OnePlus is expected to unveil its first 2019 flagship, likely called the OnePlus 7, in the coming months. Today, we’re getting our first official-seeming look at the phone as both renders and a real-life image have made their way to the web.
For starters, we have a ton of renders courtesy of OnLeaks and Pricebaba. As you can see, the device looks similar to the OnePlus 6 and 6T from last year but with three rear cameras instead of two and no notch on the screen. That last detail results in a screen that goes nearly edge to edge. However, it also means the OnePlus 7 adopts a sliding mechanism that pops up from the top of the device to reveal the selfie camera.
We’ve seen motorized selfie cameras on phones in the past. However, companies have stuck with foreign markets when it comes to this form factor, so United States residents don’t exactly know what using the feature is like day to day. I fall in this camp, so I can’t tell whether the solution is actually better than a traditional solid-state selfie camera or if it’s a short-lived gimmick. Either way, we should soon find out since the phone won’t take too much longer from now to come out.
In the renders, we also catch a glimpse at the USB-C port, the loud speaker on the bottom, the 6.5-inch screen on the front, and its slim 8.8mm profile.
Moving on, we have a separate leak from Weibo that was later uploaded by Slashleaks which claims to show off the motorized selfie shooter in action. As you can see, it appears the OnePlus 7 is being set up for facial recognition, during which the camera is visible. There are some differences between this leak and the renders like the button placement and overall size of the phone, so this leak might be a fake. In the same breath, time will tell if the photo is accurate at all so stay tuned.
OnePlus is expected to unveil the OnePlus 7 some time in the coming months. If last year is any indication, the device might arrive in May.