Last month, a leaker revealed that the OnePlus 9 series will have three models. In addition to the expected OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, a third model called the OnePlus 9E will be announced. Now, the new leak says that the third model will be called by another name – OnePlus 9 Lite – and will also have a different chipset.
The source of the news is Android Central and reported that an insider had informed them of OnePlus ’plans to launch three OnePlus 9 phones next year. The addition of the third model is a new move for OnePlus, which just last year added the Pro model to its line.
This third model will be launched as the OnePlus 9 Lite, and unlike the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro that will ship with the Snapdragon 888 processor, it will have the Snapdragon 865 processor. This means that the OnePlus 9 Lite will sell less than its siblings and even other flagship phones.
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While the more affordable OnePlus 9 definitely sounds exciting, the OnePlus may be shooting itself in the foot as the launch of the OnePlus 9 Lite could impact sales of the OnePlus 8T or vice versa.
We don’t know if OnePlus was originally called “OnePlus 9E” and then changed to “OnePlus 9 Lite”. However, we advise you to take the information with a little salt.
OnePlus launched the flagship processor phone from the previous year, unlike them, however, this is a move we’ve seen from its sister company, Realme. The Realme X3 SuperZoom that was announced in May this year has a Snapdragon 855+ processor, not the Snapdragon 865 chipset like most other Android flagships.
We don’t know what the OnePlus 9 Lite will look like, but we expect the OnePlus to cut corners in other areas as well. We hope that more details will emerge in the coming weeks.
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