Past experience and many market survey results tell us that after the average consumer decides to buy a high-end mobile phone, there is a high probability that it will eventually choose between the iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy series (in China, it also counts. Huawei’s flagship). The new flagship OnePlus 9 Pro brought by OnePlus this time is based on the fact that OnePlus 8 Pro counterattacked the true flagship market last year and further launched an impact on high prices.
Compared with the previous generation, OnePlus 9 Pro will still provide 8GB RAM plus 128GB storage and 12+256 versions, but the listing prices of both have increased by 70 US dollars (about 450 yuan), respectively to 970 US dollars ( Approximately RMB 6,320) and US$1,070 (approximately RMB 6,970). Such a price is even very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in some areas. Then, Hasselblad has strengthened the camera. At least on the book, the OnePlus 9 Pro, which has almost no short version, can really afford such a price? The following are some of the experience of our main station colleagues after experiencing it in advance.
Hardware and screen
Although OnePlus only made a cool-looking mobile phone like the color-changing glass version and the “Cyberpunk 2077” version 8T last year, the appearance of the OnePlus 9 Pro is relatively conservative. On this new body, you can still find elements such as dual speakers and silent levers. The original rear camera in the vertical center has also become the more common “Mahjong” type. Fortunately, the degree of protrusion has been reduced, and it will be more stable on the desktop than in the past.
It is worth mentioning that this time the OnePlus 9 Pro has also obtained the IP68 dustproof and waterproof certification. It seems that with the price increase in the past two years, the factory’s attitude towards cost allocation has also become different from the past. Up. In addition, the body is available in three colors, black, silver, and green, with a weight of 197g and a thickness of 8.7mm. OnePlus also conforms to the industry trend, reducing the curvature of the left and right sides of the screen. The outer gorilla glass will still be slightly curved on both sides, but the inner panel does not extend to the edge, so the accidental touch is greatly reduced, and the handling experience has been greatly improved.
Speaking of the screen, OnePlus 9 Pro is equipped with a 6.7-inch 3,216 x 1,440 AMOLED panel. Its peak brightness can reach 1,300 nits, which is stress-free for outdoor use. At the same time, the colors are moving, which can well meet the requirements of audio-visual entertainment. The colleague of the main station believes that it is one of the best displays that they have seen this year. In addition, its refresh rate has also reached a maximum of 120Hz, and with the support of LTPO technology, it can achieve adaptive adjustment from 1Hz to 120Hz. Although we have seen similar solutions on some of Samsung’s flagship phones, generally speaking, the lower limit will be set at 10Hz, and will not drop as low as 1Hz. It is said that this change is promoted by OnePlus (which should also be part of Oppo) and Samsung Display. In theory, it should be able to bring some additional battery life advantages to OnePlus 9 Pro.
Like the Find X3 that was unveiled not long ago, OnePlus’ new flagship also has a so-called overclocking response mode. Its function is to increase the synchronization frequency between the screen and the processor by 3 to 6 times during the game, so as to achieve the purpose of accelerating the touch response. In addition, in the media playback part, the new machine also provides functions such as dynamic compensation and ultra-high resolution mode (the latter seems to only support Instagram and Snapchat for the time being?). Generally speaking, it is believed to be able to meet the entertainment needs of most users. .
OnePlus’ obsession with speed is not surprisingly “inherited” to the OnePlus 9 Pro. In addition to the fast display just mentioned, the device is also equipped with the Snapdragon 888 processor, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage that are standard on the flagship phone in the first half of this year. The performance of this combination should not need to be introduced too much, and the main station editor is generally very smooth when used. Of course, there is also credit for the lightweight system.
The non-National Bank version of OnePlus 9 Pro will still be pre-loaded with OxygenOS based on Android 11. It generally maintains a close-to-native style. At the same time, it also has Zen mode, Insight AOD standby display and other features that highlight brand differentiation. The National Bank version of the new phone has been determined to switch to Oppo’s ColorOS 11, and its functions and aesthetic standards are not low. Porting it to OnePlus phones can be regarded as the hope of many domestic users.
