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OnePlus x Leica? A leaker claims this collaboration will kick off with the OEM's 2021 flagships

Is this OnePlus' future? (Source: OnePlus, Leica)
Is this OnePlus' future? (Source: OnePlus, Leica)
The OnePlus 9 series is expected to launch with triple to quad rear cameras in its higher-end variants. Now, a new tip suggests that these sensors will also be enhanced with Leica technology. This will represent a new brand-partnership for the OEM that could lead to coveted critical acclaim in the area of mobile photography.

OnePlus will launch its 9 series with cameras informed by expertise from the lens and camera specialist Leica. At least, this is in accordance with a new Tweet from @RODENT950, a Twitter-based leaker regarded as knowledgeable in matters related to Chinese phone brands.

The tipster's initial post was followed up by clarification that it did indeed apply to the "Op9 series". A subsequent reply asking if it also extends to this line's rumored novel affordable variant, the 9E, elicited no response, however.

Therefore, should RODENT950 prove accurate in this leak, it seems the OnePlus 9 Pro, at least, will launch with Leica branding. It may contravene an earlier report that pointed to "UltraShot" branding on the vanilla 9's camera hump.

Leica's similar association with Huawei (which, according to the leaker, remains in place despite this alleged new agreement with OnePlus) has resulted in consistent approval from bodies such as DxOMark for this OEM's flagship cameras in the past.

Therefore, Pete Lau's brand may now be in line for the same, something it has patently aimed for throughout its history as a smartphone OEM.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-12-20 (Update: 2020-12-21)