From merging back with parent company Oppo to fusing OxygenOS into Oppo’s ColorOS to diverting its attention away from flagships, OnePlus has gone through a slew of changes that haven’t always been the best for customers. One of the more disappointing ones was leaving the OnePlus 9T to focus on the OnePlus 10. However, it is bringing a successor to the OnePlus 9R, which will be limited to India and China. OnePlus 9RT was launched in China last month, and multiple leaks suggest that it is now headed to India.
The smartphone was recently listed on Google Play Console, as spotted by tipster Mukul Sharma (known as stufflisting), and has the same specifications as the Chinese version. The only thing that seems to have changed is the name of the smartphone. Instead of its original launch name, the phone is referred to as the OnePlus RT, suggesting a rebrand for its launch outside China.
Apart from the Google Play Console listing, the tipster also captured a screenshot of a Google advertisement supporting the availability of the OnePlus RT on Amazon India. Ever since it got rid of the unnecessary invite system, OnePlus has been selling its smartphones in India exclusively through Amazon. A Google ad suggests that OnePlus is either testing – or may be launching soon – a new microsite for the upcoming smartphone on Amazon India, which means the OnePlus RT is set to launch in India soon.
— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) November 23, 2021
Despite the possible launch in India, OnePlus is still expected to avoid releasing the OnePlus RT in other regions. Consumers in other markets are not without options, however, as recent OnePlus 10 Pro leaks suggest that the next flagship will also launch soon – perhaps, even ahead of the usual update schedule. And for those looking to buy a phone soon, check out our list of the best OnePlus 9RT alternatives.