OnePlus is expected to launch a new, more affordable smartphone called the OnePlus Z. OnePlus plans to launch the device on July 10. However, the report did note that the date is still tentative, which means that it could still change. But, one thing that has been suggested is the price. Co-founder Carl Pei tweeted a suggestion which was a retweet of an old 2014 post of the OnePlus One. This could mean that the device could start at $229 (Rs 22,779 directly converted). The tweet does not reveal any launch date, but it would seem that the OnePlus Z could cost as much as the OnePlus One.
It’s been a while… https://t.co/O61EoIa3Gc
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 19, 2020
The specifications of the OnePlus Z were leaked via an online forum called DesiDime. It was reported that a survey was sent out to some PayBack customers, asking if they would be willing to purchase a device from OnePlus at a particular price and specification. It is tipped to pack a 6.55-inch Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is also expected to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. At the back, the phone is said to offer a triple-rear camera design with a 64MP+16MP+2MP configuration. The OnePlus Z may be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SoC and feature a 4300mAh battery.
Late last month, OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau revealed the company’s plans to launch affordable smartphones once again. During an interview with Fast Company, Lau hinted that the new device would be coming to India soon. It was noted that the company initially planned to launch the device alongside the OnePlus 8 series’ launch. Reports suggest that the launch of the device was postponed to a later date to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
In fact, the OnePlus Z could be called “Nord by OnePlus”. You can read more about that story here.