OnePlus 9 Series is Official With a Lot of Specs, Highest Price Yet

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Alright, the day is here – the OnePlus 9 Series has been fully revealed, so we now know all the specs, prices, and when you can buy one. Since OnePlus told us so much leading up to today, let’s make this quick.

The OnePlus 9 Series includes two phones here in the US: the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9. There is a OnePlus 9R for other countries, but we’re a US news outlet, so we’ll focus on just those first two.

For 2021, OnePlus is releasing its most expensive phones ever that also happen to have the best list of specs to date. Starting at $969, you have the OnePlus 9 Pro with a max configuration that tops out at $1,069. For the OnePlus 9, you have configurations that hit $729 and $829 price points. How does OnePlus plan to justify those steep costs? Well, we can run through that.

OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9

OnePlus 9 Series specs

When it comes to raw specs, both phones are very similar. Both phones run on Snapdragon 888 chips with 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB or 256GB UFS3.1 storage, and 4500mAh batteries. They both have WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, in-display fingerprint readers, stereo speakers, AMOLED displays with 120Hz refresh rates, and super fast 65W fast charging.

But as you dive closely into each, the differences start to tell the story of why their prices remain quite different. The OnePlus 9 Pro has the better and bigger 6.7″ QHD AMOLED display with LTPO, while the OnePlus 9’s 6.55″ AMOLED sits at 1080p. The 9 Pro does fast 65W wired charging¬†and 50W wireless charging, while the regular 9 tops out in wireless charging at 18W. The OnePlus 9 Pro is made of metal and glass, yet the OnePlus 9 is unquestionably plastic.

There is a subtle difference in their cameras too. Both sport 48MP main shooters and 50MP wide-angle lenses, but the OnePlus 9 Pro has the newer Sony IMX789 sensor, while the OnePlus 9 has the Sony IMX689 from the OnePlus 8 Pro. The OnePlus 9 Pro also has a telephoto lens that the regular 9 lacks.

Overall, these are very similar phones with few differences that will weigh on your mind as you try and decide which to buy.

 OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus 9
OSAndroid 11
OxygenOS 11
Android 11
OxygenOS 11
Display6.7" QHD AMOLED with LTPO
---3216x1440, 525ppi
---120Hz
---Gorilla Glass
6.55" FHD AMOLED
---2400x1080, 402ppi
---120Hz
---Gorilla Glass
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
MemoryStorage: 128GB / 256GB UFS3.1
RAM: 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5
Storage: 128GB / 256GB UFS3.1
RAM: 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5
Rear CamerasMain 48MP (Sony IMX789)
---f/1.8, OIS, EIS
---23mm focal length, 1/1.43" sensor

Ultra-wide 50MP (Sony IMX766)
---f/2.2
---14mm focal length, 1/1.56" sensor

Telephoto 8MP
---f/2.4

Monochrome 2MP

Video
---8K at 30fps
---4K at 30/60/120fps
Main 48MP (Sony IMX689)
---f/1.8, EIS
---23mm focal length, 1/1.43" sensor

Ultra-wide 50MP (Sony IMX766)
---f/2.2
---14mm focal length, 1/1.56" sensor

Monochrome 2MP

Video
---8K at 30fps
---4K at 30/60fps
Front CameraFront 16MP (Sony IMX471)
---f/2.4, EIS, fixed focus
Front 16MP (Sony IMX471)
---f/2.4, EIS, fixed focus
Battery4500mAh
Warp Charge 65T
Warp Charge 50 Wireless
4500mAh
Warp Charge 65T
15W Qi wireless charging
Connectivity802.11ax WiFi (WiFi 6)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
GPS
802.11ax WiFi (WiFi 6)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
GPS
OtherIn-display fingerprint
USB-C (USB3.1)
Alert Slider
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
In-display fingerprint
USB-C (USB3.1)
Alert Slider
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
ColorsMorning Mist, Pine Green, Stellar BlackWinter Mist, Arctic Sky, Astral Black
Size163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm
197g
160 x 74.2 x 8.7mm
192g

Cameras

Specs and differences aside, the sales pitch here is that these phones bring the “biggest leap forward in camera quality” from OnePlus, thanks to their new partnership with Hasselblad. Through that partnership, OnePlus claims that the Hasselblad Camera for Mobile experience on these phones was “jointly calibrated” by the two companies to bring a more natural and accurate color profile to images.

More specifically in the camera department, the OnePlus 9 Pro’s Sony IMX789 sensor is said to offer “exceptional imaging capability, with leading technologies including 2×2 on-chip lens (OCL), 12-bit RAW, dual native ISO, and DOL-HDR.” It should provide “faster focus speeds, four-times more color information for greater color accuracy, [and] cleaner daytime and night shots.”

Both phones feature the Sony IMX766 ultra-wide angle sensor that tries to reduce distortion at the edges of photos and can be used to take macro shots down to 4cm away. Both also have monochrome shooters, plus the 9 Pro has an 8MP telephoto lens I mentioned earlier.

As for software, there are several camera modes on both phones that you would expect to see in a high-end phone today. The big deal for pro photographers is going to be the Pro Mode that is powered by Hasselblad and lets you finely tune your photo experience with ISO, focus, exposure time, and white balance controls.

The OnePlus 9 Pro’s cameras can even shoot 8K video at 30fps or 4K up to 120fps. For cameras in 2021, it’s all here.

The other goods

The rest of the story is as you would expect from OnePlus. Each phone runs Android 11 and OxygenOS 11, which is one of the fastest and smoothest Android experiences around. That smoothness is helped by the 120Hz refresh rates of each phone’s display, as well as the Snapdragon 888, copious amounts of RAM, and speedy UFS3.1 storage. You get insanely fast charging with large batteries, some fun colors, and a design that typically feels great in the hand.

Pricing and Availability

If you’d like to buy the OnePlus 9 Pro or OnePlus 9, you will be able to pre-order unlocked models through OnePlus’ store starting March 26 with launch day set for April 2. T-Mobile will launch each phone at the same time as the only US carrier with their own models to start. Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo will offer the OnePlus 9 Series too.

OnePlus tells us that these phones will work on Verizon 4G LTE for now, but that they are working to certify them for Verizon’s 5G too. Most OnePlus phones in the past have followed similar paths with Verizon support.

For specific pricing and colors, we have the following:

  • OnePlus 9 Pro (12GB RAM + 256GB storage): $1069
  • OnePlus 9 Pro (8GB RAM + 128GB storage): $969
  • OnePlus 9 (12GB RAM + 256GB storage): $828
  • OnePlus 9 (8GB RAM + 128GB storage): $729

The OnePlus 9 Pro will be available in Morning Mist and Pine Green in the US. The OnePlus 9 will see Astral Black and Winter Mist colorways. There are Stellar Black (OP9 Pro) and Arctic Sky (OP9) colors in other parts of the world.

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