The OnePlus smartphone series started back in 2014. At that time, the company focused on a perfectly structured strategy of offering flagship specs and performance at half the price of a flagship phone. But, OnePlus smartphones have gotten far more expensive since the OnePlus One that launched with an initial price of $299. Presently the cheapest latest-generation OnePlus 6T costs $579. Though a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, a flagship Snapdragon processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage and dual-camera do make it a steal at this price. Its competitors, Galaxy S10+ and the cheapest iPhone XS Max, can cost up to $1,000 and $1,100 respectively.

In 2019, OnePlus is releasing three new flagship smartphones, and OnePlus 7 is one of them. And as has been the case with generations past, we have very high expectations for this upcoming new OnePlus handset.

DEBUTING IN-BUILT FINGERPRINT SENSOR IN THE U.S

Last year’s OnePlus 6T was the first in-display fingerprint sensor smartphone to be released in the United States, and it was also among the first to feature a tiny new teardrop notch. The OnePlus might bring some more firsts our way in 2019 too.

DESIGN LEAKS: 2019

Pop-up selfie camera has been the centre of attraction for users in recent times. The most notable new design feature rumoured to be arriving on the OnePlus 7 is a pop-up selfie camera. There are already a few Android phones in China that have this design, and it’s an attractive solution as smartphone makers continue their quests to achieve a 100% screen-to-window ratio. The idea is to cut the camera out of the screen like the Galaxy S10, instead of placing it in a hideous notch. Galaxy S10 achieves its motive by placing the lens in a small piece that pops out of the top edge of the phone when you need it. The front-facing camera then retracts and remains out of sight when it’s not in use, and this type of design allows manufacturers almost completely to eliminate the bezel at the top of the screen.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Waqar Khan

RENDERS SUGGEST OnePus 7 LOOKS

We’ve seen a few different reports claiming the OnePlus 7 will have this type of front-facing camera design, and now a YouTube user named Waqar Khan has created renders that show us what the new OnePlus flagship might look like.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Waqar Khan

Beyond the pop-up selfie camera, we can also see Khan’s vision of the new triple-lens rear camera rumoured to be arriving on the OnePlus 7. The phone is expecting to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset like its other top Android flagship competitors in 2019. It will probably release at some point in the second quarter this year, and you can check out a video featuring Khan’s renders below.