OnePlus may take on Xiaomi, Realme in their ‘most-popular’ segment
Seems OnePlus is set to take on rivals Xiaomi and Realme in their turf. According to speculations, the company is set to launch a budget smartphone in India. Two separate leaks about upcoming OnePlus smartphones show budget processors.
“Upcoming budget smartphone from OnePlus comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SOC (SM4250),” says a tweet from The Tech guy. The image in the tweet appears to be source code. Launched earlier this year, Snapdragon 460 SoC is one of the three processors offering Wi-Fi 6 that the chip giant launched in January 2020. The other two are Snapdragon 720G and Snapdragon 662. The Snapdragon 460 is claimed to be the first time that Qualcomm has brought so-called “performance” cores to the 400 series. The upcoming Oppo A53 smartphone is said to run on the same processor.
While the Snapdragon 460 and 662 SoCs are likely to power devices in different segments, both are entry-to-mid-range processors. This means that OnePlus may be eyeing the sub-Rs 20,000 market. This is the biggest segment in the Indian smartphone market and is ruled by
Xiaomi and Realme. With the upcoming phone, OnePlus is sure to challenge their dominance in this market.
Earlier this year,OnePlus launched OnePlus Nord at a starting price of Rs 24,999. OnePlus Nord is the company’s cheapest phone to launch in the past three years.
Back in July, a report by XDA Developers claimed that there is evidence that OnePlus is working on launching “at least” one smartphone that is going to come powered by Qualcomm’s new 5G Snapdragon 690 processor.
The report claims that the OxygenOS 10.5 update for the OnePlus Nord had multiple references to an upcoming OnePlus handset with the codename “Billie.” In the OxygenOS Settings APK, we discovered multiple calls to a method called ‘is SM6350Products,’ where the “SM6350” tag is part number for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC as per Qualcomm’s websites.