Jan. 6, 2020 update – A new video that supposedly shows a prototype of the OnePlus 8 Lite has appeared on the Chinese video-hosting site Bilibili. The video shows OnePlus CEO Pete Lau and three other men apparently talking about some OnePlus phones in a clear plastic container.
In the front of the box, there’s a phone that doesn’t look familiar, so many are speculating that it is the rumored OnePlus 8 Lite. The device in the video looks to be a tall phone with a vertically aligned triple-lens camera on the rear.
@OnLeaks created a set of renderings suggesting what the handset could look like and then updated the renderings after the video was leaked. Here is his latest set of renderings:
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) January 5, 2020
Dec 12, 2019 – Update: Lately, there have been plenty of interesting rumors and reports related to the OnePlus 8, which is expected to release in the middle of June 2020. Recently leaked schematics of the device suggest that the company could go with the “punch out” forward facing camera for both the regular and Pro handsets. The Pro version could have a double-lens.
— Oscar – Momo (@O_s_c_a_r_o) November 8, 2019
OnePlus 8 specs and features
OnePlus used a small teardrop notch for the forward facing camera in the OnePlus 7 and 7T. The 7 Pro and 7T Pro featured a motorized “pop-up” selfie camera. There are speculations that the company is removing the pop-up camera to add another feature, likely wireless charging.
On the other hand, some also say that OnePlus has been facing reliability issues with the pop-up mechanism. It is also possible that the pop-up mechanism served as an opening for water and dust to get in. It must be noted that OnePlus phones don’t have an IP dust/water resistance rating.
Talking of the rear camera, the Chinese company is largely expected to continue with the three lens system. However, some say that the company may add a time-of-flight sensor to better the phone’s 3D sensing capabilities and augmented reality features. We have already seen the time-of-flight sensor in phones such as the Galaxy S10 5G, LG G8 ThinQ, Huawei Mate 30 series, Huawei P30 Pro and more.
Another rumored specification is a faster refreshing rate for the Pro version from 90Hz to 120Hz. OnePlus needs such an improvement as other smartphone makers, such as Samsung and Apple, are also expected to adopt a similar refresh rate for their flagships next year.
Be a "pro". pic.twitter.com/h4UwnOXn8H
— Max J. (@Samsung_News_) November 7, 2019
In terms of design, the leaked schematics show a minimal screen bezel. Overall, the OnePlus 8 won’t look very much different from its predecessor, except for one major difference – the punch-hole display.
Besides the OnePlus 8, rumors are also circulating of a new mid-range smartphone from the Chinese company, called “OnePlus 8 Lite.” The handset could feature a flat display with a centered punch-hole cutout.
Oct, 30 2019 – Update: A well-known Twitter tipster has suggested that the OnePlus 8 will arrive about the same time next year as previous models have landed in previous years. That could be a disappointing for those who were expecting an earlier release because of the extent of recent leaks about the handset.
Q2 release date expected for OnePlus 8
Tipster Max J. tweeted that the OnePlus 8 will be released in the second quarter of 2020, which would mean an official reveal between April and June.
8 and 8 Pro scheduled for Q2 2020
— Max J. (@Samsung_News_) October 29, 2019
The reason this timeline for the release date is a surprise for many is the apparent leak of the handset’s design earlier than leaks of previous-year models have come about. The designs of the OnePlus 7 line-up were leaked in March and April, only one to two months before the May 2019 release date. However, the designs of the OnePlus 8 were already supposedly leaked this month—long before the second-quarter release window that’s predicted.
Alleged design leaks
In partnership with OnLeaks, Cashkaro put together some renderings of the OnePlus 8 based on supposed leaks about the device. They said the renderings are based on engineering drawings and actual dimensions leaked from OnePlus.
The OnePlus 8 will supposedly feature a new punch-hole display that looks completely different from previous models, which feature medium or water-drop notches. The phone will supposedly have a triple-lens rear-facing camera. Wireless charging is also rumored to be coming to next year’s model. The design of the speaker has also reportedly been switched around and will supposedly feature a smoother edge along the bottom speaker.
The OnePlus 8 will reportedly have a 6.5-inch display and dimensions of 160.2 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm or 9.3 mm including the rear camera bump. The display is expected to be curved, meaning the handset could be the first one from the Chinese smartphone maker to feature a curved display.
OnLeaks also offered a similar design leak for the OnePlus 8 Pro, and 91Mobiles exclusively published renderings of the handset. Like the standard model, the Pro edition could feature a punch-hole display, which disputes the rumor about the under-display selfie camera. The screen is expected to be 6.65 inches in size and be curved like the standard variant. The Pro model is also expected to have a triple-lens camera with the lenses aligned vertically next to a 3D Time of Flight sensor, according to OnLeaks.
The speaker grille has also been redesigned, and the handset is expected to measure 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.8 mm or 10.88 mm with the camera bump.
Other rumors about the OnePlus 8
We’ve also heard a few other rumors and reports on the spec front. For example, a 90 Hz refresh rate has been confirmed for upcoming OnePlus handsets. We’re also hearing that 5G support is a possibility but not a guarantee.