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OnePlus sows confusion with its new 9 Pro colorway

The "new" 9 Pro. (Source: OnePlus)
The "new" 9 Pro. (Source: OnePlus)
Recent Weibo posts showing a OnePlus 9 Pro in a new and heretofore unavailable color option have led to confusion on the point of whether the OEM actually intends to release the variant as a limited edition or not. The OEM has had to clarify its status in a new statement.

OnePlus introduced a new version of its 2021 flagship phone, the 9 Pro, in a very different colorway from the Morning Mist, Pine Green or Stellar Black of its pre-existing units. The OEM is clearly very proud of this new development, showcasing it in press-quality shots from a range of angles and zoom levels.

The captions for this new variant are also quite florid and potentially hype-ridden, to the extent that some phrases (when machine-translated to English) might strike some as off-putting to downright questionable in parts: ("The white body exudes a smart and pure temperament...It gently moved its palms with a sense of voluptuousness..." (...yes, really.)).

Any and all impact of this marketing aside, the 9 Pro's new style as rendered does do a good job of highlighting the smartphone's large dual main cameras, not to mention their Hasselblad branding. The OEM has also noted that it has deployed the same AG technique used for the glass that covers higher-end devices at OnePlus (and OPPO) to achieve this effect.

Despite the clear level of enthusiasm for this new kind of 9 Pro within the company, it has become apparent that (while it does technically exist) it will not become available to the public, not even as a special edition. OnePlus has now made it clear that it is indeed a one-off prototype, made as a special in-house project in order to celebrate the OEM's 8th anniversary: its CEO, Pete Lau, announced its inception back in December 2013.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08- 7 (Update: 2021-08- 7)