OnePlus Confirms A Budget Smartphone Is Coming

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UPDATE: OnePlus just launched a new thread on its forums as well, directly confirming that it will launch a "new, more affordable smartphone product line", clearly saying that its budget offering is coming. That lineup is coming to India and Europe first, said OnePlus.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: OnePlus has just confirmed that a budget smartphone is coming. This confirmation comes from the company's co-founder, Carl Pei, and he did it in a rather interesting way.

OnePlus has confirmed that a budget smartphone is coming… in an interesting way

He went to Twitter to tweet the 'OnePlus Lite Z Thing' name, if that can be called a name. He's obviously just poking fun at all the rumors, as both 'Lite' and 'Z' are included in there.

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This may actually suggest that the phone will be called 'Nord', as that hasn't been mentioned. In any case, in that tweet, he also linked a new Instagram account.

The name of that Instagram account is "onepluslitezthing". That account has no posts, but it has that cyan-colored OnePlus logo that the company published the other day.

We're guessing that the cyan logo means that the upcoming phone will come in a cyan color… at least of its variants. That's just our guess, of course, it could be anything.

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OnePlus is also using the #NewBeginnings hashtag for all tweets related to this launch. This handset is expected to arrive on July 10. That's just a rumor for now, though.

The phone was originally rumored to arrive as the OnePlus 8 Lite, but that changed a couple of times. Following that, the phone was rumored to arrive as the OnePlus Z. That also changed recently.

It could still be called the OnePlus Nord

A well-known leaker revealed it may be called the OnePlus Nord after all, or Nord by OnePlus. Whatever the case may be, this will be a mid-range smartphone.

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The device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 765G 64-bit octa-core processor. It will support 5G, and it will be quite affordable. The phone will be made out of metal and glass, and include a display camera hole, which will be centered.

The device will feature four cameras on its back, and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Thin bezels will also be included, as will 30W fast wired charging, it seems.

Android 10 will come pre-installed on this mid-ranger, along with the company's OxygenOS skin. It remains to be seen if it will offer water and dust protection, and wireless charging, but chances are it will not.

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There you have it. OnePlus has confirmed that its budget smartphone is coming, but we still don't know its name. The OnePlus Nord is still a possibility, but we'll see.

If you'd like to know more about this smartphone, feel free to check out our preview article. We've rounded up quite a few rumors and leaks in there.