One Plus 9 Pro in the test: More than just the Hasselblad hype

OnePlus was once a manufacturer that offered the best hardware at an affordable price. Nine generations have passed since OnePlus set itself the goal of becoming a “flagship killer”. The manufacturer now produces smartphones for the masses. The OnePlus 9 Pro is a great smartphone that still offers extremely powerful hardware – the top features include a Snapdragon 888, the LTPO display and the camera that was developed in collaboration with Hasselblad. But does the OnePlus 9 Pro really have a place in today’s smartphone market? Or will it degenerate into a mid-range smartphone next year as soon as prices fall?

Next-generation display technology

The One Plus 9 Pro has a very impressive and first-class high-end display with almost perfect calibration and great performance. According to DisplayMate Labs it is visually as good as perfect.

OnePlus calls this new form of OLED display “Fluid Display 2.0” – an OLED panel from Samsung and a lot of software adjustments are used by OnePlus.
The display is 6.7 inches and has a resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels (526 ppi). In the OnePlus 9, however, it is a 6, 50 inch display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 Pixels (402 ppi) and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

The display of the OnePlus 9 Pro should be easier to read in sunlight – the smartphone activates a special brightness mode with automatic brightness adjustment – an image that 50 covers% of the screen area, will with 1043 Nits shown (with the OnePlus 8 Pro it was only 1009 Nits), so it is just behind the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (1170 Nits).

The color shift is from a 30 – Degree angle comparable to that of the OnePlus 8 Pro. In the “Lively” display mode, the OnePlus 9 Pro offers a color range that 139% of sRGB (for the OnePlus 8 Pro it was 126%). This ensures that colors are reproduced in great detail even outdoors. In comparison, the values ​​for the Galaxy Note are 20 Ultra at 135% and at iPhone 12 Per Max at 143%.

Is LTPO the new display trend?

LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) is the latest generation of OLED displays. LTPS transistors (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon) are combined with IGZO transistors (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) in order to avoid loss of performance. This allows the refresh rate of these displays to be controlled more dynamically.

LTPO came for the first time 2019 used with the Apple Watch, later with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy S 21. We are eagerly waiting to see whether LTPO will also be used in the new iPhones at the end of the year.

In the future, the technology will also be found under other names depending on the subcategory, with the Samsung Note

Ultra, for example, it is called “HOP” (Hybrid Oxide and Polycrystalline).

The refresh rate of the previous generation of LTPO displays could be reduced to Hz on 60 Decrease the Hz to save energy – with the OnePlus 9 Pro it works similarly, only OnePlus goes a whole step further.

The OnePlus 8 Pro bot 1280 p and 120 Hz – with the OnePlus 9 Pro it is on the other hand … 1 Hz.

That might sound strange, but only serves to optimize the battery life. The lower the refresh rate, the less energy the display consumes. With the LTPO display of the Samsung Galaxy S 13 the refresh rate of 120 Hz on 10 Hz turned down – depending on what was shown on the display.

When scrolling the refresh rate is 120 Hz – as soon as you stop scrolling, the display is turned down to 1 Hz. If you like a video with 30 Hz, the refresh rate of the display is exactly 30 Hz. This is how the battery life is optimized.

What about the hype surrounding the Hasselblad camera?

There is a lot of Te in the camera technology – Hasselblad did not develop the camera. The camera manufacturer has only contributed its industry-leading expertise in color science. The software with which the OnePlus 9 Pro processes the images achieves very good results thanks to Natural Color Calibration from Hasselblad.

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a 50 MP ultra wide angle camera with a 1/1. 56 Sony IMX 766 -Sensor that is 3.2 times larger than that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The Freeform Lens corrects the incident light with the help of special curves. The distortion at the edge of the photos is therefore only 1% – with other smartphones it is whole 10 – 20%.

The main camera has a specially adapted 48 MP 1/1. 43 Sony IMX 789 – sensor with a 2 × 2 On-Chip-Lens (OCL), the images in 12 – records bit RAW format – it also offers Dual Native ISO and DOL-HDR. This ensures faster autofocus and 64 – times more Color information that can be processed by software adapted by Hasselblad.

