On the 14 April Oneplus Launch event we were also expecting a release of the much rumored OnePlus Z with Mediatek chipset with little hope since we did not see many leaks/images reach the surface (Oneplus is sending pre-release handsets to special individuals for reviewing thats is why the reviews for the Oneplus 8 Pro and Oneplus 8 were up by the time the Launch event was completed). It what we believe a “Budget” phone the Oneplus Z is supposed to fill the budget gap left by the Flag Killer Oneplus Range i.e. €350 – €550 / £300-500 / $400-600. We still cannot imagine how Oneplus which became known for Manufacturing Budget “Flagship Killer” Phones to creating a Budget Phone itself to compete with the Budget phones from Samsung and the iPhone SE.
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The Oneplus Z is expected to launch in July to decrease the gap between Oneplus Flagship launches.
Today’s new rumor on Tweeter suggests the OnePlus Z will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 chipset.
On the surface we might guess this is a no-go scenario and the leaks might be completely wrong but on the other hand there is a possibility that there is an explanation to this which may or may not be related to coronavirus.
The delay for the Oneplus Z might have been caused by the choice of SoC. Initialy it was believed that Oneplus Z will be launched simultanteously with the Flagship brothers Oneplus 8 and Oneplus 8 Pro and use the Dimensity Chipset but the above leak may be related to a New Deal with Qualcomm to supply the 765.
Up to date Oneplus has always used chipsets from Qualcomm and it was always very unlikely to go away from that and use a chipset from Mediatek whom they have never worked with before. Maybe the close cooperation and collaboration the two companies have came to place and Oneplus agreed to go exclusively with Qualcomm.
If this is the case indeed then the delay makes sense as the phone design which might have been originally designed for the Mediatek chipset will have to be redesigned to accomodate the Qualcomm chipset and this process could take a while.
As far as we understand the Dimensity range of chipsets 1000 and 1000L are more powerful than the Snapdragon 765 rumored to be used on the Oneplus Z unless Qualcomm and Oneplus agree in the meantime to use a more powerful/upgraded chipset for their Budget phone launch.
Lets not forget all this are rumors and leaks and nothing is official yet