In terms of battery life, the OnePlus 9 Pro has a built-in 4,500mAh battery, and the actual use time is basically the same as this year’s mainstream flagship. With the highest resolution enabled, the master editor can survive a day in most cases. In the case of heavy use, the resolution or refresh rate can also be lowered to relieve the pressure on the battery. However, it should be pointed out that during the epidemic, colleagues relied on Wi-Fi for more time to surf the Internet than 5G. If you will use the mobile network for a long time, your conclusions may be different. As for the charging part, OnePlus 9 Pro supports 65W wired and 50W wireless charging. Although it is not at the top level, it is not a slow configuration.
The camera is the most noteworthy aspect of OnePlus 9 Pro, because people familiar with the brand probably know that this part is almost never their advantage. The photos taken by the OnePlus phone are not bad, but there is still a clear gap compared with the top players. In order to make up for this, they spent a lot of effort on hardware selection this year, and they also brought in the old camera manufacturer Hasselblad to help. The strategic cooperation agreement lasts for three years.
The two companies will “jointly promote the development of camera systems for OnePlus flagship phones” in the future, and OnePlus 9 Pro is the first fruit of their cooperation. This phone will use the “Hasselblad Natural Color Optimization” program that Hasselblad and OnePlus have spent several months in preparation. Its role is to help the device produce more accurate and natural colors. In actual use, you can really appreciate the value of this program. Using 48MP Sony IMX789 sensor, f/1.8 lens with optical image stabilization, the main camera can take very realistic photos (daily output 12MP), with the help of another 2MP black and white camera, the main picture details Also maintained quite well. In the dark environment, the new version of the night scene mode can also take better results than in the past.
In addition, the ultra-wide-angle camera of OnePlus 9 Pro also claims to have reached the “main camera” level. It uses Oppo’s first 50MP IMX766 sensor, and it also has the same free-form lens as Find X3. The existence of the latter can make the mobile phone reduce the distortion of the picture, but although the effect is seen from the imaging point of view, it still feels that there is still room for improvement. The better point is that this camera is quite satisfactory in terms of detail presentation.
To say that this four-camera system has the most obvious shortcomings, it is estimated to be 8MP telephoto. It can shoot 3.3x optical zoom, with optical image stabilization, but the resolution of the photo is indeed low. And in the process of real shooting, this camera will have a clear tendency to overexpose in bright scenes. On the whole, its performance is only useful. In fact, the weakening of the telephoto seems to have become a strategy that many manufacturers will choose this year. The other way around may only be Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Huawei P50 flagship, which is expected to arrive soon.
The above mentioned are all the experience in the camera’s automatic mode. Another change brought to OnePlus by the cooperation with Hasselblad is the “Hasselblad Professional Mode” developed based on the previous camera software. In addition to adjusting the conventional ISO, shutter speed, focus and other options, experienced users can also call up the histogram, switch color characteristics, or enable peak focus and other tools. Not surprisingly, users on OnePlus 9 Pro can also add a special watermark in collaboration with OnePlus and Hasselblad, and turn on the special shutter sound of Hasselblad.
In terms of selfies, the 16MP front camera of this phone is not very good, and sometimes the photos taken are not clear enough. As for the video recording, the device can record videos up to 8K 30fps, and the details, colors and latitude are not bad. In addition, there is also a fun function such as tilt-shift photography in the camera app. My colleagues at the main station tried it, but they did not leave a deep impression.
Although it sounds like nonsense… But there is no doubt that OnePlus 9 Pro is the brand’s best phone to date. It has good strength and balanced performance in all aspects. For many people, it is a true flagship worth considering. It’s just that when some people think about it, it is inevitable that they can actually buy a product like the Galaxy S21 Ultra at a similar price. For the current OnePlus, it may still be not a simple matter to win the hearts of these consumers.