This comparison is based on leaks and rumors about the OnePlus 9 Pro. When the phone is released, we will update this article with the official information.
The best thing we can do right now is systematically filter everything we know about the OnePlus 9 Pro and compare it to its predecessor – the OnePlus 8 Pro. As always, we’ll be looking at several key categories: design, display, performance, cameras, and battery life.
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OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro at a glance:
- 6.7″ 1440p Adaptive 120Hz LTPO OLED vs 6.8″ 1440p 120Hz AMOLED
- Snapdragon 888 with integrated Qualcomm X60 5G modem vs Snapdragon 865
- 8GB RAM/128GB storage base models
- 48MP f/1.8 main camera with Hasselblad branding vs 48MP f/1.8 main camera
- 64MP f/ 2.2 aperture ultrawide camera vs 48MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera
- 3.3x zoom camera vs 8MP telephoto camera 3.0x zoom
- 4,500mAh battery vs 4,510mAh
- 65W fast charging vs 30W fast charging
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro: design
The OnePlus 8 Pro was an evolution in design, compared to its predecessor. From the slim bezels around the display to the curved sides and edges on the front and back, the OnePlus 8 Pro sports a premium design. The construction and materials used are also similar to previous OnePlus phones, using an anodized aluminum frame and curved glass on the front and back. The OnePlus 8 Pro features an elongated vertical camera bump positioned in the upper center on the back of the phone.
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro: display
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro: hardware and performance
The last generation OnePlus 8 devices came with Snapdragon 865 chipsets onboard and although you wouldn’t call these slow, there are gains to be had with the new architecture. Of course, OnePlus 9 Pro benchmarks are currently not available but a Galaxy S21 Ultra vs OnePlus 8 Pro comparison would be the closest thing to give us an idea of what to expect, given the Snapdragon 888 processor in the Samsung flagship.
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro: camera system
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a quad-camera setup, although the fourth one is just a “color filter camera”. The main camera sports a 48 MP sensor which takes 12 MP photos by default, and the ultra-wide camera has a 48 MP sensor as well. There’s a telephoto camera on board that boasts 3x optical zoom and that’s pretty much it. All in all, the camera system on the OnePlus 8 Pro is a well-rounded performer. You can take sharp and vivid images with lively colors, nice portraits and epic landscape sweeps.
The camera system of the OnePlus 9 Pro on the other hand has one key difference and it’s spelled “Hasselblad”. We can’t really compare both camera systems right now, due to the lack of sample images, but in theory, the Hasselblad partnership should result in a better overall performance in the camera department. As for the camera modules on the OnePlus 9 Pro, there’s a 48MP f /1.8 main camera with Hasselblad branding, a 64MP f/2.2 aperture ultrawide angle camera, and a 3.3x zoom camera. There’s also a mysterious fourth snapper— it might be either a depth sensor, a macro camera, or another color filter.
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro: battery life
The big news is that the OnePlus 9 Pro will support ultra-fast 45W wireless charging, as well as 65W wired fast charging via Warp Charge. Now given that the OnePlus 9 Pro will have a 120Hz variable refresh rate display and the Snapdragon 888 chipset, we can expect even better endurance than its predecessor – the OnePlus 8 Pro.
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro: price
The premium OnePlus 9 Pro is scheduled to be announced at some point next month but the price of the phone remains a mystery. There are several ways OnePlus can play this one out. The company could try and match the OnePlus 8 Pro price at launch ($899 for the 8/128GB model), or get the price down in order to better compete with the Galaxy S21 lineup. Although the Galaxy S21 Ultra costs $1,199 and the OnePlus 9 Pro is aiming to compete at this level, so even an $899 price tag is going to be a bargain.