OnePlus 9R could be the third device that will be launched alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
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Rumours about another device accompanying the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have been around for quite some time. Tentatively called the OnePlus 9E, the entry-level OnePlus device would be the first of its kind, as a third OnePlus-branded handset launched alongside two flagship smartphones. However, a new leak from Evan Blass tells us that it could be called the OnePlus 9R.
Blass found references to the device buried deep within some code, presumably from on-device firmware. This throws a spanner in the works of an earlier leak which prophesized that it would be called the OnePlus 9 Lite or OnePlus 9E. Regardless of its moniker, we know for certain that the OnePlus R will serve as a cheaper alternative for those who cannot afford the vanilla OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.
Regardless of its name, we should treat information around the OnePlus 9R/ OnePlus 9E with a healthy dose of scepticism. We heard similar tales about the OnePlus 8 Lite last year. Although the rumoured OnePlus 8 Lite was a real device, it launched several months later as the OnePlus Nord. OnePlus isn't the type to launch three smartphones at a go. However, it could be trying new things out now that former-cofounder Pete Lau has parted ways.