Each year, OnePlus updates its flagship smartphone line with the latest and greatest processors. It also revamps the design and incorporates new features, cameras, and accessories.OnePlus started out launching just one flagship phone each year. Over time, it’s become more ambitious. This year, for the OnePlus 9 series, we saw the launch of three phones all at once.
This year’s top-end model from OnePlus has many of the killer features from last year’s OnePlus 8 Pro. Most of those features also come with the expected 2021 upgrades, including the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. There’s also a new ultra-fast wireless charging standard with this model, coming in at a blazing 50W. Of course, as with last year’s 30W wireless charging on the 8 Pro, you’ll need to buy a proprietary stand separately to get those speeds.The big emphasis this year is the camera, though. On the back, you’ll find four lenses: a main, an ultra-wide, a telephoto, and a monochrome. OnePlus partnered with famed photography company Hasselblad to design some of the software features of those cameras. This partnership helps to create the best camera experience on one of its phones yet.
As one would expect, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the most expensive of the bunch. It has a starting price of 117000 NRP ($969 / €919/ £829/ ),
OnePlus 9 Pro Specifications:
- Display: 6.7-inches QHD+ LTPO AMOLED, 1Hz-120Hz Refresh Rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, 10-bit color depth, 1300 nits, HDR10+
- Chipset: Snapdragon 888 5G (5nm Mobile Platform)
- GPU: Adreno 660
- RAM: 8/12GB LPDDR5
- Storage: 128/256GB UFS 3.1
- Software & UI: OxygenOS on top of Android 11
- Rear Camera:
- – 48MP, f/1.8 Sony IMX789 primary shooter, OIS
- – 50MP, f/2.2 Sony IMX766 ultra-wide sensor
- – 8MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3.3X magnification
- – 2MP, f/2.4 monochrome lene
- Front Camera: 16MP lens
- Security: In-display Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock
- Connectivity: 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, Type-C port
- Battery: 4500mAh with WarpCharge 65T, WarpCharge 50 Wireless
- Colors: Forest Green, Morning Mist, Stellar Black
OnePlus 9 Pro design And Display
OnePlus hasn’t gone too crazy with the design of the OnePlus 9 Pro, which can be a good or a Worst thing, depending on how you see it. The core shape and dimensions make this phone similar to the OnePlus 8 Pro, however the 9 Pro is slightly thicker at 8.7mm and a bit lighter (197g). It has an aluminium frame, and Gorilla Glass on the curved front and back. It looks and feels premium.
There’s no headphone jack but the dual-SIM tray, USB Type-C port (USB 3.1 Gen1), and bottom-firing speaker are in the same positions as they are on the 8 Pro. The OnePlus 9 Pro keeps the IP68 dust and water resistance rating of its predecessor but gets an upgraded 50W (up from 30W) wireless charging system. More on this later.
OnePlus has switched to an LTPO OLED display for the OnePlus 9 Pro, which the company claims cuts power consumption by up to 50 percent compared to the previous model. It’s a 6.7-inch display with a QHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ certification. The refresh rate is variable based on the app being used. You also get a new feature called Hyper Touch, which when enabled, is said to improve touch response for certain games such as Call of Duty: Mobile.
OnePlus 9 Pro specifications and software
OnePlus has picked Qualcomm’s best current SoC, the Snapdragon 888. Announced in late 2020, this new beast of a chip was initially seen in the global variants of Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series. The Snapdragon 888 uses a similar CPU structure as the Samsung Exynos 2100, but we’ll see how performance actually differs between the two. It’s built on a 5nm process and features Qualcomm’s integrated X60 5G modem.
The OnePlus 9 Pro also features dual-band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, stereo speakers, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and multiple satellite navigation systems. The company also says it has used a larger vapour chamber, thicker graphite sheets, and a larger copper coil in the OnePlus 9 Pro — all for the sole purpose of managing higher temperatures better.
This is Oxygen OS 11, which is based on Android 11. It looks and feels very familiar to what we last experienced on the OnePlus 8T. Other than a few exclusive settings for the 9 series such as ‘Ultra-high video resolution’ and ‘Hyper Touch’, there’s not a lot that’s new.
OnePlus 9 Pro performance and battery life
The display is brilliant, producing rich and vibrant colors with excellent legibility in any lighting. Scrolling menus and lists feels fluid, and even simple things like dismissing apps and multitasking are highly responsive. Video content on this display is a real treat as the brightness is excellent and colors look lively.
