The web has new details about the line of flagship OnePlus 9 smartphones. Perhaps the most important news is that the series will include three models: OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9E and OnePlus 9 Pro. With the first and third it is clear, as for the second, it will probably be a lite version of the OnePlus 9.
The second news concerns full-fledged dust and water protection in accordance with the IP68 degree. Only the top OnePlus 9 Pro will have it. That is, in fact, the situation will be repeated with the current line, in which only the OnePlus 8 Pro is marked with IP68. And although users and fans have long been waiting for the spread of full-fledged protection to the entire line, OnePlus for some reason is in no hurry with this.
Recall that the official premiere of OnePlus 9 smartphones is expected in March. The devices will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoCs – at least OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro for sure.
OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro renders give us the best look at the design
OnePlus is ready to close its 2020 as one of the company’s most important years ever. Well, this year the company entered the mid-range and entry-level segment with the OnePlus Nord series. Now, we can consider OnePlus a mainstream smartphone OEM rather than a company that produces just flagships. Now the company seems to be moving its focus to the next big thing – The OnePlus 9 series. A couple of weeks ago, we saw the first renders showcasing the handset design. Now, a set of new renders are coming from LetsGoDigital and ConceptCreator in order to give us the best look at the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro design.
The new handsets will leave the horizontal design that has been present in the series since the OnePlus 7 days.
OnePlus 9 Pro
In the OnePlus 9 Pro, we’ll have a rectangular island comprising four cameras. Two big lenses and two smaller lenses. According to reports, we have a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens. The fourth and final sensor function still remains a mystery. The OnePlus 9 Pro will have curved edges like its predecessor and the OnePlus 8T, however, it seems to be more curved now. The vanilla model will have a flat display.
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The flagship will stick with a 6.7-inch display, probably an AMOLED fluid screen. Moreover, it seems that OnePlus is beefing up its display to support a 144Hz refresh rate. Gaming phones already proved that the 144Hz in smartphones can be achieved, so we assume that a lot of companies will be moving to that refresh rate. The new handset will also come with better speakers offering Dolby Atmos support.
A set of new OnePlus 9 renders was sent by Waqay Khan to GSMArena. It shows a triple camera, but that seems to be the biggest difference in the camera design. Both handsets bring the same design language.
OnePlus 9 series alleged specs
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will reach the market a little bit earlier than usual. According to reports, OnePlus will bring both devices in mid-March. Apparently, this is a response to the earlier launch of the Galaxy S21 family.
Under the hood, the flagships will bring the Snapdragon 875 SoC. That’s Qualcomm’s new flagship SoC which will go official later this week during the Snapdragon Tech summit. We expect the phones to come with 8GB of RAM at the bare minimum and 128GB of Internal Storage. Thanks to the OnePlus 8T, both handsets will come with 65W fast-charging.
The duo of flagships is expected to come alongside the OnePlus Nord SE that will be a refresh for the last year’s model.
We’re still several months away and the leaks are already popping out revealing a set of important details. We wouldn’t be surprised to see real-life leaks throughout the next months.