OnePlus 9 leak just revealed three big upgrades

The OnePlus 9 5G has leaked
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It looks like the line between the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro is going to be a little more blurred than in previous years. According to 91mobiles’ “trusted source”, the OnePlus 9 is going to inherit a couple of features that were present on the OnePlus 8 Pro, but absent from the regular 8 and 8T.

The features in question are 30W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. While the former isn’t that unusual, reverse wireless charging – which allows you to top up other wireless charging devices like earbuds and smartwatches by placing them on the back of the phone – is still pretty rare. Perhaps that’s a sign that the upcoming OnePlus Watch will charge without wires. 

The site’s source included a couple of pictures which show the features in action, which you can see below. The one on the left clearly shows the device “charging wirelessly” at a dangerously low 2% battery level, while the one on the right shows the dropdown menu with an icon labelled “Reverse Charge.”

OnePlus 9

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The report reveals the device will have a flat display, and also notes that it’s getting a battery upgrade: up to 4,500mAh from the 4,300mAh on the OnePlus 8. Notably, that’s only 10mAh short of the battery on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

That’s all the new information from the report, which goes on to reiterate the specs we already had locked in. It’s expected that both the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will feature the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and there’s talk of a new partnership for the camera with German experts Leica. This, apparently, could lead to a triple camera array featuring a 50MP main lens, supported by a 20MP wide-angle snapper and a 12MP telephoto number.

For those worrying about the price inflation going on at OnePlus (between 2016’s OnePlus 3T and the recently released 8T there was a $310 increase), it looks like the company is considering a third option. 

Revealed earlier this week, the OnePlus 9 Lite is set to feature this year’s Snapdragon 865 processor to keep the costs down. Assuming the price is right and there aren’t too many other drawbacks – it’s possible the company will cut one of the cameras, or switch to a plastic finish – then that could certainly be worth considering next year. After all, the Snapdragon 865 is still a very impressive performer, and it’ll be more than enough for most peoples’ needs.

Hopefully we don’t have too long to wait to see the full OnePlus 9 lineup in all its glory. The whole range is tipped to launch in mid-March 2021, just a couple of months behind the Samsung Galaxy S21 family.     

Alan Martin

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.