OnePlus 9 Pro: A perfect smartphone or just another high priced android ?

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The OnePlus 9 Pro is so good that giants like iphone don’t stand a chance in front of it. Here’s what makes it so perfect.

PROS

  • Really high QHD+ resolution
  • Faster refresh rate of up to 120Hz
  • Premium design
  • Stylish colors
  • Powerful loudspeakers
  • Natural looking photos
  • Variety of camera features
  • Can record  4k and 8k videos
  • Fast charging
  • Can automatically switch between brightness levels
  • Hyper-real responsiveness which is perfect for heavy gaming

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Majority of games only run at 60fps
  • Poor battery life

OnePlus 9 Pro Price in Nepal and Release Date

The device is priced really high. While it will release in the second week of May, we can speculate the official price of the OnePlus 9 Pro in Nepal to be around Rs.117,000 for base variant. Although there is also a 8/256 GB variant, it was not released in India so we speculate it will not be available in Nepal. Talking about it’s price, it is sold at 709 pounds in the UK.

Model Name and VariantSpeculated Price in NepalRelease Date
OnePlus 9 Pro (8/128GB)Rs.117,000May 14
OnePlus 9 Pro (12/256GB)Rs.125,000May 14

Overview

After OnePlus unveiled the 9 series in the last week of March, the internet has gone crazy because of the distinguishable look of OnePlus 9 Pro. The series contains three smartphones: 9, 9 Pro and 9R

It has also been confirmed that the OnePlus 9R is cheaper than it’s siblings and is exclusively manufactured only for the Indian market. That’s why it will not be released in other countries including Nepal. However, as Nepal is a neighbouring country of India, you can expect it to be available in our retail stores. 

Talking about the release of 9 Pro in Nepal, it might hit the Nepalese market from mid of May. Similarly, you can believe the launch of OnePlus 9 in the last week of May. 

In this blog we will be purely talking about OnePlus 9 Pro which is the most premium smartphone in this series.

OnePlus 9 Pro Review:

Design

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a pretty large display with 90.3% screen-to-body ratio. There’s a circular punch-hole on the top left corner of the screen that houses a small selfie camera. The fact that there are no bezels on top as well as bottom of the phone, it gives a premium look to the device and helps you use more area of the screen. 

Similarly, it looks glamorous from behind, essentially due to the extraordinary design of the main camera and the three color options of Stellar Black, Morning Mist and Forest Green. It has undergone major design changes as the pill shaped structure was changed to a rectangular module with rounded corners. Other than that, it also has a stylish OnePlus logo in the middle.

The OnePlus 9 Pro has an aluminum frame with curved metal edges. On the right, you can find a power button and a silence slider used for muting the phone. And left is placed with a volume button. It also has a USB-C slot for charging the phone, speaker grille and a SIM card tray, on the bottom. 

Display

OnePlus 9 Pro features a 6.7 inches Fluid 2.0 display. This AMOLED panel comes with a QHD+ resolution which means the pictures look natural and the text seems sharper. Like most of the top-end smartphones, it can also reach a refresh rate of 120Hz. This will give a snappier and ultra-smooth screen viewing experience. The refresh rate is important when playing heavy games as it prevents screen lag. 

The OnePlus 9 Pro also has an adaptive refresh rate to save the battery. So, it automatically changes the refresh rate according to the task that you perform. As per the company, the phone can juice the full potential of 120Hz while heavy gaming or scrolling through social media, upto 30fps for watching videos and use just 1Hz for viewing photos or reading texts.

Just like its predecessor OnePlus 8 Pro, this new model also features a fast responsive fingerprint scanner on the display and comes with a tough Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protecting the screen from scratches and bumps. 

Performance and Memory

The powerhouse of this device is Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 octa core chipset which is combined with Adreno 660 GPU. The reason why OnePlus 9 Pro is one of the fastest smartphones in the market is because of its tri-cluster CPU design.

The meaning of tri-cluster design is that the cores are divided into three groups: Prime, Performance and Efficiency. The Prime core packs one Cortex X1 core. Similarly, the Performance core has three Cortex A78 cores and the Efficiency core has four Cortex A55 cores.

The phone comes with Android 11, and OxygenOS 11.3.3 feature that makes it easier to use the device with a single hand.

The OnePlus 9 Pro uses a five-layered cooling system to keep the device cool even after heavy usage. Similarly, the Cool Play technology keeps the temperature of the device in check. 

The OnePlus 9 Pro misses a card slot but it has pretty hefty internal storage. The smartphone is released in three memory variants. The base model has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. However, you can opt to 256GB keeping the same RAM capacity. There’s also a highest model of 12GB RAM where you get 256GB ROM.

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Camera

The OnePlus phones have always been criticized because of their average quality cameras. In an attempt to raise the standard of their camera department, OnePlus has teamed up with Hasselblad. We can clearly see the change of this partnership in the OnePlus 9 Pro as it has the best camera we have ever seen on the smartphone manufactured by the brand.

