The OnePlus 9 is reportedly launching earlier than expected next year
After weeks of leaks and teasers, OnePlus finally debuted the OnePlus 8T just a few days ago. And while the device is now just starting to make its way to buyers, we’ve already started hearing rumors about its successor — the OnePlus 9. As per a recent Android Central report, the upcoming OnePlus 9 will be unveiled in March next year, four weeks earlier than OnePlus’ usual launch timeline.
OnePlus typically launches its main flagship lineup in May each year. However, this year the company unveiled the OnePlus 8 series in April. Now, according to industry sources familiar with OnePlus’ launch schedule, the company is considering an even earlier launch for the upcoming OnePlus 9 series.
OnePlus isn’t the only OEM considering an early launch for its 2021 flagships. As per recent reports, Samsung is also planning to launch its Galaxy S21 series in January next year, almost a month ahead of the usual launch cycle. While we’re yet to receive any clarification from either company about the updated launch schedule, it’s speculated that both companies are launching their flagships early next year to give their flagships more shelf time before more popular devices in their lineups hit the market.
In OnePlus’ case, it’s the company’s new mid-range Nord lineup which seems to have stolen the limelight from the OnePlus 8 series this year. For Samsung, it’s the recently launched Galaxy S20 FE that has overshadowed the flagship Galaxy S20 lineup. Since both companies plan on expanding these new lineups, it makes sense for them to launch their flagships earlier in the year to give them a bit more exclusive shelf time.