The one thing you could not fault OnePlus for this year was the lack of reach: it sold phones to impress and sold even more of them to respect the buyer’s budget. But there was a clearly defined gap between the Nord series and the OnePlus 8 records this year that could be filled. In fact, we heard earlier that the company intends to fill this gap in 2021 and is now learning more about how it will be filled.

What turned out to be the original North phone began its life on the rumors more or less as “OnePlus 8 Lite.” But that may be the case, Android Central reports, there will be a OnePlus 9 Lite released and marketed alongside the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro next quarter. It will also pull the current generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 as its powerhouse against the latter two’s Snapdragon 888. Other hardware information is guesswork at the moment, but they include 65W wired charging and the same cameras for the OnePlus 8T.

At the same time, OnePlus as a company is incapable of episodic cuts, management revenue and possibly very much related to revenue a coherent vacuum in its product strategy. Of course, the OnePlus 9 comes at a time when consumer demand may be wiped out in a post-holiday pandemic economy – which in itself has led to lots of financial uncertainty for businesses – with no clear recovery path ahead.