Whereas everybody’s eyes have been on Samsung Unpacked, OnePlus coyly dropped its personal tease of a telephone we weren’t positive existed, suggesting the OnePlus 9T is likely to be coming this yr in spite of everything.
OnePlus tweeted an artsy picture of a OnePlus 9 nestled in tea and, with the model’s signature cheeky humor, added “Do not learn an excessive amount of into it.”
The #OnePlus9 in tea. Do not learn an excessive amount of into it. pic.twitter.com/hopsJTV8quAugust 11, 2021
In every other yr, this wouldn’t be too shocking – round September or October, OnePlus sometimes releases a ‘T’ model of that yr’s flagship with just a few refinements, so it’s about time for a OnePlus 9T tease. Or it might be if a leak hadn’t claimed the 9T is likely to be canceled.
Canceled? On this pandemic?
The OnePlus 9T wouldn’t be the primary telephone canceled in 2021 – a Samsung government confirmed that the Samsung Be aware 21 wouldn’t be popping out. Whereas we didn’t get an actual purpose, Samsung CEO DJ Koh stated earlier within the yr that “it may very well be a burden to unveil two flagship fashions in a yr so it is likely to be troublesome to launch Be aware mannequin in 2H,” suggesting the market can be too crowded with different Samsung flagships.
There’s additionally a query of the worldwide chip scarcity’s influence on tech industries, which led to delays for final yr’s telephones just like the Google Pixel 4a and a number of the iPhone 12 vary and, rumor has it, pushed again the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE’s launch.
In any case, the OnePlus 9T can be a welcome sight if it’s launched later within the yr, suggesting to no matter diploma that the smartphone trade is trucking on regardless of continued lockdowns and chip shortages. After all, it’s one other query solely how the 9T will land given the just-launched (and cheaper) Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 together with the upcoming Google Pixel 6 powered by its in-house Tensor chipset.