OnePlus 9 Pro is heavily marketed for its cameras. It has altogether five cameras, four at the back and one at the front. The main camera is of 48MP with an aperture of f/1.8 which can record videos at 4K/120 fps, 8K/30 fps and 1080p/30/60 fps. The other cameras include an ultrawide camera of 50MP, 2MP monochrome camera and 8MP telephoto camera with 3.3x optical zoom.

Similarly, the cameras are also capable of recording super slo-mo and time-lapse videos. Talking about the camera software, they have a feature of Nightscape, Super Macro, UltraShot HDR, Smart Scene Recognition, Portrait mode, Pro mode, Panorama, Tilt-shift mode, Focus Peaking, Cat/Dog Face Focus, Raw file, Filters, Super Stable, Video Nightscape, Video HDR, Video Portrait, Focus Tracking, Timelapse, Hyperlapse.

If all of this was not enough, the selfie camera of 16MP can also shoot Time-Lapse and 1080p videos at 30fps. It also features Face Unlock, HDR, Screen Flash and Face Retouching technology. 

Battery

Many smartphones have been seen using a less powerful battery that can’t even run for a full day but OnePlus 9 Pro is not one of them. Because it uses 4,500mAh Li-Po battery to fulfill its need of energy. It is advertised that the device has a 65W of fast charging feature that can fully refill fuel itself in just 29 minutes. What’s more impressive is that it has fast wireless charging of 50W that can fuel itself from 0 to 100% in just 49 minutes. 

We have seen the same type of 50W wireless charging even in Mi 10 Ultra. But its charging time is 9 minutes faster than that of OnePlus 9 Pro.

OnePlus 9 Pro Specifications

  • Size: 6.7 inches
  • Resolution: 3216 X 1440 pixels 525 ppi
  • Aspect Ratio: 20.1:9
  • Display Type: 120 Hz Fluid AMOLED with LTPO Support sRGB, Display P3, 10-bit Color Depth
  • Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Display Feature: Hyper Touch, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Vibrant Color Effect Pro, Motion Graphics Smoothing, Ultra-high Video Resolution, Adaptive Display
  • Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android 11
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • 5G Chipset: X60
  • GPU: Adreno 660
  • RAM: 12GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 256GB UFS 3.1 2-LANE
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh non-removable Warp Charge 65T (10V/6.5A) & 50W Wireless Charging
  • Main Camera: 48MP, 1.12µm (Pixel Size), 7P(Lens Quality), 23mm equivalent(Focal Length), f/1.8(Aperture), 1/1.43″(Sensor Size)
  • Ultra-Wide Camera: 50MP, 7P(Lens Quality), 14mm equivalent(Focal Length), f/2.2(Aperture), 1/1.56″(Sensor Size)
  • Telephoto Camera: 8MP, 1.0µm(Pixel Size), f/2.4(Aperture)
  • Monochrome Camera: 2MP
  • Flash: Dual LED Flash
  • Autofocus: Multi Autofocus (All pixel omni-directional PDAF+LAF+CAF)
  • Video (Back Camera): 8K video at 30 fps, 4K video at 30/60/120 fps, 1080p video at 30/60 fps, Super Slow Motion(1080p video at 240 fps, 720p video at 480 fps), Time-Lapse(1080p at 30 fps, 4K at 30 fps), & Video editor
  • Features (Back Camera): Nightscape, Super Macro, UltraShot HDR, Smart Scene Recognition, Portrait mode, Pro mode, Panorama, Tilt-shift mode, Focus Peaking, Cat/Dog Face Focus, RAW Image, Filters, Super Stable, Video Nightscape, Video HDR, Video Portrait, Focus Tracking, Timelapse, Hyperlapse
  • Front Camera: 16MP, Fixed Focus(Auto Focus), f/2.4(Aperture), 1.0µm(Pixel Size), Sony IMX471(Sensor)
  • Video (Front Camera): 1080p video at 30 fps with Time-Lapse
  • Sensors: In-display Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Sensor Core, Flick-detect Sensor, Front RGB sensor, Barometer
  • In The Box: OnePlus 9 Pro 5G, Warp Charge 65 Power Adapter, Warp Charge Type-C to Type-C Cable, Quick Start Guide, Welcome Letter, Safety Information and Warranty Card, LOGO Sticker, Screen Protector (Open Market only), SIM Tray Ejector

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FAQ: Some Common But Important Frequently Asked Question About OnePlus 9 Pro

Is OnePlus 9 Pro waterproof?

The OnePlus 9 Pro has an IP68 rating which means it is water and dust resistant. It can handle water splashes but OnePlus 9 Pro is not completely water resistant. While you can use the device in rain without any worry, we wouldn’t recommend you to do so. Additionally, you will be happy to know that the OnePlus 9 Pro can also be used in a maximum water depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. Similar type of rating is also used by top end phones like Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and OnePlus 9 Pro who are considered as best androids for gaming.

Is OnePlus 9 Pro worth buying?

OnePlus 9 Pro is definitely the best smartphone OnePlus has ever produced. So, if you are looking for a device that is great in almost everything (like camera, storage, design, display, performance, storage, battery) then OnePlus 9 Pro is the best choice for you. But if you can give up the larger screen size, a camera and the screen resolution for a smaller price tag then consider buying OnePlus 9. 

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