In a new report citing insider sources, OnePlus is ready to unveil an OnePlus 9 Lite device, alongside the release of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro early next year. This transfer is believed to be in motion as a result of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro being fairly expensive, so the OnePlus wants a device for budget-minded people to choose from over the Galaxy S20 FE and Pixel 5. Considering the way OnePlus prices have climbed since the start, it makes sense.
According to the source, both the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 888 silicon and also will feature updated hardware. The less expensive OnePlus 9 Lite will function as a Snapdragon 865 processor and look very, very similar to the OnePlus 8T, and provide a lot of identical specs — higher refresh rate display, similar cameras, etc.
While no concrete pricing is out there for this Lite model, it seems like a safe assumption that OnePlus would target the $600 range. Right now, that’s a particularly competitive price that varies with both Google and Samsung battling it out. The OnePlus 9 is believed to begin around $780 to $800, which is actually getting up there when you consider the place the company began all these years ago. Factor in that the OnePlus 9 Pro might be a few hundreds of dollars more and it becomes clear that OnePlus ought to indeed be thinking about providing a great phone at a lower cost.
It’s expected for OnePlus to announce all three OnePlus 9 models alongside one another in Q1 next year. That’s coming up quite soon.
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