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OnePlus 9 Lite likely to be powered by Snapdragon 870, hints Qualcomm

The Snapdragon 870 SoC appears to be a slightly more powerful version of the Snapdragon 865 SoC.

Sushant Talwar | January 20, 2021 | Updated 11:53 IST

Highlights

  • OnePlus 9 Lite is tipped for March 2021 launch.
  • OnePlus 9 lite could be powered by a Snapdragon 865 SoC.
  • OnePlus 9 Lite could be priced at around Rs 40,000.

OnePlus is widely tipped to launch three new smartphones in March next year, and ahead of this launch, there have been a number of leaks and rumours that claim one of these phones could be an affordable lite variant of the upcoming OnePlus 9. Earlier, this device was rumoured to be the OnePlus 9E, however, more recent leaks have suggested that the phone will be called the OnePlus 9 Lite.

Over the past few weeks, there have been reports that have also suggested that the OnePlus 9 Lite could be powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC -- Qualcomm's flagship from last year. However, the chip maker's announcement of a new SoC, the Snapdragon 870, means the OnePlus 9 Lite could very well be equipped with this new chipset, instead of the 865 SoC. While OnePlus hasn't said anything officially on this, it has given a good enough hint by revealing that its plans to use the chipset on of its phones.

Talking about the chipset, Kinder Liu, chief operating officer and head of R&D, OnePlus, said, "The flagship performance and exceptional 5G connectivity provided by the Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform coupled with OnePlus' unique innovative technologies and optimization, we look forward to delivering lightning-fast 5G speeds and ultra-smooth mobile experiences to more users."

As per the information revealed by Qualcomm yesterday, the Snapdragon 870 SoC appears to be a slightly more powerful version of the Snapdragon 865 SoC. The new chipset is built using the same 7nm fabrication process as last year's Qualcomm flagship. The Snapdragon 870 SoC also uses the same prime Kyro 585 core at the heart of Snapdragon 865, however, it is clocked higher on the Snapdragon 870 chipset.

The chipset also offers better gaming performance and improved AI performance with the new 5th generation AI Engine. There's also the Qualcomm Hexagon 698 Processor with Hexagon Tensor Accelerator on-board for pushing up the AI computations to 15 TOPS.

What we know about the OnePlus 9 Lite so far

As per reports, the OnePLus 9 Lite is tipped to launch in India sometime in March 2021. Additionally, the price in India for the OnePlus 9 Lite is tipped to be around Rs 44,000. Further, the device is also expected to share the same camera optics found in the OnePlus 8T.

For the uninitiated, the OnePlus 8T brings offers a versatile usage experience while clicking photos as it comes with four cameras of which the primary is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor. The lens has an aperture of F/1.7 and supports both OIS and EIS which works as advertised and helps the camera maintain a high level of stability while shooting images.

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