The OnePlus 9 pre-production unit that was leaked earlier this month has apparently been sold for $6,000 on eBay. The pictures were first posted by PhoneArena but soon after a listing of the same or a similar prototype unit surfaced on eBay priced at $3,000. As per PhoneArena, the device in question was a T-Mobile variant but the one listed on eBay is an unlocked version that’s compatible with all GSM carriers.
This particular listing was taken down shortly afterwards as few images of the OnePlus 9 prototype contained device identifiers that would have easily led the company to track the owner of the phone. The OnePlus 9 prototype surfaced again in a new listing but at $6,000. The seller added a text in the new listing that says, “I am not responsible for oneplus erasing this phone or anything they may do to the phone after purchase period. If you purchase this you agree to those terms.”
It will probably be very, very easy for OnePlus to trace this device back to its owner. I don't know what compels people to put up prototype devices for sale online, especially without even redacting identifiable information.— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) December 26, 2020
The listing now has a sold-out tag indicating that someone actually managed to purchase the device. Do note that this is not the final production unit and a lot could change between now and the final product that is rumoured to launch sometime in mid-March 2021.
OnePlus 9 series has been leaked previously with reports hinting that OnePlus 9 Lite could be joining the fray. The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will likely be powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor while the OnePlus 9 Lite is rumoured to launch with Snapdragon 865 under the hood.
The OnePlus 9 could feature a 6.55-inch display as per the leaks, while the OnePlus 9 is said to feature a slightly bigger 6.7-inch screen. The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will likely opt for a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera and support 120Hz refresh rate.
OnePlus 9 is expected to feature a triple camera setup on the back headlined by a 50MP primary camera, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 12MP telephoto camera with OIS support. As per the latest report, OnePlus could collaborate with Lecia optics to improve the camera performance of the OnePlus 9 series.