OnePlus 9 Pro Smartphone review

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with a new partnership with Hasselblad, and is a serious contender for the best Android phone overall.

Fast Talk

The OnePlus 9 Pro is the culmination of the company’s efforts over the past two years, as it provides superior power, a great camera experience with all the features you’d expect from a leading smartphone at the present time. It’s a phone that can honestly compete with the best phones from the biggest brands, but there’s no denying that the OnePlus 9 Pro is an expensive option for your next phone.

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a premium design, with a 6.7-inch QHD display that delivers powerful brightness levels and astonishing detail, with an ultra-smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

The design comes with a glass back and a choice of three colors to make sure your new OnePlus device matches your style.

And on this phone the company has put a lot of emphasis on photography here, which includes partnering with legendary camera brand Hasselblad to improve how colors are process.

In terms of photography, OnePlus has made notable improvements and is now an option that can compete with the likes of the iPhone 12.

The phone also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, and the phone is fully capable of doing everything you need it to be.

Battery life isn’t the best we’ve ever seen in a smartphone, but it can last you an entire day.

Overall, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the best smartphone the brand has ever made, and it can comfortably compete with other advanced options, such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

FOR

  • Cool design
  • Beautiful 120Hz screen
  • Excellent performance
  • Fast wired and wireless charging
  • Great cameras

AGAINST

  • The morning fog model is very slippery
  • Night images are inconsistent

Pricing 

The price of the OnePlus 9 Pro is about 829 pounds, with specifications as follows: 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, or 929 pounds with 12 and 256 GB.

This is considered a reasonable price considering the features it offers, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a recommend retail price of 1,149 pounds, and Oppo Find X3 Pro costs 1099 pounds.

Key Specifically

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display6.7in QHD+ OLED (525 ppi) 120Hz
RAM8 or 12GB of RAM
Storage128 or 256GB
CameraQuad rear camera: 48MP wide, 50MP ultra-wide, 8MP telephoto, 2MP monochrome; 16MP front-facing camera
SystemOxygen OS 11.2 based on Android 11
Connectivity5G, dual nano sim, USB-C, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 (AAC, aptX/HD, LDAC) and location
Water resistanceIP68
Dimensions163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm
Weight197g

OnePlus 9 Pro Stylish and eye-catching design

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a cool and eye-catching design, for example the OnePlus 9 Pro camera unit is a lot of work, and a bit inconsistent with the simplicity on the back of the phone.

There are four lenses, laser autofocus, an LED flash, and a microphone – along with the Hasselblad logo.

There is a lot packed in the upper left corner of the phone, and the surrounding materials all have a nice semi-matte look.

OnePlus 9 Pro four lenses, laser autofocus, an LED flash, and a microphone - along with the Hasselblad logo

And what really distinguishes the OnePlus 9 Pro is the curved screen and the minimal edges of the top and bottom, this phone outperforms both the Galaxy S21 Plus or the iPhone 12 Pro.

The screen’s precise curve does not hinder ease of use with occasional touches, and there is only a hole punch in the upper left corner to spoil the entire viewing experience.

And at 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.34 inches, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a big phone. But at only 6.9 ounces, it’s also very light and easy to use.

There is an optical fingerprint sensor built into the screen which is very good, very fast and at times I couldn’t distinguish it from the ultrasound reader on the Galaxy S21 Plus.

But overall the touch engine is amazing – on par with the iPhone 12 Pro in my opinion – and it also provides a great tapping and typing experience.

The OnePlus 9 Pro is available in two colors Morning Mist and Pine Green, and the two colors have a beautiful mirror-like sheen.

Display: AMOLED Screen , Bright

The OnePlus 9 Pro has “Fluid Display 2.0” technology, as the 6.7-inch panel is based on LTPO AMOLED lighting. This allows for more efficient performance due to lower temperatures.

The screen has a peak brightness of 1300 nits, and it comes with support for HDR10 +, and features a precise curve along the edges with improved protection against accidental touches.

Oneplus 9 pro display

Another great advantage is that the curve is completely reduce when compare to the OnePlus 7 Pro and 8 Pro, which makes it much better for writing and rejecting accidental touches.

And LTPO technology allows the screen to range from a refresh rate of 1 Hz to 120 Hz, depending on the content you are watching.

OnePlus says its variable refresh rate display consumes half the power of a full-time 120Hz panel.

During testing, we found the scrolling stuttered a bit instead of flowing as smoothly as it does with the 120Hz setting.

The OnePlus 9 Pro screen also includes a 360Hz response rate, which is what OnePlus calls Hyper Touch, and this considers that there is higher support for the response rate, including PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty: Mobile.

The OnePlus 9 Pro’s Full HD + display is incredibly smooth when scrolling or navigating around websites or any other content.

