OnePlus, known for offering some of the best smartphones at the best price, unveiled its Series 9 smartphones and the OnePlus Watch at an online event on Tuesday.
This year, OnePlus entered into a three-year partnership with Hasselblad, the famous Swedish camera manufacturer. But have they made enough progress to warrant an upgrade to the 9 Pro, or are consumers better off opting for the latest generation at a lower price?
In this article, we compare the OnePlus 9 Pro to the OnePlus 8 Pro to see what improvements the new device has and how they differ.
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Looking at the design, the OnePlus 9 Pro retains a similar shape to the 8 Pro, but sees some changes on the device. The camera hump in the middle of the back has become a panel aligned with the left edge, just like on the 8T. The screen also showed a reduction in size and curvature around the edges.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The hardware manufacturer also mentioned some changes to the device. The first of these is the Cool Play, which consists of a graphite and copper heat dissipation system. Second, the batteries are split, allowing for faster charging.
On the front of the device, you can see the difference due to the lower curvature and smaller size, but the position of the front camera remains the same – shifted to the left.
Both devices are IP68 waterproof thanks to their glass and aluminum construction and come in a variety of colors. The 8 Pro is available in black, blue and mint green, while the 9 Pro is available in black, silver and green.
Compared to the 8 Pro, the new device’s screen is a bit different. The device measures 6.7 inches, compared to 6.78 inches for the previous generation, and has a thinner curvature, as we mentioned earlier. The next big upgrade is the LTPO panel, which allows the 9 Pro to adaptively refresh between 1Hz and 120Hz – the 8 Pro had 60Hz or 120Hz fixed.
Apart from these physical aspects, there is a slight change in the QHD+ resolution due to the changed aspect ratio – (3216 x 1440) on the 9 Pro and (3168 x 1440) on the 8 Pro.
Both devices feature HDR10+ certification, 10-bit color depth and a claimed maximum brightness of 1,300 nits.
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As for the cameras, OnePlus not only redesigned them significantly, but also improved the sensor on the 9 Pro.
On the 9 Pro, users will find a 48MP primary sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide-angle, an 8MP telephoto and a 2MP monochrome lens. According to OnePlus, the new smartphone can now record 4K images at 120 frames per second using a dedicated Sony IMX-789 primary sensor.
On the 8 Pro platform, users will find a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 689, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a 5-megapixel color sensor. 4K video recordings are limited to 60 frames per second.
On the front of both devices is a similar 16-megapixel camera.
As mentioned earlier, photos taken with smartphones depend on the post-processing they undergo. This year’s models have larger sensors, and OnePlus’ partnership with Hasselblad could lead to an improved color gamut, giving the new device an edge.
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The overall battery capacities of the 8 Pro and 9 Pro are not that different – 4,510mAh and 4,500mAh respectively – but there have been significant changes to the internal design and charging technology.
The 9 Pro features the split battery that OnePlus introduced for its smartphones with the 8T. So you can use Warp Charge 65T and wireless charging at 50W.
Charging the 8 Pro is limited to 30 watts via wired or wireless methods.
The new system promises a zero-to-hundred cycle in 29 and 43 minutes using both wired and wireless methods. The 8 Pro takes 23 and 30 minutes to reach fifty percent of its capacity with both wired and wireless charging.
To get wireless charging at 30W and 50W on the 8 Pro and 9 Pro, users will need to purchase a OnePlus charging station.
The 865 was replaced this year by the Snapdragon 888, a significant leap forward that brings integrated 5G modems, a 5nm manufacturing process for greater efficiency, and a 25% improvement in processor performance.
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The variants offered this year are similar to last year’s, with only two variants, one with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB internal storage and the other with 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.
Prices for each option are listed below.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro is available in two configurations in India and the US.
- 54,999 INR (or $899) for 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.
- INR 59,999 (or $999) for 12GB RAM + 256GB storage.
OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 9 Pro is available in two configurations in India and one in the US.
- 64,999 INR for 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.
- INR 69,999 (or $1,069) for 12GB RAM + 256GB storage.
If you look at these two devices objectively, the number of changes is minimal – with the exception of the camera – but together they form a compelling proposition, but do you need to take it to the next level?
We feel, not yet. As mentioned earlier, Hasselblad’s improvements to the camera – this year – are solely focused on changes in color science. The next two years of the $150 million partnership with OnePlus could lead to hardware improvements that could make the upgrade more attractive.
So if you have an 8 Pro, you better keep it, because the new model doesn’t offer much beyond the changes that usually happen every year.
|Category||OnePlus 9 Pro||OnePlus 8 Pro|
|show||AMOLED 6.7 QHD+ 2.0 liquid display (Adaptive 120Hz, between 1Hz-120Hz)||6.78-inch QHD+ AMOLED LCD display|
|Processor||Snapdragon 888||Snapdragon 865|
|Camera||On the back: 48MP wide angle + 50MP ultra-wide angle + 8MP telephoto lens (3.3x zoom) +
black and white 2MP front camera: 16MP
|On the back: 48MP wide angle + 48MP ultra-wide angle + 8MP telephoto + 5MP
color sensor in front: 16MP
|Storage||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB|
|RAM||8GB, 12GB LPPDR5||8GB, 12GB LPPDR5|
(supports 65W wired charging via warp charging 65T
supports 50W wireless charging via standby charging)
(supports 630W wired charging via 30T Warp Charging
supports 30W wireless charging via its own charging station)
|Colors||Black, silver, green||Black, blue, mint green|
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