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OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro with Hasselblad tuned cameras with Snapdragon 888 processor

OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have been launched globally, including in India. Unlike previous years, the company has unveiled three smartphones under its range, including the OnePlus 9R, apart from the regular two smartphones. Both the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro come with cameras that have been co-developed with Swedish legendary camera maker Hasselblad.

OnePlus warmed up the crowd a few weeks ago by announcing its three year, $150 million partnership with legendary camera maker Hasselblad. Hasselblad cameras flew on Apollo 11 to the moon, now they come equipped on the latest Snapdragon 888 flagship.

The OnePlus 9 Pro introduces Fluid Display 2.0 and Warp Charge 50 Wireless charging. It also has a bespoke Sony IMX789 image sensor in its main camera. The vanilla model has its own upgrades.

OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro specifications

Both OnePlus mobile phones run Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 out of the box and rock Snapdragon 888 SoC under the hood. The handsets are also 5G capable and sport 120Hz refresh rate punch-hole displays. While the OnePlus 9 sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, the 9 Pro ships with a 6.67-inch QHD+ AMOLED display. The latter is also IP68 water and dust resistance certified, supports 50W fast wireless charging, and packs quad rear cameras comprising 48MP + 50MP + 8MP + 2MP sensors. The vanilla OnePlus 9, on the other hand, features triple rear cameras with a 48MP primary sensor, 50MP ultra-wide sensor, and 2MP monochrome sensor. 

At the front, both phones house a 16MP snapper in the punch-hole setup for selfies and video calling. The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro both are driven by a 4,500mAh battery with a 65W fast charging solution. Only the Pro model supports 50W wireless fast charging

Review: 

the OnePlus 9 comes with many features you will get on the Pro model. There's the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with 5G support that offers excellent performance. I tested the phone with multitasking and even edited a few videos on the device but didn't notice any lags or slowdown. Like other OnePlus phones, the OnePlus 9 also comes with gaming-oriented features like the Gaming mode and Fnatic mode placed within the Games app. Despite playing for a few hours, I didn't notice any heating issues on the smartphone.

I tested the OnePlus 9 with heavy-graphic games like Call of Duty and Asphalt 9. The phone offers excellent aesthetics for gaming, and that's also partly because of the stunning display panel.

OnePlus features a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED Display with a 120Hz refresh rate, FHD+ resolution and 513ppi pixel density. It's worth noting unlike the Pro model, the OnePlus 9 comes with a flat display, and it sports a 2.5D flat panel. It sports a 19.8:9 aspect ratio. The panel is bright and offers colour accuracy and details. The display on the 9 can offer a peak brightness of 1,100 nits and comes with HDR10+ certification. I had a great time watching videos on the OnePlus 9, and some of the credit has to be given to dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos.

OnePlus 9 review: Verdict

At a starting price of Rs 49,999, the OnePlus 9 will not be an easy recommendation. However, when you consider the overall package that includes the flagship-grade Snapdragon 888 SoC, 120Hz display, a massive battery with 65W fast charging, and a promise of timely updates - then the OnePlus 9 seems a great value device.

In simple words, if you're in the market and do not want to spend more than Rs 50,000 on an Android smartphone, then the OnePlus 9 is for you that offers you top-notch performance. With the use of polymer frames, the OnePlus 9 does miss out on the premium appeal, but it still feels sturdy for everyday use.

In case you're not someone who would not mind a year-old phone, which is still reasonably good, then you can also go for the OnePlus 8 Pro, which is likely to see a price cut in India soon after the OnePlus 9 series launch, published by - The Beyond News (Technology) 

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