This could be the most dangerous Android phone of 2020 for Google
OnePlus’s upcoming OnePlus Z price might be a lot cheaper than anything we could have envisioned, which could put further strain on competitors — especially Google’s unreleased Pixel 5 flagship.
The OnePlus Z and Pixel 5 are rumored to feature the same Snapdragon 765 processor, so they’ll feature roughly the same overall performance.
The new OnePlus phone might be a whopping $300 cheaper than the Pixel 5 if the latest rumor is true, a price that would make the phone a crushing blow to Google’s own smartphone efforts.
We’ve talked about the Pixel 5 hardware inadequacy at length over the past few weeks, as more and more reports made it clear that Google’s top of the line handset this year will be a bit of a disappointment. Pixel rumors usually turn out to be accurate and a variety of leaks said Google will not use the newest Snapdragon 865 flagship processor from Qualcomm for the Pixel 5 series. The mid-range Snapdragon 765 has been chosen to replace it, a processor that comes with a built-in modem and is more affordable. That means the Pixel 5 won’t match the performance of flagships like the Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8, or any other high-end Android phone released recently. That’s not a problem, some will say, as Google has never engaged in specs wars with its partners/rivals. That’s true to some extent, but the Pixel 5 will be judged against other Android flagships as well as the iPhone 12 series. We’ve already shown you that the Pixel 5 will not be a match for the iPhone 12, iPhone 11, or even the iPhone SE. It will barely match the Pixel 4’s lackluster performance, and that’s definitely not the “upgrade” fans expect.
Some will argue that the Snapdragon 765 is a necessary compromise for the Pixel series, and that it will let Google pass on the savings to consumers. The Pixel 5 could start as low as $699, according to a recent Google survey. But the same amount of money will get you a brand new iPhone 11, iPhone 12, or the OnePlus 8. Google will have to make the case that Pixel 5 is a better proposition than all these phones. And it’ll be so much harder if the newest OnePlus rumor comes true. The more affordable OnePlus Z could be significantly cheaper than the Pixel 5, and even the Pixel 4a, which is expected to start at $349.
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The OnePlus Z, also known as OnePlus Nord 5G in some circles, will launch in July, several months before the now-delayed Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. The phone is also expected to rock the same Snapdragon 765 processor that will power the Pixel 5. While Google doesn’t do specs wars, OnePlus has always pushed the envelope in that regard. The OnePlus Z will probably offer a decent amount of RAM and storage. Add to that a better all-screen design than the Pixel 5 and 30W fast charging, which the OnePlus Z is expected to get ,...