The Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is no stranger to anyone who likes the mobile market, with several devices that stood out for having excellent specifications and quality, at affordable prices. Thus, there is always some expectation with the announcement of new equipment.
But OnePlus wanted to take a step forward and presented, a few weeks ago, a new partnership for the cameras with Hasselblad, which increased the expectation about the photographic quality of the mobile equipment. However, we also realized that this is not all that has increased in the new OnePlus 9.
OnePLus 9 Pro
The highlight of this generation is the camera that Hasselblad helped to develop and the OnePlus 9 Pro has the best version. In its first attempt at the smartphone segment, the Swedish camera manufacturer focused on improving the color science of the two phones.
The main camera uses an IMX789 sensor that was developed in partnership with Sony. It is a large 1 / 1.43 “sensor with 1.12 µm pixels and 48 MP resolution. It features the latest camera technologies, including dual native ISO, Digital Overlap HDR (DOL-HDR) and 2 × 2 lens on the chip (OCL). And OIS, of course.
This sensor can produce 12-bit RAW images. The dedicated Hasselblad Pro mode in the camera app will help you adjust your photos for a natural look. The main sensor can also record video from 8K to 30 fps, as well as 4K at 120 fps. There is a 2 MP monochrome camera on board, designed to assist the main camera with monochrome photos.
The ultra wide-angle camera has another Sony sensor, the 50MP IMX766. The 1 / 1.56 ”sensor is behind a lens, which reduces distortion near the edges to 1% (compared to 10-20% for a typical lens). This camera has an autofocus system that allows you to take macro photos from just 4 cm away.
This phone skips the much-used periscope, fitting a standard telephoto lens instead. It offers 3.3x (77mm) optical magnification, bringing it a little closer to the action than the 3x 8 Pro lenses. The 8MP sensor has 1.0 µm and OIS pixels.
The new Fluid Display 2.0 makes its debut with the OnePlus 9 Pro. It is a 6.7 ”LTPO panel, which promises up to 50% energy savings in general use. This efficiency stems from the ability to adjust the refresh rate from the first 120 Hz (for a smooth UI) to 1 Hz (used when reading text or showing Always On Display). The screen can also adapt to your content, for example, operating at 24 Hz for movies or 90 Hz for Fortnite.
The 1440+ display is built using E4 emission material and 10-bit native color depth. It has ambient light sensors on the front and back so you can automatically adjust the color temperature. All of which yielded an A + score from DisplayMate. The screen is also quite bright, reaching 1,300 nits.
The 120 Hz refresh rate is supported by the 240 Hz touch sampling rate, which improves response times during games. Speaking of games, let’s take a look at the chipset.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 888, of course, paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The new Cool Play configuration is based on the 8T cooling solution, but with a larger steam chamber, thicker graphite sheets and more copper foil for a greater ability to extract heat.
The phone comes with 8 GB of RAM as standard, but you can upgrade to 12 GB. Basic storage is 128 GB, with a choice of 256 GB. Check the price table at the end of this article.
In addition to a new display, this phone also features Warp Charge 50 Wireless. The new wireless charger is purchased separately and offers two coils so that the 9 Pro can be charged vertically or horizontally (say, while you are watching a movie). A full charge of 1-100% takes just 43 minutes.
But if you’re really in a hurry, you can simply use the Warp Charge 65T corded charger that comes with the phone. It is twice as fast as the 8 Pro charger – from 0 to 100% it takes 29 minutes, the 30 W 8 Pro charger reaches just 50% in that time. In addition, you can use this to charge other gadgets that support SB Power Delivery: a laptop, a power bank, a Nintendo switch, etc.
The new hero color is Pine Green with a smooth double layer matte finish. Morning Mist shows a gradient from silver to black and Stellar Black has a matte finish that resembles the trademark sandstone look. It is IP68 certified for dust and water resistance.
The OnePlus 9 receives a reduced version of the Hasselblad camera. The main module changes to the older IMX689 sensor – it is still a 48MP 1 / 1.43 ”sensor with a 2 × 2 lens on the chip, dual native ISO and 12-bit RAW output. The DOL-HDR has been replaced by the traditional HDR.
There is no OIS and while the camera maintains 8K 30 fps mode, it loses 4K 120 fps mode (peaks at 4K 60 fps). Hasselblad Pro mode is still on board, despite the sensor change.
The good news is that the 50MP ultra-wide camera is the same – the same IMX766 sensor with a freefrom lens and the ability to take macro photos at 4 cm. The 2 MP monochrome camera is also here, but the biggest loss of moving from Pro to “normal” is that you don’t have a telephoto camera.
The OnePlus 9 has a first generation fluid display, which means it has a 120 Hz refresh mode, but it is not adaptable. It is a 6.55 ″ AMOLED flat panel with 1080p + resolution, as we saw in the 8T. It even earned an A + score from DisplayMate, is certified for HDR10 + and reaches 1,100 nits of brightness.
The phone is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 888 processor with the new Cool Play cooling system. The phone is equipped with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage with the same configuration options – 8/128 GB and 12/256 GB.
The normal model also comes with a 4,500 mAh battery and a Warp Charge 65T (1-100% in 29 minutes). This is the first non-Pro model in the family to feature wireless charging (region dependent), although it only supports 15W Qi charging.
Both OnePlus 9 models have dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos. Both models use the same selfie camera – 16 MP sensor (IMX471, 1.0 µm), f / 2.4 fixed focus lens.
Three colors are available: Winter Mist (a subtle purple gradient), Arctic Sky (a matte blue) and Astral Black (a matte film below the back of the shiny glass).
Prices and availability
Both smartphones are already in pre-sale on the official website, and they should only be sent in April, and the date of shipment will depend on when you finalize the purchase.
Prices are as follows:
- OnePlus 9 Pro 8GB / 128GB € 929
- OnePlus 9 Pro 12GB / 256GB € 1029
- OnePlus 9 8GB / 128GB € 729
- OnePlus 9 12GB / 256GB 829 €
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