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OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro could arrive staggeringly early

OnePlus seems to be launching its phones earlier and earlier and it appears the forthcoming OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will follow the trend.

Teenage tipster Ishan Agarwal reckons the next-generation handsets will be here in late March or April after the May release for the OnePlus 7 (2019) and OnePlus 6 (2018).

Previous releases, like the OnePlus 5 (2017) and OnePlus 3 (2016) arrived in June, so a March or April release date would be a definite change in tack from the en vogue Chinese manufacturer.

Perhaps it’s not surprising though considering the OnePlus 7T arrived in October, and OnePlus likes to release a new flagship every six months. The tipster also predicted a new green colour for the flagship phone.

It’s likely we won’t even have to wait until March or April to get a glimpse at the new handsets. OnePlus has already dropped key information, like the presence of the 120Hz fluid display, while it might also rock up at MWC later this month with some tidbits.

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Regardless, it has become tradition for OnePlus to drip feed information to build anticipation in the build up to the launch events.

We can expect the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro to rock the Snapdragon 865 processor and the X50 modem enabling 5G connectivity. It’s also hinted at least one phone in the range could be the first OnePlus phone to include wireless charging. There are also rumours of a OnePlus 8 Lite, another first for the range.

The cameras are once again expected to be a focus, but the release is likely to come too soon for the inclusion of the tech in the OnePlus Concept One phone shown off at CES 2020.

The intriguing tech effectively hides the rear camera lenses from view by using colour-shifting glass on the back of the device. It’s not only provides an aesthetic benefit through a more seamless design, it also offers a theoretical advantage when taking photographs because of a polarising ND filter that will darken the lens and aid shooting in bright conditions.

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