OnePlus used to launch one flagship each year. Then it started launching two: one in the first half and a T-series model in the second. Then it introduced the Pro variants. After that, it announced the Nord line. Then the Nord N line. And then, this year, it launched the OnePlus 9R, an India-only model within the 9-series.
The OnePlus 9RT’s existence is already perplexing, but OnePlus may be considering regionalizing the moniker. According to reports, OnePlus may rename the 9RT, which is currently exclusively available in China, as the OnePlus RT. This is in preparation for the phone’s rumoured introduction in India. It’s unclear why the phone’s name was changed, given that it looks to be the same phone.
Later, it announced a China-only model called the OnePlus 9RT, even after the company said there would be no T-series models in 2021. Now, according to the Google Play Console (via Mukul Sharma and h/t Android Central), the company might rebrand the 9RT as the OnePlus RT for the Indian market.
Basically, the OnePlus RT would crib some elements of the OnePlus 9 and mix it with the Nord series. It would be another stepping stone between the mid-range line and the main flagship line — even though the OnePlus 9R, another India exclusive, already did that. But oh well. Being that this phone is now on the Play Console, it shouldn’t be long before the Indian market sees it.
In other words, the OnePlus 9RT in China would become the OnePlus RT in India. The phones would be otherwise identical, though. As a refresher, that means a Snapdragon 888 processor, a 120Hz OLED display, a triple-lens rear camera, and a design that makes it look a lot like the OnePlus 9 Pro.