OnePlus is canceling the base model OnePlus 9 Pro and only selling a $1,069 version | GeekComparison

The global chip shortage claims another victim.

Android Police reports that OnePlus is canceling the base model of the OnePlus 9 Pro for the US. When announcing the phone in March 2021, OnePlus said the device would start at $969 for a version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but that model isn’t coming out. Instead, the phone is effectively getting a price increase in the US, as only the $1,069 version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will be sold in the US.

OnePlus started selling the $1,069 SKU on time back in April, but the $969 version was never on sale in the US and never went up for pre-order. OnePlus issued the following statement to Android Police:

The OnePlus 9 Pro 8×128 GB variant was originally set to retail in North America for $969. Due to unforeseen supply restrictions specific to North American devices, we have unfortunately recently concluded that it is no longer possible to ship this configuration to the United States and bring it to Canada. In North America, we prioritize the 12×256 GB version to ensure our users have access to the highest spec device.

OnePlus’ statement that it is “prioritizing” the more expensive OnePlus 9 Pro indicates that this is a choice of the company. OnePlus promised a $969 phone and now chooses not to deliver it. The company for sure could be get the right sized RAM and storage chips and sell both models with a shortage, but instead it seems to be using the chip shortage as an excuse to push customers towards a more expensive phone.

This is the second time that OnePlus has negatively changed the deal it promised during the OnePlus 9 launch. After launch, the company was caught throttling devices while they were running popular apps, such as Chrome. The company said it was trying to extend battery life, a worthy goal, but it did so by blocking some apps from accessing the four largest CPU cores. A report from Anandtech found that Chrome scored 85 to 75 percent below normal in some tests. On the plus side, OnePlus has extended the support window for the 9 Pro to three years of OS updates and four years of security updates.

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