Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is reportedly working on a modified version of its most recent flagship device, the OnePlus 9.
The upcoming OnePlus 9T – or 9RT, as some believe it will be called – is slated for a 120Hz display with a variable refresh rate, super-fast wireless charging, and a Hasselblad 50MP camera.
But how will the rumored OnePlus 9T stack up against high-end Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21? Is it okay really to offer flagship performance at an average price? Here’s everything we know so far about the mysterious OnePlus 9T …
OnePlus 9T at a glance
- New âaffordableâ flagship
- Launch September / October 2021
- Samsung 120 Hz display with VRR
- Hasselblad 50MP camera
- On-screen fingerprint reader
- Price to be confirmed
OnePlus 9T: release date
OnePlus loves to launch multiple versions of its phones. We already have the standard OnePlus 9, the high-end OnePlus 9 Pro, and the budget 9R (currently limited to India and China).
Now, it is believed that the Chinese company is preparing to launch the OnePlus 9T, a slightly improved version of the OnePlus 9, with more emphasis on value for money. None of this should come as a surprise – OnePlus typically unveils its flagship Android phones in April or May, followed by the modified âTâ version four or five months later.
The OnePlus 3T, 4T, 5T, 6T, 7T, and 8T were all announced between September and early November, so if we had to guess, it won’t be long before 9T makes an appearance.
This is if there is a 9T at all. At the end of July, prolific leaker Max Jambor tweeted that the 9T was no longer …
OnePlus declined to comment on the tweet, but two weeks later it posted a Photo of the OnePlus 9 handset nestled on a bed of tea leaves (pictured above). The image was captioned: “The # OnePlus9 in tea. Don’t read too much “.
Could it be that OnePlus was looking to reassure customers that the information about the 9T’s demise had been greatly exaggerated?
To add to the confusion, a device called OnePlus 9RT was leaked by a Twitter user @ TechnoAnkit1. The handset appears to be an upgraded version of the budget 9R, with a claimed 6.55-inch 120Hz display, Dolby sound, and a glass back. Could the 9RT and 9T be one and the same?
It’s very likely. Our guess is that the device will be called the 9RT in India and China, and the 9T in the rest of the world. I keep my fingers crossed for a few more leaks in the near future.
OnePlus 9T: price
There’s no such thing as a 9T price leak to speak of, but there’s a good chance OnePlus will base the price of its next big handset on the current OnePlus 9. Here’s a quick look at how the existing lineup is superimposed:
Oneplus 9 (2021) – 6.5-inch AMOLED display, Â£ 599 ($ ââ699, AU $ 1,099)
OnePlus 9 Pro (2021) – 6.7-inch AMOLED display, Â£ 699 ($ ââ799, AU $ 1,299)
OnePlus 9R (2021) – 6.5-inch LCD screen, Â£ 499 ($ ââ599, AU $ 999)
Although OnePlus offered the 7T to less than the cost of the OnePlus 7, the company’s T-series models typically cost around $ 50 / Â£ 50 more than the original handset.
For reference, the current Model T, the One Plus 8T 128GB, was introduced at Â£ 549 (AU $ 1,000) on October 14, 2020. US customers were limited to the 256GB storage variant, which costs $ 749. .
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we get an opinion on the OnePlus 9T price.
OnePlus 9T: design
We haven’t seen any leaked images of the OnePlus 9T or 9RT yet, but the mysterious mobile is said to have Dolby stereo speakers, IP68 water resistance and a glass back.
In the past, OnePlus has designed its flagship devices – including the 8T – out of metal. But since the company switched to polymer fiberglass this year, we’d expect the 9T to match the 9 and 9R. Obviously, OnePlus has decided to reserve aluminum for its high-end Pro models.
The OnePlus 9 is 160mm long, 74mm wide and 8.7mm thick – just about small enough to do most of your operations with one hand without worrying about dropping it. The Chinese outfit is pretty consistent when it comes to sizing, so we’d expect the 9T to sport the same factor, wrapped around a familiar 20: 9 screen.
