OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 debut with Hasselblad cameras

The OnePlus 9 Pro starts at $969 and the OnePlus 9 starts at $729

Not long after announcing its partnership with Hasselblad, OnePlus has announced the newest iteration of its flagship series, the OnePlus 9 series. The announcement features two new phones from the lineup, the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro, as well as a couple of accessories and its first connected wearable, the OnePlus Watch.

OnePlus Pro 9
OnePlus Pro 9

As the company mentioned in an earlier announcement, the new OnePlus 9 series will be carrying the company’s newly developed flagship camera system, Hasselblad Camera for Mobile. The camera systems between the two models are different, however, with the OnePlus 9 carrying a triple-rear camera system while the Pro variant carries a quad-camera system. Both will run on Hasselblad’s software.

The OnePlus 9 Pro is equipped with a 48-megapixel main camera with a custom-designed sensor that was co-engineered by Sony. This technology unlocks features such as 12-bit RAW support, dual native ISO, and DOL-HDR. The phone’s second camera is a 50-megapixel ultra-wide camera with OnePlus’ FreeForm lens that’s able to bring down distortion levels known of the wide-angle lens to just 1%. It also allows users to take macro shots with a focusing distance of just 4cm. Its last two cameras are an 8-megapixel telephoto with 3.3x zoom and OIS, and a 2-megapixel mono camera.

OnePlus Pro 9
OnePlus Pro 9

The OnePlus 9’s setup isn’t too different and just does away with the 8-megapixel telephoto lens. It carries the same 48-megapixel main, 50-megapixel ultra-wide, and 2-megapixel mono camera.

Both equipped with the new Hasselblad Pro Mode, users will be able to experience Hasselblad’s expertise in producing natural and accurate colors. The software provides a multitude of controls with a revamped UI based on Hasselblad’s image processing software. Fine-tune controls such as ISO adjustment, exposure time, white balance adjustments, and more are also available as well as support for RAW format.

Both phones exhibit a couple of other similarities starting with their design. Continuing the OnePlus standard design aesthetic, the OnePlus 9 series phones are crafted with the concept of “burdenless design.” The bodies feature a curved design to make the device easier to hold and are optimized to minimize discoloration and mistouches. The OnePlus 9 comes in three colors — Winter Mist, Arctic Sky(not available in North America), and Astral Black. The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, comes in Morning Mist, Pine Green, and Stellar Black (not available in North America) and also holds an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

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OnePlus Watch

For their display, both the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro are capable of up to 120Hz refresh rates. The main difference is that the OnePlus 9 Pro is equipped with Fluid Display 2.0 which integrates LTPO technology to provide a wider range of refresh rates. The OnePlus Pro is capable of refresh rates of 1Hz up to 120Hz unlike the OnePlus 9 which exclusively operates on either 60Hz or 120Hz. Both phones also carry some display features such as automatic color temperature adjustments, support for HDR10+, ambient light sensors, and more.

Internally, OnePlus’s new flagships carry the latest Snapdragon 888 processor that’s meant to deliver 25% faster CPU performance and 35% faster graphics rendering compared to previous generations. The new processor also uses the world’s first 5nm baseband architecture, the X60, for delivering fast, low-latency 5G mobile speeds at low power consumption and heat.

The OnePlus 9 series phones both have a battery capacity of 4,500mAh with support for OnePlus’s Warp Charge technology. This allows the devices to charge from 1% to 100% in just 29 minutes. Additionally, both are also capable of wireless charging. With Warp Charge 50, the OnePlus 9 Pro is able to gain access to the company’s fastest-ever wireless charging technology, a charging technology that surpasses most of what’s available on the market, a full charge via a 25W wireless charger will take just 43 minutes. The OnePlus 9 exhibits the same wired charging speed but supports just 15W Qi wireless charging.

The OnePlus 9 will be available at the starting price of $729 for the 8GB + 128GB variant and $829 for the expanded 12GB+256GB variant. The OnePlus Pro will have a starting price of $969 for the 8GB+128GB variant while the 12GB+256GB variant will go for $1,069. Both devices will be available on various e-commerce platforms. T-Mobile pricing may vary. Pre-orders will start on March 26th and both phones will be available on the OnePlus website starting April 2nd.

Stay tuned for our in-depth review of the OnePlus 9 Series.