When OnePlus recently unveiled its OnePlus 8 Series, it was expected that the company will also launch a mid-range smartphone dubbed OnePlus 8 Lite earlier.

However, that didn’t happen and fans were disappointed. Now, the rumors about OnePlus 8 Lite have again surfaced and news about the device is now floating on several platforms under the new name of OnePlus Z.

If OnePlus Z sounds interesting to you and you’re looking forward to its release, here are some probable features you could see in the mid-range device from OnePlus.

OnePlus Z Release Date, Rumors, Specifications

OnePlus Z Highlights

  • Rumored release date: July 2020
  • 90Hz AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Punch hole display with a single selfie camera
  • Triple rear camera setup
  • MediaTek Dimensity 1000/ Snapdragon 765G
  • 4,000mAh battery with 30W warp Charging
  • Rumored price: $450-$475

OnePlus Z Release Date

The company disappointed a lot of fans by not releasing the budget smartphone with the OnePlus 8 series. Rumors suggest that OnePlus has delayed the launch of OnePlus Z to a later date this summer. The reason behind this delay is coronavirus and its implications.

Prominent leaksters Max J. and Ishan Agarwal have indicated that the OnePlus Z release date could be sometime in July. If this true, it will be the first time when OnePlus will deviate from its usual bi-yearly launch schedule.

OnePlus Z Design

Highlights

  • Punch hole display
  • Glass back
  • AMOLED screen
  • No 3.5mm audio jack
Source: True-tech.net

Several leaked renders and alleged hands-on pictures of OnePlus Z have revealed that OnePlus Z design will be different from OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. In the above image that shows an alleged hands-on picture of OnePlus Z (via TrueTech), we can see a punch-hole camera in the center of the display.

Previously, the popular leakster OnLeaks and 91Mobiles also published renders of OnePlus 8 lite or what is now becoming popular as OnePlus Z. We can see that these renders also fall in line with the recently posted hands-on image by TrueTech. OnePlus 8 Lite rumors

Also, the render shows a glass back.

One of the biggest differences between OnePlus Z and other recently released devices is that OnePlus Z does not have a curved display and it sports a flat display. Also, in none of the renders, we would see a 3.5mm audio jack which again could be disappointing.

Also, there were speculations that OnePlus could include an LCD IPS panel instead of AMOLED display to minimize the cost. But if you look at the OnePlus Z posted by TrueTech, it shows the method to enable an in-screen fingerprint scanner — a technology available only in OLED panels as of now.

So, it is more likely that we’ll see OnePlus Z with an AMOLED panel.

OnePluz Z Camera, Processor, Battery & Other Specs

Highlights

  • MediaTek Dimensity 1000/ Snapdragon 765G
  • 90Hz AMOLED display
  • Up to 8GB RAM/256 GB storage
  • Triple rear camera setup
  • Single front camera (32MP)
  • 4,000mAh battery with 30W warp Charging
  • IP rating

It is almost certain that OnePlus Z won’t launch with Snapdragon 865 SoC found in OnePlus 8 series as the company will try to keep the price to a minimum.

Rumors have indicated that OnePlus 8 Lite/ OnePlus Z could be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1000 processor (MediaTek MT6889). However, a recent rumor also mentions that OnePlus Z could be launched with Snapdragon 765G processor.

Since OnePlus Z is supposed to be a mid-budget smartphone, therefore, adding a 120Hz display will be preposterous. So, OnePlus Z is touted to come with the 90Hz display, OnePlus introduced with OnePlus 7 Pro.

Leaked renders by OnLeaks show dual camera setup but leaks floating around suggest that OnePlus Z could have a triple camera setup similar to what is found in OnePlus 8.

On the other hand, there is no doubt that we’ll get a single selfie camera embedded in the punch-hole display as it seems that OnePlus has parted ways with a pop-up selfie camera with the recent release of OnePlus 8 series.

When it comes to battery, rumors have revealed that OnePlus Z could sport a 4,000mAH battery with 30W fast charging support. It is very unlikely that OnePlus will include wireless charging in the OnePlus Z as it has recently introduced its 30W wireless charging technology in OnePlus 8 Pro.

However, there are indications that we could see IP rating in OnePlus Z, probably IP53, which was offered by Google in Pixel 3.

Finally, OnePlus Z is expected to be available in two different RAM options – 6GB and 8GB. Storage options could go up to 256GB. We haven’t heard of any rumors about the color options yet.

OnePlus Z Price

Highlight

  • OnePlus Z 6GB/128GB: $450-$475

A rumored specs sheet surfaced on Weibo revealed that OnePlus Z price could fall in the range of $450-$475 for the starting variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. At this price point, OnePlus Z could prove to be a promising budget smartphone.

In fact, OnePlus has one more competitor in the market in the form of Apple iPhone SE 2020 this time and the company would want to keep prices in check to balance the competition.