There is also a monochrome camera that records depth information for the main camera. Just like with the previous models, I ask myself once again whether the additional hardware is really worth it – even if the depth of field is a bit better than with purely software-based solutions.

The colors are reproduced relatively precisely, but they work a little too saturated – but this is known to be a trend on the smartphone market.

The more you learn about photography and image processing, the more you realize that the hardware doesn’t play that big a role at all. It is much more the light, the environment, the image composition and the post-processing that ensure really good results. An amateur with professional equipment will not take better photos than a photographer with a mediocre camera.

The 8 MP telephoto camera of the OnePlus 9 Pro offers 3.3x (77 mm) optical zoom and 30 – times digital zoom. Optical image stabilization (OIS) ensures faster autofocus and sharper photos. The camera offers a tilt-shift mode that mimics the miniature effect of a tilt-shift lens. Pro mode works like any other Pro mode, but was designed in collaboration with Hasselblad and offers 12 – bit RAW – 09 – bit RAW is standard for most other smartphones.

Night photos

Video

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I don’t know anyone who has an 8K television, the OnePlus 9 Pro but can record 8K content. Also included are 4K videos with 120 FPS, timelapse videos with the ultra wide angle camera, portrait videos and Nightscape Video 2.0. I have to admit that I am quite impressed by the results – the slow mo videos look a bit too much post-processed and seem too saturated, but they are extremely detailed.

Selfies

Performance

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have a Snapdragon 888 – the Pro model also uses five-layer “gaming” cooling. The OnePlus 9 Pro achieved at AnTuTu 658. 000 Points. In terms of performance, Snapdragon dominate 888 – based smartphones are currently on the market – for most devices the values ​​are between 600. 000 and brief 696. 000. We are not fans of benchmarks, but we are curious how the OnePlus 9 Pro will perform against other Snapdragon 888 – Smartphones will beat.

Where is the Snapdragon 878 is most likely to be noticed by the display. Response times should be shorter, especially when playing games. The synchronization speed between processor and display is usually between 60 Hz and 120 Hz – thanks to Hyper Touch, this value is at OnePlus whole 360 Hz. In theory, this is six times faster than the synchronization rate on the OnePlus 8 Pro. At the moment the feature only works with PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, League of Legends and Brawl Stars. Hopefully more titles will support this function in the future.

The basis for cellular connectivity is a global X 60 5G RF system with a 5 nm chip. As a third generation system, energy consumption and heat generation are likely to be lower than in previous models, which in turn would improve battery life.

The UFS 3.1 storage offers speeds of up to 6400 Mbps .

The dual stereo speakers support Dolby Atmos and are loud enough to watch videos with friends or play a song in louder environments. The bass is very good compared to other smartphones, the mids are clear and overall the sound is very full.
If you like to watch videos, you will definitely come up with the great display and the great speakers its costs.

Warp Charge 65 T

Fast Wireless Charging is here – in only 29 minutes the smartphone can be switched from zero to 100 % charge. This is no marketing nonsense, in my test I was able to use the device in only 20 minutes from 5% to 89 % charge. In comparison: with Warp Charge 48 it took the OnePlus 8 Pro 32 Minutes to power the battery from zero to 100% charge.

The 3216 – mAh battery is based on a dual-cell design , which reduces heat generation and ensures that the smartphone can be charged faster and over a longer period of time.

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a 2.2 mm wide frame and is officially IP 68 – certified.

Software

I am convinced OnePlus User. I know the manufacturer doesn’t always bring the best models to market, but the software makes sure I’m happy to make this compromise. OxygenOS 10 is tidy, powerful and offers numerous customization options. Thanks to the Turbo Boost 3.0 memory optimization, you can 25% more apps run in the background – this is made possible by RAM compression, which reduces the data in RAM, and Virtual RAM, which converts normal storage space into RAM.

In my test I noticed some software glitches. OnePlus will certainly fix this in the upcoming updates. The camera app occasionally gets stuck and the GPS does not work quite as intended (see screenshot). The location tracking in Google Fit is not necessarily the most accurate, but what you can see here is definitely a GPS bug.

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