- OnePlus 9 Lite tipped to launch with OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro in Q1 2021
- It could be a value flagship phone powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC
- A special edition OnePlus Nord SE phone is also expected to debut in Q1 2021
Recent reports have revealed that the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro flagship phones may go official in mid-March 2021. A leak by reliable tipster Max Jambor that appeared at the end of November had revealed that the series may include a new model called the OnePlus 9E. According to a new report by Android Central, the third model will be arriving in the market as the OnePlus 9 Lite, and not as the OnePlus 9E.
OnePlus has been launching a new smartphone once in six months. Every generation arrives with few changes in design and hardware. For instance, the OnePlus 8 is almost like the OnePlus 7T in terms of specs and the OnePlus 7 had few updated specs over the OnePlus 6T. Hence, it is likely that the OnePlus 9 Lite may borrow some of its specs from the OnePlus 8T.
OnePlus 9 Lite could be powered by the Snapdragon 865
The publication revealed that the OnePlus 9 Lite will be a value flagship phone that may rival affordably priced flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. While most of the specs of the OnePlus 9 Lite are under wraps, the publication claimed that the Snapdragon 865 would be present under its hood. The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro that is expected to launch alongside the Lite variant will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform.
As it is likely to borrow some of its specs from the OnePlus 8T, it may come with a 90Hz or 120Hz AMOLED screen and 65W fast charging. While the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro could be blessed with newer cameras, the 9 Lite may borrow the camera system from the OnePlus 8T.
To keep the price of the OnePlus 9 Lite affordable, it may arrive with a polycarbonate rear. The report speculated that the OnePlus 9 Lite could be priced around $600 in the U.S., while the OnePlus 9 could be around $780 to $800. The OnePlus 9 Pro could be priced around $1,000. The report reiterated that the OnePlus 9 series will launch in Q1 2021.
In related news, the same publication had reported in the previous month that OnePlus will be launching a phone named the OnePlus Nord SE in Q1 2021. Earlier this week, PhoneArena reported that the Nord SE is just a special edition of the original OnePlus Nord that debuted in July this year. To be precise, the Nord SE is said to be designed in partnership with popular designer Joshua Vides.