The first OnePlus phone arrived in 2014 at £279, less than half the current cost of the iPhone 11. OnePlus had been accused of losing its original value-packed appeal, which saw it rise with the viral intensity of the most popular Kickstarter projects at crowdfunding’s peak. But unlike the £599 “jetpack you ordered” and never received on Kickstarter, the OnePlus One was real, quite brilliant and the best value phone you could buy in 2014.
OnePlus 8 Lite will be able to have the Snapdragon 765 G and 768 G as the obvious options. These are mid-tier processors with faster clocked GPUs letting manufacturers market them as performance chipsets even if their power is note close to that of the Snapdragon 865 G. They also have the Qualcomm X 52 5G modem, widely seen as the key to bringing down the cost of 5G.
Samsung and Huawei have also made lower cost 5G hardware. Samsung’s called Shannon while Huawei’s is called Balong. But OnePlus is yet to use a non-Snapdragon processor and Huawei’s 5G hardware has a radioactive glow of controversy at present. Social distancing advised.
The real-world differences in performance of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Lite are marginal when paired with well-optimized software, fast RAM and fast internal storage.
Most Android manufacturers do their best to hide the difference, but make the phone’s back out of plastic rather than glass. This is kind of cheapening from other Chinese companies like Xiaomi, Honor, Huawei and Oppo. OnePlus 8 Lite will likely be to have just a slightly smaller screen than the OnePlus 8, perhaps 6.4 inches. OnePlus would actually be well served by making the phone plod on longer than its family members, just doing so slightly less glamorously.