As for the glass back, recent specs leaks indicate that OnePlus uses frosted Corning Gorilla Glass.
Neither the OnePlus 9 nor the 9R have a 3.5mm audio jack, so there’s no reason to think the 9T is going to roll back. Don’t expect the Expandable Storage Slot to make a comeback, either.
OnePlus has a habit of releasing phones in vibrant colors – the OnePlus 9 comes in blue, black, or purple – so get ready for one or two ‘lively’ finishes.
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OnePlus 9T: display
In our review, we said that the OnePlus 9’s screen produced a “bright and attractive image”, but noted that there was “room for improvement”.
Well, good news: The OnePlus 9T is designed to outperform the 120Hz AMOLED display of the OnePlus 9 supporting HDR10 +.
According to a Weibo tipster who goes by the nickname “Arsenal” (via @techdroider), OnePlus has already selected “Samsung’s flexible 120Hz LTPO E4 display in the OnePlus 9T. Variable 1080P + RR resolution”.
If this is true, it means the 9T will join the 9 Pro by supporting Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). This should improve both battery life and card performance. Of course, the 9T will always be satisfied with a Full HD + panel, unlike the Quad HD + of the 9 Pro. Neither the OnePlus 9 nor the Budget 9R supports VRR.
The Weibo trick matches the “alleged” OnePlus 9RT specifications disclosed on August 22 by @ TechnoKit1. Again, this seems to confirm that the 9T and 9RT are nearly identical devices, bearing two region-specific names.
OnePlus 9: camera and specifications
Arguably, the OnePlus 9’s main selling point is its Hasselblad camera – Hasselblad being the Swedish company best known for making the camera used by NASA to photograph moon landings.
Unless this relationship turns horribly sour behind the scenes, we’d bet home on the 9T with a modified version of the three-lens setup found on the OnePlus 9.
Yes AndroidCentral is correct, the OnePlus 9T will use the 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor, used to power the standard model’s ultra-wide camera, to drive its main camera. There is also a rumor that OnePlus will equip the 9T with a Hasselblad Quad 108MP camera, but this seems unlikely and is not supported by any credible source.
The new handset should draw its power from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888, the same chip as that of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. It’s also possible that the 9T will get the slightly newer 888+ chip, which was clocked at 2.995 GHz instead of the 2.84 GHz of the Snapdragon 888.
Separately, NotebookCheck claims the 9RT could be equipped with the slower Snapdragon 870 chip found in the current 9R. Could this be the main difference between the two devices?
Other specs include the same 4,500mAh battery and 65W super-fast charging feature as the OnePlus 9. The Warp 65T charger, included with the current device, takes just under 30 minutes to charge the phone. .
We also expect the 9T to offer the same Dolby Atmos sound processing as its siblings. We’ve described the OnePlus 9’s audio performance as “average,” so fingers crossed that the 9T gets some sort of upgrade.
Finally, most leakers claim that the OnePlus 9T will come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, up to 256GB if you’re willing to work out.
Will there be a OnePlus 9T Pro?
The August 2021 Weibo leak reportedly contained the phrase “no 9T Pro”, so it looks like this device is off the menu. No wonder, given that there was no One Plus 8T Pro in 2020.
Yet, it is too early to say for sure. Watch this place.
OnePlus 9T: first verdict
The OnePlus 9T remains an enigma, but if the spec leaks are to be believed, it is an upgraded version of the OnePlus 9 with a slightly better camera and better display which should increase the lifespan of the battery from 9.
To put it in sports parlance, OnePlus takes the âmarginal gainsâ approach – meaning looking for small improvements here and there – to turn an already very good phone into a slightly better one. What could possibly go wrong?
Stay tuned and we’ll bring you all the latest OnePlus 9T rumors, leaks and news ahead of the (alleged) launch.
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