UPDATE: The OnePlus teaser possibly related to the OnePlus 9 series launch has gone live on Amazon India. The microsite does not reveal anything new from what the OnePlus India website has teased. The company is expected to make the OnePlus 9 launch date announcement on March 8.
Original story follows…
With the OnePlus 9 series around the corner, the company is teasing a moonshot for next week. According to a new teaser posted on the company’s website and shared by co-founder Pete Lau, the company is going to make a new announcement on March 8. Speculations are that this could be the OnePlus 9 series devices, which will likely include the OnePlus 9 Pro and the OnePlus 9. That said, the term “moonshots” is usually not used for smartphones, so it’s entirely possible that OnePlus is planning a whole new product line altogether.
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 1, 2021
OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 pro specs and features
According to earlier leaks, the OnePlus 9 series will have three different devices this year. This includes the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro and the OnePlus 9E or 9 Lite. The Lite version will likely sport a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate and the Snapdragon 690 chipset, with a 64MP primary camera.
On the other hand, the OnePlus 9 will likely have 120Hz displays, and will likely run on the Snapdragon 888 chipset from Qualcomm. Reports say there will be three cameras on the back of these devices, with at least one of them sporting the 108MP sensor from Sony.
Lastly, the OnePlus 9 Pro should sport a 6.78 inch QHD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate and an LTPO panel. While this device will run on the Snapdragon 888 chipset too, it will likely have a 4500 mAh battery and will support fast charging with both wired and wireless connections. Wired charging should support 65W capabilities, while wireless ones will probably be 45W.
The company is also said to be working with camera legends Hasselblad for the OnePlus 9 Pro’s cameras. It’s possible that this is what the company means by the “moonshot” in its teaser, but it would be surprising, given the work Huawei and others have done with legendary camera companies before this.
The tech industry’s term moonshot was originally coined by Google, which used to reserve it for its most ambitious projects. Google eventually created the Google X part of the company to work exclusively on such projects. Over the years these have included things like autonomous vehicles, hot air balloons that beam down the Internet in remote areas, health tech company Verily and even the Google Glass.