2021 is fast approaching, and in the world of Android that means a new Qualcomm chip and a new wave of phone upgrades. OnePlus will be one of the first companies with the OnePlus 9, a device that was leaked quite extensively over the weekend at PhoneArena.
First, PhoneArena has hands-on photos with a prototype of the phone. The design on the front doesn’t look much different from the current OnePlus 8 Pro, with a hole-punch camera and thin bezels all around. (We’re hoping to get an under-display camera later this year with the OnePlus 9T.) PhoneArena says the screen is flat. Remember this is the OnePlus 9, not the more expensive OnePlus 9 Pro, which will most likely have a curved screen.
The back has a solid, rectangular camera block with two large camera lenses and a third smaller lens. Next to the lenses is an LED flash and new “Ultrashot” branding. Also on the back is a strange logo in place of the OnePlus branding; the company is apparently using a fake logo on prototypes, similar to what we’ve seen on Google devices.
PhoneArena also has a slew of specs for the device. The phone has a 120 Hz, 6.55-inch 2400 × 1080 OLED display, the new Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a 4500 mAh battery. Please note that this is a prototype, so specifications are subject to change. There will also likely be a OnePlus 9 Pro, which has a 6.7-inch display according to OnLeaks. It’s a good bet that the resolution is also somewhere around 3168×1440, like the OnePlus 8 Pro. In the past, the OnePlus Pro model had a refresh rate advantage over the base model, so does the OnePlus 9 with a 120Hz display mean the 9 Pro reaches 144Hz?
The rest of the phone has everything you’d expect. There’s an earpiece on the top and a volume rocker and mute switch on the side. The bottom contains a USB-C port, a speaker, and a SIM tray that looks like it’s somewhat water-resistant thanks to a rubber gasket.
The phone is expected to be released sometime in March.
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