OnePlus smartphones have recently been considered a luxury category product, and their new flagship is buzzing with anticipation in the tech community. OnePlus is working on their next smartphone lineup — OnePlus 9. This year, the OnePlus 9 series will offer at least two variants — OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.
OnePlus 9 Pro
There have been a lot of rumors circulating recently about the OnePlus 9 Pro, as the launch is expected to be in mid-march. Popular tech YouTuber Dave2D released an introductory video for the upcoming OnePlus 9 Pro on his channel titled “an early look at the OnePlus 9 Pro. I think.”. The timing of this new leak is notable, as we’re just a couple of weeks away from the planned launch date. These new photographs, which are gaining fame as the alleged OnePlus 9 Pro prototype, are capable of catching everyone’s eye with the new camera cutout and the Hasselblad branding on it.
If you’re not familiar with Hasselblad, it’s a Swedish company primarily known for its medium-format optical lenses and cameras. YouTuber Dave2D mentioned that these images are shared with him via an anonymous user on Discord server and these images of the new device look completely different from the leaks so far.
Dave’s photos show the OnePlus 9 Pro with a curved panel and a quad-camera set-up. Two large and small lenses are mounted in the camera module with Hasselblad branding on it. The panel is fitted with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera, and the screen has a QHD+ resolution with a high refresh rate of 120 Hz. On the About Phone page, the device is powered by 11GB of RAM (can be 12GB in the final product release) and 256GB storage, and the processor details are not confirmed yet.
The construction of the phone showcases the metal frame being cut around the power button and alert slider, different from previous phones designed by OnePlus. The power key and alarm slider are normally hidden away, but this time it seems like the handset has either a slim profile or the buttons are wider than usual. Plus, the camera has a new 3.3x zoom option and tilt-shift mode which are both revealed in the camera app.
The features and design of OnePlus 9 were reportedly leaked via a live image that appeared online. Interestingly, the device has been caught up in a well-known e-commerce listing. The listing shows some of the key hardware specifications of the phone.
The OnePlus 9 can be seen in the images with two large camera lenses, one small lens, and a LED flash. The prototype image shows a design that looks very similar to the OnePlus 9 Pro except, as we’ve found, there’s no Hasselblad branding on the camera module. This leads us to the dilemma that the OnePlus 9 Pro could only be the smartphone to be launched in collaboration with Hasselblad. The image shows a flat panel on the front while the back is curved. The volume rocker is on the left, and the power button and the warning slider are on the right.
We found another leak making its place on the internet, revealing some of the device’s specifications.
The name of the device can be clearly seen in the picture as “OnePlus 9” and the phone seems to be powered by the SnapDragon 888 chipset along with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Plus, it shows a 6.54-inch 120HZ Fluid AMOLED display.
As it runs Hydrogen OS — OnePlus China specific Android skin, the device in the image is the Chinese variant of the OnePlus 9. If you note the camera cutouts, they’re different from the previously shared photos.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is rumored to have camera configurations in collaboration with Hasselblad and the two separate images we’ve of the OnePlus 9 seem different in camera units. It can be another OnePlus 9 series smartphone or a finalized variant of Oneplus 9 (since the upper image is a prototype) or a China specific OnePlus 9, which we didn’t expect it to be.