The OnePlus 9 Pro-Specs & Review

Now it’s time to take a look at the top flagship from OnePlus- the OnePlus 9 Pro. This one has all the best features that are missing on the non Pro model, the OnePlus 9. Beside the screen size and resolution, the main difference between the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pros’ camera systems is the addition of a dedicated telephoto camera on the OnePlus 9 Pro.

                         OnePlus 9 Pro

Dimensions 163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7 mm (6.43 x 2.90 x 0.34 in)
Weight 197 g (6.95 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame

IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

Display LTPO Fluid2 AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak)
Screen Size 6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~90.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 3216 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~525 ppi density)
Glass Type Corning Gorilla Glass 5
OS Android 11, OxygenOS 11
Chipset Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680
GPU Adreno 660
Card Slot No
Internal Storage 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1
Memory/RAM 8GB/12GB
Main Camera 48 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.43″, 1.12µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.4, 77mm (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3.3x optical zoom
50 MP, f/2.2, 14mm (ultrawide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Video 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS
Selfie Camera 16 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.0µm
Video 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
Sound Yes, with stereo speakers
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, SBAS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
Battery Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 65W, 1-100% in 29 min (advertised)
Fast wireless charging 50W, 1-100% in 43 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery
Colors Morning Mist, Forest Green, Stellar Black

DESIGN AND DISPLAY

If you happen to have a chance to take a good look at the OnePlus 8 Pro, then you might be very familiar with the design of the OnePlus 9 Pro. The front glass is not as aggressive as it was on the OnePlus 8 Pro but it is still curved.

image credit:Kamrin Dembranis

On the rear, the OnePlus 9 Pro features a new camera array with the Hasselblad branding in the top left corner. It also features Gorilla Glass 5 both on the front and back with an aluminum frame in the middle.

The OnePlus 9 Pro is dust and water-resistant with an IP68 rating. On the sides, there you find the power and alert slider on the right and the volume buttons on the left. On the bottom of the phone are two-slot speaker grille, USB-C port, and SIM tray design while at the top is the noise-canceling mic.

DISPLAY

Interestingly, the display on the 9 Pro uses a new display technology that OnePlus promises should reduce the power consumption of the panel by up to 50 percent. The OnePlus 9 Pro has a 6.7-inch, 3216 x 1440 resolution, 10-bit LTPO AMOLED display which enables the new ‘Smart 120Hz’ feature that variably adjusts the refresh rate all the way down to 1Hz if it needs to.

INTERNALS AND SOFTWARE

Just like the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro boots with Android 11 and OxygenOS on top of it. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform powers this device(as well as the Pro model) with an embedded X60 5G modem.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is an eight-core processor made up to three clusters that over performs the Snapdragon 865 by up to 25% with better even efficiency too. The top cluster is a single 2.84GHz Kryo 680 Prime using ARM’s Cortex-X1 design. Next there’s a triple core made up of Kryo 680 Gold cores @ 2.42GHz based on Cortex-A78.

Lastly, there’s a quad-core cluster of efficient and low-power Kryo 680 Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Onto the graphics is the Adreno 660 which promises 35% increase in performance over the previous gen Adreno 650.

The OnePlus 9 Pro, comes with LPDDR5 RAM that the company claims can run at speeds of up to 6,400 Mbps and UFS 3.1 storage (non-expandable).

For all mobile gamers out there (myself included) OnePlus has introduced a new feature called Cool Play which helps the phone dissipate heat from the glass panes so that u can have consistent fluid gaming without interruptions from the heat.

CAMERA

There’s a four camera array on the back of the OnePlus 9 Pro in a rectangular arrangement. The top most camera is the 50-megapixel resolution and 14mm equivalent f2.2 7P free form ultra-wide lens, next is the main 48MP shooter and 23mm equivalent f1.8 7P lens with OIS and dual native ISO.

image credit: Kamrin Dembrans

The lower-left camera is a 2MP monochrome sensor and the last one is the 8-MP telephoto camera with 3.3X magnification factor over the main lens and OIS and has an aperture of f2.4. On this cluster you’ll also find an AF laser, the video microphone and flash. See how it did in the Photo and Video Quality Test..

BATTERY

Like the non Pro model, the OnePlus 9 Pro uses dual 2,250 mAh cells that sum up to a total battery capacity of 4,500 mAh. In 2020 OnePlus debuted 65W charging with the OnePlus 8T, but the 9 and 9 Pro get an upgrade in charging speed with Warp Charge 65T. Both phones received improvement that “reduces internal charging resistance” so the battery can accept peak wattage for longer times before dialing down.

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