Today, OnePlus announced its latest phones, the OnePlus 9 pro and OnePlus 9. The new OnePlus 9 Pro will start at $ 969, while the OnePlus 9 starts at $ 829, taking them somewhat out of the affordable flagship area. But for all your dollars, you get better cameras and seriously fast charging.
The OnePlus Pro 9 is a true flagship phone
The OnePlus 9 Pro no longer pretends to be an affordable flagship. Starting at $ 969 for a model with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage and going up to $ 1069 for a model with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, this phone is in the flagship price range. But for all the extra dollars, you get flagship specs.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 powers the device, which should be a lot fast. You also get 5G service on compatible networks and some future proof thanks to full integration with an X60 5G Modem-RF system. The OnePlus 9 Pro uses h LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage to accelerate performance.
OnePlus reaffirmed that it will improve its WARP charging options for the OnePlus 9 Pro. When plugged in, it can be charged at 65 watts, so you can charge from 0 to 100% in 29 minutes. If you don’t need a fully topped up battery, OnePlus says you get a “daily charge” in 15 minutes.
You have to use the included charger to get those speeds; if you use another charger, it drops to a maximum speed of 18W using Power Delivery and QC fast charging.
And Like it the 8 Pro supports the 9 Pro ridiculously fast wireless charging. Using the $ 70 charging stand (sold separately), it reaches speeds of 50 watts, going from 0 to 100% in just 43 minutes. And with the stand you can charge both upright and horizontally. Of course, if you don’t have the stand, it will charge slower on other wireless charging pads.
In addition to wireless charging, OnePlus placed a great emphasis on cameras. The company used to get bumped for less than great photos, but that changed with the OnePlus 8 Pro. Now with the 9 series, OnePlus teamed up with Hasselblad to take better photos. The 9 Pro has a Sony IMX789 48 MP main camera with optical image stabilization. Moreover, it also has a Sony IMX766 Ultra-Wide Camera 50 MP camera and a telephoto 8 MP camera. And OnePlus hides in a 2 MP monochrome camera that should add extra detail to photos.
But without the right mix of software, great lenses can still produce substandard photos, and that’s where Hasselblad comes in. Hasselblad, the company that NASA chose for cameras to send to the moon, worked with OnePlus to fine-tune the color scheme called Natural Color Calibration.
Natural color calibration is enabled for all front lenses and all capture modes (auto, pro, etc.). But it will perform a little bit differently depending on the mode. In automatic mode, natural color calibration should give a more natural and rich look, while in pro mode, it aims to provide authentic colors that resemble what a DSLR could provide. It skips calculated photography (such as HDR) more accurate photos for Photoshop work.
You also get new details, such as an orange shutter button modeled after Hasselblad’s camera, and a tilt-shift mode. Tilt-shift mimics the famous “miniature” look in remote shots that DSLRs can take. OnePlus says the collaboration is underway and you will see improvements to the natural color calibration in future updates. Because of the deal, the companies work together for three years to improve the photos you get from OnePlus.
It also pulls tricks like a laser focus and an additional microphone (three versus OnePlus 9’s two) to capture focus as quickly as possible. The microphone enables audio zoom when recording video. Zoom in on a subject and your audio recording will also “zoom in”. OnePlus says it can also remove most of the distortion commonly found in an ultra-wide angle camera, down to around 1%. If you have straight lines in your photo, they should remain mostly straight even at the edges.
OnePlus it is renew rate on its displays. The OnePlus 9 Pro uses what the company calls a Fluid Display 2.0, which allows it to change the refresh rate based on what you’re doing. When reading static text, the refresh rate can be lowered to 1 Hz to extend battery life. And when you’re gaming, it goes to 120Hz for smooth motion.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is available in three colors: Morning Mist, Pine Green and Stellar
Black (not available in North America) and offers an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. You can pre-order the phone on March 26, and it will be released on April 2.
The OnePlus 9 offers a few features to save a few dollars
If you want spend a little less and willing to give up some of the very best features, the OnePlus 9 might be a good choice. It uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor but will go back to $ 729 for a model with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage or $ 828 for a model with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.
You don’t get WARP wireless charging with the OnePlus 9. Instead, you’ll have to settle for 15W fast wireless charging. But you get 65W wired charging with the included warp charger in the box. Likewise, you don’t get Fluid Display 2.0, but you still get a version of it that you can change from 120 Hz refresh rate to 60 Hz.
The OnePlus 9 uses the same ultra-wide camera as the OnePlus 9 Pro and the main camera from last year’s OnePlus 8 Pro, the Sony IMX766 50 MP Ultra-Wide and Sony IMX789 48 MP main camera, but drops the telephoto lens. However, you benefit from the Hasselblad collaboration and get the same natural color calibration options in auto and professional mode. While you get the same distortion removal techniques in Ultra-Wide photos, you give up the laser focus and extra microphone and the better main camera sensor.
Despite this, OnePlus promises that the OnePlus 9 will have “faster focus speeds, 64 times more color information compared to traditional 10-bit sensors, cleaner day and night recording and higher dynamic range in videos.” It also has a 2 MP monochrome camera to add detail and layers to the photos from the main camera.
All things considered, you get most of the OnePlus 9 Pro’s features for a little less money. The OnePlus 9 is available in three colors: Winter Mist, Arctic Sky (not available in North America) and Astral Black. It does not have an IP rating, unlike the OnePlus 9 Pro. You can pre-order the phone on March 26, and it will be out on April 2.