OnePlus started its journey in 2014 with the OnePlus One that revolutionized the market as the very first flagship killer. The brand brought many premium smartphones evolving from a startup to a mainstream smartphone maker. The last year was one of the most important in OnePlus’ recent story. After all, the brand unleashed a premium mid-range phone, a standard mid-range, and an entry-level smartphone apart from three flagships. Now, OnePlus has a presence in all the market segments, and this is set to grow in 2021. Earlier this week, Liu Zohu (Pete Lau0), CEO of OnePlus Technology and founder of OnePlus Mobile, said that OnePlus has formulated a grand plan this year. He said that right in the quarter when we’re expecting the new OnePlus 9 series.
Pete Lau said that with the end of January, we’re already a full month in 2021. He ended by stating that the company has big plans for 2021. OnePlus is very popular overseas, so the Tweet got a lot of replies. Some users expressed curiosity, while others started to tease OnePlus. Some said crazy stuff like “acquisition of Apple” while others stated that this has something to do with the “1+9 series”.
Pete Lau may refer to the upcoming flagship series
This certainly has to do with the OnePlus 9 series which is set to make its debut in the end of Q1 2020. This year, the brand will unveil three new smartphones dubbed OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, and 9 Lite. While the two standard editions are set to come with the Snapdragon 888, we assume that the Lite variant will pack the Snapdragon 870, which also makes it a flagship, but priced at a lower price point.
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Apart from this, the new devices are also set to come with very powerful cameras. If you recall, Pete Lau previously stated that the company will invest huge resources in cameras this year. The main goal is to become the world’s number on image function. We’re sure that those are high aspirations, but that is something that the company can achieve. After all, the competition is fighting every year and it’s hard to pick any brand right now as the best for camera purposes.
As per reports, the OnePlus 9 will provide two larger main cameras, but no periscope lens. Some even claim that OnePlus will cooperate with Leica or Hasselblad this year. Pete Lau also paid attention to Hasselblad and Leica this week, giving certain credibility to these claims.
OnePlus 9 alleged specs
According to rumors, the 1+9 series will use Samsung Display’s top-level customized screen. It will also have a Sony IMX689 sensor and will have an ultra-wide-angle lens and macro lens. The Pro variant will have a 4,500mah battery with 65W wired charging and 45W wireless charging. The phones will also have dual stereo speakers and IP68 dust and water resistance.
The OnePlus 9 users a 6.55-inch FHD+ 120Hz flexible display. The 9 Pro will come with a 6.78-inch QHD+ 120Hz flexible curved screen. The devices will weigh less than 200g. Both of them are expected for March 2021.