(Pocket-lint) – OnePlus may have only recently announced the OnePlus 8T and cheaper and more affordable OnePlus Nord series, but that’s not stopped the rumours starting for the next device from Chinese company.
With the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro – and possibly the OnePlus 9E – expected to arrive in the first half of 2021, here is everything we have heard so far about the next OnePlus flagships.
Release date and price
- Early 2021
- Around £600/$750
OnePlus revealed the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro on 14 April 2020, while the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro were unveiled on 14 May 2019. It’s likely the OnePlus 9 – and 9 Pro if there is one – will be revealed in the first half of 2021. At the moment, there is no specific event date rumoured though mid-March has been suggested, which would be earlier than expected.
In terms of price, we’d expect a similar ballpark to the OnePlus 8T if there is no 9 Pro. The OnePlus 8T starts at £549 in the UK and $749 in the US. The OnePlus 8 meanwhile, started at $699 in the US and £599 in the UK when it launched, while the 8 Pro started at $899 in the US and £799 in the UK. If there is a 9 Pro, we’d expect similar prices to the 8 and 8 Pro.
- Flat display
- Triple camera for OnePlus 9
- IP68 for 9 Pro
Rumours suggest that there will be some relatively significant changes to the design in the OnePlus 9, compared to the OnePlus 8. Specifically, the phone is said to be adopting a flat screen on the front, like the OnePlus 8T. A punch hole front camera is reported for the front and it looks like that’s going to be to the left of the display, again, like the OnePlus 8T.
The camera housing for the OnePlus 9 is rumoured to be in the top left corner like the OnePlus Nord, and large and rectangular like the OnePlus 8T – again, this has been shown in recent leaks. It’s claimed two of the three lenses for the OnePlus 9 will be larger – which leaked schematics support – making for a slightly different look to what we’ve seen before from OnePlus.
The OnePlus 9 Pro has also leaked, though the renders are said to be of a prototype so may change. It too has a rectangular camera housing on the rear – which is said to be glass – and it is said to have a curved display with a punch hole camera in the top left.
There has also been talk of an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, but it’s said this will be reserved for the OnePlus 9 Pro.
Some have said the OnePlus 9 will come with a larger display than 8T, although recent leaks have pointed to a 6.55-inch AMOLED display. A 120Hz refresh rate has been claimed, which is the same as the OnePlus 8T and 8 Pro and something that OnePlus is keen on for flagship devices.
It’s likely the OnePlus 9 will have a Full HD+ resolution, making it the same as the OnePlus 8. If there is a 9 Pro, we expect to see a Quad HD+ resolution on this device. It’s claimed the OnePlus 9 Pro has a 6.7-inch display.
Given the 8T has a peak brightness of 1,100nits and support for HDR10+ content, we expect the 9 and 9 Pro to offer these attributes too.
Hardware and specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
- 8GB/12GB RAM options likely
- 128GB or 256GB storage variants
- 65W fast charging
OnePlus and Qualcomm have a long-standing relationship so it’s likely the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will feature the latest Qualcomm processor under its hood, which is the Snapdragon 888.
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will be 5G and rumours suggest they will have 65W fast charging on board, like the OnePlus 8T. There has also been talk of 45W, 40W and 30W wireless charging but it is not yet clear if this will be reserved for the 9 Pro. The battery is expected to be 4500mAh in the OnePlus 9.
We’d expect two storage variants: 128GB and 256GB, with the former sporting 8GB RAM and the latter featuring 12GB, though only the 8GB RAM model has appeared in benchmark rumours so far.
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will likely launch with OxygenOS 11 out of the box, meaning they will come with Android 11.
- Triple rear for OnePlus 9
- Punch hole front
- Quad rear for OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 8 has a triple rear camera made up of a 48-megapixel main, 16-megapixel 116-degree ultra-wide sensor and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a quad camera, consisting of a 48-megapixel main, 48-megapixel ultra-wide, 8-megapixel telephoto and 5-megapixel photochromatic sensor.
Rumours suggest the OnePlus 9 will have a triple rear camera with two lenses larger than the third, but no details have been leaked as to what the make up of the camera system will be. We still expect to see a 48-megapixel main camera, but it’s not clear what the supporting cameras will offer.
If there is a 9 Pro, we expect this device to have a slightly different camera setup to the standard model. Reports suggest it will have a quad camera, which is seen in leaked renders.
