OnePlus Z roundup: Snapdragon 765 SoC, affordable price tag, and everything else to expect

OnePlus Z aka OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to launch in price-sensitive markets such as India

Highlights
  • OnePlus Z launch is tipped for July
  • Specifications of OnePlus Z are said to be Snapdragon 765 5G chipset, 90HZ display, and 48MP triple rear cameras, among others

OnePlus Z has been in the news since December 2019 when 91mobiles revealed exclusive renders of the smartphone. Back then, the phone was being referred to as the OnePlus 8 Lite as it is speculated to be an affordable model compared to the newly launched OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. However, the OnePlus 8 Lite is now being referred to as the OnePlus Z in the rumour mill, and there have been a few interesting leaks surrounding its specifications in recent weeks. The OnePlus Z launch is widely expected for July, and it is speculated to be released in price-sensitive markets such as India so that the company can offer an affordable OnePlus phone, seeing as how the OnePlus 8 series prices have crossed the Rs 40,000 mark for the base variant.

OnePlus Z price in India (expected)

According to recent reports, the OnePlus Z price in the UK will be around GBP 400 (approx Rs 37,000). The OnePlus Z price in India is expected to be more aggressive, to keep with Xiaomi and Realme phones that offer specifications that are being rumoured for the Z.

OnePlus Z specs at a glance

  • 6.4-inch FHD+ 90Hz AMOLED
  • Snapdragon 765 5G chipset
  • Up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
  • 48MP triple rear cameras
  • 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support

OnePlus Z design will be similar to the OnePlus 8

Talking about the design, our exclusive renders back in December and subsequent leaked images all suggest the OnePlus Z will look similar to the OnePlus 8. The affordable OnePlus phone will get a punch-hole camera, but it will be located on the top-centre of the screen instead of the corner. The screen will be flat and not curved like the OnePlus 8. The glass panel on the back will see a vertical camera setup in a rectangular module.

Like its elder brothers, the OnePlus Z will also sport an in-display fingerprint sensor and an AMOLED display. There will be a USB Type-C port and a single speaker grille on the bottom, but no headphone jack. 

OnePlus Z specifications (expected)

As for the specifications, OnePlus Z is tipped to be a premium mid-range smartphone. While earlier reports speculated that the phone will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset, it now seems OnePlus will be using the Snapdragon 765 processor instead. The Qualcomm SoC comes with an integrated 5G modem, which suggests this could be an affordable 5G smartphone. OnePlus has said it is going “all in” with 5G, so expect all future OnePlus phones, to come with 5G support. 

The OnePlus Z is said to come with a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and will support a 90Hz refresh rate, much like the OnePlus 8. The phone should come with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The triple rear camera setup may include a 48MP main camera, a 16MP secondary sensor, and a 12MP camera. Rumours also suggest the phone will house a 4,000mAh battery and support 30W fast charging. As an affordable OnePlus phone, you should not expect premium features like IP rating for water-resistance as well as wireless charging.

OnePlus Z vs the competition

Launching the OnePlus Z makes sense considering how the prices of OnePlus flagship phones have been steadily increasing over the years. OnePlus is still popular in India, but the OnePlus 8 series may attract fewer buyers than before as consumers may not wish to spend more than Rs 40,000 if they can find flagship phones under Rs 35,000 or even under Rs 30,000. OnePlus Z could be the perfect phone to take the sub-Rs 30,000 spot, assuming the 7T continues to occupy the Rs 30,000-35,000 price bracket.

The most likely rivals to the OnePlus Z right now would be the Realme X2 Pro at Rs 29,999 and Redmi K20 Pro at Rs 26,999. Both these sub-Rs 30,000 phones come with last year’s flagship processors and lack 5G support. By the time July rolls on, we can expect smartphones like POCO F2 Pro and Realme X3 to join the fray. Realme and Xiaomi have already launched Snapdragon 765-powered phones outside India, such as the Realme X50M and Redmi K30 5G.

These phones are likely to make their way to India at some point in the future with aggressive prices. OnePlus Z will be going up against such phones and the company will be mindful of keeping the price competitive if it wants to take on Xiaomi and Realme in the mid-range segment.