With the Nord, OnePlus targets consumers looking for a powerful smartphone that doesn’t pinch their pockets. The smartphone manufacturer is reportedly prepping to get more aggressive. According to a report coming from the Android Central website OnePlus is currently working on an entry-level smartphone to get mainstream and grow its sales numbers. This entry-level OnePlus device is codenamed Clover, the report states.
This is the first time the brand is trying its hands in the entry-level category. The report suggests that the OnePlus Clover will hit the US and other markets later this year. There’s no mention of the launch month though. India is one of the key markets for the brand, it launched phones even the Nord first in the country before any other market. Given that, we assume that the device will head to the Indian market together with the US and take on the likes of brands that are already ruling the entry-level segment such as Xiaomi, Realme, among few others.
For each and every OnePlus device launched so far the brand ensures user experience is top notch. Even for the affordable OnePlus Nord that is priced at Rs 24,999 for the base 6GB RAM model the company opted for Snapdragon 765G processor that is said to deliver performance at par with flagship devices. That said, consumers will expect the same from the Clover too.
What is OnePlus Clover
Given Clover is an entry-level device it will not be fair to expect a lot from the device. The report suggests that OnePlus will opt for an entry-level Snapdragon 460 processor for the upcoming Clover. Sources close to the development told the publication that the OnePlus Clover will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack and come bundled with 4 gigs of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone will come with microSD card support.
Despite being a budget device OnePlus doesn’t seem to compromise on the battery. The report suggests that the Clover will come packed with a massive 6000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. Other specifications of the entry-level OnePlus include OxygenOS 10 based on Android 10, 6.52-inch HD+ IPS LCD screen, triple rear cameras including 13MP primary + two 2MP lens, a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
No 5G OnePlus
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 460 processor is a 4G chipset and that said the upcoming OnePlus Clover will be the first device from OnePlus this year to come without 5G support. Time and again OnePlus executives have confirmed in various interviews that all OnePlus devices after the OnePlus 8 series will come with 5G support. With the Clover, if it really comes with Snapdragon 460 processor there will not be 5G support in this one.
Price of OnePlus Clover
The same report suggests that the OnePlus Clover will be priced around $200 in the US, which roughly translates to around Rs 14,600. In India, if it comes, the device could be priced much more aggressively just like the OnePlus 8. In the US, OnePlus 8 is priced at $699 roughly around Rs 53,200 while in India it starts at Rs 41,999.
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Why OnePlus Clover
Over the years, the brand has increased the price segment of its lineup with the aim to offer the best flagship-level smartphone possible. While OnePlus has created a space for itself in the premium category, its presence lack in the budget segment. With the Nord, OnePlus gets into the under Rs 25,000 price segment, the Clover is said to help the brand mark its presence in the under Rs 15,000 price segment – if that’s how aggressive OnePlus plans to get.
Recently, OnePlus launched affordable smart TV to take on the likes of Xiaomi’s Mi TVs and Realme TV and now with the Clover, it plans to compete with the same brands but their phones.
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