OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 bright cameras
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OnePlus has taken the wraps off its 2021 flagships: the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The Pro iteration is the most expensive smartphone from the company yet, and the standard OnePlus 9 also starts at a higher price point than its predecessors (albeit cheaper than the OnePlus 8T). Not only that, but OnePlus has introduced a third device to the series this year, with the more wallet-friendly OnePlus 9R intended for budget-conscious consumers in China and India. All three have their pros and cons, so which is the right OnePlus for you? Here’s a quick look at the OnePlus 9 vs 9 Pro vs 9R!

Our verdict: OnePlus 9 Pro review | OnePlus 9 review


OnePlus 9 vs 9R vs 9 Pro


Specs

OnePlus 9OnePlus 9ROnePlus 9 Pro
Display
OnePlus 9:
6.55-inch flat AMOLED
20:9 aspect ratio
2,400 x 1,080 at 402ppi
120Hz refresh rate (static)
OnePlus 9R:
6.55-inch flat AMOLED
20:9 aspect ratio
2,400 x 1,080 at 402ppi
120Hz refresh rate (static)
OnePlus 9 Pro:
6.7-inch curved LTPO AMOLED
20.1:9 aspect ratio
3,216 x 1,440 at 525ppi
120Hz refresh rate (adaptive)
Processor
OnePlus 9:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
OnePlus 9R:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
OnePlus 9 Pro:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
RAM
OnePlus 9:
8 or 12GB
OnePlus 9R:
8 or 12GB
OnePlus 9 Pro:
8 or 12GB
Storage
OnePlus 9:
128 or 256GB
No external storage
OnePlus 9R:
128 or 256GB
No external storage
OnePlus 9 Pro:
128 or 256GB
No external storage
Power
OnePlus 9:
4,500mAh battery
Warp Charge 65T
65W charger in box
15W Qi-compatible wireless charging
(Wireless only in NA/Europe)
OnePlus 9R:
4,500mAh battery
Warp Charge 65T
65W charger in box
15W Qi-compatible wireless charging
(Wireless only in NA/Europe)
OnePlus 9 Pro:
4,500mAh battery
Warp Charge 65T
65W charger in box
Warp Charge 50 Wireless
10V/6.5A, 20V/3.25A
Output: 50W (with prop. charging stand)
Connectivity
OnePlus 9:
5G support
Wi-Fi 6 support
NFC support
Bluetooth 5.2
OnePlus 9R:
5G support
Wi-Fi 6 support
NFC support
Bluetooth 5.1
OnePlus 9 Pro:
5G support
Wi-Fi 6 support
2x2 MIMO
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
NFC support
Bluetooth 5.2
Cameras
OnePlus 9:
Rear:
1) 48MP main (Sony IMX689)
1/1.43-inch sensor
1.12μm/46MP or 2.24μm/12MP
ƒ/1.8, EIS
2) 50MP ultra-wide (Sony IMX766)
1/1.56-inch sensor
ƒ/2.2
3) 2MP monochrome
Front:
- 16MP single (Sony IMX471)
1.0μm with EIS
ƒ/2.4, fixed focus
OnePlus 9R:
Rear:
1) 48MP main (Sony IMX586)
.8μm/48MP or 1.6μm/12MP
ƒ/1.7, OIS and EIS
2) 16MP ultra-wide
ƒ/2.2
123-degree field-of-view
3) 5MP macro
4) 2MP monochrome
Front:
16MP single (Sony IMX471)
1.0μm with EIS
ƒ/2.4, fixed focus
OnePlus 9 Pro:
Rear:
1) 48MP main (Sony IMX789)
1/1.43-inch sensor
1.12μm/46MP or 2.24μm/12MP
ƒ/1.8, EIS, OIS
2) 50MP ultra-wide (Sony IMX766)
1/1.56-inch sensor
ƒ/2.2
3) 8MP telephoto
1.0μm, ƒ/2.4
4) 2MP monochrome
Front:
- 16MP single (Sony IMX471)
1.0μm with EIS
ƒ/2.4, fixed focus
Software
OnePlus 9:
Android 11
Oxygen OS 11
OnePlus 9R:
Android 11
Oxygen OS 11
OnePlus 9 Pro:
Android 11
Oxygen OS 11
Dimensions and weight
OnePlus 9:
NA/Europe:
160 x 74.2 x 8.7mm
192g
India/China:
160 x 73.9 x 8.1mm
183g
OnePlus 9R:
161 x 74.1 x 8.4mm
189g
OnePlus 9 Pro:
Global:
163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm
197g
Colors
OnePlus 9:
Winter Mist, Arctic Sky, Astral
Black
OnePlus 9R:
Carbon Black, Lake Blue
OnePlus 9 Pro:
Morning Mist, Forest Green, Stellar
Black

Design

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 standing rear panels
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The OnePlus 9 series devices come with a similar design language, with the real differences mostly in the hardware.

