It is finally confirmed that the series of new OnePlus 9 phones is about to see the light of day, with a launch date set for today and a collaboration with Swedish camera giant Hasselblad now confirmed.
The OnePlus 9 series is expected to consist of a trio of devices: the standard OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro, and a cheaper model called the OnePlus 9R which is said to be exclusive to India.
Either way, all three phones will be unveiled together at today’s confirmed event alongside the highly anticipated OnePlus Watch.
In addition to code names, specifications and makesWe’ve also seen photos of some leaked phones, so we think we know almost exactly what to expect on launch day, and OnePlus itself continues to announce details and reveal pictures, so there isn’t much left over. secrets.
When will the OnePlus 9 be announced?
The OnePlus 9 series will launch on March 23 at 2:00 p.m. GMT, as OnePlus confirmed when announcing its collaboration with camera company Hasselblad.
Leaker Evan Blass had previously designated March 23 as the start day for pre-orders, suggesting the phone could be available to order immediately after launch.
This seems particularly plausible, as Amazon UK is one of the sites that host the direct since the phone’s launch, what you can imagine would only do if you expected to be able to take orders at the same time.
The March launch is a month earlier than last year’s OnePlus Series 8, announced on April 14 and going on sale April 29, 2020.
The reason is believed to be to give the phones more time to compete with rival devices like Samsung’s Galaxy S21 line (which also launched ahead of the 2020 S20 line) ahead of the typical mid-cycle update of the T.
There is also the issue of the OnePlus Nord line, which was introduced in mid-2020. Previously, OnePlus only had two separate releases every 12 months and the addition of the Nord devices mid-cycle gave the company the flexibility to scale its other one. so that they can publish material at a more constant rate.
As to where a 9-series device can be purchased, as we expect it to launch in the company’s most important markets in Europe, India and the US, it looks like we already have a little more details on its launch in the United States. .
Some_Random_Username, a member of XDA Developers, dug up code in the company’s OxygenOS user experience that points to OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro operator-specific SKUs.
In addition to a standard version, there will apparently be two variants of the OnePlus 9 intended for T-Mobile and Verizon respectively (the Verizon model is said to support mmWave 5G). T-Mobile’s OnePlus 9 Pro is also making an appearance, while the Verizon-focused 9 Pro appears to be missing for the time being.
How much will the OnePlus 9 cost?
Nothing has been officially confirmed yet regarding the price of the OnePlus 9. That said, we can look at the company’s current strategy to try to understand what the prices of the phones will look like this year.
The company’s phones are becoming more and more specific to each generation, but as a by-product of that, they’ve also gradually gotten more expensive – the OnePlus 8 Pro is the company’s most expensive phone to date.
That has changed a bit with the OnePlus 8T, which has dropped in price slightly from the previous OnePlus 8. We’d be surprised to see OnePlus raise its prices again so soon after. So with that in mind, we would expect the base OnePlus 9 to start at $ 549 and the OnePlus 9 Pro to start at $ 749.
The OnePlus 9R is expected to be even cheaper, although we don’t have much faith, especially since Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, has hinted that the phone could be launched in India only. A price is expected somewhere between 9 and North, but beyond that all bets are off.
A small twist: Evan Blass also reported that pre-orders for the OnePlus 9 will receive a pair of truly wireless OnePlus Buds Z headphones for free – usually $ 50 – while pre-orders for the Pro model will receive the edition with it. Steve Harrington Design of the same headphones.
Apparently, pre-orders for the 9R and OnePlus Watch, if released at the same time, won’t come with any freebies.
Thanks to GSMArena, the phones have been confirmed to carry a two-year warranty, double that of many competitors. OnePlus has also pledged to offer two years of operating system updates.
What are the features of the OnePlus 9?
We don’t know anything about the hardware potential of the OnePlus 9 yet, but we can expand on the basics of the new OnePlus 8T to suggest where we think the company should take its next flagship.
OnePlus 9 Wish List
With 120Hz, 65W fast-charge “Warp Charge” and 5G already in the mix, the 8T is an incredibly strong foundation on which the company can build its next big launch, but there are a few things we’d like to bring this year 8 Pro, as well as some updates expected.
Wireless charging – In the company’s 2020 portfolio, only the OnePlus 8 Pro currently has wireless charging. We expect this feature to be standard across all of the company’s flagships in 2021, starting with the OnePlus 9.
The 8 Pro offers 30W wireless charging (using the proprietary charger) as well as 3W reverse wireless charging. After seeing devices like the Oppo Ace 2 go further in this department, it would be great to see faster speeds for standard and reverse wireless charging on the OnePlus 9.
IP68 certification – Another Pro feature that we hope will become standard for OnePlus flagships, IP68 dust and water resistance would be appreciated.
Self-protection camera under the screen – Samsung is believed to have gone from including an underscreen camera on its upcoming Galaxy S phones to debuting on the Samsung Z Galaxy Fold 3, due to its poor performance.
Since OnePlus operates with a significantly lower number of units than Samsung’s, this feature might not be out of the question, although it would have a noticeable effect on the cost.
Snapdragon 875: Qualcomm’s next flagship processor is expected to debut at the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, which will take place virtually in December of this year. It’s supposed to be the chip of choice for most 2021 flagship smartphones and we hope to see it in the OnePlus 9 as well.
Better cameras – The OnePlus 8T is based on an older 48 MP main camera (Sony IMX586), which OnePlus has been using since the OnePlus 7 series and it looks like it’s time for an update. There are newer and brighter sensors, including its direct successor – the 64MP IMX686 – that are worth considering.
We also want OnePlus to ditch the sensational macro and mono sensors of the 8T, and instead focus on equipping the OnePlus 9 with a capable suite of ultra-wide and telephoto lenses that complement the primary sensor when it comes to range. . Dynamics and the Science of Color.