OnePlus 9 Pro 5G’s Features In Detail: An In-Depth Review
The OnePlus 9 Pro’s Design
It’s fair to say that OnePlus’ past few models haven’t been heavily inspired by their competitors. The original OnePlus One represented a return to form with a premium build that set a high bar for flagship Android smartphones. And the OnePlus 2 was the first OnePlus phone to embrace the concept of all-glass design. But while the OnePlus 3 and 3T introduced a very important new all-glass design on an all-glass frame, they also brought to the market an all-glass back design that was basically a miniaturized version of the iPhone’s. On the OnePlus 3T, you got a smooth surface with rounded corners and little signs of polycarbonate. And, after all, there’s nothing quite as “Apple-like” as a round-cornered, rectangular device. So the OnePlus 6 tried to move away from this design.
OnePlus 9 Pro has dual-cameras on the rear, like most flagships these days. That’s no surprise, as the company has been dabbling with dual-camera setups for years now. The key difference with the OnePlus 9 Pro is that it uses a horizontal 16-megapixel camera with an f/1.7 lens, rather than a telephoto 16-megapixel with an f/2.6 lens. The difference is noticeable, as pictures taken with the newer model display more dynamic range and overall clarity — they can capture detail in both the foreground and background more consistently. These two are paired up with a 20-megapixel lens on the front that is capable of 2x optical zoom, face detection and portrait mode.
The most high-end component in the OnePlus 9 Pro, aside from the screen, is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. This is a processor that’s already in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Razer Phone 2, and to a lesser extent, the LG V30S ThinQ. This might seem like a rather redundant claim, given that one of these manufacturers (LG) has just announced a device with an upgrade to the Snapdragon 845, but things aren’t quite that simple. The Snapdragon 845 is a brand new, 7nm part of Qualcomm’s mobile processor family. With Qualcomm’s first 4G modem on the new 7nm process node, there are hopes for significant improvements in performance and power efficiency, and those hopes can be verified with some tangible, real-world results.
Pricing and Availability
OnePlus, just like the market in general, is undergoing rapid change. That change is largely due to the explosion of high-quality smartphones. This year alone has seen the launch of five major new flagship phones from major manufacturers: Google Pixel 3 XL Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Huawei Mate 20 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 9 And each of these flagships is better than the one that came before. But the reality is that every few years we get a “perennial” flagship that can go toe-to-toe with the best that the world has to offer. And right now, we’re living in a time when that’s exactly what we’re getting with the OnePlus 9 Pro, which delivers a flagship-grade package with the latest high-end specs, performance, and a design that’s more beautiful and sophisticated than any of its competitors.
while the technical specs are better in this phone, the numbers can never tell the whole story when it comes to a phone’s quality and style. While it is certainly a great phone in terms of design, the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack and a lack of memory expansion while on the “Platinum” variant make the OnePlus 9 Pro feel like an early adopter device. That’s not to say the phone is without its redeeming factors, however. For starters, the lack of a headphone jack isn’t much of an issue if you’re a self-professed audiophile who spends hours on end listening to music or podcasting. Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that OnePlus has marketed this phone as a flagship that can also double as a smartwatch — it is pretty.