The OnePlus 9 series will launch this March and it seems, we already know most of it by now. Plus, Digital Chat Station shared a lot of specs on the two upcoming phones.
The OnePlus 9 Series New Leak Reveals Some Key Specs
According to Digital Chat Station, the standard device will have a 6.55-inch FHD + flat display with a punch-hole cut-out to the top-left corner. It will also have the same 120Hz refresh rate as its Pro variant. The Pro version is equipped with a 6.78-inch QHD + flexible curved AMOLED display, which stores a 120Hz refresh rate, which is lower than the previously rumored 144Hz refresh rate.
Furthermore, Digital Chat Station has stated that the punch-hole cut-out on both devices will be only 3.8mm in diameter. Overall, the vanilla-colored OnePlus 9 will be 8mm thick while the Pro version will be 8.55mm thick, and there is no obvious change in camera setup on both models. These devices won’t weigh more than 200 grams, which is an added bonus.
Next, both devices are equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset. It is quite clear that OnePlus integrates top chipsets in its flagship product range every year. And, both devices will have 4,500 mAh capacity batteries and 65W fast wired charging that have been previously introduced. Additionally, the OnePlus 9 Pro also supports massive 45W wireless charging technology that the vanilla variant will miss out on.
Next, there is a Lite variant in the OnePlus 9 series that will also be summoned as the OnePlus 9 Lite that will have a Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 870 chipset along with a 90Hz flat AMOLED display.
Usually, the OnePlus flagship being released in annual around May. But if OnePlus 9 launch in Mar 2021, which is 2 months ahead of normal.
OnePlus has been famous since they announced the OnePlus 8T. As per reports, they recorded sales of close to $30 million in China in under 10 minutes. Additionally, it is said that their Nord lineup will be launching soon in North America. In the US, OnePlus will position their Nord series as the N10 series with their first few phones launching next month. Apart from that, we know that a Watch from OnePlus is also pending which might be announced at the same time. However, we have something new to report regarding OnePlus and their plans for the coming year.
OnePlus 9 could be announced in March 2021
It seems OnePlus has changed their launch strategy and is continuing to launch more new phones. Because Android Central’s sources have told them that OnePlus 9 will launch way ahead of its regular timeline. Usually, we see the flagship series from OnePlus being released in the first half of every year. And it usually annual happening around May. But if the OnePlus 9 will launch in March 2021, it is two months ahead of normal.
It’s also worth noting that the OnePlus 8T Pro wasn’t launched with the OnePlus 8T. And, the OnePlus 8 Pro will be nearly a year old by the time the OnePlus 9 launches so it does make sense. However, it also raises the question of whether OnePlus will launch their “Pro” phone during the upcoming 6-month refresh cycle. If not, we could see OnePlus launch a Pro phone every year and two non-Pro phones as we saw with OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8T.
While that makes sense for the OnePlus 8 Pro, it doesn’t suit the OnePlus 8T as the OnePlus 9 will also have 65W fast charging. The big upgrade we will see next year will be with the 5nm-based Snapdragon 875 5G chip. Which could be better than the Snapdragon 865 of the OnePlus 8T. We also feel that OnePlus will target OnePlus 8 users with OnePlus 9 rather than OnePlus 8T users. Even for the OnePlus 9 Pro, we felt that the upgrades would be insignificant beyond the camera.
Because they already have wireless charging, fast charging will be upgraded to 65W. And there will certainly be Snapdragon 875. But whether it justifies the price increase, and whether it forces OnePlus 8 Pro or OnePlus 7 series users to upgrade is a question for another day.