The AMOLED screens on both OnePlus phones are bright, colorful, and crisp—Ma Rainey’s black stockings on Netflix looks exceptional, although the color tones are a bit warmer than I would like. The two speakers also sound great.
Both phones have 120Hz screen refresh rates for smoother interactions, but the 9 Pro’s 6.7-inch display is differentiated by the use of an LTPO (low polycrystalline oxide) backplane. temperature) to automatically adjust the refresh rate based on who you are. Make. It can scale the rate from 1Hz if you start with a static image, up to 120Hz if you do something like scrolling Instagram. It’s a win for fuel efficiency, but it’s only available on the Pro model. You won’t find this feature on the OnePlus 9’s 6.55-inch screen. (The Pro also has a curved display, while the OnePlus 9’s screen is flat.)
Don’t worry, though. I did not find a gap in the battery life. The 4,500mAh cell in these two phones lasts for about a full day with regular use, with extra juice to spare for the next morning. Battery life is even less of an issue if you’re carrying OnePlus’ proprietary charger. It’s bulky, but it can fully charge either phone in an astonishing 29 minutes.
Wireless charging is now finally supported on the two models, although the Pro takes the cake for the fastest wireless charging I’ve ever seen (only if you buy and use OnePlus’ proprietary wireless charger). You can reach 100 percent in less than 50 minutes. I’m not in too much of a rush these days, but it’s nice to have such speeds on hand.
I also don’t like the haptic vibration systems of these phones. It’s so faint I can barely feel the phone vibrate. And while OnePlus has gone to great lengths to prevent accidental contact with the 9 Pro’s curved screen, a common problem on previous models, there are now touch recording issues when typing with the keyboard. Keys at the edge of the screen like “P” or backspace only register if you hold the phone in a certain way. It didn’t affect me too much since I’m used to sliding to type, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re an old school thumb jockey.
After initially promising just two years of Android software and security upgrades, OnePlus has given in and now offers three OS upgrades and four years of Series 9 security updates. from Samsung, and goes further than Google in terms of security. Extended support means you end up with a phone that stays secure longer, get new features, and potentially see fewer bugs over time.
Both are good phones, but the OnePlus 9 Pro shows up better with its superior camera system. I had even more fun with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera system, and this phone is regularly on sale for just $ 31 more than the 9 Pro. Keep in mind that Samsung’s phone will get two more years of updates over the OnePlus. There is also no 5G support on AT&T (Verizon support is now available), although that can happen later in a software update.
As for the standard OnePlus 9, I prefer the smarter camera system and software you get with the Google Pixel 5 (or even the regular Galaxy S21, which going for $ 700 nowadays). OnePlus just needs that little extra to give its now well-balanced phones an edge in this ultra-competitive environment. I would also like to remind you that you absolutely do not need to spend that kind of money if you are just looking for a good enough phone – our Best inexpensive phones guide has recommendations for $ 500 and less if you want to spend as little as possible.
If you want to give them a chance, the new OnePlus phones are up for pre-order on March 26 and will officially go on sale on April 2.
Updated July 2021: OnePlus now promises three operating system upgrades and four years of security updates.