OnePlus could soon launch its first entry-level smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC in the US. This will be the first time Chinese smartphone major will not be making a ‘flagship killer’. Codenamed Clover, the phone is expected to come with a 6.52-inch 720p (1,560 x 720) display, 4GB of RAM and a rear 13-megapixel triple camera setup, all powered by a large 6,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.
The OnePlus Clover will go on sale in the US with a price tag of around $200 (approximately Rs 14,700), reports Android Central, citing a person familiar with the development. The smartphone will reportedly debut shortly and will reach global markets alongside the US.
The Snapdragon 460 debuted earlier this year, with the highlight being the introduction of the Cortex A73 cores — a first in this category. The Cortex A73 cores deliver significantly better performance over the Snapdragon 450, and the chipset also has four energy-efficient A53 cores. Similarly, the Adreno 610 GPU is touted to deliver 60% better performance over the Snapdragon 450.
OnePlus didn’t release the Nord in the US, as it may unveil a similar model later this year. However, it does plan to release the Clover model in the US later this year. OnePlus was restrained when it comes to diluting its portfolio — limiting itself to the mid-tier and high-end segments — so it is interesting to see the Chinese manufacturer target the entry-level category with its upcoming phone. OnePlus built up a lot of cachet as a premium manufacturer in markets like India, so the shift to the entry-level segment doesn’t fit with the company’s overall strategy.
OnePlus Clover device has many similarities with the Realme C15, as both OnePlus and Realme share the same parent, BBK Electronics.