While it’s easy to get starstruck by its Pro siblings, the OnePlus 9 is a good alternative at a lower price. You are looking at a big hole, especially in the US, where (for some unknown reason) the base 8/128 GB version of 9 Pro is not available. This means you can get the Vanilla Phone for $ 730 or the 12/256 GB Pro for $ 1,070.
Accessibility issues cut the other way in Europe. OnePlus 9 (priced € 700) is coming soon and you will need to deposit a deposit of € 100 to reserve a place in the queue. Actual sales start in 13 days. In contrast, the OnePlus 9 Pro (€ 900) is ready for delivery within 24 hours. India gets it a little faster, OnePlus 9 will be available in 8 days (for DKK 55,000).
It is safe to say that you have time to consider your options. Our video review is a fantastic springboard – in just 10 minutes, it covers everything from how the plastic frame feels, through how it compares to the 8T to a close look at the picture quality.
You can also read our written review (if you have not already done so). The Hasselblad camera on the back is not as well equipped as on the Pro – no OIS and no telephoto lens. Although this is the first non-Pro model to have wireless charging, it is slow and only available in North America and Europe.
OnePlus 9 has the Hasselblad logo, but its Pro siblings get the more impressive hardware
The function gap between the vanilla model and the Pro is bigger than ever. Still, the price difference is the same (8 and 8 Pro were also launched for € 700 and € 900 respectively). And that’s with the 9 that lose some ground to the 8T (€ 600), which had OIS (albeit on a smaller sensor) and an aluminum frame. Is the OnePlus 9 model still worth it?
Its best qualities are the Snapdragon 888 chipset and the lightning fast chipset, screen and camera are also good but not the best. But as the video review highlights, it’s a bit short on the wow factor.