If we were to sum up all of the things we know for certain about the upcoming third smartphone from OnePlus, those would include a vague emphasis on style rather than flagship performance, middle class Android affiliation, and ETA by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, tipsters and so-called “insiders” have really let their imaginations run wild with regard to what the OnePlus mini or X might bring to the table for $250 or so, and a source close to G for Games once again overturns previous speculation.

Forget Qualcomm’s archaic quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, as the octa MediaTek Helio X10 is apparently back in contention. Doubled by 2GB RAM, which believe it or not, sounds like the only true compromise OnePlus is ready to make.

Otherwise, if this fishy fresh gossip pans out, the “Mini” looks at least as impressive as the “full-sized” OnePlus 2. Granted, the screen real estate would be reduced from 5.5 to 5 inches, but if the Full HD resolution is retained, the pixel density increases.

Then you have generous 32GB internal storage space, expandable via microSD, and a pair of 13/5MP cameras that seem awfully familiar. The battery shouldn’t lose a lot of steam, at 3,000 or 3,100 mAh, and you may also get USB Type-C connectivity, Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities, Bluetooth 4.1, fingerprint recognition and, surprise, surprise, NFC support for Android Pay transactions.

Fashionistas will be happy to hear OnePlus is tipped to work on a 2.5D curved design for the Mini, and outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to the addition of IP67 water and dust-resistance rating. All that for $250?! Sorry for being a party pooper, but it just sounds unfeasible by November or December 2015.

Source: G for Games

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