The Snapdragon 888 is a very powerful SoC and has more than enough power to tackle today’s apps and games. Benchmark numbers , especially in AnTuTu, in which it easily beat the Exynos 2100 with a score of 6,86,911 points compared to 5,95,576 points.
The OnePlus 9 Pro has a 4,500mAh battery which is a similar capacity to that of the OnePlus 8 Pro. There’s also support for 65W fast charging, like with the OnePlus 8T. OnePlus calls this Warp Charge 65T now, which just like on the 8T, charges two smaller battery cells instead of a single large one for a quicker top-up. This lets you charge the OnePlus 9 Pro fully in about half an hour.
What’s new is faster wireless charging. OnePlus has introduced its Warp Charge 50 wireless charger, which as the name suggests, can now wirelessly charge the 9 Pro at up to 50W.The 9 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging, which lets you charge other Qi-compatible devices with the phone.
OnePlus 9 Pro cameras
Before we dive into the performance of the cameras, let’s dissect OnePlus’ partnership with Hasselblad to understand the level of its involvement. You’ll find the Swedish camera maker’s branding everywhere, from the packaging to the back of the phone. Based on the way OnePlus has been marketing this partnership, many would assume that you’re getting Hasselblad sensors or at least lenses with the OnePlus 9 series, which is actually not the case. For these two phones, Hasselblad has only helped tune the colour processing algorithms of JPEG photos when you shoot in Auto or Pro mode.
Hasselblad’s influence is seen in the design of the camera shutter button too, which is now an orange dot, just like on Hasselblad cameras. However, this seems to be the extent of the benefit you can expect from this partnership on the 9 series. We could see deeper integration of Hasselblad’s expertise in future OnePlus smartphones, but that’s all conjecture for now.
The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with brand new rear sensors, which Are said to be custom-developed with Sony. The main camera has a 48-megapixel Sony IMX789 sensor with features such as dual native ISO, 2×2 on-chip lens for quicker focus, and DOL-HDR for better dynamic range in backlit shots for both stills and video. It can also capture 12-bit RAW files, instead of 10-bit, for increased colour information. You’ll still need a third-party app such as Adobe Lightroom to edit RAW files on the OnePlus 9 Pro, as the default gallery app doesn’t support it.
Next up is a brand new ultra-wide camera with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with a freeform lens to cut barrel distortion (fish-eye effect) at the hardware level even before the image is processed. It has autofocus and can be used for macro photography too. The telephoto camera has an optically stabilised 8-megapixel sensor with 3.3X optical zoom and 30X digital zoom. There’s a new Tilt-Shift shooting mode for simulating the miniaturising effect of a tilt-shift lens.
Sadly, the selfie camera is still the same Sony IMX471 from the OnePlus 8 series, which is now long overdue for an upgrade. The OnePlus 9 Pro also has a fourth monochrome camera (2-megapixels) which is used only when you select the black-and-white filter in the camera app.
Thanks to its powerful SoC, the OnePlus 9 Pro’s video capabilities have gotten a neat upgrade. You can now shoot 8K 30fps stabilised videos or up to 4K 120fps. Oddly, there’s no 1080p 120fps option. During my testing, I noticed that the 9 Pro was able to only shoot a single five minute 8K clip, and it stopped recording mid-way through the next clip due to overheating. This happened when recording at 4K 120fps too, but lower framerates at 4K and below didn’t seem to set off any alarm bells. While I initially noticed this problem when shooting outdoors during the day, it happened indoors a few times too. The phone cooled down after a few minutes but this might be an issue if you plan on doing a lot of video work with the 9 Pro.
The quality of videos was very good when shooting during the day and also at night. Stabilisation works very well at 4K, with no jitter or shakiness even in low light. At 4K 30fps, you can switch between the main and ultra-wide cameras, but not the telephoto (any zoom will be digital only). However, at 1080p, hitting the 3.3X button will switch to the telephoto camera. When shooting at 8K, or 4K 60fps and above, you’re limited to five minutes per clip. You get Nightscape for video, which improves the exposure in very dark situations but also introduces noise. HDR in videos is enabled automatically when shooting backlit subjects at 1080p or 4K at 30fps, thanks to the DOL-HDR feature of the main sensor.
The price of the OnePlus 9 Pro starts at INR 64,999 for the 8/128GB variant, while the 12/256GB model costs INR 69,999. We expect the price of the OnePlus 9 Pro in Nepal to start at NPR 117,000 when it launches here later this Months.
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