23/03/2021

OnePlus 9 Series: OnePlus Just Dropped Their Next Big Flagships

If you’ve been following OnePlus in the past few weeks, you might think that the new OnePlus 9 series has already been announced thanks to OnePlus’ extensive leaks. There weren’t many new details shared during the official event, which took place on the 23rd of March. We’ve summarised what the new pair of OnePlus flagships bring to the table, and in short, it’s all about the OnePlus 9 series camera that should make the competition nervous, at least judging by the presentation.

OnePlus 9 Series: What's Different?

OnePlus has focused heavily on improving the rear camera performance this year, and in partnership with Hasselblad, OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 9 Pro and the OnePlus 9 will deliver the most advanced camera.

The top of the line OnePlus 9 Pro has a quad camera system. There’s a 48MP main camera with Sony IMX789 sensor, as well as a 50MP ultra-wide lens, an 8MP telephoto lens with 3.3x optical zoom capabilities and a dedicated monochrome camera. The OnePlus 9 features the same main and ultra-wide lenses, but without the 8MP telephoto camera. Both models get a 16MP front camera though. The camera system has been tweaked by Hasselblad to deliver exceptional colour accuracy. Even though this partnership is the main selling point of the new OnePlus devices, it’s worth pointing out that the rear camera design looks more streamlined than on previous OnePlus phones.

OnePlus have also added a few improvements to the display technology and the 9 Pro model features a 6.7 inch AMOLED QHD+ panel that gently curves to the side and includes power saving technology (LTPO). The refresh rate on the 9 Pro model is adjustable, maxing out at 120Hz, and just like the Oppo Find X3 it supports 10-bit colour depth.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 9 didn’t get LTPO power saving technology and features a few slightly lower specifications. It has a 6.55 inch flat AMOLED panel with 2400 x 1080px resolution (versus 3216 x 1440px on the 9 Pro), and a pixel density of 402ppi compared to 525ppi on the Pro model. Both flagships are capable of 8K video recording at 30fps.

There’s no downgrade for the OnePlus 9 chipset as both models are powered by the Snapdragon 888 chip. Depending on which storage option you go for, you’ll get either 8GB of RAM and 128GB, or 12GB of RAM and 256GB. The new pair of flagships also houses the same 4,500 mAh battery and 65W fast charging. The OnePlus 9 Pro is IP68 certified, while the OnePlus 9 missed out on the dust and water resistance.

The new OnePlus 9 Series will be running Android 11 out of the box with Oxygen OS on top, and models will be available in different finishes:

  • OnePlus 9 Pro in Stellar Black, Morning Mist and Pine Green
  • OnePlus 9 in Astral Black, Winter Mist and Arctic Sky

The starting price of the OnePlus 9 Pro is £829 and £629 for the OnePlus 9. Both phones are already available for pre-order. The Pro model will go on sale on the 31st of March, while the OnePlus 9 will be a bit later: the 21st of April.

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