OnePlus 9 design and display
Unlike last year, the Pro and non-Pro models will be noticeably different different now. The OnePlus 9 will be back to rocking a flat screen, as opposed to having curved edges. The OnePlus 9’s screen size is rumored to be 6.5 inches, with a 20:9 aspect ratio. In other words, it will be slightly smaller than a Galaxy S21+
Moving on, the OnePlus 9 is expected to have an OLED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. No LTPO tech here, so no dynamic refresh rates — you will have to manually choose between 60 and 120 Hz. As for resolution, it will allegedly be 1080 x 2400 pixels, giving you about 402 pixels per inch. In other words — it will be just fine and sharp-looking, no worries there.
The OnePlus 9 will have a glass back, but no reports for wireless charging have come in yet. The Pro will have it, but the regular model might not. It also — allegedly — won’t have IP 68 rating, though the phone might still be ingress-protected, just not certified.
But hey, on the side of good news — we fully expect the OnePlus 9 to have a microSD card slot in the SIM tray. Hooray for expandable storage?
OnePlus 9 Pro camera
The OnePlus 9 is seen having three cameras on its back — two large lenses and a small dot below them. In 2020, the OnePlus 8 had a main, ultra-wide, and macro camera back there.
As per rumors, the OnePlus 9 will have a 48 MP main camera, a 48 MP ultra-wide camera, and the third one is still a mystery. Maybe it will be a macro yet again, maybe it will just be a depth sensor to help for Portrait Mode effects.
Now, you might be wondering what that “Ultrashot” branding on the camera lens means. That’s an in-house name for OnePlus’ HDR+ tech — strictly software. Our best guess is that it’s placed on the camera to look fancy, but who knows — maybe OnePlus got into lens hardware, too.
So, that’s all well and good, but what do we really expect? Well, the OnePlus 8 had a pretty competent camera. It went a bit too far with color saturation and had a few HDR aura fails, but other than that — not a bad shooter.
It seems that, with the OnePlus 9 series, the manufacturer is digging in and really working on improving that camera. So… maybe it’ll be better than an already good snapper? That’d be cool, especially considering the OnePlus 9 might cost as low as $699, and we certainly can’t wait to test it.
OnePlus 9 specs
In terms of hardware, it seems the OnePlus 9 will be the bee’s knees. A 5 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip will hum under the hood, bringing all that flagship power. It’ll, reportedly, have 8 GB of RAM on the lowest storage tier, which — again — is pretty good. Yeah, some Android flagships go to overkill 12 GB or 16 GB, but 8 GB is just fine for a smartphone in 2021.
And then, for storage, rumors say we will have 128 GB and 256 GB tiers, with the upgrade costing an extra $100. What should this mean to you? Well, most people do just fine with 128 GB of storage on their phone. If you utilize cloud backups and don’t take hour-long 4K clips on the regular, you’ll be just fine. But that 256 GB option will offer tons of breathing room if you feel like you might need it.
All of that will be powered by a 4,500 mAh battery — not the biggest by today’s standards but certainly a generous cell. The OnePlus 8 had a 4,300 mAh cell and it was doing just fine in the battery department.
Not to mention, the OnePlus 9 will support the new 64 W Warp Charge technology. This makes it possible to charge the phone from 0% to 100% in 30 minutes. That’s half an hour for a top-up! Insane and extremely convenient.
OnePlus 9 expectations
If the OnePlus 9 really ends up costing as low as $699, it sounds that it might be a killer deal. The flagship price point of yesteryear, but the flagship specs of today? Yes, please. The only place where it might lag behind the OnePlus 9 Pro, it seems, is the camera department. But if the OnePlus 9 camera is as adequate as the OnePlus 8’s — that may be an easy pill to swallow.