Rumors about OnePlus’ next flagship series started doing the rounds just a few days after the company unveiled the OnePlus 8T. The first rumor suggested that OnePlus would unveil the OnePlus 9 series in March next year, four weeks earlier than its usual release schedule. Then, XDA Senior Member Some_Random_Username spotted new strings in the third OxygenOS Open Beta release for the OnePlus 8 series, which suggested that the OEM was planning a return to Verizon with its upcoming flagships.
We then got our first look at the OnePlus 9 just a few days ago, thanks to leaked CAD renders shared by 91mobiles. Renowned leaker OnLeaks has now shared renders of the OnePlus 9 Pro, which give us our first look at OnePlus’ top-of-the-line smartphone for 2021.
As you can see in the attached images, the upcoming OnePlus 9 Pro will feature the same rectangular camera island design that we saw in the leaked OnePlus 9 renders. However, it looks like the Pro variant will feature an additional camera sensor and a rectangular LED flash. Another major difference comes in the form of the display, with the OnePlus 9 Pro sporting a slightly larger 6.7-inch curved unit instead of the 6.55-inch flat panel on the OnePlus 9.
It’s worth noting that these CAD renders are based on a device that’s still in the prototyping stage. OnLeaks adds that while the “vast majority of the design is set in stone,“ OnePlus may change some small details or alter the rear camera layout before launch.
Along with these new CAD renders, 91mobiles has shared another post with what they allege is a live image of the regular OnePlus 9’s camera island (attached below). The publication has also shared some rumored specifications of the device, suggesting that it will feature a 48MP primary camera with a focal length of 6mm.
The primary sensor will be accompanied by a 48MP ultra-wide sensor and an unspecified third sensor. It’s also worth mentioning that while renowned leaker Max J (@MaxJmb) had previously expressed his doubts about the renders shared by the publication, he has now retracted his statement and claims that the renders are accurate.