[Update: Launching on July 10] Alleged survey may have just leaked the OnePlus Z specs and pricing
It’s been a while since OnePlus made an affordable phone. The OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, and the OnePlus X were perhaps the only devices in the product lineup that could inarguably be called affordable. All the flagships since then have introduced a price creep, some greater than others. Today, the current generation cheapest device from the company is at a healthy ₹41,999 in India, and $699/€699 internationally. The flagship products may still be considered worth their price, but they are certainly priced above what a lot of users would be comfortable paying for a smartphone. OnePlus was looking to remedy that with the OnePlus Z this year (leaked earlier as the OnePlus 8 Lite). Now, a new leak sheds light on the possible specifications as well as the possible pricing of the OnePlus Z.
According to a thread on an online forum called DesiDime, some PayBack users recently received a survey that asked whether they would be willing to purchase a smartphone from OnePlus with certain specifications and at a certain price.
PayBack is a customer rewards program in India that essentially lets users of credit cards and debit cards accumulate reward points on their card-based purchases, and it is known to run product and marketing surveys occasionally. This particular survey is talking about an unreleased OnePlus smartphone, and it lists out certain specifications that align with what is expected out of the OnePlus Z.
According to the survey, the OnePlus Z will come with a 6.55″ Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz screen refresh rate and an in-display fingerprint scanner. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SoC with 5G support, along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone will apparently have a 4300 mAh battery and 30W fast charging support, which we guess can be through Warp Charging. On the camera end, the survey puts forth a 64MP + 16MP + 2MP triple camera setup, and we presume that the 16MP camera is likely an ultra-wide-angle camera and the 2MP camera is either a depth sensor or a macro shooter. There is also a 16MP camera on the front within the hole punch on the display.
Interestingly, according to the survey, the OnePlus Z is said to be priced at ₹24,990, which is approximately $330 according to current exchange rates. Keep in mind that OnePlus tends to have lower pricing in India as it takes advantage of the local assembly incentives from the government, so the pricing internationally could likely be higher. OnePlus did confirm an announcement for July 2nd for the new OnePlus TVs for the Indian market, and this might just be the perfect opportunity to launch the new smartphone as well.
All of the pricing and specs presume that the survey is correct and is an accurate representation of the OnePlus Z. PayBack does have a reputation, but we could not independently verify if such a survey was indeed sent out. Nonetheless, we are excited to see how this turns out because that price certainly has us intrigued.
Update: OnePlus Z launching on India on July 10
Shortly after publishing this article, AndroidCentral has reported through its sources within the company that the OnePlus Z will be launching in India on July 10.