OnePlus teases mystery smartphone: could it be the OnePlus Z?

Having only recently launched two new smartphones globally – the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro – it seems the once disruptive self-described ‘flagship killer’ is about to launch another smartphone. 

In a teaser post on its official Weibo account, OnePlus has teased another product using a smartphone box shaped render with a question mark on it with the caption that – loosely translated – reads: if there was a new product announcement tomorrow, what do you think it will be?

The original post was published at 21:00 on 15 April, suggesting we might see a new phone today. 

UPDATE: OnePlus 8 responded to our request for comment to inform us it was just the OnePlus 8 series launch in China, so it seems we may have to wait a little longer for the rumoured 8 Lite. 

Rumours had suggested that the smartphone maker is about to launch its smaller, cheaper version of the OnePlus 8, called either the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite. 

In the run up to the OnePlus 8 launch, several leaks and rumours suggests the manufacturer was working on a different phone to launch alongside the bigger flagships. 

These rumours stated we would see a phone with a large rectangle camera protrusion on the back, as well as a smaller body and display than either the 8 or 8 Pro. 

It’s expected to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate, and have a MediaTek processor inside, moving away from its usual Snapdragon platform base. 

OnePlus didn’t mention any other smartphone during its global press conference on 14 April, but it wouldn’t be unusual for a smartphone maker to release specific models for different regions.

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