New smaller OnePlus phone rumoured to cost $280 CAD

OnePlus is a company of ‘ones.’ It’s just barely one year old, it has just one device in its portfolio (also called the One) and it wants to sell one million phones by the end of 2014. Though we’ve heard plenty of talk of a OnePlus Two debuting next year, the company may not be quite ready to leave behind the number one.

The latest scuttlebutt says the next phone we see from this company could actually be a variation of the OnePlus One. The specs and size of this device have launched speculation that OnePlus will follow the now common path of offering a smaller version of its flagship before announcing a second generation flagship.

The rumours come from GizmoChina, which reports that this smaller version of the OnePlus One will feature a 5-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC (this chip packs an octa-core CPU and Adreno 405 graphics), and an 8MP camera in the front and back. The current generation OnePlus One has a 5.5-inch display and runs on a Snapdragon 801 SoC.

Though this device would be smaller, the Snapdragon 615 is no slouch, so it’s hard to really see this as a ‘mini’ version of the OnePlus One when the mini designation so often translates to “smaller and cheaper but also way less powerful.” GizmoChina says this new device will be cheaper than the One at around $280 CAD/$240 USD, so it’s possible this ‘never settle’ company is trying to deliver a truly budget phone without compromising too much on specs. The unanswered question is whether OnePlus will choose to capitalize on the already established ‘One’ brand or if it will skip straight to ‘OnePlus Two.’