The OnePlus company stood out with the motto “Never Settle”, which suggested that you should not be content with compromises at lower prices. Thus, the company has tried over time to offer as much performance and quality construction as possible at the lowest price. However, lately this has changed, and OnePlus now offers mid-range or even entry-level devices, in addition to its premium models, which now have prices similar to those of the competition. It seems that OnePlus will make compromises in terms of performance, already developing a model with MediaTek chipset.
So far, OnePlus has only delivered phones with Snapdragon processors
To be honest, MediaTek has hit the ground running in the last few years with the Dimensity processor series. They still can’t compete on a par with Qualcomm models, but they offer more affordable alternatives with similar capabilities. The difference is that MediaTek processors are a generation or two behind in terms of processing power, but they also make up for the built-in features. For example, the new 5G modem from MediaTek, used with Dimensity processors, is as fast as the 5G modem from Qualcomm, used on Snapdragon 888.
According to Digital Chat Station, a well-known leaker on China’s Weibo social network, OnePlus is now working on a prototype equipped with a Dimensity 1200 processor. This could be a cheaper alternative to the OnePlus 9, offering similar specifications, such as a sensor 50 megapixel photo. It is unclear at this time whether this model will be part of the main series, or whether it will be a superior OnePlus Nord model. However, given that OxygenOS is already running, this phone will be launched on the international market, not only in China.
The next OnePlus models, such as the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, are expected with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, so it won’t be long before we see the first OnePlus with a MediaTek processor. It remains to be seen how OnePlus fans will respond to this news, but given the problems with component stocks worldwide, it is possible that many companies will resort to such alternatives in order to launch new products on the market.
Robert J. Smith is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including JoyStiq and Android Authority. In regards to academics, Robert earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Robert has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.