a few weeks have passed since the unveiling of the OnePlus 2 and yet already, we're in deep discussion about the
so-called OnePlus Mini / X, which are probably the same device. Only last week, a OnePlus
device was revealed following
its approval by the FCC, in a revelation that also spawned a couple of images.
Now, a new report from GforGames cites an anonymous tip-off in outlining some very
interesting features of the next OnePlus handset, including a ClearForce-ready
display akin to what's been rumored for the Samsung Galaxy S7.
One of the
killer features of Apple's latest smartphone duo is Force Touch, and ClearForce
offers similar functionality for those running non-Apple gadgets. Per this
report, the OnePlus Mini / X will pack a 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 display,
apparently the same as the one used with the Xiaomi Mi 4c. Given that the
Mi 4c uses the ClearForce-ready Synaptics S3708 touchscreen controller, the
forthcoming OnePlus device could follow suit, although full-on ClearForce
support seems a tad far-fetched for a mid-ranger.
One of the
major draws of the Mi 4c is its special 'SideTouch' technology, which allows
users to quick-start apps or fire up the camera by touching the left-hand side
of the display. It's possible that the next OnePlus device might do likewise,
which would definitely pique the interest of those seeking unusual quirks. Once
again, though, we're not expecting the OnePlus Mini / X to be anything like a
high-end smartphone, and the idea of the device including any kind of
pressure-detection tech seems more in hope than expectation.
Aside from the
display, the tipster believes that there'll be dual front-facing speakers and a
13-megapixel Sony IMX258 taking care of photo and video-related duties. The
shooter will apparently forgo optical image stabilization (OIS), instead
favoring a combination of phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and electronic image
OnePlus handset will offer an FM radio, NFC, IR blaster and will have removable
StyleSwap covers. Despite this, the battery will apparently be fixed, in order
to preserve the integrity of the device's IP67 rating and wireless charging
facilities. Before now, it has been mentioned that the new OnePlus phone will
be powered by a MediaTek MT6795 SoC chip. Instead, though, the company may
favor Snapdragon's 801.
expansive round-up of new info, the OnePlus Mini / X may offer 2 GB of RAM,
which seems perfectly reasonable for a mid-range device. Any more, and OnePlus
would have a lot of peeved OnePlus 2 owners; any less, and it'd probably be
cast off as entry-level.
It had been
reported on numerous occasions that the OnePlus Mini / X would be unveiled
today, October 12th. However, the source of the report indicates that this will
not be happening, with OnePlus instead looking to ramp up a decent amount of
hype before the launch.