Gone are the days when OnePlus used to be a no-name brand, offering high-performance devices at a low price. From the OnePlus 1 to OnePlus 7, the OEM came with better specs at a very low price compared to its other competitors. Now the devices are getting on popular retailers’ stores and making big sales across the world. Looking at the newly released OnePlus 8 series, we can see that a lot of things have changed about the brand. It no longer sells at a cheaper rate like before. So, what should we be expecting for OnePlus 9?
In this article, I’ll be showing you everything you need to know about OnePlus 9 – including its release date, rumors, and specs. But before we go into that, let’s have a quick look at some features of the recently launched OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro devices.
OnePlus 8 Series: Is The Hype Worth It?
The OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro are the latest released devices of the brand. They come with a lot of interesting features, including the 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED screen, making the devices much bigger than the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, the fact that the devices also come with a 120Hz refresh rate makes them earn a lot of hype from their users.
Apart from that, it also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, combined with the X55 5G modem, and runs on Android 10. That means, both the devices can support the 5G network to deliver faster browsing and other benefits. Also, the Pro version has a battery life of 4510mAH, supporting up to 30W fast charging. Furthermore, the OnePlus 8 Pro device also comes with the 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5, which is much better than most of its competitors’. It comes with a quad set-up rear camera of 48MP+8MP+48M+5MP and a front camera of 16MP. With all of these features, what should we be expecting for OnePlus 9?
OnePlus 9 Concept
The device is still a long time away, but some concept creators have already started imagining what it could look like. Recently, YouTube channel Multi Tech Media shared a OnePlus 9 Pro concept that looks exciting.
The concept phone features a fully bezel-less display curved on the sides. It has a hole-punch to house the selfie camera. The OnePlus 9 Pro concept gets a 6.9-inch Fluid AMOLED display with an impressive 240Hz refresh rate. The newly launched OnePlus 8 series offers a 120Hz refresh rate. It supports 5G technology and features an under-display fingerprint sensor for authentication and security.
It features a 24MP front camera with 1080p video recording capabilities at 60fps. On the back panel, it gets a circular five-camera setup consisting of a 108MP wide-angle lens, a 24MP telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom, two 16MP lenses, and an 8MP lens. The camera setup also includes a 3D Time of Flight sensor for augmented reality.
The OnePlus 9 Pro concept runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ processor paired with Adreno 650 GPU. It gets OxygenOS 11 software running on Android 11. The device packs a staggering 16GB RAM, 512GB internal storage, and a 5400mAh battery with 75W Warp Charge technology.
Another OnePlus 9 Pro concept shared by Twitter tipster Ben Geskin imagines a gorgeous device with an ‘invisible’ rear camera setup. It also sports a truly bezel-less display and an electrochromic glass. If you remember, the Chinese company showed off the electrochromic glass with its OnePlus Concept One. It automatically hides the camera lens when not in use.
Geskin’s concept phone boasts a giant 5,000mAh battery with 60W wireless charging and 60T Warp Charge fast charging technology. It gets a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Powering the concept phone is Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 875, which will be ridiculously expensive. The phone packs 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage. It also has a 16MP under-display front camera for selfies.
OnePlus 9: What we think it will have
Competitive pricing: OnePlus has a positive attribute that its phones are not heavily priced. For a price increase with advanced hardware and added features, it should still not be overpriced.
Better cameras: OnePlus devices including the OnePlus 8 suffer from camera issues which is a major drawback. We want to experience close-to-life photos, so we’d expect a camera system that functions closer to the iPhone 12 and Pixel 5.
Wireless charging: OnePlus introduced very fast 30W wireless charging on the OnePlus 8 Pro. But then there was no wireless charging on the OnePlus 8T. So, it would be great for OnePlus users if the phone comes with wireless charging.
Ideal battery life: The OnePlus 8T comes with a battery life of up to 9 hours and 40 minutes. Ideally, the best phone battery life is 11 hours or more. So we hope OnePlus can make some improvements to bring phones with longer battery life.
OnePlus 9 rumored specs
It’s understandable that it’s quite early to start talking about OnePlus 9 because the OnePlus 8 series just got released. The OnePlus 9 should not only fix the shortcomings of OnePlus 8 series but also bring massive upgrades in almost every aspect to keep up with the competition. Let’s have a quick look at some of the features that should come with it.
- Its display is rumored to have a minimum of 120Hz refresh rate.
- The screen size will likely be between 6.8-inch and 7.09-inch for its Pro variant.
- It should come with OxygenOS based on Android 11 out of the box. Also, it’ll likely come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset.
- OnePlus 9 should come with a minimum storage of 256GB and 526GB for its Pro variant. The maximum storage could top 1TB. A bunch of competing devices including the Asus ROG Phone 2 already offer up to 1TB storage. Also, it’s RAM will likely come as 12GB.
- Its front camera will remain at 16MP. However, we should expect the rear camera to be 64MP+16Mp+12MP+8MP.
- OnePlus 9 will also maintain the notch selfie, but, it’ll likely be a hole-punch selfie.
- We should expect a battery life of 4,500mAH, with a 40W fast charge.
- A new leak suggested the OnePlus 9 Pro will have a flatter display, and T-Mobile as a carrier in the U.S.
- A leaked image shows, the OnePlus 9 Pro could have a camera made in conjunction with Hasselblad.
OnePlus 9 Price And Release Date
Although there’s no official word yet about the price of the OnePlus 9, we can still make some guesses judging by the previous releases. OnePlus 8 started at $699, while the starting price for the OnePlus 8T increased to $749. The OnePlus 8 Pro had an initial price of $899 for 128GB and $999 for 256GB.
In that case, we should expect the OnePlus 9 starting price to be around $750. Depending on RAM and storage, it could go all the way up to $950. The Pro version will likely start at $850 for the base model and up to $1100 for the highest storage variant.
It’s too early to say when the OnePlus 9 would debut. If the company skips the OnePlus 8T model, it could launch the OnePlus 9 towards the end of this year. Concept creator Multi Tech Media expects the device to arrive in October 2020. But if there is the OnePlus 8T later this year, the OnePlus 9 could be pushed back to the first half of 2021.