OnePlus 9 Lite to launch alongside the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Lite Rumors

2020 hasn’t ended yet and we have already started getting news about the phones that will be launched in 2021. That doesn’t really come as a surprise, to be honest. The latest rumors suggest that OnePlus will be launching a third device with the Lite moniker in its upcoming “9” lineup. In this post, we will be taking a look at the rumors, leaks, specs, and expected launch date of the OnePlus 9 Lite.

OnePlus 9 Lite Rumors Roundup:

Usually, OnePlus launches two devices under its main lineup. And launches T variant of the devices later in the year. This year, there were rumors of OnePlus launching a device with a Lite moniker alongside the OnePlus 8 series. However, the device was launched with the Nord moniker and has a separate series based on it.

But the upcoming OnePlus 9 series is likely to have a third device. Initially called the OnePlus 9E, the latest report from Android Central claims that the device will indeed be called the OnePlus 9 Lite. With this device, the company will be looking to have a firm grip on the premium mid-range segment that is now occupied by devices like Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and Pixel 5.

To differentiate it from its bigger siblings, the device will be powered by Snapdragon 865, whereas the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 888 processor.

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Different camera setup

Another major differentiation will be in the camera department. While OnePlus is teaming up with Leica for the cameras for the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, it’s likely that it won’t get the Leica-branded camera setup.

It is also supposed to sport a plastic rear panel. This will help the company keep the price of the phone down. The display on the front is likely to be flat. OnePlus will be including an AMOLED panel with a higher refresh rate of either 90Hz or 120Hz. Although the exact size of the battery is yet to be known, it is speculated that the device will have support for 65W fast charging. All in all, the phone is set to borrow most of the features from the OnePlus 8T.

OnePlus 9 Lite Expected Price and Launch Date

OnePlus 9 Lite will launch alongside the other two OnePlus 9 series device within the first quarter of 2021. At the earliest, we are looking at a mid-March launch. According to the report by Android Central, the price of the device will start at $600.

Smartphone Starting Price (Expected) Launch Date (Expected)
OnePlus 9 Lite $600 Q1 2021
  • Check out our long-term review of the OnePlus 8T.