- An eBay user has sold what is claimed to be a OnePlus 9 prototype for $ 6000.
- The device appears to be one from a previous leak.
- Do not be surprised if OnePlus turns your phone into a paperweight.
Remember the mid-December leak appears to show live photos of the OnePlus 9? It’s back – and the device may have changed hands. XDA‘s Mishaal Rahman and Android Police reports that eBay user Shamete1 put the prototype phone up for auction and sold it for $ 6,000.
The eBay images are of the same OnePlus 9 device as shown in a PhoneArena leakage, only without watermarks. They point to a relatively conservative design adjustment over the 8T, with the most noticeable change being a large camera bump with three lenses and an “Ultra Shot” mark (possibly an echo of Oppos’ “Ultra Steady”). Earlier rumors had the phone using 48MP primary and ultra-wide cameras, as well as a smaller, third rear sensor.
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The seller also included short images showing OnePlus 9 running the latest Android 11 based version of Oxygen OS, although these images have since been deleted from the eBay listing (probably to include device identifiers).
It is not certain if the eBay device was authentic. It is possible that someone had the unedited leak photos and only used them to scam prospective OnePlus 9 buyers on eBay. This was an extremely risky purchase, even if the phone is genuine. As Shamete1 warned, OnePlus is free to do what they want – it can deactivate the phone remotely or send police after the buyer.
No matter how genuine this hardware is, you will probably need to be patient for any kind of verification. Rumor has it that OnePlus will not release 9 until mid-March. It is also assumed that there are no changes. While many phone manufacturers lock the designs in the last months before launch, we can not completely rule out last minute adjustments.