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OnePlus 8 could be OnePlus’ cheapest smartphone in years

The OnePlus 8 series will launch during the second week of April, according to a recent report from TechRadar that cited a source familiar with the company’s plans. Rumours and leaks have suggested the hardware will come in three models: the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite.

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In case you weren’t aware, OnePlus has steadily been increasing the prices of its smartphones over the years. The gorgeous and extremely capable OnePlus 6 launched back in May of 2018 for a mere £469, the OnePlus 6T started at £499 and last year’s OnePlus 7T costs £549. Plus, the Chinese firm has also started releasing “Pro” variants of its flagships that come with more premium features and a higher price tag – the OnePlus 7T Pro comes in at £699, for example.

Assuming rumours and leaks are correct, the OnePlus 8 Lite could be a way for the tech giant to offer a new product to its legion of Android fans at a lower price while still offering more expensive, and more premium, handsets to others.

The handset’s panel will purportedly be 6.4-inches in size and cover an in-display fingerprint reader, meaning it’s likely to be leverage OLED technology.

In terms of cameras, the OnePlus 8 Lite is rumoured to feature a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary 16-megapixel lens – it’s currently unclear what the purpose of the second camera is.

Finally, the phone is also expected to come with a 4,000mAh battery, support OnePlus’ own Warp Charge 30T speeds and either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Renders of the OnePlus 8 Lite surfaced back in December courtesy of OnLeaks and 91Mobiles. The device was shown with an all-screen design complete with a hole punch cutout housing a single front-facing camera.

That means it’s expected the phone won’t come with a mechanical pop-up style selfie camera like the OnePlus 7 Pro or OnePlus 7T Pro.

Elsewhere, the phone is exhibited with a USB-C port at the bottom along with volume rockers and OnePlus’ signature alert slider on the right-hand side.

As highlighted above, the OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to be the firm’s first mid-range phone since the OnePlus X that debuted back in 2015.

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