It used to be that device leaks were few and far between, but we’re only partway through the day and already a second device is making the Internet rounds. This time we have renders of what is reportedly the “OnePlus X,” the next device from the Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus.
The images come courtesy of GizmoChina, which found them on Chinese social media website Weibo. As with any leaks, the usual caveats apply here. With that aside, let’s take a look at the phone.
To start, seemingly taking a cue from the often-rumoured Nexus 5X and 6P, the OnePlus X appears to move the OnePlus 2’s fingerprint scanner to the back of the device; as a result of this change, it looks like there are no physical buttons on the front of the phone.
Next you’ll see the two lenses at the back of the phone. If this render is real and OnePlus does release a dual-camera smartphone, it won’t be the first device to include two rear-facing cameras; that distinction belongs most famously to the HTC One M8.
It wasn’t used to great effect on the One M8, but there’s actually a good reason for a smartphone manufacturer to include two camera lenses on their phones. Using the same sensor, the two lenses can be of differing focal lengths, allowing users a greater deal of creative options when shooting with their phone’s rear camera.
It’s not clear from the renders what kind of internals the device will include, though according to its sources, GizmoChina says the phone will cost $249 USD, less than the $389 USD OnePlus 2.
Despite the problems it has faced meeting demand for the OnePlus 2, a second smartphone coming from OnePlus so soon after the release of its most recent effort is not far-fetched; in fact, OnePlus has already said it intends to release a second phone this year. In an interview with USA Today conducted early last month, OnePlus co-founder and CEO Carl Pei told the publication that the company was preparing to ship a second smartphone sometime before Christmas. Whether it’s the phone pictured in these renders is what remains to be seen.
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