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- In an interview, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that there will be no OnePlus 9T this year.
- It comes months after a rumor suggested there wouldn’t be a Pro model either.
- Granted, OnePlus could still launch more phones in 2021, but a T-series model won’t be one of them.
Every year since 2016, OnePlus has released an updated version of its current flagship phone. It started with the OnePlus 3T and continued without a hitch until last year with the OnePlus 8T. However, the streak will end in 2021.
Pete Lau, CEO and co-founder of OnePlus, confirmed Android Authority that there won’t be a OnePlus 9T this year. Previously, the rumor mill suggested there wouldn’t be a Pro T-Series model, which wasn’t too surprising given that there wasn’t one last year either. However, the absence of any T-series device is a big change for the brand.
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It does make sense, however. The current global shortage of chips makes it difficult to launch any smartphone on a large scale. Additionally, OnePlus’ portfolio is getting very small, with phones like the OnePlus Nord 2, OnePlus 9R, and OnePlus 8T all very similar in several ways. If you throw in a OnePlus 9T, things will just get more complicated.
Additionally, Lau also confirmed that Oxygen OS is going through a big change. The company will merge Oxygen OS and Color OS, the Android skin of its sister brand Oppo. Launching a new smartphone in the middle of this major transition would be tricky.
Either way, if you’ve been looking forward to the OnePlus 9T, it won’t happen. Keep in mind, however, that this doesn’t mean OnePlus doesn’t have new smartphones on the way in 2021. There might be a few surprises – just no 9T.