You might dismiss the idea that OnePlus is going to launch into a cheaper space, but with some huge leaks suggesting that there's a OnePlus 8 Lite on the cards, that's what could be about to happen.
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.
Here's everything we know so far about the OnePlus 8 Lite.
OnePlus 8 Lite release date and price
- May 2020 with OnePlus 8 series
OnePlus tends to avoid the scrum of a February launch, instead preferring to tease its new handsets and then launch in May. That was the case for the OnePlus 7 and we'd imagine that the OnePlus 8 will be the same. That assumes that the OnePlus 8 Lite will be announced alongside the other OnePlus 8 series devices.
So far there's no confirmed date and no suggestions of an event, except for a concept launch that's been lined up for CES 2020.
As for the price, there's been no figure suggested, it's just expected to come in cheaper than the OnePlus 8. That phone is expected to be around £549, so we'd say that under £500 would need to be the target, if not quite a bit cheaper.
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
- 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.
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. There's 8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage, so there's still some impressive specs here.
There's no fingerprint scanner, so it most likely 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've subsequently seen a dummy handset leak, looking at lot like the OnePlus 8 Lite of concept renders, but with three cameras on the back - suggestion three cameras is more accurate.
OnePlus 8 Lite rumours so far
Here are all the rumours in chronological order with all the details about the OnePlus 8 Lite.
5 January 2019: OnePlus 8 Lite dummy leak reveals triple camera system
During a TV appearance by OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau, a box of phones revealed a conveniently placed dummy that looks like the OnePlus 8 Lite.
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.