OnePlus has confirmed that it's going to return to offering more affordable devices, with some huge leaks suggesting that there's a OnePlus 8 Lite on the cards. The device has also been referred to as the OnePlus Z, which might be the go-to-market name.
OnePlus found fame offering flagship specs at prices that were hard to beat. But in 2019 it changed direction, offering the OnePlus 7 Pro and moving itself into a higher price bracket. While it still continues with the solid sub-flagship offering, it seems the company is going to widen its offering to a lower price point again.
Here's everything we know so far about the OnePlus 8 Lite or OnePlus Z.
OnePlus 8 Lite release date and price
- Potential July 2020 announcement
- £399 price likely
OnePlus launched the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro on 14 April, but the expected OnePlus Z wasn't included in that launch. Experienced Twitter leaker @OnLeaks suggested that the device was delayed because of coronavirus so it might not launch until summer, while @MaxJmb shared an image simply saying Z July 2020, like indicating that's when the OnePlus Z will be announced.
With OnePlus now doing media interviews confirming a return to more affordable devices, it looks like the start of a build-up to launching this expected device.
On the pricing front, we've had one rumour suggesting that it might cost as little as £400. We suspect it will come to market at £399, which is the exact same price as the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, which we're guessing is the natural rival to this phone.
OnePlus 8 Lite design
- 159.2 x 74 x 8.6mm
- IP53 water protection
- Aluminium alloy frame
There's been a couple of substantial leaks for the OnePlus 8 Lite and that has furnished us with approximate details. That puts the size of the phone close to the OnePlus 7T in terms of height and width, although it's a little thicker.
The rear panel is said to be glass, with curved edges towards the sides, but with the front display being flat overall, using 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. A USB-C port sits on the bottom, but there's no sign of a 3.5mm headphone socket, often commonplace on more affordable devices.
The biggest thing about the design is the pronounced camera housing on the back. This sits off to the left-hand side and seems to be following the trend now established by the iPhone 11 Pro, making the numerous lenses prominent rather than trying to hide them in the design. It looks as though it retains the mute slider too, that hallmark of OnePlus devices staying in place.
A leaked spec sheet has suggests an IP53 water protection rating.
OnePlus 8 Lite specs and display
- 6.4-inch AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080 pixel, 90Hz
- MediaTek Dimensity 1000, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB or Snapdragon 765
- 4000mAh battery, 30W Warp Charge
Leaked specs have furnished us with some details about the OnePlus 8 Lite. It's said to have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution with a 90Hz refresh rate.
One thing we're pretty certain of, however, is the 90Hz display. At the launch of the OnePlus 7T, Carl Pei said on stage that OnePlus wouldn't be going back to slower refresh rates. We're expecting that to be the OnePlus 8 Lite's unique selling point - that fast refresh rate in a mid-range phone. This detail has also been confirmed by Ishan Agarwal, a Twitter leaker with a good track record.
It looks like OnePlus might be making this a more affordable model by going with MediaTek. The Dimensity 1000 is a 5G SoC, so this could be an affordable 5G handset - but it's noteworthy as a departure from Qualcomm which OnePlus has used in the past. While most of the leaks have focused on MediaTek hardware, more recent rumours have suggested it will be Qualcomm Snapdragon 765.
There's 8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage rumoured, so there's still some impressive specs here, although we suspect it will also offer 6GB option.
There's no fingerprint scanner, so it probably uses an in-display scanner, most likely using optical scanning technology.
OnePlus 8 Lite cameras
- Dual/triple rear cameras?
- Punch hole front camera
One detail that's interesting is the punch hole front camera, meaning no notch and no pop-up. This is a bit of a change in direction for OnePlus, but one we're also seeing rumoured for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Leaked specs suggest that it's a 32-megapixel sensor.
As for the number of cameras on the rear, we have a conflict in the leaks. The images show two cameras and the flash in the housing, while the leaked spec sheets suggest there's three cameras on the rear. Those rear cameras are suggested as 48-megapixel main, 16-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel telephoto, f/1.7, f/2.2 and f/2.4 respectively.
We're not sure exactly what the configuration will be here, but again, it's likely to be a way for OnePlus to control the price of this device.
OnePlus 8 Lite/OnePlus Z rumours so far
Here are all the rumours in chronological order with all the details about the OnePlus 8 Lite.
27 May 2020: OnePlus: We will return to making more affordable phones
OnePlus has confirmed in an interview that it is returning to making more affordable phones. The timing of the interview suggests this is the build-up to launching the new OnePlus Z.
4 May 2020: OnePlus Z may have a Snapdragon processor after all
New rumours suggest that the OnePlus Z might have a Snapdragon heart, rather than MediaTek.
28 April 2020: OnePlus Z could be announced July 2020
An established Twitter leaker has suggested we'll see the Z in July 2020.
— Max J. (@MaxJmb) April 28, 2020
16 April 2020: OnePlus Z could have been delayed because of coronavirus
A Twitter leaker has suggested that the OnePlus Z has been delayed because of coronavirus and should have been launched alongside the OnePlus 8.
According to my sources, that model was initially planned to be unveiled along with the #OnePlus8 series during yesterday's event but has been postponed (at least to upcoming summer) due to #CoronaVirus situation...
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) April 16, 2020
16 April 2020: Surprise product teased for China launch of the OnePlus 8
OnePlus China is teasing a "surprise product" for an event in China in 17 April, which could be the missing OnePlus 8 Lite or OnePlus Z.
14 April 2020: OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro official, no OnePlus z launched
OnePlus has officially unveiled the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, but there was not "lite" or OnePlus Z in the mix. There's been no mention of this phone, although the Bullets Wireless Z were revealed, suggesting the Z branding might be a thing.
30 March 2020: OnePlus 8 Lite might launch as the OnePlus Z
A reputable leaker on Twitter has suggested that the OnePlus 8 Lite might launch under the OnePlus Z name.
The source referred to it as "OnePlus Z" and said the hardware matched the previous OnePlus 8 Lite render. https://t.co/zB5PN9nQjW
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) March 28, 2020
30 March 2020: Official: OnePlus 8 series will launch on 14 April
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 8 series will be launched on 14 April.
4 March 2020: OnePlus 8 Lite could cost around £400 and launch on 14 April
A reliable Twitter leaker, Ishan Agarwal, has provided some pricing details, as well as suggesting the 14 April date.
OnePlus will indeed launch a lower end phone, but we don't know its name yet. What we do know is that it will priced around £400 in the UK, have a Mediatek Chip and will launch by July in most countries. It will also feature 90hz Punch Hole Display!
— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) March 4, 2020
3 March 2020: OnePlus 8 to launch in mid-April?
Rumours have moved over to suggest that OnePlus is going to launch the OnePlus 8 series in mid-April.
23 December 2019: Massive leak: Full specs of OnePlus 8 Lite revealed
A huge spec sheet leak has potentially revealed the full specs of the OnePlus 8 Lite.
9 December 2019: OnePlus 8 Lite renders appear, could signal return to mid-range pricing
Out of the blue, a render appeared for the OnePlus 8 Lite, a previously unconsidered phone.