The brightness is excellent, the colors are spotty, and the screen temperature is finely tune, they are simply amazing, albeit a huge blow to battery life.

You can also control the screen behavior in the program. In addition to the blue light filters, you can adjust color effects and soften game animation.

Cameras: Pictures are of good quality, bright and very balanced

As for the camera on the OnePlus 9 Pro, there are four cameras bearing the Hasselblad brand on the back, which include a 48-megapixel main camera, a 50-megapixel super wide, an 8-megapixel 3.3x telephoto camera, in addition to a 2-megapixel monochrome camera.

The main camera of 48 megapixels is generally good, and upon tests we Find that it captures images well-lit and balanced with neutral color balance.

Oneplus 9 pro Camera

With the main camera, you can shoot at full size 48 megapixels, and by default it is set to 12 megapixel photos, so you get better results.

The quality of the images in low light was also very good, and the dedicated night mode works well in dark scenes, but the backlit images may look a little dull, just do not blow them up at full size and they will look great.

The 50MP ultra-wide camera is one of the best sensors available, as it takes good pictures and supports night scene and other modes.

As for the 8-megapixel telephoto camera, it has a magnification of 3.3x, which is somewhat good for a phone without a telescopic zoom system, and it also has significantly lower performance in low light than other cameras.

With regard to the selfie camera, it comes with 16 megapixels, and we took some great pictures in good lighting, but it was a little soft in the details, and it also dealt with low-light conditions fairly well.

The OnePlus 9 Pro camera can shoot video at up to 8K resolution at 30 frames per second, with some interesting features such as night mode or portrait mode for video.

A really special mode is Hasselblad’s redesigned “Pro” mode, which contains plenty of control options for things like ISO, white balance, shutter, and focus.

Battery Life and Charging

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with an average battery life, but it will last you a full day on a full charge with typical use.

The 4,500 mAh battery is large, and the OnePlus 9 Pro can hold its own against most of our smartphones now in this section, and with intense use we found that the phone will not work for a whole day, but fortunately there are great fast charging technologies here to enable you to charge your phone. Quickly when you need to.

Where there is a 65-watt wired charging, and the OnePlus 9 Pro supports 50-watt wireless charging, which is one of the highest specifications we have seen for this technology.

And it comes with a new charger in the box, the company hasn’t removed the charger from the box like the competitors.

Super smooth and amazing performance

The performance of OnePlus phones is known to be extremely impressive, no less than the competitors in the market, even with gaming phones floating around those huge batteries and high performance modes that extract every bit of power from the processor, the OnePlus 9 Pro stands firmly in front of it all.

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a Snapdragon 888 processor, which is considered the best on-chip system you can get in an Android device, along with an 8GB or 12GB RAM, and the phone generally performed very fast when I was editing Docs, Slack Messaging, or Listen to Spotify.

And in the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the OnePlus 9 Pro scored 1,126 in single-core and 3,685 in multi-core.

IPhone 12 Pro scored 1,595 in the single-core test and 3,880 in the multi-core test.

And in our Life Unlimited wifey graphics test, the OnePlus 9 Pro managed 34.5 frames per second with a score of 5,755.

And OnePlus 9 Pro has OnePlus Cool Play, a multi-layer cooling system that transfers heat to the outer frame, making the phone more comfortable to hold while playing games for a long time.

All in all, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a solid phone, practically identical to ROG 5, and is OnePlus’ most expensive device to date.

Software: Oxygen OS , Sustainability

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with the latest version of OnePlus’ Oxygen OS, based on Android 11.

Oxygen OS is one of the most accurate western-oriented versions of Android that is free from bloating, for example providing a reasonable amount of customization, from basics like being able to remove unwanted icons to changing the visual appearance around the fingerprint scanner when pressed with your finger.

Oxygen OS is fast, smooth and easy to use, especially if you have used the standard Android experience provided by Google.

And the OnePlus 9 Pro comes with software support for three years of release, including two years of Android version updates and another year of security updates every two months.

The battery on the OnePlus 9 Pro is rated for 1,000 full charge cycles while maintaining at least 80% of its original capacity.

The longevity is supported by the optimized charging system, you can also replace the battery and the smartphone can generally be repaired by OnePlus in the UK.

Conclusion

In general, the OnePlus 9 Pro is another great smartphone, as it has an absolutely amazing performance, in addition to being well-made from the Chinese brand.

The OnePlus 9 Pro competes with many other famous names such as Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series and other products available online.

But battery life is among the many things that hinder a phone, and some may also be dissatisfied with a lost microSD card, but 256 GB should be enough storage space for most people.

But in the end, we can say that the OnePlus 9 Pro is its best effort in years and is totally worth considering even at a shy price of only $ 1,000.

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