A punch hole front camera is expected for both devices, and based on the prototype handset that leaked, we think it will be to the left.
OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro rumours: What’s happened so far?
Here is everything we have heard about the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro so far.
26 January 2021: OnePlus 9 Pro revealed: Fresh renders show flagship from all angles
Steve Hemmerstoffer, also known as @OnLeaks posted some renders of the OnePlus 9 Pro on the Voice. He also revealed some details surrounding the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro.
5 January 2021: OnePlus 9 Pro could get even faster wireless charging
A report claimed the OnePlus 9 Pro would come with support for 45W wireless charging and be the first OnePlus device to offer reverse wireless charging. The standard OnePlus 9 was also reported to come with wireless charging this year.
26 December 2020: OnePlus 9 prototype listed on eBay.
A prototype of the OnePlus 9 has been listed on eBay, along with accompanying photos.
Here’s a prototype of the OnePlus 9 5G. These images come from an eBay seller/listing that seems to be the same source that gave live images to @PhoneArena recently.
eBay listing: https://t.co/YSOx3IrfEf
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) December 26, 2020
14 December 2020: OnePlus 9 5G leaks, showcasing new phone’s design and specs
PhoneArena obtained some images of what’s claimed to be a OnePlus 9 prototype supporting some the design leaks we have seen previously.
8 December 2020: OnePlus 9 Pro could come with official IP rating
Leaker Max J claimed the OnePlus 9 Pro should come with an official IP rating, like the OnePlus 8 Pro, but the OnePlus 9 and 9E are unlikely to.
7 December 2020: OnePlus 9 Pro design revealed in leaked schematics
Leaked schematics from tipster Digital Chat Station shows two larger lenses on the rear camera system for the OnePlus 9. It’s unclear if there is a further two or one smaller lenses. On the front of the device, the schematics show a singular punch hole camera.
1 December 2020: OnePlus 9 Pro leaks in concept video showing all angles
A video – created by 3D designer Jermaine Smit (Content Creator) and LetsGoDigital – has been produced from information already leaked about the OnePlus 9 Pro showing the device from all angles.
30 November 2020: OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro could be joined by OnePlus 9E
According to a rumour by a renowned leaker, the OnePlus 9 Pro is going to be joined by the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9E.
23 November 2020: Here’s what the OnePlus 9 Pro could look like
Serial leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, also known as @OnLeaks, has posted several pictures on Voice showing what he claims to be a prototype model of the OnePlus 9 Pro. He says the majority of the device design is set, but the rear camera layout may change.
16 November 2020: OnePlus 9 Spotted on Geekbench
News18 reported that the OnePlus 9 was spotted on Geekbench featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chipset and 8GB of RAM.
14 November 2020: Leaker claims OnePlus 9 render is inaccurate
Twitter leaker Max Jambor said the OnePlus 9 render published by 91Mobiles should be taken with a “good amount of salt” and the “CAD is inaccurate”.
Take their post with a good amount of salt
I will further investigate but as of right now I will say that this CAD is inaccurate https://t.co/Wfg5iyzZnK
— Max Jambor (@MaxJmb) November 14, 2020
14 November 2020: OnePlus 9 render reveals triple camera setup and punch-hole design
91Mobiles revealed a CAD render claiming to show the design for the OnePlus 9. A left-aligned punch hole camera can be seen, along with a rectangular rear camera that shows a triple rear camera with two lenses larger than the third.
8 November 2020: OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro to arrive mid-March 2021, no third model
According to Twitter user @TechDroider, OnePlus will announce two models of the OnePlus 9 – a standard model and a Pro model – in mid March 2021. The leaker claims the third model previously rumoured isn’t happening.
28 October 2020: Three models of OnePlus 9, and specs revealed
A post on Chinese blogging site Weibo claimed the OnePlus 9 series would offer three models, which would be revealed earlier than usual.
The post also mentioned the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 processor, a centralised punch hole camera, a 144Hz refresh rate display and IP68 water and dust resistance. There was also talk of 65W fast charging and 40W wireless charging.
21 October 2020: OnePlus 9 could launch early
Android Central reported that its insider sources have said the OnePlus 9 launch event will be scheduled for sometime in mid-March, which would be a month earlier than usual.
Writing by Britta O’Boyle.