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(Update: new images!) New OnePlus X / Mini rumors hint at SideTouch screen tech, dual front-facing speakers and more

The unannounced OnePlus X / Mini handset has just passed through TENAA, giving us a better look at the new mid-ranger.

Published onOctober 12, 2015

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Update: Following the big list of purported specs that leaked out earlier today, the unannounced OnePlus handset has passed through TENAA, China's certification authority. Take a look below to get a better look at OnePlus' upcoming mid-ranger.

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Original post: We’ve known for months now that OnePlus has been interested in launching two smartphones for 2015, and we got a first look at the company’s upcoming handset as it passed through the FCC just a few days ago. Potentially launching under the name OnePlus X, this new ‘mini’ handset is rumored to feature a 5.0-inch Full HD LCD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera and a 3000mAh battery. And thanks to a new set of leaked specs, we’re now getting some more information on the X’s display, processor and more.

Rumors have already been floating around that the device will feature a 5.0-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. According to this new report, the X will come with the Synaptics S3708 touchscreen controller, which can also be found in the Xiaomi Mi 4c. What’s so special about the S3708 is that it comes with something called SideTouch technology that lets the user touch the side of the phone to initiate a shortcut. This touchscreen controller also makes use of ClearForce technology, which is similar to Apple’s 3D Touch tech. The report claims that since the OnePlus X is slated to be a mid-ranger, though, there’s a good chance the new device won’t implement the ClearForce feature.

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It should also be noted that the first set of rumors (that happened to come from the same source), originally claimed that the device could be powered by the MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) SoC. Now we’re hearing that it might launch with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. The 801 is a great chipset, but from a marketing standpoint, the move to include a processor that launched in early 2014 would be be an odd one.

The report also claims that the OnePlus X will feature two front-facing 1.2W stereo speakers, similar to the speakers found on Alcatel OneTouch’s Idol 3.

So far, many things are uncertain regarding this new handset. But from what you’ve heard so far, would you be interested in a OnePlus X/Mini if it came with all of the features listed above? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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