OnePlus has just officially announced its two new flagships: OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, this Tuesday, March 23rd. The two flagship smartphones are powered by a Snapdragon 888 chipset with a 120 Hz AMOLED display and have a triple and quadruple 48 MP camera module from Hasselblad and are powered by a 4,500 mAh battery without any price increase.
The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will retail for € 699 and € 899, respectively. I’m looking forward to the test devices of the OnePlus 9 Pro and the “Vanilla” OnePlus 9, which are expected to arrive at the end of the week. As always, we offer you a summary of all official information about the two new OnePlus flagships here.
After a quick update of the respective datasheet of the two models, we will summarize the main new features of this range as well as the main differences between the base model and its Pro version.
OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
|model||OnePlus 9||OnePlus 9 Pro|
|processor||Snapdragon 888||Snapdragon 888|
No microSD slot
No microSD slot
|size||160 x 74.2 x 8.7 mm||163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7 mm|
|Weight||192 grams||192 grams|
|Battery capacity||4500 mAh||4500 mAh|
|Audio||Two stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos||Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos / 3.5 mm headphone jack|
|IP certified||No||IP 68|
|operating system||OxygenOS 11 is based on Android 11||OxygenOS 11 is based on Android 11|
|price||From € 699||From € 899|
OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro: The most important new features
The OnePlus x Hasselblad Camera module
With the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, the collaboration with Hasselblad is only software-based, as is the case between Huawei and Leica. Hence, you will still see the same main Sony IMX689 sensor that is already present on the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro and 8T. However, the OnePlus 9 Pro benefits from a newer sensor in the form of the Sony IMX789.
The highlight of this Hasselblad camera module would be the calorimetry capability. OnePlus promises that its new natural color calibration solution, based on Hasselblad’s know-how, will result in greater color accuracy and therefore more realistic photos.
The highlight of the main sensor would be the support of native 12-bit RAW with two ISO values, which is apparently the new buzzword for photophiles (as I understand, which translates into MANY colors on a photo) and DOL-HDR. DOL stands for “Digital Overlay” and consists of taking several pictures with different exposure values and then combining them in order to optimize the dynamic range.
The 50 MP wide angle lens with its “free form” lenses
Both models also have a Sony IMX766 ultra-wide-angle lens with 50 MP compared to 16 MP and 48 MP on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The main difference would be the integration of so-called “free form lenses”. These are several lenses with irregular surfaces that are superimposed asymmetrically with respect to their axis. The idea is to direct the captured light so that the distortion effect typical of large FOV optics is limited.
Here OnePlus promises to limit the distortion effect to less than 1%. A figure that doesn’t mean much right now, but the free-form design of an ultra-wide-angle lens has already proven to be a miracle on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
As for the rest of the specs, the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will ship the virtually unusable 2 MP monochrome sensor, and a special 8 MP telephoto lens will again be reserved for the Pro model.
Liquid AMOLED display with LTPO technology and 1300 nits of brightness
Both the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro have an AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz in Full HD + or QHD + resolution. However, the panel of the Pro model has LTPO technology, which stands for “polycrystalline low-temperature oxide”.
In particular, this technology is mainly aimed at optimizing the support for an adaptive update rate, which consists in offering different rates depending on the usage scenario. For example 120 Hz for games, 60 Hz for videos and 30 Hz for system navigation. OnePlus would like to offer a variation from 120 Hz to 1 Hz for reading text or viewing photos.
The display of the OnePlus 9 Pro should also offer a touch sampling rate of 360 Hz. This is the number of times the screen can register a touch. This is an important concept for gaming as it ensures better responsiveness and accuracy of touch controls. For reference, the latest gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 5, offers a touch sampling rate of 300 Hz, but the Xiaomi Mi 11 has already broken all records with its refresh rate of 480 Hz.
The panel of the OnePlus 9 Pro can also display a maximum brightness of 1300 nits. It’s not the brightest screen on paper as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s display is 1500 nits, max.Note that screen quality isn’t measured by its ability to burn your retina anyway.
The Snapdragon 888 chipset
Unsurprisingly, both the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro include the Snapdragon 888 chipset, Qualcomm’s latest high-end 5G SoC. We find the tri-cluster structure with a Cortex-X1 clocked at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A78 clocked at 2.42 GHz, and four Cortex-A55 clocked at 1.8 GHz under the hood .
OnePlus claims it actually learned this from the OnePlus 8T in order to develop an efficient cooling system by enlarging the vapor chamber and using thicker layers of graphite as well as larger copper films to better manage temperature control.
It is still impossible to verify these claims as I did not disassemble the smartphone, but I will leave this cruel but necessary task to the specialists who love to indulge in such a heartbreaking effort.
Wireless warp loading with 50 watts
Wireless charging on OnePlus’ flagships isn’t all that big of news anymore as the manufacturer FINALLY offered it on last year’s OnePlus 8. Apart from the fact that this year it is not only no longer exclusive to the Pro model, but will also be more powerful.
The OnePlus 9 receives a wireless 15-watt Qi charging function, while the OnePlus 9 Pro receives the brand new 50-watt warp charge – and can also be charged wirelessly. OnePlus has caught up with the competitors Xiaomi and Huawei, which were ahead in this department. For fast wired charging, it’s Warp Charge 65T with … 65 watts, as seen on the OnePlus 8T.
OnePlus 9 vs. OnePlus 9 Pro: The main differences
OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro come in the following configurations:
The easiest way is to list the features or technical data items that are exclusive to the OnePlus 9 Pro. Then it’s up to you to check if the price difference is justified or if the base model is competitive enough.
Exclusive functions for OnePlus 9 Pro are:
- Sony IMX789 main lens newer than the Sony IMX689 on the OnePlus 9 with OIS + EIS vs. EIS only on the OnePlus 9
- Special telephoto lens for optical zoom
- LTPO technology for the screen and a smarter adaptive refresh rate
- 50 watt wireless fast charging
- IP68 waterproof certification
- Curved display !!!
Here’s everything we have for the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro launch. The 50 MP ultra wide angle camera module, the wireless 50 watt charging function, Warp Charge 65T and the tactile sampling rate of 360 Hz are a nice addition to the models from last year. Only the 4,500mAh battery remains a disappointment in my opinion.
As a reminder, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will be available at prices starting at € 699 and € 899, respectively. What do you think of these two new flagships? Do you find them competitive enough to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S21 / Plus / Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 11 or Oppo Find X3 Pro?