OnePlus 9 Specs: All You Need to Know
OnePlus 9 Specs
Android 8.1 Snapdragon 845 6.41-inch OLED AMOLED 18.7:9 aspect ratio Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 6/8GB of RAM 64/128GB of storage Dual rear camera Rear fingerprint sensor Face unlock No headphone jack IP68 water and dust resistance 3,700mAh battery Main specs 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB or 8GB of RAM 64GB/128GB of storage with MicroSD support up to 256GB Dual 16MP + 20MP rear cameras (with OIS on the wide-angle lens) 16MP front-facing camera Dual SIM (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 3,700mAh battery Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS/GLONASS/BDS, 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C Android 8.1 (Oreo) with OxygenOS 5.
Design and Display
The OnePlus 2 changed the game when it came to design in 2016, but the company has found its stride again. The OnePlus 5 introduced a glass back, and the OnePlus 5T removed the front-facing fingerprint sensor and moved the camera to the back. These are both subtle changes that suit the rest of the phone and OnePlus, and they make the OnePlus 9 a winner no matter what color you choose. The OnePlus is slick and polished, thanks to its glass back and metallic accents, and it sits comfortably in your hand thanks to its weight (168g). It’s not a slab by any means, but it’s light, and not too big or heavy to hold for extended periods. The phone is also quite comfortable to look at, with clean, no-frills design. There’s nothing fancy here, but it’s not trying to be either.
The OnePlus 6 set the bar high for performance thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of RAM, and even those specs seem to have been pushed to the limit. Whereas the OnePlus 6 uses this type of processor in its entry-level variant, the OnePlus 9 has the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in its best configuration, as well as a whopping 8GB of RAM. While the initial signs we saw after benchmarking the phone didn’t look promising, once we actually used it for several weeks, we couldn’t help but notice how snappy the phone felt. Many times when running older apps or games, the phone felt fast and responsive. As for gaming, it should be able to handle most games that are currently available, at least until Android P rolls out to fully support the Android Go Edition.
Camera and Battery
OnePlus’ OnePlus 6 camera was good, but not great. In fact, it was sometimes on the wrong end of the phone’s capabilities, struggling to compensate for problematic autofocus. Thankfully, that wasn’t a consistent occurrence with this phone. But the new camera has some specific problems that other phones don’t. At first glance, it looks like an improved version of the 6. The rear camera has been swapped out for a bigger, brighter lens with a much improved lens aperture. The same sensor is still inside, but the new optics have done some nifty things. One of the biggest changes is with the color temperature and saturation.
The OnePlus 5T was one of the best Android phones of the year, and the OnePlus 6 didn’t quite reach the same level, though it improved upon the experience in several ways. The $530 price tag is certainly one reason to think twice before jumping to the OnePlus 9, but we can see the appeal here. It’s a no-brainer if you’re looking for a great Android experience at a compelling price. It also has the chops to compete with Apple’s iPhones and one of the best low-cost smartphones in the world, as the 5T did before it. What are your thoughts on the OnePlus 9? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments below.