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New renders appear for phone OnePlus told us wasn't coming, but maybe it is?

OnePlus specifically said there wouldn't be a T-series phone this year, but these renders are pretty convincing.

Published onOctober 7, 2021

  • New high-quality renders of the OnePlus 9RT surfaced from a reliable source.
  • The phone looks like a mashup of the 9R and the 9 Pro.
  • OnePlus said there wouldn’t be a T-series phone this year, so we’re confused.

In September, OnePlus divulged its big overarching plan for “OnePlus 2.0.” During that announcement, we learned — directly from co-founder and CEO Pete Lau — that there wouldn’t be a T-series phone from the company this year.

See also: Everything you need to know about OnePlus

This was an interesting statement, considering we have already heard numerous rumors related to the OnePlus 9RT. Now, we have what look to be official press renders of that phone from reliable leaker Evan Blass. Will there be a T-series phone after all?

Check out the images below for yourself.

OnePlus 9RT latest renders

The renders suggest the OnePlus 9RT could be a mixture of the OnePlus 9R and the OnePlus 9 Pro. Theoretically, the phone would be better in some cases than the 9R, but not quite as good as the OnePlus 9, and certainly not as good as the OnePlus 9 Pro.

If this sounds confusing to you, that’s because it is confusing. This is why when Pete Lau said there wouldn’t be a T-series phone in 2021, it made a lot of sense. However, maybe Lau was only referencing the mainline phones — in other words, the OnePlus 9T and OnePlus 9T Pro. One would think the 9R would count, too, but these renders sure seem like they are for a phone the company plans to launch.

Related: A history of every OnePlus phone so far

Remember that the OnePlus 9R only landed in India and China, so it would make sense for the OnePlus 9RT to only land there as well. As such, people in other countries will need to focus on the main 9-series phones for now.

It’s also possible that these renders are for a phone that OnePlus planned to launch but canned last minute. If the phone is coming out, though, it’s gotta be coming soon, as there’s not much of 2021 left. For what it’s worth, Blass says the phone could land on October 13.

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