OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro Hands-on Review

Last Update 2021-03-24


OnePlus just hold its biggest launch event of the year and unveiled three new smartphones — the OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and OnePlus 9R. As seen in multiple leaks and rumors over the last few months, the latest flagship phones – OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro from OnePlus pack top-of-the-line hardware, a new camera system developed in partnership with Hasselblad, and a couple of other cool features. OnePlus has also unveiled a couple of accessories along with the OnePlus 9 lineup, including new first-party cases, a Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger, and the OnePlus Watch.

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Price and release date

Both smartphones will be available for pre-order from March 26th in North America, with the first open sale scheduled for April 2nd. Interested buyers will be able to get their hands on unlocked units from OnePlus’ website and other major eCommerce platforms, like Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H. The Morning Mist OnePlus 9 Pro in the 12GB+256GB configuration and the OnePlus 9 (8GB+128GB) in the Winter Mist and Astral Black colors will also be available via T-Mobile on the same dates. The vanilla OnePlus 9 costs $729 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or $829 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Meanwhile, the 9 Pro costs $969 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or $1,069 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

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Design and display

The brand new OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro come with a new design based on OnePlus’ Burdenless Design philosophy. While the phones look a lot like their predecessors, OnePlus has changed the camera island design on both phones, and they also come in a couple of cool new back panel finishes. Instead of the vertically-aligned camera module on the OnePlus 8 series, the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have a rectangular camera setup in the top right corner. It packs three cameras and a dual-LED flash on the OnePlus 9, while the OnePlus 9 Pro offers four cameras with a dual-LED flash. The camera setup also has Hasselblad branding on both phones. Both phones have Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, but the OnePlus 9 has a plastic frame while the OnePlus 9 Pro arrives with an aluminum frame. The OnePlus 9 Pro also gets IP68 dust and water resistance rating.

As for the displays, the OnePlus 9 houses a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz and has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The display offers a peak brightness of 1,100nits, it’s HDR10+ certified, and it supports the sRGB and DCI-P3 color space. On the other side, the OnePlus 9 Pro flaunts a 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED display that offers adaptive refresh rate support (1-120Hz) and has a resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. It provides a peak brightness of 1,300nits, it’s also HDR10+ certified, and it supports 10-bit color depth. Moreover, the display on the OnePlus 9 Pro supports the sRGB and DCI-P3 color space, and it comes with MEMC support.

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Front and rear cameras

For photos and videos, the OnePlus 9 has a triple-camera setup on the back panel with a 48MP f/1.8 Sony IMX689 primary sensor, a 50MP f/2.2 Sony IMX766 wide-angle camera (freeform lens), and a 2MP monochrome camera. The OnePlus 9 Pro gets slightly better hardware, including a 48MP f/1.8 Sony IMX789 primary camera, the same 50MP wide-angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3.3x zoom, and a 2MP monochrome sensor. Both devices feature a 16MP f/2.4 Sony IMX471 selfie sensor. Both devices can record 8k and 4k videos at 30fps.

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Processor, software, and battery

The flagship OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 processor. The Chipset is coupled with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage on both phones. Thanks to the Snapdragon 888’s integrated Snapdragon X60 modem, both handsets are 5G capable. Other connectivity options include LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC. Both the OnePlus 9 series phones run OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 OS. Although the OnePlus 9 series hasn’t received any major battery capacity upgrades, OnePlus has included support for better fast charging capabilities. Both smartphones have 4,500mAh batteries. The vanilla OnePlus 9 has support for 65W wired fast charging using the included charger and 15W Qi wireless charging. The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, supports 65W wired fast charging and 50W wireless fast charging through the proprietary Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger.