OnePlus 9 is upon us, having just been launched today, with the OnePlus 9 Pro. We got the special media kit press version, which includes a huge red box, a 50W wireless charger and two cases. 2021 is the year when OnePlus announced its partnership with Hasselblad, the Swedish brand that put the first camera on the Moon, with the Apollo 11 mission. OnePlus has been appreciated for the past few years for its clean software, nifty designs and great screens.
Fast charging was there from the get go, but the camera never quite really took off. This year things may change… Now let’s see the OnePlus 9 unboxed.
Unboxing and design
The device is priced at $850 (with $10 voucher) and inside the box we found a 65W wired charger, a case, USB-C to USB-C cable, metal key and manual. The box keeps the same rectangular and red packaging and as far as the design is concerned we’ve got a frame made of fiberglass and combined with polymer. We have a mirror finish for the back (made of glass), but the top side looks frosted. Interestingly, the device measures 8.7 mm in thickness in Europe and 8.1 mm in China. It also weighs 192 grams in Europe and 183 grams in China. It could be the fault of antennae/modem differences.
Available in the hues Winter Mist, Arctic Sky and Astral black, the smartphone doesn’t have the same IP68 certification of the Pro version. It’s easy to handle, wield and turn around with a single hand, but it draws some prints at the back side.
- Size: 160 x 74.2 x 8.7 mm, 192 grams
- Colors: Winter Mist, Arctic Sky, Astral Black
- OS: Android 11, OxygenOS 11.1
- Processor: Snapdragon 888
- Configs: 8/12 GB RAM LPDDR5 + 128/256 GB UFS 3.1
- Unlock: in display fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
- Connectivity: 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C
- Battery: 4500 mAh, 65W wireed charging, 15W wireless charging
- Audio: stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
- Display: 6.55 inch AMOLED, 120Hz, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 402 ppi
- Selfie camera: 16 MP (IMX471, FF, f/2.4)
- Main camera: 48 MP (wide, IMX689, EIS, 7P) + 50 MP (ultra-wide, IMX766, 7P, f/2.2) + 2 MP (monochrome)
- Video capture: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps
The main novelty here is the Hasselblad partnership, which will last for 3 years and involved $150 million investments. There will be 4 R&D labs all over the world and the new devices come with Hasselblad color calibration, 12 bit RAW capture, which offers 64 more color info than 10 bit color phones. The biggest innovation is the 50 megapixel ultrawide camera with Sony IMX766 sensor and a freeform lens. This one is able to came Macros at 4 cm and also decreases distortion from 10-20% to 1%.
We also get features like Dual Native ISO, Tilt Shift, Nightscape Video 2.0, which lets you film during the night time while walking. We also get 2X2 Chip Lens OCL technology, 3-HDR and 8K video capture.
This feels more like a gaming phone, than a cameraphone, not having the telephoto camera of the Pro version. It does have the cool new ultrawide camera and the powerful 12 bit and Nightscape Video 2.0 filming. The price is actually not bad, on par with the Xiaomi Mi 11, which this device can easily fight. You can get it here with a $10 voucher.