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.
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