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- After initial assurances, OnePlus has now confirmed the 128GB OnePlus 9 Pro model will not come to the US.
- The company blames supply chain issues for the change of strategy.
- This means the cheapest OnePlus 9 Pro remains the $1,069 12GB/256GB option.
Since April, the OnePlus 9 Pro has been available in the US, but only in its priciest guise. There were plans to offer the cheaper config, too, but it was reportedly delayed after launch. But now, a new report suggests that this model will not be sold in North America at all.
Per Android Police, OnePlus confirmed that the $969 8GB/128GB OnePlus 9 Pro will be scrapped from the lineup in the region. Instead, if users want this year’s flagship OnePlus phone, they’ll have to settle for the $1,069 12GB/256GB option.
OnePlus reportedly blames the decision on “unforeseen supply constraints specific to North American devices.” “In North America we are prioritizing the 12×256 GB version to ensure our users have access to the highest spec device,” OnePlus added in a statement to Android Police.
A $1,069 OnePlus: Deal or no deal?
All things considered, paying $100 more for an additional 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage isn’t a terrible deal. But it is a blow for those waiting for a cheaper model with more modest specs. OnePlus is generally known to offer cheaper flagships than its rivals. However, the cheapest available OnePlus 9 Pro is pricier than the base Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus model, albeit with 4GB more RAM on tap.
Our verdict: OnePlus 9 Pro review
Ultimately, if you’re in North America and want a 2021 OnePlus flagship, you can either settle for the weaker but cheaper OnePlus 9 or fork out more than planned for the Pro’s top config. Arguably, the lack of a middle ground might further alienate fans.
If you were holding out to buy an 8GB/128GB OnePlus 9 Pro, let us know in the comments.