OnePlus X (Mini?) tipped to lower the bar to a 5-inch screen and Snapdragon 801
We’ve long wondered what OnePlus might be planning to cut from its second-gen “flagship killer” to come up with an even cheaper yet still respectable new phone focused on style rather than performance.
A few concept renders envisioned a slightly too fancy design for a sub-$250 Android last week, with a rear-positioned circular fingerprint scanner and dual camera setup in tow, and a purported benchmark of a OnePlus A2301 prototype surfaced soon after also alluded to a higher price.
But “factory sources” cited by a Chinese gadget-centric publication now claim the OnePlus X or Mini will not make use of a top-tier octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 SoC. Instead, the once mighty, turned unremarkable quad Snapdragon 801 chip could return into the spotlight following its key role in the unexpected commercial success of the OnePlus One.
Sounds decent enough, if $249 is indeed the retail cost target, and besides, the X isn’t shaping up to be very diminutive, at 5 inches. You have to figure the OnePlus 2’s Full HD resolution will be retained, since standard HD, aka 1,280 x 720 pixels, would be a little on the underwhelming side.
Then you have the relocated fingerprint recognition method, corroborated in this fresh report, and a “premium” external appearance, although the recently conceptualized design remains a sweet dream. There’s nothing new to add on the memory, storage, photography or connectivity fronts, but all shall be revealed before long, with October purportedly eyed as a OnePlus X ETA.