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A Mysterious OnePlus Smartphone Gets Certified in China; Possibly the Concept Phone

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has built a mystery around a ‘Concept Phone’ which the company is planning to showcase in the CES2020 in Las Vegas early next month. Meanwhile, a device with the moniker IN2010 has been sighted on the Chinese site of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The speculation in the market is whether this phone receiving the radio transmission approval from MIIT is the OnePlus 8 Pro or the ‘Concept Phone’.

Learnings from the MIIT Entry

The only major takeaway from this appearance in the MIIT site is that this will be a dual-mode G device and being a platform to approve the radio transmission part, there is no other information available in it. Now, it is known that OnePlus plans to offer 5G support to the OnePlus 8 models to be launched in 2020. It is not clear if this will be for all the three models, the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus 8 Lite or just the Pro variant. The speculation is that the Concept Phone that the company has up its sleeve could be a foldable phone with 5G capability. Is that the same device appearing here as the IN2010? There is no certainty.

Rumored Specs of the OnePlus 8 Devices

After the phenomenal success that the Chinese company achieved with its OnePlus 6T in the market, there is a lot of interest in this brand. The company followed up in 2019 too, with its OnePlus 7 and 7T models adding the OnePlus 7T Pro to the range. The market expects the company to follow the same pattern in 2020 by launching the OnePlus 8, the OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus 8 Lite.

OnePlus 8 Lite

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC is said to be the processor the models will sport with 5G support. The operating system should be the Android 10 with the Oxygen OS forming the user interface. As for the camera sections, the OnePlus 8 Pro is likely to have a quad camera arrangement in the rear, while the other two, the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Lite may have only three sensors.

There is also this suggestion that OnePlus may want to take Samsung head-on and advance the release date of next year’s flagship to coincide with that of the Samsung Galaxy S11 or S20 smartphones. This might mean a March 2020 release. This is an unconfirmed piece of information. The wait to know these may not be very long since the company may use the CES 2020 to share more with the media. The price point it chooses for its 2020 models is another interesting aspect to be followed closely.

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