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OnePlus 9R could be the third device that will be launched alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9R could be the mystery third OnePlus 9 series smartphone
OnePlus 9R could be the mystery third OnePlus 9 series smartphone (image via OnePlus)
A new leak speculates that the OnePlus 9E/OnePlus 9 Lite could actually be called the OnePlus 9R. Renowned leaker Evan Blass seems to have dug up the OnePlus 9R moniker from the device's firmware. It is expected to serve as a cheaper alternative for the vanilla OnePlus 9.

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.

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2021-02-24 (Update: 2021-02-25)