We've seen renders and real-life images of a new OnePlus 7T Pro that is allegedly coming later this year, but it appears that OnePlus has another smartphone in the works as well. OnePlus is known for packing a lot of features into its phones for hundreds less than the competition, and this new phone is confirmed to be cheaper than the OnePlus 7 Pro while keeping one of its defining features.
The current OnePlus 7 Pro starts at $669, but OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says that this new device will be even more affordable. He didn't get into specifics, but maybe we'll see a device that dips back below the $600 price point? Lau did confirm, however, that even though this device will be cheaper, it will retain one of the OnePlus 7 Pro's best features: the 90Hz display.
The OnePlus 7 Pro's 90Hz display is a game changer for many (you can read the HotHardware review here), as its faster than the 60Hz displays usually found in today's smartphones. This allows for liquid smooth scrolling in the Android UI and allows for a bit more immersive gaming experience.
"OnePlus was the first in the industry to use a QHD Plus 90Hz AMOLED screen with the ultrapremium OnePlus 7 Pro," said Lau while speaking with CNET. "The overwhelming positive feedback pushed us to bring 90Hz, which we believe will become standard on flagship phones, to our highly acclaimed premium lineup so that more people can experience the smooth scrolling display."
We don't know much else about this unnamed smartphone, but it will likely be called the OnePlus 7T. Given its lower price point, it is probably unlikely that we'll see the pop-up selfie camera mechanism found on the OnePlus 7 Pro, so there's a good chance that there will be teardrop notch like the current OnePlus 7 (which isn't sold in the United States). We'd also surmise that it will feature a Snapdragon 855 SoC instead of the faster Snapdragon 855 Plus -- OnePlus would likely want to reserve that SoC for the OnePlus 7T Pro.
Whatever the case, Lau says the new smartphone will arrive "very soon".