- According to a new rumor, OnePlus could launch a OnePlus 9 Lite next year.
- The source of the rumor also suggests that the phone could come with a Snapdragon 865 processor.
- Theoretically, this phone would be cheaper than the OnePlus 9 and significantly cheaper than the OnePlus 9 Pro.
It looks like OnePlus is ready to outdo itself in 2021 when it comes to the number of phones it launches in one go. According to a rumor stemming from an anonymous â€œinsider sourceâ€� speaking withÂ Android Central, the company could launch three phones in the OnePlus 9 series early next year. They would be a vanilla OnePlus 9, a Pro variant, and a new Lite variant, allegedly.
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The source also contends that the OnePlus 9 Lite could land with 2020â€™s flagship smartphone processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. This would stand in contrast to the vanilla OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro, which would both land with the Snapdragon 888. That processor is going to be the flagship silicon for 2021.
OnePlus 9 Lite: Better than a Nord?
If this rumor ends up being true, it would add yet another pricing tier to OnePlusâ€™ repertoire. The OnePlus Nord has a Snapdragon 765 and comes in at around $500 in the countries in which itâ€™s available. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 8 starts at $699 with the newer OnePlus 8T starting at $749.
If we assume that the OnePlus 9 will be more expensive than the OnePlus 8T, itâ€™s likely it would start at $799. A OnePlus 9 Lite, then, would need to awkwardly exist somewhere between the OnePlus Nord and the OnePlus 8T without cannibalizing sales of either one. That doesnâ€™t leave much wiggle room, and would probably put it in the $649 price range.
Of course, just because OnePlus might release a Lite version of its latest flagship doesnâ€™t mean that it will be available everywhere. For example, the OnePlus Nord is unavailable in the United States, so a OnePlus 9 Lite could be priced closer to $600 and OnePlus wouldnâ€™t need to worry about cannibalizing Nord sales.
Weâ€™ll need to wait and see if this rumor pans out. In the meantime, let us know what you think in the poll above!