The OnePlus 3 won’t be getting a mini version anytime soon as the company’s co-founder Carl Pei has officially shut down rumors which alleged that a smaller version of the phone was on the cards. Speculation about the handset began about a week ago and snowballed from there.
The rumored OnePlus 3 mini first surfaced on benchmarking site GFXBench and was highlighted by Phone Arena. It had a lot of specifications in common with the normal variant, right down to the latter’s 6GB of RAM, Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, 1080p screen, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing snapper, and 64GB of ROM.
However, this handset carried a 4.6-inch screen, much smaller when compared against the OnePlus 3’s 5.5-inch one. This lead to talk that the brand was planning to launch a tinier version of its flagship product. It had done something similar before with the OnePlus X, though that was seen as a separate phone in its own right.
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The OnePlus X is no more though, with the company deciding to retire the smartphone to focus on its larger offerings. This philosophy appears to still hold strong, as Pei took to his Twitter account to debunk the speculation surrounding the OnePlus 3 mini. His post was in reply to Phone Arena’s article, responding to the allegations with a simple no and the hashtag #rumorshutdown.
In related news, OnePlus has decided to stop sales of the OnePlus 3 in Europe temporarily in order to replenish its inventory. Over 23 countries will be affected including Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Portugal, and the Netherlands. Customers in these nations won’t be able to buy the handset from August 9 to 12.