The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC is a top flagship smartphone processor in the market. Although MediaTek is getting set to unveil a new flagship processor, it will not be on-par with the Snapdragon 888. Samsung also has the Exynos 2100 which is a direct competitor with the SD888. However, not many third-party phone maker uses Exynos chipset. This means that there will be a lot of pressure on the Snapdragon 888. OnePlus is one of many Chinese manufacturers that have indicated their interest to release a phone with the Snapdragon 888 processor. The OnePlus 9 series will use this chip, however, one model (OnePlus 9 Lite) in the series will not.
The OnePlus 9 Lite is a mid-range (or lower-end) phone in the OnePlus 9 series. However, if the latest reports are true, it will still use a flagship chip. Recent reports show that the OnePlus 9 Lite will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. This is Qualcomm’s 2019 flagship processor and the direct predecessor to the Snapdragon 888.
OnePlus 9 Lite – a cheaper option for OnePlus fans
Furthermore, the reports claim that the overall configuration of the OnePlus 9 Lite is very different from the OnePlus 8T. This smartphone will come with a high refresh rate AMOLED full screen. It will also have a triple rear camera setup as well as Android 11 out-of-the-box.
The news also claims that the OnePlus 9 Lite may not use the 65W ultra-fast flash charging technology. Currently, the OnePlus 8T already supports 65W flash charging. The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will likely support 65W or higher power fast charging.
As for the official release date, all speculations point to a March release date for the OnePlus 9 series. In addition to the OnePlus 9 Lite, there will also be OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The expectations are that these phones will launch in the same event. Reports indicate that the OnePlus 9 Lite will be unveiled in the Chinese and Indian markets. It is not yet certain whether it will launch in Europe.
OnePlus 9 will come with 65W fast-charging and a bigger battery capacity
The OnePlus 8 Pro is so far the only device with wireless and reverses wireless charging. It’s a surprise to see that these features are coming for the vanilla flagship next year. After all, the OnePlus 8T released in October didn’t pack any of these features. The OnePlus 9 series, apparently, represents a major step for the company. According to 91mobiles, the OnePlus 9 will get a 65W fast-charging. This tech was presented with the OnePlus 8T and will be a standard for the next year’s flagships. Further, the battery of the vanilla is getting a significant bump from the 4,300mAh in the vanilla 8 to the 4,500mAh battery in the OnePlus 9.