The eagerly-anticipated OnePlus Z is finally almost within our reach.
Noted tipster Max J has revealed that the "Lite" version of the OnePlus 8 series, otherwise known as the OnePlus Z, is already set to be announced in July. The latest development seemed to have already been in the fold right when all of its siblings were unveiled during the April 14 event.
The separate announcement of the OnePlus Z only makes sense as well at this point as the phone is about to be making headlines when it finally gets announced as scheduled.
Firstly, the OnePlus Z may be set to become the first smartphone to be powered by a non-Snapdragon chipset. Accordingly, the phone might be powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 1000L SoC, which in effect, should make the upcoming phone to be 5G-capable.
The MediaTek chipset in the OnePlus Z has not been confirmed in any capacity, however. If this doesn't pan out at the time of its launch, OnePlus could go with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G SoC, another chip that is already 5G-enabled.
The OnePlus Z is also set to arrive with a distinct design. Max J's confirmation, which went along with an outline of the purported phone, showed that the phone would include a display cutout, which will be placed at the top center of the screen. The placement is already a distinction in itself as its siblings feature a different location. For the uninitiated, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, sport a display camera hole that is situated in the top-left section of the screen.
Another element in the OnePlus Z's design has also been revealed through its alleged images. The phone could arrive with a combination of metal and glass, which is similar to that of its siblings. It will also sport a triple-camera setup on its rear, one that is aligned vertically on the top-left corner of the back panel. In contrast, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro's camera setups are all centered on their rear.
The OnePlus Z is likewise pegged to launch with an in-display fingerprint reader. Other rumored features of the phone include an OLED display and a 90Hz refresh rate.
The OnePlus Z, which could finally debut in July, is set to succeed the OnePlus X, which was announced in October 2015.