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OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro bring Hasselblad expertise to mobile

OnePlus has finally introduced the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. Alright, without further ado, let’s check out the specs of the OnePlus’ new flagship series for 2021. Starting with the OnePlus 9 series, OnePlus has signed a 3-year partnership contract with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad to bring the latter’s camera expertise and experiences into OnePlus devices. OnePlus also introduced the OnePlus 9R and OnePlus Watch too.

OnePlus 9 Pro

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This top handset from the series starts with the elephant in the room, the Hasselblad-powered camera setup. A quad camera sits at the back of the device. We get a 48MP Sony IMX 789 main sensor that can produce 12-bit RAW images. Also, there is a natural color calibration feature with the Hasselblad Pro mode that retains the natural look and feel of photos.

The main cam has got OIS and can record videos at a resolution of up to 8K at 30fps. Next up we have a 50MP ultra-wide shooter. The sensor size is 1/1.56″. The freeform lens used here reduces distortion near the edges to 1-degree as opposed to typical 10 to 20-degree ones. Moving on, there is a 2MP sensor to capture monochrome shots. The camera system is concluded by an 8MP telephoto unit capable of 77mm magnification and features OIS. A selfie camera is a 16MP unit located in the punch-hole cut-out of the display.

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The snapdragon 888 chip sits at the helm of the device along with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. On that note, we now have a Cool Play feature that ensures the temperature is in check during intensive gaming sessions. Storage capacity on offer is 128GB and 256GB of the UFS 3.1 variety.

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Powering up the device is a 4,500mAh battery and topping it up has become much faster thanks to Warp charge 65T (65W). OnePlus claims that a full charge takes around 29 minutes now. OnePlus also introduced the 50W wireless charging dubbed Warp charge 50 wireless taking the battery 43 minutes to charge from empty to full. Connectivity-wise, there’s 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2 onboard.

Visuals are provided by a 6.7″ AMOLED display of the LTPO variety. The refresh rate is a variable 1Hz-120Hz for maximum efficiency and performance. The resolution is QHD+ here. The display boats 1300 nits of brightness and is HDR10+ certified.  And yes, an Always-on display is here too. Residing inside the screen is a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication purposes.

Hasselblad Pro mode in the camera app | Source: OnePlus

The OnePlus is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. With that said, the phone is built entirely from glass and aluminum. Available colors are Stellar Black, Pine Green, and Morning Mist. Prices start from $970 (INR 65,000).

OnePlus 9

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This one is sort of a dialed-down version of its Pro sibling. The camera system now comprises only three shooters (no 8MP telephoto camera) but is still powered by Hasselblad’s expertise. The main sensor is a 48MP one again but is the IMX689 sensor sans OIS. The 50MP ultra-wide sensor from the Pro model is retained here as is the 2MP monochrome unit. 8K video recording with the main camera is possible at 30fps. The same 16MP front-facing camera from the Pro model is seen here.

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The chipset, RAM, and storage configurations remain exactly the same here as on the OnePlus 9 Pro. The battery capacity has been retained and the same Warp charge 65T is here. Wireless charging maxes out 15W though.

The vital change here is the display. It is now a 6.55″ flat display with a 120Hz refresh rate (not adaptive like on the Pro). The brightness tops out at 1100 nits. It is HDR10+ certified and it too received an A+ from Displaymate. The vanilla OnePlus 9 is IP68 sealed for protection.

Available paint jobs are Winter Mist, Arctic Sky, and Astral Black. The OnePlus 9 will retail for a starting price of $730 (INR 50,000).

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