The smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is reportedly planning to launch another smartphone this year, which made its way to the rumour mill a couple of times including few renders. Now, we have received complete information regarding the forthcoming OnePlus handset, which is expecting to become official as the OnePlus mini. Here are the full hardware specifications of this unannounced smartphone.
According to the source, the OnePlus mini will have 5-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, there will be a 2.5D glass and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 or 4. The leak claims that this will be the same panel used in the recently announced Xiaomi Mi4c. We have to wait and see whether or not the features like Sunlight display will be available from OnePlus. The device is expecting to be powered by MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) Octa-core chipset with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM clocked @ 933MHz. There will be 32GB eMMC 5.0 storage with the option to expand via microSD-XC slot, this is a strange decision because it is the first OnePlus device to support a microSD slot. The device will also come with a rear mounted Fingerprint sensor.
The Camera Department includes a 13MP Sony IMX258 rear sensor with f/2.0 aperture, which is also capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps. There will be a Dual Tone LED flash too but no information on Laser Auto Focus. The 5MP front shooter will offer wide-angle lens, it will be capable of recording 1080p videos. The source claims that there is no clear indication whether or not OnePlus mini will utilize the Helio X10’s Slow motion video recording @480p feature.
On the connectivity front, the OnePlus mini will offer USB Type-C with Quick Charge 2.0, MT6630 Wireless SoC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with a-GPS, a 1.2W front-facing speaker but more surprisingly, the device is said to come with NFC onboard to support Android Pay and IR Blaster to control home appliances (which can be controlled by IR sensor). Unfortunately, none of these features are available in high-end OnePlus 2. A 3000 or 3100 mAh battery will power the whole device.
OnePlus mini has few more surprises up its sleeve that it will come with IP67 certification for dust and water protection. The display is going to utilize so-called DRAM (Display RAM) as well as CABC (Content Aware Back-light Control) to save critical power for longer lasting times between the charges.
To add more to this, the Helio X10 processor will be paired with relatively underpowered GPU so, to handle the graphically-intensive tasks like games, OnePlus mini will render 3D games at lower 720p resolution then up-scale the image back to 1080p using MediaTek’s MiraVision technology (to reduce the heat usually generate by SoC during game play). MediaTek will release a kernel source code for the first time in its history once the device becomes available in the market to make a smoother way to develop custom ROMs for the device.
The OnePlus mini is expected to be official sometime in November or December. Since it comes from a mid-range segment, the source claims a $250 price tag, which would be perfect for a smartphone with these hardware features. Stay tuned to us for more info on OnePlus mini.