- Price: 64,999 Rs onwards
- Specifications: 6.7-inch screen, 3126x1440p resolution, 120 Hz AMOLED liquid with LTPO, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8 / 12GB RAM, 128 / 256GB storage, 48MP wide camera + 50MP ultra-wide + 8MP telephoto + 2MP monochrome camera, 16MP front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 5G, Type-C, 4500mAh battery, fast wireless charging
- Colors: Morning fog, pine green, star black
- In the box: OnePlus 9 Pro 5G, Warp Charge 65 power adapter, Type C to Type C cable, case, screen protector, SIM tray ejector
Most new phones that appear on the market usually intend to challenge the champions of their category. But with OnePlus 9 Pro, the company severely overthrew existing title owners and ushered in a new era of “leading companies”. With the top models of the leading Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max exceeding the limit of 1 lacquer, the OnePlus 9 Pro for 64,999 Rs has set a new benchmark.
With top-notch specs, the OnePlus continues to offer a flagship experience with its latest OnePlus 9 Pro and is approaching Samsung’s Galaxy. But unlike the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the OnePlus 9 Pro isn’t about zooming in and capturing the moon as it gets closer to capturing iPhone-like images. All this hype about the Hasselblad partnership has put the OnePlus 9 Pro in the spotlight. Finally, in the past we have witnessed stunning camera phones from the partnership of Huawei and Leica – P9, P30 Pro to name just a few.
For starters, the OnePlus-Hasselblad partnership worked to achieve natural color calibration and nothing out of the ordinary. And OnePlus 9 Pro justifies the claims. The images taken with this smartphone are well balanced with the natural colors, very similar to the results I get from the iPhone 12 series. But if you love the super bright, vibrant and saturated colors of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S series, the camera of this phone will disappoint you a bit.
Of all the shots I took with the OnePlus 9 Pro, my favorite was the bright pink adenium flower with water droplets on the green leaves that looked stunning. However, there were times when I felt that the camera had not done justice and instead leveled the color, especially with clouds and some bright colors indoors.
Overall, images taken with a 48MP primary sensor are sharp. The Smart Scene Recognition feature, which intelligently recommends the best shooting effect, is welcome. But the automatic macro function was a bit of a hassle because it was constantly switching between sensors when it was closer to the object. Fortunately, I was able to turn it off.
In addition to the main sensor, OnePlus also focused on the ultra-wide lens by adding a large 50MP sensor that helped with edges without distortion. There have been cases where I have found that the color accuracy of an ultra-wide sample is better than the main sensor, especially when it is aimed at the sky. In addition, there is an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and a 2MP monochrome camera.
30x digital zoom is nothing to admire. However, the monochrome filter does an impressive job. Then there are ways to help with all types of shots. Software-guided Nightscape does a good job of capturing images in low light and darkness, but only when I managed to hold the phone for a few seconds. Place it on a tripod and take great shots.
In addition, Hasselblad’s Manual Pro mode captures stunning images – professional photographers would love to use it. Several of the partnership’s cosmetic additions also include an orange shutter button, the same shutter sound as on Hasselblad cameras, and the watermark branding of Hasselblad. In addition, it shoots videos at 30 frames per second at 8K or 120/69/30 fps in 4K resolution. The 16MP front camera takes decent selfies. All in all, the camera doesn’t disappoint.
But the OnePlus 9 Pro isn’t just about its camera, as the screen, performance and battery make it a great flagship smartphone. The 6.7-inch looks super-bright and is readable even in bright sunlight. OnePlus used LTPO technology for greater control over the refresh rate. Smart 120Hz is included where the refresh rate is based on the scenario and also saves battery.
Hyper Touch (off by default) improves touch response speed and frame rate stability during gameplay and can make a difference in gameplay for selected games, including Call of Duty, PUB-G, and others.
However, it’s not just the screen but also the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The overall performance of the OnePlus 9 Pro is superb, with no signs of lagging behind running multiple apps in the background, including games, streaming videos, video editing and more. He warmed up a bit after a long gameplay and camera session, but there’s not much reason to worry.
Complements the experience of a clean Oxygen OS (my second favorite after Android) with apps neatly placed in the app tray. And unlike Apple and Samsung, which removed the charging adapter with the latest flagship model, OnePlus did not.
A 65T Wrap charging adapter has been added to the box, which shows a 4,500 mAh battery from 0 to 100 in less than 30 minutes. It also supports wireless charging, which is just as great – because the Wrap 50 wireless charger (3,990 kn) does the job in just 45 minutes. The 4,500 mAh battery was good enough to last me one day with medium heavy use. And the high power adapter came in handy.
All in all, the OnePlus 9 Pro looks neat, simple and nothing out of the ordinary. Just like other Android-leading models, the OnePlus used glass front and rear, which curves towards the edges merging into an aluminum chassis. This makes it quite comfortable to hold.
The OnePlus bell slider – my favorite – is still on the right panel, accompanied by the power button. There is no headphone jack and the speaker is next to the charging port. The fingerprint scanner on the screen is slightly pointed towards the bottom panel, which sometimes makes it difficult to unlock because I’m afraid the phone won’t fall. The back is neat with the camera module raised and the OnePlus tag in the middle. However, the shiny back of my examination unit (Morning Mist) attracted fingerprints and I had to clean it often.
Verdict: It is not and does not have to be an iPhone 12 Pro Max or Samsung S21 Ultra, nor a competitor. This is OnePlus 9 Pro. Period!