Thereâ€™s a very slight design tweak on Verizonâ€™s OnePlus 8Â variant thatâ€™s just significant enough to prevent it from working with most existing cases.
The change to the Verizon OnePlus 8 was first noticed by a Reddit user. While the core design of the phone remains more or less unchanged, the volume buttons are shifted to a slightly different location. And while not a major move, itâ€™s just enough to change the way the phone fits into a case, forcing anyone who purchases one to choose from a far more limited selection of accessories.
Unfortunately, that means that Verizon buyers will be limited to purchasing the cases offered by the carrier, rather than the plethora of third-party options out there. In fact, even the new Sandstone official OnePlus case wonâ€™t fit on the Verizon version of the OnePlus 8. Presumably, as the device gains popularity, third-party case makers will release variants for the Verizon model, but that remains to be seen.
While annoying, it doesnâ€™t appear that move was done purely to sell new accessories. Rather, according to some regulatory documents dug up by Phone Arena,Â the Verizon version of the OnePlus 8 includes an additional 5G mmWave radio in the location where the volume buttons would be, thus prompting the company to move them down a bit. The unlocked and T-Mobile versions of the phone donâ€™t have mmWave connectivity, so there is no need to have the extra radio installed.
This doesnâ€™t apply to the OnePlus 8 Pro since Verizon isnâ€™t offering that model. However, if the carrier does, itâ€™ll be interesting to see whether the same changes are made, or if they managed to fit everything into the existing design or if tweaks are needed.