We've heard the rumors about a OnePlus 2 mini and we now have it on good authority that OnePlus will indeed release a second, smaller phone this year. Read on to find out everything we know so far about the OnePlus 2 mini release date, price, specs and features.
The OnePlus 2 mini release date will not coincide with the launch of the OnePlus 2 in late July. The OnePlus 2 mini launch will happen later in the year, but for now we can't pinpoint an exact time. We think a launch somewhere in the weeks leading up to IFA 2015 makes sense. This would give the OnePlus 2 time to make an impact on its own and then let the mini have the spotlight before being drowned out by the Galaxy Note 5, LG G Pro 3 and Moto X (3rd generation).
OnePlus 2 mini specs
Our source has informed us that the OnePlus 2 mini will not be a ''compact'' device with flagship specs but rather a mid-range device. This could mean that OnePlus will be targeting emerging markets with the 2 mini.
We're expecting the OnePlus 2 mini to be a 5-inch device with specs resembling those found in the OnePlus One, but it is remarkably hard to get anyone to talk about this device (for obvious reasons). Nevertheless, even OnePlus has pointed us in the mini direction without adding anything more to the conversation. OnePlus certainly know how to generate free publicity.
OnePlus 2 mini price
The weaker specs inside the OnePlus 2 mini will also significantly reduce it's price. We're talking a sub-300 USD OnePlus 2 mini price, possibly even lower. With all indicators pointing to a more expensive OnePlus 2 flagship, it makes good business sense for OnePlus to offer a high-end and mid-range offering to meet all price points, much the same as Motorola does with its X, G and E lines.
OnePlus 2 mini features
The OnePlus 2 mini, with its mid-range components, is unlikely to feature some of the new whiz-bang features of the OnePlus 2. So don't expect the OnePlus 2 mini features to include a biometric finger scanner or a QHD display. It will be running the new Oxygen OS though.
As for USB Type-C, we're on the fence. As a new standard it certainly makes sense, but new technologies typically take a while to trickle down from flagships to mid-range devices, which have cost-cutting at heart.
What about the OnePlus One mini?
Remember at the end of last year we were abuzz with rumors emanating from China about a OnePlus One mini? We saw a leaked pic of a device with the same specs as the OnePlus One and a sub-250 USD price tag. Now, we're looking at a One Plus 2 mini with last year's specs and a similar price tag to the recently reduced OnePlus One…
Could this new mini actually just be the OnePlus One mini we first heard about last year? We don't think so. Considering the price of the OnePlus One has recently been slashed to 249 USD, to release a new mini device with a similar price point – and name – a year later doesn't make much sense. Especially if it comes out after the successor to the One.
We'd expect OnePlus to give the new mini a more current name even if most of its insides are from the existing One component supply chain. For OnePlus to successfully differentiate the OnePlus 2 mini from simply looking like a smaller OnePlus One, we're expecting one or two critical upgrades in the specs and features of the 2 mini..
Stay tuned for more details as we get them and a OnePlus 2 mini review when we get our hands on this little beast.