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A second coming: Is OnePlus going to launch a Mini too?
Earlier this year, rumors and not-so-subtle hints were suggesting China’s OnePlus will launch a pair of products in 2015. As of today, it has already released one Two, but not the second one. GforGames has – via a tipster who claims to have access to a prototype- published some interesting information about this mystery product, which many feel is meant to correct the “errors” of the this year’s first second One. The device will allegedly cost around $250 and hit virtual stores in either November or December.
Spec-wise, the Mini is said to come with a 5-inch FHD IPS display, a MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) SoC, 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB of eMMC 5.0 on-board storage, a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 (f/2.0) rear camera and 5-megapixel front facing wide-angle camera. The device will purportedly have a 3,000-3,100 mAh non-removable battery, USB Type C, Quick Charge 2.0 support, and a 1.2W front-facing speaker.
Other details mentioned suggest the screen will be a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 or 4 affair and include both oleophobic and hydrophobic coating. There will be no dual-camera setup however the rear camera will be able to record 4K video at 30fps and have a Dual-Tone LED flash. Unlike its big brother, the OnePlus Mini will include NFC to make use of Android Pay along with a fingerprint sensor to be placed on the back of the device.
Apparently, the SoC’s kernel source code will be made available to the public to support the development of custom ROMs.
While the device is to be made of plastic, users will apparently be able to purchase additional colors or styles separately to change the look and design of their phone. This would match with comments Carl Pei made earlier this year that indicated the second offering would be less about specs and more about style.
No mention was made as to the OS version running on the device, or details about its physical appearance or even naming convention. A special point was made that the prototype this information is supposedly based on is now a few months old and thus – assuming it is legitimate – OnePlus may have modified or dropped some specs since then.
Until something official comes along, readers should be sure to treat these specs as nothing more than rumors. With that said, does this device have some major potential? Can it fix all the “wrongs” with the OnePlus 2? Leave us your comments below!