- An eBay user has sold whatâ€™s claimed to be a OnePlus 9 prototype for $6,000.
- The device appears to be one from an earlier leak.
- Donâ€™t be surprised if OnePlus turns the phone into a paperweight.
Remember that mid-December leak appearing to show live photos of the OnePlus 9? Itâ€™s back â€” and the device might have changed hands.Â XDAâ€˜sÂ Mishaal Rahman and Android Police report that eBay user Shamete1 was listing the prototype phone at auction and sold it for $6,000.
The eBay photos are of the same OnePlus 9 unit shown in aÂ PhoneArena leak, just without the watermarks. They point to a relatively conservative design tweak versus the 8T, with the most conspicuous change being a large camera bump with three lenses and â€œUltra Shotâ€� branding (possibly an echo of Oppoâ€™s â€œUltra Steadyâ€�). Earlier rumors had the phone using 48MP primary and ultra-wide cameras as well as a smaller, third rear sensor.
The seller also briefly included photos showing the OnePlus 9 running the latest, Android 11-based version of Oxygen OS, although those shots have since been deleted from the eBay listing (likely for including device identifiers).
Itâ€™s not certain if the eBay device was authentic. Itâ€™s possible someone had the unedited leak photos and merely used those to scam would-be OnePlus 9 buyers on eBay. This was an extremely risky purchase even if the phone is real, though. As Shamete1 warned, OnePlus is free to do what it wants â€” it could remotely disable the phone or send law enforcement after the buyer.
However real this hardware might be, youâ€™ll likely have to be patient for any kind of confirmation. Rumors donâ€™t have OnePlus releasing the 9 until mid-March. Thatâ€™s also assuming there are no changes. While many phone makers lock down their designs in the final months before launch, we canâ€™t completely rule out last-minute tweaks.