After several rumours, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau had reportedly confirmed that there wouldn’t be a OnePlus 9T this year, TechRadar reports. Pete has confirmed in a briefing suggesting they will be launching a new product later this year, but that won’t be the widely known OnePlus ‘T’ series product. Earlier rumours/leaks hinted that there would be a OnePlus T series device: the OnePlus 9RT, which would be a first from the company releasing a mid-range iteration instead of a flagship iteration.
OnePlus started introducing the T version of their flagship devices every fall, starting with the OnePlus 3T model in 2016. However, the company has evolved ever since to a premium device maker and introduced multiple models like the Nord series, Nord CE models, and the most recent OnePlus 9R, alongside the OnePlus 9 series, comprising the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro.
While it is still unclear what the upcoming OnePlus phone model would be that is releasing later this year; the report further implies it is highly unlikely that we would see a next flagship device from the company not until next year.
OnePlus 9T Cancelled
While the report affirms the OnePlus 9T or the alleged 9RT is likely cancelled this year, it further insists on the new software that we would likely witness from the next flagship phone from OnePlus. We already know that OnePlus and OPPO have merged, and it will share or combine the software on both their devices. Next year, the new software will be first available with the upcoming flagship phone with the OnePlus 10 (tentative name).
The primary reason for the OnePlus T series product is likely due to the global chip storage, the report analyses. This makes another premium smartphone maker cancelling its popular product this year. Earlier Samsung was the first to drop the popular Galaxy Note 21 series, and the recent delay in the launch of the widely rumoured Galaxy S21 FE also adds up for the same concern.