While this has changed more than enough for the OnePlus brand since last year (official entry into the domestic market), as far as the smartphones themselves are concerned, this year’s generation is basically what it was last year. We have two new phones once again: the “regular” and the “professional” edition, while their prices are commensurate with the relatively classic luxury segment. The changes happen mainly in terms of hardware and camera.
Today we will see the top of the rendering of the OnePlus 9 Pro model. He (along with his brother) got a lot of attention even before the announcement, when it became clear that the manufacturer was working on improving the camera with legendary Swedish brand Hasselblad. In fact, you will find the logo of this manufacturer on the back of the phone. But is this enough, along with hardware evolution, to succeed? We will try to answer that.
Will I love the OnePlus 9?
At the beginning of the section on design, we must point out that choosing a color variant is more important than many competitors if you do not intend to put the phone in a cover. There are three colors: green, black and silver. And while the first two have a matte finish, the silver we tested is shiny and trimmed so that you can use part of your back as a mirror.
We support matte finishes openly, and anything that tends to get dirty from fingerprints immediately doesn’t look good to us. This is the case with the silver variant of the 9 Pro, which at least tries to make this style distinctive by adjusting “blurry” to the upper half of the back. The result is a huge fingerprint mask, and if that doesn’t suit you, be sure to look at the other two colors.
Like last year’s 8T model, the phone is still pleasantly thin, and tempered glass on both sides enclose a metal frame. You will also find a silicone cover in the package. The unit with cameras in the back is bigger and more prominent than last year, but nonetheless, it still compares decently to other competitors. OnePlus 9 Pro is also sealed against ingress of dust and water according to IP68 certification.
Traditionally, there is a special button on the side to turn the phone into silent mode, and there is only USB-C from the physical connectors. If you care about the phone, it is an undeniably clean design piece which, given its price, we prefer to have it wrapped with a case. Interesting, for example, was the impressive Kevlar cap inside the printing press packaging.
How does the OnePlus 9 Pro screen work?
In terms of parameters, the display of the novelty is at the top, and we cannot even imagine how much OnePlus can “amplify”, except for truly revolutionary capabilities. The list of parameters includes an AMOLED panel with a diameter of 6.7 inches, on which you will find QHD resolution (1440 x 3216 pixels) and an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz.
There is also a front shot in the upper left corner of the selfie camera. The sides of the screen are round, which is another fairly typical sign of “Premium,” although many users prefer a flat screen display.
Below the display is the fingerprint reader, which has a somewhat unusual location near the bottom edge. You will have to twist your thumb a little more than usual every time you unlock your phone. It’s not something that you won’t get used to, it just amazes us because it came to someone as a good idea already in development.
However, there’s not much to complain about the display except for the low-mount fingerprint reader. Perhaps we can discover that the competition for premium models is already after the best currently Gorilla Glass Victus, while with this phone, Gorilla Glass 5. More common, a bad fall to the ground can be fatal to both types.
How about performance and equipment?
With the OnePlus 9 Pro, there’s not much to do in terms of performance (as is the case with all of the brand’s other models). It is currently equipped with the most powerful processor from Qualcomm which is the Snapdragon 888 with 8 or 12 GB of RAM. 5G support is normal. In the AnTuT performance test, we measured 769K points, which is enough to be one of the most powerful smartphones on the market.
There is also either 128 or 256 GB of data space. As usual, memory card support is missing. For the first memory variable, you may have to delete user data here and there after the usage time; In our opinion, a higher value is still more than sufficient, even without the possibility of further expansion. The phone has two SIM slots (one on each side of the tray). The connector equipment only consists of the aforementioned USB-C, and the wireless does not lack NFC, which you can also use for mobile payments (Google Pay).
OnePlus uses its own Oxygen OS user interface, in this case version 11. It is based on Android 11. However, it is basically a pure Google OS with minor modifications and a large degree of freedom to customize graphics: for example, icon type and animation type To unlock the phone and the like. This is the reason why OnePlus for many of their previous generations was popular among smartphone professionals. They are the closest to pure system experience with small improvements and a large degree of self-interference in the form of the system.
In addition to the basic app gear, you’ll find some additional details about the 9 Pro model. There is a community app to access the Forum, Netflix or YouTube Music. Otherwise, the phone is a clean sheet and you can customize it to your liking. Next to your home screen, you will find a Google Assistant, where you can see daily news, weather, and more.
How about battery life?
