The OnePlus 3 is the latest flagship smartphone released by OnePlus, a well-known China-based company. This smartphone was introduced back in June, and it has been in high demand ever since, OnePlus even plans to prevent people from Europe (certain regions) and some other regions from ordering the device until September 13th so they have enough time to replenish stock and actually deliver the phone in time. That being said, the company was expected to introduce the 2nd-gen OnePlus X this year as well, the company's mid-ranger offering, but the company's CEO officially announced that the device won't arrive at all. Carl Pei said this shortly after OnePlus 3's launch, and he also mentioned that the company plans to focus solely on OnePlus 3 this year.
That being said, the OnePlus 3 Mini surfaced yesterday on GFXBench, and it sported identical specs to the OnePlus 3, save for its display, which was reported to be 4.6 inches in size. This, of course, created quite a bit confusion amongst consumers, and we didn't have to wait long for OnePlus' reaction. The company's CEO and co-founder, Carl Pei, sourced Phone Arena's article which reported that the OnePlus 3 Mini surfaced on GFXBench, and along with that link, Mr. Pei shortly added 'No. #rumorshutdown'. This clearly explains the situation, OnePlus is not planning to release the OnePlus 3 Mini handset. As already mentioned, Carl Pei did not elaborate on the rumor, but he didn't have to, this sends a very clear message. We don't know how the OnePlus 3 Mini ended up on GFXBench, but there are a ton of possibilities for it, so… it doesn't even matter.
As already mentioned, OnePlus is currently working hard to manufacture more OnePlus 3 handset so they don't have to face shipping delays. Some consumers had to wait for quite some time to receive their OnePlus 3 units, especially in Europe, and we'll see how long it will take OnePlus to fix that. The orders will be stopped starting August 9th for consumers in specific countries, and the device will become available once again starting September 13th. If you'd like to read more about this, click here.