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OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro leaked renders flaunt Hasselblad name

OnePlus no longer made it a secret that its next smartphones will be largely defined by its partnership with famed camera maker Hasselblad. This seems to be in line with recent trends where other smartphone makers, like OPPO and Vivo, partner with big names in the photography and optics industry. While the OnePlus 9 series won’t be coming until about two weeks, the phones have already been leaked almost to death by now and these latest official-looking renders further cement what the two will look like when they finally arrive.

To say that the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro don’t look all that different, at least from the front, wouldn’t be an inaccurate observation. The OnePlus 9 Pro seems to still sport a curved edge design while the non-Pro model goes totally flat, both with a punch-hole cutout in the corner.

OnePlus 9 Pro

The two also share a similar design on their backs, with somewhat big camera bumps reminiscent of last year’s OnePlus 8T. Both make it clear that Hasselblad was involved in making these cameras, at least to some extent. The difference not only lies in the number of cameras, four on the OnePlus 9 Pro and only three on the OnePlus 9, but also in the presence of what could be a Laser AF system on the Pro model.

WinFuture observes that while there are antenna lines on the top and bottom edges of the OnePlus 9 Pro, there aren’t any visible ones on the OnePlus 9. This may suggest that the latter will be sporting a plastic back, similar to the strategy Samsung employed for the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+.

OnePlus 9

Other than those, however, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are expected to still have much in common. That includes the Snapdragon 888 that will power the devices. With almost everything now leaked, all that’s left is the most important detail of all, the price tag.

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OnePlus 9 reveal event with Hasselblad confirmed – but there’s a shadow hanging over it

Those of you looking for more information on the OnePlus 9 line of devices will want to mark your calendars for later this month, as OnePlus has announced when it will reveal more about the phones. In addition to confirming the OnePlus 9 event reveal date, OnePlus also announced a new three-year partnership with Hasselblad that will presumably bolster the cameras on OnePlus phones.

OnePlus has set its OnePlus 9 reveal event for March 23rd, 2021 – just over two weeks from today. The teaser OnePlus shared today on Twitter suggests that the team up with Hasselblad will be a major focus of the event – as one would expect – so if you’ve used OnePlus phones in the past and found the camera quality to be lacking, this event could be worth tuning into.

As always, we’re expecting OnePlus to reveal multiple phones in the OnePlus 9 lineup, and today’s teaser also seemingly confirms that those phones will support 5G. Beyond those tidbits of information, we don’t have any official details on what the OnePlus 9 series will offer. Of course, there have been plenty of leaks about the OnePlus 9 – some of which outed the Hasselblad partnership before it was formally announced – so we might be able to get an idea of what to expect from those.

OnePlus may not be alone in hosting a device reveal event on March 23rd. Earlier today, we heard a rumor that claimed Apple is also plotting a reveal event of its own for March 23rd, and while we’re not necessarily expecting Apple to reveal new phones (those typically come in the fall), OnePlus may not like having to compete for eyeballs.

We’ll see if that Apple event is indeed confirmed for the 23rd and, if it is, whether or not OnePlus has any kind of response to that. Otherwise, be sure to check back here on the 23rd for all you need to know from the OnePlus 9 reveal event.

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