OnePlus 9 offers super specifications, even though the brand no longer claims unbeatable value for money. But how does it perform from day to day?
What we love – great screen, solid camera, excellent performance
The screen is definitely a standout feature of the OnePlus 9, which not only features a high-resolution AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, but also levels of customization that you’ll struggle to find elsewhere, such as target colors The ability to set gamut.
The processor is a true powerhouse, giving you plenty of punch for running on-demand apps like 5G connectivity and games, while stripped-down software is very well optimized.
The camera has traditionally been a blind spot with the OnePlus handset, but as you saw from the module on the rear, the brand is keen to trumpet its newfound association with the iconic Swedish camera manufacturer, Hasselblad. Regardless of what happened behind the scenes, the camera system has improved significantly: both the main sensor and the ultra wide lens provide excellent detail, with top-notch autofocus and shutter speed. It’s still not as good as the iPhone 12, and images can sometimes appear more processed a smidge, but this is our only major quibble where the camera is concerned.
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What we don’t like – the battery can drain quickly, no IP rating, yet there is room for improvement with the camera
The only downside to such an excellent screen is that it is in great demand on the battery (Xiaomi Mi 11 is further proof of this), and this is particularly evident as the OnePlus 9 does not have a variable refresh rate; Normally this will get you through the day, but after three and a half hours of solid gaming, this phone ran out of batteries. Fortunately, the amazing Warp Charge 65T feature means that you can bring it back to zero 80% in just 15 minutes.
Unlike the OnePlus 9 Pro, this device lacks an IP rating, so you can’t be sure how it will fare when splashed or dropped in the water.
Despite improvements in camera performance, a couple of niggles remain; The low performance is relatively poor, and post-processing not only gives an artificial glow to some shots, but takes some time to spit out finished images in the gallery (far longer than rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S21) .
The OnePlus 9 is a very good all-rounder, and should especially appeal to gaming fans due to its powerful processor and great screen. The OnePlus has been perfect for its signature “Light Touch” user interface, and the camera system has improved significantly compared to the previous generation. However, the stunning screen drains the battery very quickly, and the camera still hasn’t gone shoulder-to-shoulder with Apple and Samsung.