OnePlus Z reveal! This is when the powerhouse iPhone SE rival will arrive

The OnePlus Z, also known as the OnePlus 8 Lite, looks set to be hitting shelves soon

OnePlus Z
(Image credit: Onleaks/91Mobiles)

The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have only just been revealed and released, and we rated it "the best and most well-rounded phone the Chinese maker has ever produced" in our official review. 

OnePlus has become well-known for making brilliant phones at affordable prices, so it should be no surprise the company has already prepared a follow-up device: the more affordable OnePlus Z.

Said to essentially fit the profile of a OnePlus 8 Lite, the OnePlus Z news was first broken by noted leaker Max Weinbach from XDA Developers, on his Twitter account:

Shortly afterwards, the above render appeared from Onleaks and 91Mobiles. The OnePlus Z looks set to crib much of what made the OnePlus 8 series great, such as a sumptuous QHD+, HDR10+ screen. 91Mobiles also claimed it will sport a 90Hz refresh rate, which is great news for a mid-range phone. 

However, there are significant differences in design. For example, the punch-hole cam has moved from the left of the screen to the centre, while the central rear camera module has moved to the left-hand corner of the screen to mirror the designs of its rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. A MediaTek 5G processor also looks set to be included.

We also know when the phone is going to launch – or, at least, we think we do. According to AllAboutSamsung's Max J, the powerhouse mid-ranger looks set for a July reveal:  

Are you looking forward to the OnePlus Z as much as we are? Stay tuned for all the biggest leaks, reveals and tidbits before the phone's big launch in July. 

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Matt Evans

Matt Evans now works for sister brand TechRadar, covering all things relating to fitness and wellness. He came to as staff writer before moving on, and was previously on Men's Health, and slightly counterintuitively, a website devoted to the consumption of Scotch whiskey. In his free time, he could often be found with his nose in a book until he discovered the Kindle.