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Rumor | OPPO Reno9 will drop the 'disappointing' Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 of its predecessor in favor of a more reliable 5G platform

A "Reno9 retail box". (Source: Factory Manager's Classmate via Weibo)
A "Reno9 retail box". (Source: Factory Manager's Classmate via Weibo)
OPPO is now rumored to have yet more new Reno-series Android smartphones to launch before the end of 2022. The allegedly upcoming 9 and 9 Pro are tipped to launch with processors from Qualcomm and MediaTek respectively that can be described as tried-and-tested rather than brand new. They are also expected to land with main cameras that are, while high-res, also nothing new to the market.

OPPO is now projected to have another new generation of its premium mid-range Reno series in the works. Most recently, the leaker known as The Factory Manager's Classmate on Weibo claims to have caught sight of a retail box allegedly belonging to one of these apparently impending devices.

The packaging, complete with hallmark elongated dimensions and Reno Glow branding, bears the number 9 and is, thus, thought to have been made for a successor to the vanilla Reno8. Its Chinese-market variant was the world's first Snapdragon 7 Gen 1-powered smartphone; however, according to the Classmate, that has not worked out for the AMOLED-display device.

The tipster asserts that, as the new platform has failed expectations in terms of performance (and thermal management), OPPO has turned back to the Snapdragon 778G in developing the Reno9. That SoC might have seen its 506th day of life now; however, it is apparently seen as much more reliable than its rebranded successor.

Therefore, it is now forecast to debut once again in the Reno9, alongside a Pro variant powered by the (also increasingly familiar) Dimensity 8000 platform from MediaTek, with main rear cameras of the well-worn 64MP and 50MP variety. That tip comes courtesy of another well-known leaker, Digital Chat Station: the same one who has also recently painted the 9 series as OPPO's inaugural UFCS devices.

As for a launch window, the Reno9 and 9 Pro are now thought to supplant their nearly-new 8-series  predecessors as soon as November 2022.

The (non-7 Gen 1) OPPO Reno8 is now available on Amazon.in

A shot of a "Reno9 box" leaks onto Weibo. (Source: Factory Manager's Classmate via Weibo)
A shot of a "Reno9 box" leaks onto Weibo. (Source: Factory Manager's Classmate via Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-10- 6 (Update: 2022-10- 6)