OnePlus has sent out a video in which it says it will announce the OnePlus 9 on March 23, 2021. It is not doing this alone but together with Hasselblad. Earlier, it was rumored that Hasselblad would partner with OnePlus.
The video, called 'Lunarland', features our own moon. That's not surprising considering the collaboration with Hasselblad. It was a Hasselblad camera that went along with the first moon landing. However, the OnePlus 9 won't be getting a Hasselblad camera, but the company is collaborating on the camera.
So it's not just a name match. OnePlus is using a custom Sony IMX789 sensor for which Hasselblad provided the calibration. There is also a special Hasselblad Pro mode where the user can do many settings themselves. This mode can even save images in 12-bit RAW for even more image editing.
OnePlus is streaming the unveiling of the OnePlus 9 on March 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT, 2:00 PM GMT and 7:30 PM IST. It explicitly mentions the OnePlus 9 Series 5G so it's not just about the OnePlus 9 but also more devices. There are rumors of 2 more models being announced; an expanded 9 Pro and an entry-level model called '9 Lite' or '9R'.