The OnePlus 9 will probably skip the telephoto camera
In addition to confirming plans for an Aquamarine Green-like colorway, the image pictured below corroborates the presence of a dual-tone LED flash and three individual cameras surrounded by metal rings.
In terms of specifications, the source claims a 48-megapixel sensor has been chosen as the main camera. Every OnePlus flagship since 2019 has offered a 48-megapixel camera, but there are some changes planned this time around.
For example, the brand is finally ditching the Sony IMX686 sensor used on existing models in favor of an unspecified newer sensor. The resulting setup produces 12-megapixel images and has a 6mm focal length.
The second camera consists of a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, which should represent a pretty decent upgrade over the 16-megapixel implementation that OnePlus has used until now.
As for the third sensor, no specific information is available at this stage. However, its small size rules out the possibility of it being a telephoto or periscope zoom camera. A monochrome or macro camera instead seem more plausible.
Expected OnePlus 9 internal specs and features
On the software front, Android 11 and OxygenOS 11 are to be expected straight out of the box. Of course, once Android 12 is available in summer 2021, a swift update is to be expected.
The chosen battery should keep the large, punch-hole 120Hz display running all day without any issues, even if 5G networks are being used.
When will the OnePlus 9 5G be announced and where will it be available?
OnePlus has been partnering up with T-Mobile for a couple of years now and that should continue into 2021. At least one of the two flagships should be available at the carrier, although it could end up offering both.
Whether the OnePlus 9 series will be available at Verizon or not is unclear. The carrier sold the OnePlus 8 5G UW earlier this year but opted out of offering the newer OnePlus 8T.
It’s unclear if this was down to poor sales of the previous model or the lack of differences between the two flagship. But if the latter is the reason, a Verizon partnership that involves the OnePlus 9 could certainly be on the table.