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OnePlus’ new lineup consists of its two flagship models: OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. With these devices, OnePlus establishes a new position with competing OEMs as it hangs the Hasselblad camera brand in a new partnership to help it further develop OnePlus’ camera skills. OnePlus uses the “Your best shot” tagline, so let’s see what all the fuss is about.
You may be asking exactly how Hasselblad was involved in the development of OnePlus 9’s cameras. According to OnePlus, Hasselblad has partnered with the OEM to calibrate the cameras’ sensors and set the color optics to behave as they would in high-end Hasselblad cameras – known for their accurate colors and image output in 16-bit RAW. While the OnePlus 9 can’t quite shoot in 16-bit RAW, it has the ability to do so in 12-bit color while using the camera’s Pro shooting feature.
In this review, we will focus on the (slightly) smaller of the two. OnePlus 9 skips some of the features that are exclusive to the 9 Pro – which has extra camera features, a more premium screen and support for OnePlus’ new 50W wireless charger. Storage is now updated to UFS 3.1 for faster read / write speeds as well.
OnePlus 9 • OnePlus 9 Pro
The look and feel of the OnePlus 9’s design does not differ much from its predecessor. OnePlus 9 holds the flat display, and the new plastic frame may fool someone into thinking it was metal. Don’t worry, the front and rear windows are still made of Gorilla Glass. The punch hole cutout remains in the same place for now, and the main camera cluster gets a new arrangement.
From OnePlus 8, 9 gets updated wired charging, updated camera modules, supports 120Hz refresh rate and now supports two-way wireless charging, but only in select markets. The more obvious updates include the Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform and a bump in battery capacity.
OnePlus 9 specifications in an instant:
- Body: 160.0×73.9×8.1mm, 183g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), plastic frame.
- Screen: 6.55 “liquid AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10 +, 1100 nit (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 402ppi; Always on display.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x 0.80 GHz Kryo 680; Adreno 660.
- Memory: 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS / software: Android 11, OxygenOS 11.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.8, 23 mm, 1 / 1.43 “, 1.12 µm, omnidirectional PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 50 MP, f / 2.2, 14 mm, 1 / 1.56 “, 1.0 ;m; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.4, (wide), 1 / 3.06 “, 1.0 .m.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 8K @ 30fps, 4K @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 240fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps, gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 65W, 1-100% in 29 minutes (announced), fast wireless charging 15W (EU / NA only), USB power supply.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); NFC.
OnePlus 9 now shares the same dual-cell battery setup that debuted on the OnePlus 8T. This means that 9 supports OnePlus’ Warp Charge 65T. This technology quickly charges two smaller batteries that work together, and a full charge of the batteries’ total 4,500 mAh capacity is promised in about half an hour.
The camera module has been updated to Sony IMX689 – the same sensor from OnePlus 8 Pro. The difference here is that this is in line with Hasselblad’s similarity. The ultra-wide module is a significant upgrade. This is a large 50MP sensor that enhances the performance of the ultrawide camera in low light photography and video recording. It also has a beautiful new lens that drastically minimizes distortion usually observed on ultra-wide cameras – we’re happy to test that.
Let’s dig into OnePlus 9 and see what experience the entry-level OnePlus flagship has to offer. Let’s start with the contents of the phone’s packaging.
OnePlus packaging has become a standard price, and OnePlus 9 is no exception. Inside the now familiar red box, the phone is in the top tier followed by some paperwork, a silicone case in some markets, the 65W Warp Charge power adapter and the usual red Type-C to Type-C USB 2.0 cable.
Unlike the opaque silicone case that comes with the 9 Pro, the OnePlus 8 silicone case is ready. We are not sure why OnePlus chooses to omit this accessory in some markets and decides to leave it somewhere else. There will be aftermarket issues, of course, along with some first-party options from OnePlus.
As usual, there are no audio accessories inside the package. Not even an audio adapter.