A recent listing of the rumoured OnePlus 7 brings up a render of the phone as well as the specifications. The listed specifications clearly mark it as a fake listing. It claims the OnePlus 7 to offer a waterdrop notch and a pop-up camera.
Since the MWC 2019, expectations of seeing the OnePlus 7 have been higher. The company showcased its 5G prototype device running on a Snapdragon 855 and a Snapdragon X50 modem at the convention. Recent leaks and rumours have also given us an idea as to what we could expect from the upcoming OnePlus flagship – a fullscreen display with a pop-up camera and 5G connectivity. In typical OnePlus fashion, the company is expected to unveil the device sometime in the summer of 2019. However, an online retailer has already put up the device for sale – complete will all specifications and official photos.
Online retailer Giztop has put up the OnePlus 7 for sale. The retailer has listed the price of the handset at $569 (approximately Rs 40,000). The listing shows all the specifications of the device as well as one official photo. The listed specifications are on par with what has been leaked so far. In fact, to any layman, it sounds like the real deal and someone interested in it might actually be prepping his account.
However, if you notice closely, you might figure out that this isn’t a OnePlus 7.
If you pay attention to the specifications, you will see an expected Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with 8GB or 12GB RAM. All 2019 flagships will use the Snapdragon 855 chipset and hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise. Oxygen OS based on Android Pie is expected to present on the phone as well. A 4000mAh battery is also believable but what isn’t believable is the 44W Dash charging. OnePlus’ fastest charging technology so far has been the 30W Warp Charger and the chances of OnePlus upgrading its charging technology to 44W are slim.
The OnePlus 7 is also claimed to get a triple camera system – 48-megapixel + 20-megapixel + 5-megapixel triple camera setup. The front camera is expected to be a 16-megapixel unit as well. However, what’s surprising is the mentioned placement of the front camera. The listing states that OnePlus 7 gets a pop-up camera similar to the rumours we have heard so far. However, the listing also mentions the presence of a 6.5-inch display with a waterdrop notch.
Why would OnePlus want to retain the notch while still going for a pop-up camera? No brand has done it so far. OnePlus’ siblings – Oppo and Vivo have gone for pop-up cameras on their mainstream models and removed the notch completely. Also, at most places, the listing mentions OnePlus 6T. For example, it says that the “OnePlus 6T is equipped with an in-display fingerprint reader.”
The photo of the OnePlus 7 shown in the listing also has a lot of issues. There’s no Alert Slider visible, which is weird for a OnePlus smartphone. Also, the phone shown here is actually a photoshopped Oppo F11 Pro 9look at the jagged edges at the bottom of the display).
The listing on Giztop is clearly fake and OnePlus isn’t coming up with a device at the moment. However, chances of the OnePlus 7 showing up earlier than the usually expected date of May 2019 are high. At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii last year, OnePlus said their 5G smartphone would show up early in 2019. Therefore, we can probably expect the company to come up with a device by April. These are all speculations and we have to wait for an official announcement from the company.