OnePlus is rumored to be launching a OnePlus 9 Lite alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Nothing new, however, other than a renowned OnePlus 8T.
Could OnePlus end up getting closer to the policies of Huawei or Xiaomi by launching a multitude of smartphones that are difficult to differentiate from each other? This is what the new rumors suggest about a certain OnePlus 9 Lite.
OnePlus 9 Lite, OnePlus 9E or OnePlus 8TT?
Previous sounds of corridors whispered on social networks evoked a certain OnePlus 9E, whose contours were not very well defined. It is therefore difficult to take this information for credibility given the tidal wave of “leakers” thirsty for celebrity, likes and RT broadcasting everything and their opposite. But now a slightly more credible source comes to support this.
According to Android Central sources, OnePlus has planned three new smartphones for its OnePlus 9 range in 2021. We would therefore have the expected OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, but also a OnePlus 9 Lite.
However, it would be closer to the OnePlus 8T than the brand’s newborns.
According to Android Central sources, the OnePlus 9 Lite would be equipped with a Snapdragon 865, the high-end chip of 2020, and not the Snapdragon 888 of 2021. Its full spec sheet is not yet known, but it could almost in every way to that of the OnePlus 8T, with an Amoled screen at 90 or 120 Hz and a fast charge at 65 Watts. The two phones could also share the same photo block.
The reuse of old components on new models is a technique well known to manufacturers to allow longer amortization and therefore lower manufacturing costs.
A competitor to the Pixel 5 and Galaxy S20 FE
The positioning of the OnePlus 9 Lite would nevertheless be, as its name suggests, less premium. It would thus have a plastic back, like the Pixel 5 (although it is reinforced by a metal frame) or the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
It could thus be offered a little cheaper than the other smartphones in the OnePlus 9 range. While the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are expected to be above the $ 700 or $ 800 mark, the OnePlus 9 Lite would be offered from 600 dollars.
It remains to be seen how OnePlus will manage to justify the presence of this smartphone in its catalog in front of the already existing OnePlus 8T and OnePlus North.