This year its looks like maybe OnePlus is finally put all together. They always go to the high-end specs but there’s refresh design and there’s a lot of big talk about the new camera system and the collab with Hasselblad. The OnePlus 9 Pro starts at $969 and the upgraded 12GB version is $1069.
In the box
- The device with pre-applied screen protector
- Free case
- USB-C to USB-C cable
- 65W warp charge power adapter
- Sim eject tool
- OnePlus sticker
First of all, it’s a good-looking phone. It has,
- Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- Aluminum frame
- In-display fingerprint reader
- Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
It got a thin bezel up the front with a small hole punch the slightly curved display over the edges. They went back to a glassy back finish. The curves are gentle and the metal along the seams. It makes for an incredibly comfortable hand feel. The frame itself is 2.2mm thick and got thin metal rails all the way around and it widens to nearly the full 8.7mm thickness at the top and bottom ends. You do still get IP68 water and dust resistance.
But the in-display fingerprint reader is very low from the rest of the phones. It’s right up against the bottom edge. This makes it sometimes harder to reach.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is simple and seamless almost to a fault a few small teaks and it could have been perfect, but what’s here is the OnePlus at its best.
The OnePlus 9 Pro specials
The 6.7-inch panel relies on LTPO AMOLED lighting. This allows for more efficient performance due to lower temperatures. Gets plenty bright up to 1300 nits and supports HDR10+. It can do 1440P and 120Hz at the same time but it worth noting you have to use either standard 60Hz or smart 120Hz which is going to automatically modulate the refresh rate between 1hz to 120HZ to save battery depending on what’s happening on the screen. It called fluid display 2.0
The screen includes a 360HZ response rate which OnePlus is calling hyper touch. It means the phone is that much better for gaming. And this phone has reverse wireless charging.
OnePlus made sure the 9 Pro has all the horsepower you need no matter how you intend to use the phone. Whether you scrolling through social media, watching some videos on youtube, or playing high-performance games, 9 Pro delivers well.
With the snapdragon 888 processor on board and either 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 ram, you’re set to handle anything and everything your daily use could throw at the phone. With the hyper touch and the newest Snapdragon processor, the OnePlus 9 Pro can hang out with the best gaming phones out there.
And 9 Pro has a nice high-quality vibration motor. It gives you good clean type vibration. And actually, software leans into this. If you drag the volume slider or brightness slider with your finger you feel a bunch of little clicks as you scroll. Kind of like when you scroll with the digital crown on the apple watch.
OnePlus has talked a big game about this new camera system
- 48MP OIS EIS ( f/1.8, 1.12μm)
- 50MP ultra-wide ( f/2.2)
- 8MP telephoto (f/2.4, 1.0μm)
- 2MP monochrome sensor
- Front: 16MP (f/2.4)
- Video: 8K at 30fps, 4K at 120fps
OnePlus 9 Pro’s camera is all about the Hasselblad camera. OnePlus using both the Hasselblad name and the software to up its own photography game. They spending 150 million dollars on this partnership over 3 years. They gonna be working with Hasselblad, who will advise them on tuning the camera to photos look better.
The new sensors are more interesting than the Hasselblad partnership itself. These are huge sensors, the ultra-wide on this phone is 3 times the size of the ultra-wide in the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Photos from the OnePlus 9 Pro and these huge sensors are pretty good. Especially when you give them a bit of light and the images are very sharp. There’s a lot of details in every shot.
The real strength of this system is ultra-wide. It has a better white balance than the main camera. The sensor is so huge means it can give you better photos and videos in low light thanks to all the extra light sensitivity and distortion correction.
Something annoying when you shooting fast-moving subjects. The shot you think you get is not the shot you get. It’s about a quarter second after you press the shutter button. It’s very annoying because the preview you get in the corner shows the image you think you got when you tap the shutter but then it snaps to process the actual photo you got which is a split second after you tap the shutter. But they will fix it in a software update.
Battery life and charging
OnePlus carried over the dual-cell battery design from the 8T, which means there are two 2250mAh cells inside the phone making for a total of 4500mAh.
65W wired charging with the brick that is included in the box. With the charger, it can charge 0 to 100 in half an hour.
The wireless charger is taking the advantage of the dual cell design too
There are two coils inside the charger and each one charges one of the batteries at 25W. So they combine for 50W wireless charging power which can go 0 to 100 in 43 minutes. The wireless charger cost 70 dollars.
OnePlus 9 Pro: Final rating
This phone is competitive because of the snapdragon 888 chip. And there are phones from $800 to $1200 that all have this chip but this one separates itself because of the fast and smooth focus, the software, screen and animation, fast charging, new Hasselblad camera, and all the little things. I think this is a pretty good phone and it worth your money.