OnePlus has traditionally focussed on producing affordable flagship phones, this changed this year with the launch of the OnePlus Nord, and now it looks like they have their eyes set on the affordable end of the market too.

The OnePlus Clover is expected to launch globally, sometime soon, the current name is believed to be a codename so the final version may be something different.

It is believed the price point will be sub-$200 which will likely help OnePlus gain some market share in developing markets such as India, which has become a key battleground in recent years with Xiaomi, Realme, and Samsung all trying to become the prominent brand.

The price and specification are both similar to the Oppo A53, with Oppo being owned by the same company as OnePlus. Other options at this price point are the  Redmi Note 9 or the Realme C15.

Oppo always seems to be popular with tech enthusiasts so it will be interesting to see how this gets marketing in western markets where they will need to focus more on general users. I have no doubt the phone will be massively popular in less affluent markets though. One issue with the Clover is that it may dilute the brand a little.

OnePlus Clover Specification

 OnePlus Clover
SoftwareAndroid 10, OxygenOS 10
Display6.52-inch HD+ IPS LCD (1560 x 720)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 460
Memory4GB
Storage64GB
MicroSD slotYes
Rear Camera 113MP f/2.2
Rear Camera 22MP f/2.4
Rear Camera 32MP f/2.4
SecurityRear fingerprint sensor
Connectivity4G, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Audio3.5mm jack
Battery6000mAh, 18W
Water ResistanceNo

Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 Specification

The SD460 is one of the most affordable options from Qualcomm:

  • 4 x 1.8GHz Cortex A73
  • 4 x 1.8GHz Cortex A53
  • Adreno 610
  • 11nm

The Cortex A73 is dated now, but if you go back three or four years this was used in flagship chipsets such as the HiSilicon Kirin 960 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. No one complained about the performance of them, so the chipset should be adequate for general use.

OnePlus Clover Geekbench Benchmarks

Recently the phone popped up on Geekbench 5 which both confirms its existence and the chipset it is using.

Performance is not great when compared to all the phones I have reviewed recently, however, the phone is cheaper than anything I have reviewed recently, the Realme 6i costs £190.

 Single Core Multi Core
Realme 6 Pro - SD720G5681643
Realme X2 - SD730G5461729
Realme 6 - Helio G90T5161650
Realme 6i Helio G803501304
Realme 5 Pro - SD7123211481
Realme 5 SD6653161363
OnePlus Clover - SD4602451174

OnePlus Clover vs Oppo A53 vs Redmi Note 9

What are the odds of the OnePlus Clover looking similar to the Oppo A53?

The spec of the OnePlus Clover is very similar to the Oppo A53 but it is not an exact clone. With this phone only being rumoured, nothing is confirmed.

Currently, the Oppo A53 is only available in India, whereas it looks like the Clover will get a global launch, this will include the US.

In the UK, the Redmi Note 9 is about the best-specced phone at the £150

The below specification table shows that the Clover has a similar display specification as the A53 (but not exact), it’s the same chipset and same camera spec.

It looks like the Clover will come with a massive 6000 mAh battery vs 5000 mAh on the A53.

Assuming the OnePlus Clover launches at the same price as the Redmi Note 9 in the UK, and in other regions, based on the spec alone, it doesn’t look all that appealing. (the Redmi Note 9 is cheaper than the Oppo A53 in India)

The Redmi has a superior display, chipset and camera specification. The Helio G80 on the Realme 6i has around 40% more performance on the single core than the SD460, so the Helio G85 should be even better.

On the downside, the battery performance will likely be far worse with it having a smaller battery and much more demanding power requirements.

The A53 and Redmi have multiple memory and storage options, but the two most popular are 4GB/64GB, which is also what I have used for the price comparisons.

 OnePlus Clover Oppo A53Redmi Note 9
StatusRumoredAvailable. Released 2020, August 25Available. Released 2020, May 12
Dimensions-163.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm (6.45 x 2.96 x 0.33 in)162.3 x 77.2 x 8.9 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.35 in)
Weight-186 g (6.56 oz)199 g (7.02 oz)
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.52 inches, 104.4 cm26.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~82.9% screen-to-body ratio)6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~83.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~264 ppi density)720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
90Hz refresh rate
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
450 nits typ. Brightness
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
OSAndroid 10Android 10, ColorOS 7.2Android 10, MIUI 11
ChipsetQualcomm SM4250 Snapdragon 460 (11 nm)Qualcomm SM4250 Snapdragon 460 (11 nm)MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
CPUOcta-core (4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Kryo 240 & 4x1.6 GHz Kryo 240)Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUAdreno 610Adreno 610Mali-G52 MC2
Card slotmicroSDXC (dedicated slot)microSDXC (dedicated slot)microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal64GB 4GB RAM4GB RAM 64GB, UFS 2.14GB RAM 64GB
Camera 113 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.06", 1.12µm, PDAF13 MP, f/2.2, 25mm (wide), 1/3.06", 1.12µm, PDAF48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF
Camera 22 MP, f/2.4, (macro)2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm
Camera 32 MP, f/2.4, (depth)2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)2 MP, f/2.4, (macro), AF
Camera 42 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
FeaturesDual-LED flash, HDR, panoramaLED flash, HDR, panoramaLED flash, HDR, panorama
Video4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps1080p@30fps1080p@30fps
Front CameraUnknown camera16 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3.06", 1.0µm13 MP, f/2.3, 29mm (standard), 1/3.1", 1.12µm
FeaturesHDRHDRHDR, panorama
Video1080p@30fps1080p@30fps1080p@30fps
LoudspeakerYesYes, with stereo speakersYes
3.5mm jackYesYesYes
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD5.0, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
NFCYes (market/region dependent)
Infrared portNoNoYes
RadioFM radioFM radioUnspecified
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximityFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compassFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
TypeLi-Po 6000 mAh, non-removableLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removableLi-Po 5020 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast charging 18WFast charging 18WFast charging 18W, Reverse charging 9W
Price $200/£150₹ 12,990 ($180/£133)150