OnePlus, makers of the OnePlus One smartphone, could have a spin-off version in the works. If rumors are correct, it’ll be another entry into the popular “Mini” version trend called, unsurprisingly, the OnePlus One Mini. The phone has been previously discussed, however a set of photos and data from a benchmarking test has now been leaked, suggesting it could be announced in the near future.
If the leak is accurate, the OnePlus One Mini will have a decidedly non-mini 5-inch display, and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor. That’s one of the company’s new 64-bit octa-core chips, which was recently announced inside the super-slim Vivo X5 Max smartphone. The OnePlus One Mini could have an 8-megapixel camera on the front and the rear, plus Android 4.4.4 KitKat is currently expected to be the operating system.
The pictures don’t give much away, and the phone looks very similar to the OnePlus One. Without the One phone to compare it, it’s hard to judge if we’re looking at a device with a half-inch smaller display. The rear panel reveals a noticeably different camera housing, and a single LED flash mounted beneath the lens.
Provided the Mini is destined to be put on sale, it may cost around $250, and arrive sometime in 2015. OnePlus is also rumoured to be preparing the OnePlus Two, but the release date is currently unknown. The possibility of a OnePlus One Mini has been touted on the OnePlus forums since the original phone’s launch. Has OnePlus been paying attention?
OnePlus celebrates its one-year anniversary on December 17, and there are rumors the company will announce at least one new device. One could be a OnePlus One suitable for the China Unicom network. Could the other be the OnePlus One Mini?
We’ll keep track of the news and rumors, and update here when we hear more.