OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have now become official and we know about all the details, specs and features of this phone.
In typical OnePlus fashion, we knew a lot about these new phones before they were even announced. Both have Hasselblad-infused cameras, updated designs, and some very fast charging speeds.
But what are the biggest differences between OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro? And is it worth spending the extra cash to get a pro moniker? Continue reading to find out how the two compare our initial impressions of their best phones and their chances of earning a spot in the best Android phone lists.
Price – How much do they cost?
The 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage version of the OnePlus 9 Pro in Morning Mist or Stellar Black will cost you £ 829 / € 899. The 12GB RAM and 256GB Pine Green variant will sell for £ 929 / € 999. If you want a 50w wireless charger it will be an extra £ 69.95.
For the OnePlus 9, pricing starts at £ 629 / € 699 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, increasing to £ 729 / € 799 for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant.
Both screen and look – 120Hz panel and updated design
- Both have 120 Hz panels
- Pro is the largest of the two, but not many
- OnePlus 9 lacks IP rating
OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have different designs and screens. To help the basic OnePlus 9 reach a lower price, it has plastic sides instead of an aluminum rim on the Pro and swaps the curved display for a completely flat one. These are both sacrifices that we saw on the Samsung Galaxy S21 as well.
They are both fairly large phones, measuring 197g in the OnePlus 9 Pro and 192g in the OnePlus 9 (or 183g in China and India where there is a lack of wireless charging). You get slightly smaller performance on the OnePlus 9 (6.55-inch vs. 6.7-inch) and also lacks the Pro’s IP68 water resistance rating.
They are also available in various colors. With OnePlus 9 you can place the phone in Winter Mist, Arctic Sky and Astral Black. There are Morning Mist (originally Silver), Forest Pine and Astral Black for the OnePlus 9 Pro. All of these options vary in terms of gloss and finish, with Astral Black giving a thicker texture.
Despite a curved and slightly larger display, the panel on the OnePlus Pro is better. It swaps the 1080p resolution of the OnePlus 9 for 1440p and allows the 120Hz refresh rate to be reduced to 1Hz. This is a significant difference that allows it to have better battery life in the Vanilla OnePlus 9 during our tests with day-to-day usage.
Both panels are OLED, have HDR10 + support, custom mode for P3 color gamut and high levels of brightness. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor and small cutouts for the selfie camera. During our tests this meant that both gaming and movie watching are fantastic, so as long as you’re willing to experiment with the display settings.
Performance – A level playing field for both OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
- Same internal as explained by Snapdragon 888 CPU
- Both have two RAM and storage options
- They have the same software feature
Both phones have largely the same common specs, which is why they did not offer the same performance during most of our tests.
In particular, they are both powered by Snapdragon 888, support 5G and can be obtained with 8 or 12 GB of RAM (LPDDR5) and either 128 or 256 GB (UFS 3.1) storage. Neither is expandable storage, so choose wisely. We personally recommend paying extra for more storage because 128GB can be eaten quite quickly if you regularly cache movies or shoot videos on your phone.
Both phones have strong gaming provisions and we handle every test through them. Both CoD and PUBG run without pause and they are powerful enough to run multiple apps simultaneously and edit photos or videos in Photoshop Express.
Both of these also have a 4500 mAh battery and can be charged with a 65W included charger. During the review process, we found that both phones ran throughout the day and were fully charged in about thirty minutes.
Both phones have wireless Q charging, though only the Pro has warp wireless charging that works at 50w. A full charge takes about 40 minutes, which is much faster than standard 15w wireless charging.
Both have the same version of OxygenOS running on Android 11.
Camera – Hasselblad makes its mark on OnePlus 9 device
Even though both phones have multiple sensor setups, there are quite a few differences between the Pro and the Base OnePlus 9. Let OnePlus 9 Pro run through camera specs.
OnePlus 9 Pro comes with the following setup:
- Rear Wide – 48MP Sony IMX789, f / 1.8, OIS
- Rear Wide Wide – 50MP Sony IMX766
- Rear Tele – 8MP
- Rear Monochrome – 2MP
- Front – 16MP Sony IMX471
And now here are the specs for OnePlus 9:
- Rear Wide – 48MP Sony IMX689, EIS, f / 1.8
- Rear Ultra Wide – 50MP Sony IMX766
- Rear Monochrome – 2MP
- Front – Front – 16MP Sony IMX471
So, the Pro has a new main sensor and a telephoto sensor for zooming. They are both the same excellent ultra wide though, and have the same selfie camera.
Both phones also benefit from tuned colors and a Pro Mode camera app developed in partnership with Swedish camera brand Hasselblad. You can read the full review of both our phones for an in-depth look at the camera performance and we will update this page when we test them side-by-side.
In terms of video specs, both can shoot 8K at 30K and 4K at 30 and 60fps (with normal 1080p support). Where the Pro model wins is support for 4K at 120fps.
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 – Early Decision
The OnePlus 9 Pro is, of course, a better pick. Has superior performance, date camera, faster wireless charging and up to IP68 water resistance rating. For the serious tech user, they are worth the upgrade price increase. However, if you are not a power user, ask the mobile gamer or serious photographer that the Aadhaar OnePlus 9 is an excellent, in some ways better value option.