Don’t go buying the entry-level $ 969 OnePlus 9 Pro right now, you probably won’t find it. Android Police notes that OnePlus still does not sell the ‘basic’ version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage despite the April 2 release date. Third parties like Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and T-Mobile didn’t offer the lowest-cost option either. If you want a 9 Pro in a timely fashion, you’ll have to go for the $ 1,069 12GB / 256GB variant – not a huge premium, but probably more than you want to pay for.
A representative said that OnePlus still intended to sell the base model, but did not offer a time frame. It was also unclear why OnePlus postponed the launch despite the high-end version being available.
This is not entirely surprising. Chip shortages are all too common, and stopping sales of a model could help OnePlus keep supply in line with demand. If that’s the case, you might be waiting a while. You might want to consider the regular OnePlus 9 if you’re willing to make some concessions in the name of lower price and short-term perk.