OnePlus may soon launch a new, inexpensive flagship phone. Dubbed the OnePlus 9RT, it could be an upgraded OnePlus 9R inspired by the OnePlus 8T.
OnePlus 9RT – All rumors in one place
The OnePlus 9 series hit the market a few months ago. As a successor, the company typically introduces a T-series device at the end of the year that brings a chipset boost and minor improvements. That phone would be the OnePlus 9T, but the lineup for 2021 might be a little different.
If the rumors come true, OnePlus could soon introduce a new line of hybrid devices merging its T and R series. The OnePlus 9RT would be the first product to carry the new suffix and hit the market at the end of the year. But what do we know about the telephone? We’ve rounded up the latest rumors, leaks and news regarding the OnePlus 9RT below.
OnePlus 9RT – Name and Release Date
The first mention of the OnePlus 9RT moniker appeared in mid-August, thanks to Android Central. It is important to note that OnePlus has yet to confirm the existence of the device.
Judging by the name, the OnePlus 9RT would be more of a review of the OnePlus 9R than an update of the OnePlus 8T. Suggestions for using the OnePlus 9R as the base of the device lend credibility to this theory. However, given that OnePlus may not be launching a OnePlus 9T series all year round, the OnePlus 9RT could also fill a gap in this line of devices.
As for the release date, frequent leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) postulates that it could land on October 15, 2021. That would be almost a year after the arrival of the OnePlus 8T and six months after the launch of the OnePlus 9R. Notably, other OnePlus T-series phones were released between September and November, so October seems to be Goldilocks’ estimate.
Specifications and Features
With the OnePlus 9RT being considered an updated OnePlus 9R, we expect the two phones to share a lot of aesthetic design features and basic functions. “Basically the same.” Expected color combinations include black, silver, and blue.
Along with the color combinations, these design similarities apparently include the 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 4,500mAh battery. We also expect it to include UFS 3.1 storage and at least 8GB of RAM. a “humble” blow.
Starting with the backup camera set, the OnePlus 9RT will receive the 50MP Sony IMX766 from the OnePlus Nord 2 as the primary camera, in favor of the 48MP Sony IMX586 used in the OnePlus 9R. There’s no word on its companion shooter, but it might keep the OnePlus 9R’s 16MP + 5MP + 2MP support settings.
When it comes to silicon, rumors point to a “higher capacity version” of the Snapdragon 870 SoC, which could provide performance improvements with regard to higher clock rates.
The OnePlus 9RT is also said to be the first in the company’s product line to launch as a shelf with Android 12-based Oxygen OS 12. It is also announced that it includes floating windows, privacy improvements and a new theme store.
Other alleged features are Gorilla Glass 5 screen protector, stereo speakers with Dolby and NFC support.
A phone believed to be the OnePlus 9RT recently went through the Chinese 3C (h / t MyFixGuide) certification platform. The device with model number MT2110 comes with a 65W charging station and the same charger as the OnePlus 9R.
Pricing and availability
The OnePlus 9R is still an India-exclusive smartphone, so we wouldn’t expect the OnePlus 9RT to be available in too many other regions. Although there are rumors that the phone will be available in China, there is no indication that Europe or North America will have access to the device. This could mean that Western users could do without a OnePlus T-series device in 2021.
And the prices? Well, given the small updates, the OnePlus 9RT shouldn’t be much bigger than the OnePlus 9R, which debuted in India for 39,999 rupees (~ $ 548). The OnePlus 8T has now arrived at Rs 42,999 (~ 588), we would expect the OnePlus 9RT to fall in between these two devices, but don’t be surprised to find prices topping the $ 600 mark either.
According to Digital Chat Station, Chinese prices could drop to between 2,000 and 3,000 yuan (~ $ 310 $ 465), placing them firmly among the country’s mid-range phones.