Why didn’t we see the OnePlus Z launch alongside OnePlus 8 series?

A look at the apparent OnePlus 8 Lite.91mobiles/Onleaks

The OnePlus 8 series launched this week, bringing an end to months of rumors, leaks, and speculation. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the OnePlus Z at the global launch event.

OnePlus then teased a new product on Weibo for its Chinese launch event on April 15, but we only saw the OnePlus 8 series once again. Now, it looks like we might have an explanation for why the phone was a no-show.

Frequent leaker Steve ‘OnLeaks’ Hemmerstoffer claimed on Twitter that the phone was originally supposed to launch alongside the OnePlus 8 series this week. However, he added that the OnePlus Z launch has now been postponed to summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, citing his own sources.

It’s worth noting that leaker Ishan Agarwal previously stated the OnePlus Z would launch in most markets by July. So it’s entirely possible OnePlus never intended to launch the device alongside the OnePlus 8 series in the first place.

Nevertheless, the apparent decision to delay the OnePlus Z launch will be a little disappointing for budget-conscious OnePlus fans. After all, the OnePlus 8 series is far and away the most expensive OnePlus line-up yet.

The unreleased phone is tipped to be a pretty capable device when it’s eventually released. Earlier leaks point to MediaTek’s flagship-level Dimensity 1000 5G chipset, a 90Hz screen, and at least two rear cameras.

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