After trying out previous models, we’re not expecting anything other than a refocus on flash charging. Again, we have records of crashing the 65W fast charging, 4,500mAh phone battery, which is quite an acceptable value. There is also the possibility of charging the phone wirelessly with a special charger that comes with an output capacity of up to 50 watts.
Enjoy fast charging with the included charger and charge your phone to its full capacity in an amazing 29 minutes. OnePlus has achieved this again thanks to the ingenious fact that the phone has two built-in batteries (each with a capacity of 2,250 mAh) that charge at maximum speed simultaneously.
In just five minutes of charging, you’ll reach 25 percent of capacity, and in ten minutes it’s close to half of it. It’s a really liberating feeling not to have to wait long to charge your phone, if you are in a hurry and only have a few minutes forever. Even a single moment on the charger can make a noticeable difference.
The phone’s endurance is the second thing, and in short, it cannot be described other than what is normally expected. You will be able to empty it with a relatively standard load after about a day, which is something we write slowly about every premium model that doesn’t emphasize heavy endurance.
How does OnePlus 9 Pro take photos?
Hasselblad finally gets to land. This is the bulk of the cover on which OnePlus mainly built marketing a pair of new models. Many people wonder how well these brands collaborate and if it is just a somewhat appealing label, as has been the case in many other cases of collaboration between the two industries. Unfortunately, we must declare that the photographic miracle does not happen.
The phone has four cameras on the back. The main one is the 48MP Sony IMX789 sensor with f / 1.8 aperture and optical stabilization. Ironically, the IMX766’s 50MP wide-screen sensor with f / 2.2 aperture delivers greater resolution. The wide angle sensor is also used to take macro photos, the blade is at a distance of four centimeters. Third, we have a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and digital zoom up to 30x. Its resolution is 8 megapixels, and the brightness is f / 2.4. The fourth party is a 2-megapixel monochrome camera.
Hasselblad specializes in image color calibration and “Hasselblad Professional Mode” software, which in addition to manual control of various values such as ISO, shutter speed, white balance and also the ability to capture images in 12-bit RAW mode with more color data. On the video side, you can shoot in 8K at 30 frames per second, or in 4K and up to 120 fps. There is also a specialized night mode for Nightscape 2.0 video.
We can look at the photography possibilities of a phone from two angles. If we were to evaluate it only in the context of the competition and the possibilities that the smartphone market has, then the OnePlus 9 Pro does not perform badly at all. Photos taken by the phone are of consistent quality across all three sensors, and here you will find a really nice wide angle camera, which is still a secondary function on many other models. Here, though, you really can win it over, and it’s a pleasure to take pictures with it: the images are sharp, and they manage to correct visual distortions well at such a wide range.
The main camera gives very generous results, even when using the night mode, as the previous generation did not outgrow much. On the contrary, the optical near sensor is somewhat weaker, and it also does not support the use of night mode at all. In good lighting you don’t need to be afraid to get close to the photo, but forget about it at night.
The second view is that we view the model as a “Hasselblad cell phone”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t revolutionize photography, the popular brand has helped OnePlus fine-tune the camera and add its own design elements like the typical orange button and software features. However, at its core it is still a relatively classic ‘smartphone camera’, and it has its limitations.
Should i buy the OnePlus 9 Pro?
The OnePlus brand was originally called the “Best Killer Model” because it was able to offer better equipment for less money. However, this has not been the case for several generations: oneplus, on the contrary, are relatively typical premium phones, which correspond to the price of the 9 Pro model: CZK 24,299 for the 8 / 128GB variant.
The OnePlus 9 Pro does a lot of things right. It has a great screen, great hardware, amazingly fast charging, and its camera stands against most competitors. Fans will appreciate OxygenOS ‘cool user interface. If you are one of them and currently own a model from previous generations, you will be happy with the 9 Pro.
However, under the current pressure on the market, not only premium models, but also those of the upper middle class, there are more options for getting “more equipment for less money”. And we don’t even have to compete. For example, OnePlus Nord costs less than half the price of the 9 Pro model, and at the same time you get practically the same portion of user comfort and a number of premium specs.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is likely just another relatively expensive smartphone for the average customer outside of this Chinese brand’s perennial fan base. In spite of some aspects (shipping, wide-angle camera) even the most famous competitors such as Apple or Samsung excel, otherwise investing 24 thousand crowns in a smartphone is something that everyone should really think about.
If the decision is made on the OnePlus 9 Pro, we believe you will not regret it and absolutely love the brand. However, great phones can be obtained today for a lot less, just look for Samsung S20 FE or Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. The decision is up to each of you.