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- After the initial warranty, OnePlus has now confirmed that the 128GB OnePlus 9 Pro model will not launch in the US.
- The company blames supply chain issues for the change in strategy.
- That means the cheapest OnePlus 9 Pro is the 12GB/256GB option at $1,069.
The OnePlus 9 Pro has been available in the US since last April, but only in its most expensive form. There were plans to offer a cheaper configuration as well, but this has been delayed since launch. But now a new report says that this model will not be sold in North America at all.
Party Android Police, OnePlus has confirmed that the $969 8GB/128GB OnePlus 9 Pro will retire from the lineup in the region. Instead, if customers want the flagship OnePlus phone of the year, the $1,069 12GB/256GB option.
OnePlus has been known to criticize its decision over “unexpected supply constraints specific to North American devices”. OnePlus added in a statement: “In North America, we are prioritizing the 12×256 GB version to give users access to high-end devices.” Android Police.
$1,069 OnePlus: Deal or no deal?
All things considered, paying an extra $100 for an extra 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage isn’t a terrible deal. But it’s a setback for those waiting for a cheaper model with more modest specs. OnePlus is generally known for offering cheaper flagships than its competitors. However, the cheapest OnePlus 9 Pro is more expensive than the basic one. Despite having 4GB more RAM on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus model tab.
Our decision: OnePlus 9 Pro Review
Ultimately, if you’re in North America and want a 2021 OnePlus flagship, you might be happy with the underpowered but cheaper OnePlus 9, or spend more than you’d planned for the top-of-the-line configuration of the Pro. Of course, the lack of a middle point could further alienate fans.
Let us know in the comments if you hesitate to buy the 8GB/128GB OnePlus 9 Pro.