The OnePlus 9 presents the identical top-performance, slick expertise and lengthy battery life because the agency’s finest telephone however with just a few corners reduce to slice £200 off the value.
The £629 handset seems to be virtually equivalent to its more expensive sibling, the £829 OnePlus 9 Pro. It has a touch smaller display screen that’s flat reasonably than curved on the sides, and the sting of the telephone is plastic not metallic, however the remaining is in impact a duplicate – which is an effective factor.
The 6.55in OLED display screen is brilliant, vibrant and handsome, with its 120Hz refresh charge preserving animations and scrolling tremendous easy. The display screen has an FHD+ decision, making it barely much less crisp than the QHD+ show on the 9 Professional, however it’s in keeping with competitors from Samsung and others.
Most important display screen: 6.55in FHD+ OLED (402ppi) 120Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8 or 12GB of RAM
Storage: 128 or 256GB
Working system: Oxygen OS 11.2 primarily based on Android 11
Digicam: Triple rear: 48MP huge, 50MP ultra-wide, 2MP monochrome; 16MP front-facing
Connectivity: 5G, twin nano sim, USB-C, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 (AAC, aptX/HD, LDAC) and site
Water resistance: none
Dimensions: 160 x 74.2 x 8.7mm
Fast, easy and super-fast charging
The OnePlus 9 has the highest chip accessible to Android units, Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 888 processor, with at the least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It matches the 9 Professional for pace and easy expertise, making it one of many fastest-feeling telephones accessible.
It additionally has superb battery life, solely needing charging each different night time. It lasts just below 47 hours with the display screen used for five.5 hours in varied apps, which means a single cost lasts from 7am on day one till at the least 5am on day three.
OnePlus says the battery ought to final 1,000 full-charge cycles whereas sustaining at the least 80% of its unique capability. The battery may be changed and the smartphone is generally repairable by OnePlus in the UK.
The corporate presents a trade-in programme for its personal telephones and fashions from rivals. It didn’t touch upon the usage of recycled supplies in its smartphones. OnePlus doesn’t publish environmental affect assessments however did publish a sustainability report in 2019.
Oxygen OS 11.2
The 9 ships with the most recent model of OnePlus’s Oxygen OS, which is likely one of the most refined and bloat-free western-oriented variations of Android 11 accessible. It’s quick, slick and simple to make use of, with a very good quantity of customisation choices that aren’t overwhelming.
OnePlus presents software program help for 3 years from launch, together with two years of Android model updates after which an extra yr of safety updates bimonthly. Samsung presents 4 years and Apple presents 5 for his or her respective telephones, so OnePlus nonetheless has work to do.
On the again of the telephone are three Hasselblad-branded cameras, together with a 48MP predominant and 50MP ultra-wide, plus a gimmicky 2MP “monochrome” digital camera that may be safely ignored.
The 50MP ultrawide digital camera is identical as equipped to the 9 Pro, making it probably the greatest accessible, capturing good pictures throughout a spread of sunshine ranges whereas supporting Nightscape and different particular modes.
The principle 48MP digital camera is completely different to that fitted to the 9 Professional, missing just a few of the extra superior applied sciences. Nonetheless, the captured pictures are very comparable, being typically well-exposed and balanced however a little bit oversharpened when blown as much as full measurement. Low gentle efficiency was strong, if a little bit extra susceptible handy shake because the digital camera lacks optical picture stabilisation, whereas the devoted Nightscape mode works properly. There’s a very good macro mode and a few enjoyable digital camera results to play with alongside the “Hasselblad Professional” mode for in depth handbook management just like a DSLR camera.
There’s no optical zoom, which means something magnified past 3x with digital zoom lacks element. The 16MP fixed-focus selfie digital camera shot some great-looking photographs in good lighting however was a little bit comfortable on element when seen at full measurement and lacks a devoted low-light mode. Video captured as much as 8K at 30 frames a second was good, too.
Total, the digital camera is usually good for the cash however a scarcity of optical zoom and its tendency to oversharpen pictures is barely disappointing.
Name high quality and 5G efficiency on Three was wonderful.
The display screen is roofed within the older Gorilla Glass 5, not the most recent considerably extra shatter-resistant Gorilla Glass Victus.
The telephone comes with a pre-installed display screen protector and a very good clear rubber case within the field.
The OnePlus 9 has taken the agency considerably back to its “upstart” roots, providing a top-flight expertise for considerably much less cash than premium smartphone rivals.
However to take action the corporate has reduce corners that it hasn’t resorted to up to now, resembling utilizing plastic reasonably than metallic for the telephone’s body, and but it’s nonetheless asking for £30 greater than final yr’s excellent OnePlus 8. It makes the 9 good worth however not fairly the cut price earlier iterations have been identified for being.
There are nonetheless few rivals priced beneath £650 that supply the mixture of pace and slick expertise, huge display screen, strong digital camera and good software program you get with the OnePlus 9. However with solely three years of software program help, there are telephones providing equally nice experiences and higher worth over the long run from rivals Samsung and others for under a little bit extra.
Professionals: tremendous slick, lengthy battery, prime efficiency, good 120Hz display screen, good software program, speedy charging, quick fingerprint scanner, alert slider, good digital camera, decrease value.
Cons: solely three years of software program help, digital camera can oversharpen pictures, no optical zoom, display screen glass not the hardest accessible, no water-resistance score, plastic body.