OnePlus is set to expand its numbered series smartphones yet again. Launching the OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, and 9 Lite smartphones in 2021. All three of these are set to launch in the first quarter. Which is a bit earlier than OnePlus normally launches its smartphones.
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will both be running the newest Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 888. That's a new 5nm chipset that was announced earlier this month and expected to run most flagship smartphones next year.
However, the OnePlus 9 Lite will be running on the Snapdragon 865. And it sounds like it'll be very similar to the OnePlus 8T. However, the OnePlus 9 Lite will likely be cheaper. As the OnePlus 9 is likely going to be around $780-$800. So putting out the OnePlus 9 Lite at around $600 or less is going to be very feasible for OnePlus.
This follows a trend we saw unfold in 2020
OnePlus launching the OnePlus 9 Lite in 2021, would follow a trend we saw quite a bit of in 2020. Which is, launching a flagship phone at a much cheaper price. We're talking around $600-$800 instead of the $1,000 flagship phones that we have been accustom to.
Of course, part of the reason for that is because of the pandemic. And millions of people being out of a job. Meaning that they don't have money to spend $1,000 or more on a smartphone right now. But it is a trend that we are likely to see continue in 2021. As the pandemic is still raging on, and there is a worldwide recession going on as well.
All three of these OnePlus 9 devices are expected to be announced together. And according to this report, it'll be done in the first quarter of 2021. Likely closer to the end of the first quarter, which would mean March. So these OnePlus 9 smartphones are right around the corner, and we can't wait to see what OnePlus has in store.