OnePlus 9 release date, price, features and news

OnePlus 9 release date, price, features and news
With the OnePlus 8T now behind us, it's time to look in the future, towards the upcoiming OnePlus 9. In the past, OnePlus followed a pretty regular and predictable release schedule, one phone around May and a T version of it in October. Then the Pro versions showed up, causing some confusion for a while and this year, it's a totally new strategy. 

First, we got the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, which were more similar than previous pairs with both having a curved-edge display and hole-punch selfie cameras. Then the budget OnePlus Nord showed up but only in some regions. The OnePlus 8T followed right on schedule, but without a Pro version for the first time since the OnePlus 6T was released two years. And to cap things off, OnePlus launched two other budget phones from the Nord series. 

Two things are obvious from this. First, OnePlus wants to grab a larger market share by releasing budget-oriented phones after its own once-budget phones moved to the premium price segment. And second, the company is reconsidering its approach towards flagships. This makes the OnePlus 9 release more unpredictable than usual but as time goes by, leaks and rumors will start filling in the picture.

Here, you'll be able to find a roundup of everything we know about the upcoming OnePlus 9, updated regularly with the latest news and leaks about it.

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OnePlus 9 Price


Although OnePlus has always had a predictable release schedule, the prices of its phones have been changing constantly, slowly moving up. We already have leaks that state OnePlus is preparing both a OnePlus 9 and a OnePlus 9 Pro for release next year. In fact, there are three model numbers for the Pro variant. Usually, OnePlus phones have two variants, one with 128GB of storage and one with 256GB. It's possible that next year we can see a 512GB version.

The OnePlus 8 Pro was released at $899 for the 128GB version and $999 for the 256GB one. If we assume those SKUs remain the same, but a 512GB version is added on top, it's reasonable to think it might cost $1099. 

But that's not all, leaks state there's another OnePlus 9 model coming out, currently called OnePlus 9E. It's not clear yet where this model will slot in the lineup. One possibility is that it's some Extra high-end OnePlus model, which means it might be aimed towards the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra. This means it could easily start at $1,200 if it's meant to compete with Samsung's most expensive flagship on all fronts. Those will be new heights for OnePlus, but if the value is there, people might be happy to see it. Especially with the increasing number of other OnePlus phones fans of the brand can choose from.

Another option is for the alleged OnePlus 9E to be the cheapest variant. Considering that OnePlus has already released three Nord models that are meant to be the brand's budget options, it's not impossible if the OnePlus 9E is a slightly altered version of the OnePlus Nord N10 5G that will be released in the States. In this case, a price around $500 is to be expected.

Meanwhile, the regular OnePlus 9, if nothing has changed, should start at $699 if there's no price increase. 

One thing we don't expect, especially after the wave of cheaper OnePlus phones, is a reduction in the price of the flagships. 

OnePlus 9 Release date


Although the release of the OnePlus 9 is still months away, there are already some rumors about when we might see it. If they're to be believed, OnePlus is planning to launch the OnePlus 9 in March 2021, or about a month earlier than usual. Of course, delays are always possible, but the release shouldn't be later than May 2021 in any case. 


OnePlus 9 Specifications


The specs of the OnePlus 9 haven't leaked (yet) but if you know OnePlus, making an educated guess about what to expect from the next phone is pretty easy. The chip will be Qualcomm's Snapdragon 875, which should be officially unveiled next month. The memory could see a bump to 12GB and it will almost certainly be of the faster DDR5 type. 

Storage is an interesting one. It will definitely be UFS 3.1, as with the OnePlus 8T, but the base amount is uncertain. If we see a price hike, we might get 256GB of base storage, otherwise 128GB could remain the standard.

As for connectivity, the most logical choice is Qualcomm's X60 modem, which is built on the 5nm process just like the Snapdragon 875 is expected to be. This will make it more power-efficient, which is extremely important especially when we're talking about 5G. LTE speeds will likely see an increase as well. 

If all that manifests in the real OnePlus 9, there's no doubt the phone will be a performance beast. We can't wait!

OnePlus 9 Design and Display


It didn't take long for the first leaks surrounding the OnePlus 9 series to pop up. The first OnePlus 9 design leak is already here. It might be more correct to call it a design guess, however, as it's allegedly based on CAD drawings but the legitimacy of the whole thing is contested right now. You can see the design image below, and as for its accuracy, time will tell.


This design is reminiscent of that of the OnePlus 7T with the corners of the display curved more tightly but with a hole-punch instead of the now dated-looking teardrop notch. The design can be better seen in these renders that showed up recently:

And as for the OnePlus 9 Pro, we have our first renders of it as well. The design looks familiar as at the front, it's almost identical as that of the OnePlus 8 Pro. There's a difference on the back, however, as this render also points that the premium OnePlus phones will also get a rectangular corner camera bump like the OnePlus Nord models. The camera module seems to be inspired by that of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

If these leaks are true, OnePlus appears to be going back to its 2019 strategy of having the regular model with a flat display and the Pro with a curved-edge display. 

Speaking of display, the rumor states that next year, the OnePlus 9 Pro will slightly shrink and will allegedly sport a 6.55-inch display rather than the 6.8-inch one of the 8 Pro. But the big question is, how fast will the refresh rate be? 120Hz now being the norm for the OnePlus premium line, will we see a 144Hz display on the OnePlus 9? OnePlus loves to push the limits, so there's a good chance we'll get an even smoother display next year. Under-display selfie cameras don't seem to be ready for prime time just yet, so 2021 is shaping up to be another year with hole-punch displays dominating Android phones.

On the back, the camera bump in the corner seems to be the company's new styling. It won't be a surprise us if the OnePlus 9 gets the biggest camera module of any OnePlus phones so far, given that some upgrades in that department are a must. And if the render above has some truth to it, we might see a camera design that's similar to that of the Galaxy S20 FE and other Samsung phones.

OnePlus 9 Camera


OnePlus has been shying away from going all out on cameras, unlike other aspects of the phone. And if the first leaks about the OnePlus 9 camera are true, we won't see a change in that strategy next year. According to the leak, the regular OnePlus 9 will have a triple-camera setup, with a 48MP main sensor and a 48MP ultra-wide one. The third one hasn't been specified at the moment, but we're assuming it will be something unexciting like a depth sensor or a macro camera. 

As for the OnePlus 9 Pro, the renders show four total cameras with two of them much more prominent. These might be the same as the ones on the standard OnePlus 9, or the main sensor might be bumped to 64MP, but that's just speculation at this point. For the fourth sensor, OnePlus can again go for a depth sensor, a macro lens or some color-filter shenanigans like with the 8 Pro. Unless there's something brand new in store for the OnePlus 9, we're not really enthusiastic about the fourth camera either way. It's been more or less a filler on the latest OnePlus phones anyway.

OnePlus 9 Battery


The battery should see an upgrade as well. 5,000mAh might be a bit too optimistic, but something in the range of 4,750-4,800mAh is quite possible. Of course, the super-fast Warp charging is a given, and if the OnePlus 9 is really the more premium phone next year, we should expect wireless charging and reverse wireless charging on board as well.

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