OnePlus is bringing two new state-of-the-art smartphones – and they can do that
A good camera is an important reason to buy for many smartphone users. Manufacturer OnePlus wants to convince with its new devices especially in this area. But the OnePlus 9 and 9Pro don’t have to hide in other ways either.
Smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has presented its two new top devices: the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9Pro. There was also a surprise: The first smartwatch from OnePlus. The motto “Your Best Shot” – in German: your best snapshot – shows that the focus is particularly on the camera.
The OnePlus 9 can do that
OnePlus is particularly proud of its collaboration with the Swedish company Hasselblad, which has been manufacturing cameras since 1841. Through the cooperation, users should receive “breathtaking” photos with the “most natural colors of any mobile device”. OnePlus also recorded the trigger tone of the Hasselblad cameras for its smartphones.
As is common today, three camera sensors are installed: the main sensor has a resolution of 48 megapixels and the ultra-wide-angle sensor with 50 megapixels. There is also a monochrome camera that has a resolution of 2 megapixels. The latter is primarily intended to enable prettier black-and-white shots. The sensor for selfies has a resolution of 16 MP.
The photos of the OnePlus 9 should convince the standard user and can also keep up with the camera quality of the competition. In the test, the color scheme of the photos was close to reality. In the ultra-wide-angle mode, there were also no visible distortions as with some competing products. The OnePlus 9 struggled to focus the image when taking close-ups – the more expensive 9Pro did a better job here. When shooting at night, the device managed to clearly brighten the image if there was still some light left in the area. In addition, there is the OnePlus camera software with many functions such as time-lapse or a tilt-shift mode. Videos can be recorded up to 8K resolution.
In terms of performance, the OnePlus9 is top: The device is 5G-capable and has a current Snapdragon 888 chip with either 8 or 12 gigabytes of RAM and either 128 or 256 gigabytes of internal UFS3.1 memory on board. More performance is hardly possible.
An AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.55 inches is installed as the screen. The refresh rate is 120 Hertz, which guarantees smooth images, especially when gaming. Users can manually reduce the refresh rate to 60 Hertz. In addition, the refresh rate should generally adapt to the usage behavior of the user and automatically downclock when users look at pictures, for example. This helps to save energy.
At 4,500 mAh, the battery is big enough to last for more than a day with standard use. The device is charged to 100 percent in just under half an hour via warp charge. That is record-breaking fast. Wireless takes a little longer. For this purpose, users can also charge other devices with the OnePlus9 using reverse charging.
A shortcoming that could bother some users: the lack of a microSD card slot. There is also no IP certification. According to OnePlus – as with previous devices – this was done for cost reasons. In general, however, the device should be protected against dirt and water.
The OnePlus 9 is available for 739 francs (8GB / 128GB) or 849 francs (12GB / 256GB). The device comes in the colors Winter Mist (a kind of purple), Arctic Sky (a light blue) and Astral Black (black). It can be pre-ordered now.
This is in the OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 9Pro is available for around 200 francs more. In terms of performance, it is the same as the OnePlus 9:
Here, too, buyers get a Snapdragon 888 with either 8 or 12 gigabytes of RAM and either 128 or 256 gigabytes of internal UFS3.1 storage. In everyday life or when playing, the 9 and 9Pro deliver the same performance.
The battery is also the same size – the 9Pro charges wirelessly but significantly faster than the cheaper OnePlus 9. With a screen diagonal of 6.7 inches, the 9Pro is also slightly larger and has a higher pixel density.
The main difference is in the camera: The camera of the 9Pro was also created in collaboration with Hasselblad. Here users get four instead of three lenses. They each have a resolution of 48 megapixels, 50 MP (ultra wide angle), 8 MP (telephoto) and 2 MP (monochrome camera). The front sensor has a resolution of 16 MP.
In the test, the camera of the OnePlus 9Pro basically delivered qualitatively similar images to the cheaper OnePlus 9. However, a closer look showed that the photos looked a bit more detailed. Even in night mode, the OnePlus 9Pro’s image seemed a bit brighter. In addition, the OnePlus9 Pro’s camera enables up to 30x digital zoom and particularly close macro shots. On the other hand, the OnePlus 9 does not manage to focus the image when objects are too close.
The OnePlus 9Pro is available for 979 francs (8GB / 128GB) or 1079 francs (12GB / 256GB). The device comes in the colors Morning Mist, Stellar Black and Pine Green.
The OnePlus Watch is coming
The OnePlus Watch is a novelty: the first smartwatch from OnePlus. As with other smartwatches, users can view messages on the OnePlus device, make phone calls, play music or use the watch as a fitness tracker. OnePlus names, among other things, a blood oxygen saturation monitoring, stress detection, breathing training and warnings if the heart rate is too fast as functional highlights.
The device has a housing size of 46 millimeters, the battery has a capacity of 402 mAh and should last up to two weeks with sustained use and one week with active use. The device has four gigabytes of memory, two of which can actually be used. The watch should be protected against water and dust.
When the OnePlus Watch will be available in Europe is still unknown. In terms of price, it should start from 159 euros (equivalent to 176 francs).
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