G through the powerful Snapdragon 865 chipset and to pack a 4,000mAh battery, which is a decent size for a smartphone and will see the average user through to the end of the day.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro will come with a super AMOLED 6.6 inch curved display with a 120Hz refresh rate. There will also be a cut-out for the double front-facing camera module, this is a change from the pop-up camera found in the 7 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 Pro will support 5G; Just like the OnePlus 8 this will be supported through the Snapdragon 865 chip.
The rear cameras are suspected to be the same as the OnePlus 8, with a 64MP main camera, 16MP ultra-wide and a 12MP telephoto camera. Leaked images also indicate that the Pro will come with a Time-of-flight sensor. We expect to see a 23MP main front-facing camera as well a depth sensor for face unlocking.
One leak suggests that the Pro model have a 4,500mAh battery, which is larger than that on the normal 8 and Lite models. As well as this, the Pro model is expected to support wireless charging, this is something many OnePlus customers have been wanting for sometime. Other leaks point towards the Pro model being capable of 50W charging, rather than the current 30W Warp charge.
OnePlus 8 Lite
The OnePlus Lite will come with a 6.4 inch AMOLED flat screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. A centred hole-punch in the display for the front-facing camera also looks likely.
Unlike the other two devices, the Lite model will likely use an integrated modem to access its 5G capabilities.
One of the ways OnePlus is keeping costs low is through the processor, we expect to see a slower MediaTek Dimensity 1000 processor inside this device. It will likely be good for everyday use, but if you are looking for snappy speeds, you may want to consider one of the other devices.
The OnePlus 8 Lite is thought to come with a 48MP main camera as well as the same 16MP and 12MP additional cameras found in the other models. It’s expected that we will also see a 16MP front-facing camera.
Just like the 8, it’s anticipated that the Lite will come with a 4,000mAh battery.
How much will they cost?
Pricing information can be hard to know until the devices are officially announced, but based off the OnePlus 7, it’s expected that the OnePlus 8 will start around £549 in the UK. The OnePlus 8 Pro will likely retail at £699 which is similar to the OnePlus 7T Pro.
A cheaper OnePlus 8 Lite may start around £500, however it is hard to estimate how much it will cost as previous OnePlus releases did not include a Lite device.
Stay tuned to A&T Tech soon for all the latest on the new OnePlus 8.