OnePlus rumored to cut prices with the OnePlus 8 Lite

mongeese

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The new leak comes courtesy of Steve ‘McFly’ Hemmerstoffer, who has a nearly flawless five-year leaking track record. While he hasn’t provided a spec sheet for the device, we’ve got renders of what it'll look like based on manufacturing CAD files he’s intercepted.

The OnePlus 8 Lite appears to be a serious deviation from typical OnePlus design, moving the camera bump back to the corner from the central position it’s occupied the last few generations. It’s also now got a rectangular bump, which looks quite similar to leaks of the Galaxy S11.

In other areas, however, it’s more or less what you’d expect from a slightly cheaper OnePlus device. The circular cut-out in the corner of the OnePlus 8 has been moved to the middle. The display is flat and about 6.4” to 6.5”. It has one less camera with ‘only’ two regular sensors, though a mysterious cut-out might be a ToF (time of flight) depth sensor.

Like the OnePlus 7 series, the OnePlus 8 Lite won’t have a headphone jack but will have an under-screen fingerprint scanner. That’ll also mean the screen is OLED.

Despite their steady price hikes, OnePlus still has a reputation for flagship specs at budget prices. I expect (and certainly hope) the OnePlus 8 Lite will continue that trend and sacrifice some flagship creature comforts to bring the price below $500, rather than compromise the raw performance that makes OnePlus OnePlus. The device will release sometime next year.

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cliffordcooley

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I will never use a cellphone for anything other than a phone and occasional camera. I can't justify paying those prices, while being limited by data caps. Besides I need to keep my mind on my surrounding anyway. Else I will join society in zombie walking.
 

Lounds

TS Maniac
I mean I got the OnePlus 6t last year's flagship model because it was on offer at £350, I didn't see the point in my getting the 7 or 7 Pro and the 7t and 7t Pro are just too expensive now.
 
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seeprime

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I will never use a cellphone for anything other than a phone and occasional camera. I can't justify paying those prices, while being limited by data caps. Besides I need to keep my mind on my surrounding anyway. Else I will join society in zombie walking.
You can use any cell phone as a phone and occasional camera, regardless of how much it cost you. If you want a better camera, the phone costs more. Otherwise, a budget phone, like Samsung A10e works quite well and comes with Android 9. Many other $100 phones have an even older version of Android on it. Smartphones make great small tablets, and cameras, even without paying for any cellphone service. So, I'm not sure what your point actually was.
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
Smartphones make great small tablets, and cameras, even without paying for any cellphone service. So, I'm not sure what your point actually was.
In that case, I wouldn't be looking to buy a cellphone. I'd be looking at other devices. Cellphones have a premium because they are cellphones (atleast until they age).
 

SirDigby

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Tbf I got the 6T 8GB 128GB when it came out in the UK, think it was £609? or £579? Think the 7T is cheaper now.

I'd welcome a Lite though, I quite liked the Samsung Galaxy Mini series.
 

Burty117

TechSpot Chancellor
I absolutely love my 7 Pro. It is the best phone I have ever owned and it's not even the most expensive phone I've owned.

I'd happily welcome a cheaper model that I can promote to friends and family who are on a budget.
 

Lounds

TS Maniac
Tbf I got the 6T 8GB 128GB when it came out in the UK, think it was £609? or £579? Think the 7T is cheaper now.

I'd welcome a Lite though, I quite liked the Samsung Galaxy Mini series.
Seems like I got a good deal 1 year later then. I know the black friday deal last year from oneplus was the 6 for £450.
 
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Theinsanegamer

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I need/want my phone to do the following:
Make phone calls
text messaging
run Chrome browser
Play games
Produce mobile hotspot.
As large of a battery as possible without being crazy (looking at you energizer).

Notice, any phone can do this. I dont need boatloads of fancy features. I'd love it if someone like oneplus just made a no nonsense device for those of us that dont need gimmicks. The nexus 5 was perfect for my use years ago, now rocking a moto z play with the same effect.
 

g0ral

TS Rookie
Oneplus has good specs but camera app is a disaster. Very bad image processing and no video options only full automatic. They are 4 years behind the samsung, apple and huawei with their camera app and algorithms