The OnePlus Mini has already been the subject of a lot of speculation, with the latest one revealing detailed specs of the upcoming device. The source claims the device will hit stores by November or December and could be sold at roughly $250.
Earlier rumors suggested the OnePlus Mini would be out by October and may be called the OnePlus X. The new handset is supposed to be the budget alternative to the OnePlus 2, with less premium specs and a lower price tag. Carl Pei, the brand’s CEO, had earlier confirmed the company is indeed working on a new phone, but did not comment any further.
According to G for Games, the Mini sports a 5-inch IPS 1080p screen and is encased within 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 or 4. It’ll run on an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795T processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone might house 32GB of eMMC 5.0 storage. Extra memory can be added with the help of a microSD card slot.
Back in September, leaked images of the OnePlus phone hinted that the brand had blessed it with a dual-camera setup. The anonymous source claims this is not true. The insider asserts there is a 13MP Sony IMX258 main snapper present on the rear surface, which will be accompanied by dual-tone LED flash and 4K video recording capabilities.
A 5MP front lens takes care of selfies. There’s also either a 3000 or 3100mAh battery on board, which can be powered up via a USB Type-C cable enabled with Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Other possible facets of the Mini include Bluetooth 4.1, an IR blaster, NFC to support Android Pay via a fingerprint scanner on the back, a 1.2W front-facing speaker, and a MT6630 wireless SoC.
Rumored specs of the OnePlus Mini at a glance:
– Display: 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels
– Storage: 32GB, expandable
– CPU: octa-core MediaTek Helio X10
– RAM: 2GB
– Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery: 3000mAh/3100mAh
– Connectivity: NFC, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.1, IR blaster
OnePlus might have equipped the handset’s SoC with a kernel source code for custom ROM development. Additionally, the brand has come up with a solution for the lackluster performance of the Helio X10’s GPU. The chip will render 3D games at 720p resolution, followed by an upscale to 1080p through MediaTek MiraVision. This should result in lower heat output and performance improvements.
Keep in mind these specs are of a months-old OnePlus Mini prototype. The features might have changed in the meanwhile. We’ll keep you posted on any further information about the phone as they break out.