The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro continue the brand’s streak of excellent phones that beat the competition – though the prices are no longer as low as they were before. Still, you get a lot for your money, and we expect the same to hold true for the OnePlus 9T, which could be a direct rival to the likes of the iPhone 13, a late 2021 handset.
So far we don’t really know anything about it, but there are a few things we can speculate on, including an estimated release date.
You’ll find all that below, then below we’ve included a list of the things we want most from the OnePlus 9T (and the OnePlus 9T Pro if such a phone even launches).
And be sure to bookmark this page if you want to stay in the loop, as we’ll update it whenever we hear anything new about the OnePlus 9T.
cut to the chase
- What is this? The next OnePlus Flagship
- When is it out? maybe september or october
- How much will it cost? Probably a little less than most flagships
OnePlus 9T release date and price
There’s no word yet on when the OnePlus 9T will launch, but it’s almost certain to be announced in September or October, as the T models have always been unveiled in those months in recent years.
The OnePlus 8T was announced on October 14, so it’s possible that the OnePlus 9T will launch around the same time, but OnePlus doesn’t usually keep up with its launches, so don’t be surprised if it’s on either side of it for a few weeks. Whenever it is announced, it will probably be available for sale very soon, as OnePlus doesn’t wait for it.
As for the price, there’s no news there either, but the OnePlus 9 starts at $729 / £629 (about AU$940), so the OnePlus 9T could cost the same.
We’re not sure if there will be a OnePlus 9T Pro (since the 8T Pro was not but the OnePlus 7T Pro was), but if so it could be similar to the price of the OnePlus 9 Pro, which starts at $969 / £829 (about AU$1,250).
OnePlus 9T News and Rumors
So far we don’t know anything definitive about the OnePlus 9T, but the upgrade to the OnePlus 9 is sure to, while probably still not be a match for the OnePlus 9 Pro – although if the OnePlus 9T Pro is, it’s likely these Be the best of all phones.
For now, this hub will cover both the OnePlus 9T and likely the OnePlus 9T Pro, though as mentioned above, we’re not at all sure whether there will be a Pro model or not.
A leak from Weibo has suggested that there will be no OnePlus 9T Pro in 2021, and it also gave us a hint on the screen technology we can expect in the upcoming phone. The leaked below reveals that it will be a 120Hz LTPO panel with Full HD+ resolution.
The OnePlus 9T is likely to use Samsung’s 120Hz LTPO E4 flexible screen. 1080p resolution + Variable RR. There is no 9T Pro this year./Yiston (Weibo) pic.twitter.com/J49BMaNniQMay 29, 2021
If Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset later this year it will probably be used based on the previous form, otherwise we would expect a Snapdragon 888 like the OnePlus 9 range.
Some combination of camera, screen and battery is also likely to change, but what exactly remains to be seen – although it is likely to benefit further from OnePlus’s ongoing partnership with Hasselblad in terms of cameras.
Lastly, OnePlus has announced that it will be merging its business with smartphone maker Oppo. This could mean that we see some changes to the OnePlus formula, and this could include a switch to ColorOS software instead of OxygenOS.
This is all speculation for now, but maybe we can hear more from OnePlus in the next few months.
what do we want to see
While we await official news about the OnePlus 9T, there are a few things we’re expecting to see, including the following.
1. A Long Telephoto Range
The OnePlus 9 doesn’t have a telephoto camera at all, and even the OnePlus 9 Pro tops out at 3.3x optical zoom, which isn’t terrible, but is significantly smaller than the 10x optical zoom offered on the Samsung Galaxy S21 . Ultra, or even 5x on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
So for the OnePlus 9T range we wish any and all models had a telephoto camera, and we would have liked for it to offer at least 5x optical zoom.
2. A great macro camera
While we are on the topic of cameras, we would love to see a dedicated macro lens on the OnePlus 9T range.
In fairness, the ultra-wide snapper on the OnePlus 9 range can already do a fair job of macro shots, but with the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Oppo Find X3 Pro we’re starting to see really good, dedicated macro lenses . phone, and we want to see OnePlus join that club.
The company’s partnership with Hasselblad shows it’s serious about upping its camera game, so those desires aren’t out of the question.
3. Better Battery Life
One area where spending more doesn’t necessarily improve is battery life, and that’s certainly true for the OnePlus 9 range. While both phones should last a day, their life is quite moderate, so for the OnePlus 9T range we would like to see improvements.
One change that should be easy to make is to put a bigger battery in the phone, as at 4,500mAh the one in the OnePlus 9 range isn’t huge, but one way or another we hope to work on the longevity of the OnePlus 9T. does.
4. A microSD card slot
The OnePlus 9 range includes a decent amount of storage, with a choice of 128GB or 256GB, but there’s no microSD card slot that you get.
It’s not a premium feature – in fact it’s more often a premium phone with a headphone port that it lacks than the cheaper ones, so we’d really like to see it make a comeback for the OnePlus 9T.
Or failing that we’ll settle for even more storage, but only if that doesn’t drive the price up too much.
5. Water resistance on all models
In recent years OnePlus has started offering an IP68 rating on its Pro handsets, a level of waterproofing that is in line with other high-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21 range, but the standard model still lacks. .
So for the OnePlus 9T, we want it to be offered across the range, as it’s a reassuring feature.
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