The OnePlus 9 Pro definitely looks the part of the premium offering that it is. Two curved glass panels seamlessly flow into a thin metal frame, and the new colorways like Morning Mist, in particular, are fantastic. Globally, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the only member of the OnePlus 9 family with an official IP68 rating. However, if you buy the regular OnePlus 9 from T-Mobile in the US it’s also certified for water and dust resistance.

OnePlus 9 series buyer’s guide: What you need to know

The overall design language will be familiar to OnePlus fans, with staples like the alert slider, punch-hole selfie camera, and stereo speakers on all three phones. The camera module is a new design element and falls more in line with what we’re seeing across the smartphone world right now.

I prefer a more minimalistic approach, but this new look is unavoidable with the camera hardware these phones now pack. OnePlus has done a good job with it though. The camera bump doesn’t protrude too much and blends nicely with the back of the phone.


Features

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 laying about
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The OnePlus 9 and 9R come with the same Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The 9 Pro bumps the resolution up to Quad HD with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. The Pro edition’s display is also curved, while the lower-end models feature flat screens. The bezels on the OnePlus 9 and 9R also aren’t nearly as thin as what you get with the Pro.

When it comes to performance, the 9 and the 9 Pro are powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor, while the 9R has the premium mid-range processor of choice, the Snapdragon 870, under the hood. You can choose between 8 or 12GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage with all three though. The Snapdragon 870 is an impressive SoC, but if you’re after the best you can get right now, the higher-end options are the way to go.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 camera vs camera
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Keeping all three phones powered is a sizeable 4,500mAh battery. You also get ultra-fast charging with each to some degree. Warp Charge 65T with the 9 and 9 Pro will let you fully charge the phone in just 29 minutes, with the 9R’s fast charging requiring an extra 10 minutes.

All three OnePlus 9 series phones support fast charging to varying degrees.

The higher-end models also feature wireless charging, but there’s a difference here too. The standard OnePlus 9 can take advantage of 15W wireless charging, while you’ll get super-fast wireless charging with the 9 Pro if you buy the new 50W wireless charger from OnePlus.

OnePlus flagships have historically struggled in the camera department, but it’s a compromise that we can’t ignore anymore at the current price point. The fantastic news is that OnePlus seems to have finally gotten its act together, at least with the 9 Pro.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 side angle camera modules
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The OnePlus 9 Pro has a new, high-quality 48MP Sony lens joined by an excellent 50MP wide-angle shooter and a decent 8MP telephoto unit. A 2MP depth sensor helps with portrait mode. The key to OnePlus’ massive improvement is Hasselblad’s software tweaks, which provide highly color-accurate photos. The camera isn’t perfect (no smartphone camera is), but it seems OnePlus finally has a winner on its hands.

See also: The best camera phones you can get

The OnePlus 9’s camera setup isn’t nearly as impressive. It makes sense though, considering the price difference between the two. There’s no telephoto lens here, and even though the primary lens has the same specs, it’s older hardware. You still get Hasselblad’s software to handle the final touches, so you can expect to get excellent color accuracy and great-looking shots here as well.

Unfortunately, the poorest of the lot is the OnePlus 9R. The 9R comes with the same camera hardware found with the OnePlus 8T, and we weren’t particularly impressed with it back then. The 9R also doesn’t have the advantage of a Hasselblad software boost, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the 9R’s camera performance is better than the 8T. Stay tuned for more analysis on this soon.


Price

  • OnePlus 9: $729/£629/€699/Rs. 49,999
  • OnePlus 9 Pro: $969/£829/€899/Rs. 64,999
  • OnePlus 9R: Rs. 39,999

The OnePlus 9 Pro is the company’s most expensive flagship yet but is still a touch less expensive than its Samsung Galaxy S21 series counterparts. The OnePlus 9 falls in the middle of the pack, while the China and India-exclusive 9R is the cheapest of the lot.


OnePlus 9 vs OnePlus 9R vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Which is right for you?

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 with box
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If budget isn’t a concern, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the obvious choice. You get a high-end look and feel, a better display, more battery charging features, super-fast wireless charging, dust and water resistance as standard, and a fantastic camera. However, you’re paying for what you get, so be ready to splurge.

Also read: OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 — which should you buy?

The OnePlus 9 is a solid alternative if you’re hoping to save a decent chunk of money. You get the same processing package and ultra-fast charging, and Hasselblad’s software enhancements help address a few concerns about the comparatively inferior camera setup. OnePlus has also included wireless charging to the standard model, but you miss out on other true flagship features. Nevertheless, the price difference might be reason enough to make this the go-to choice.

The OnePlus 9R is a mixed bag. If you were holding out on getting the 8T, the 9R is the phone for you. It improves on last year’s affordable flagship in plenty of ways, and at least for now, is cheaper as well. Budgetary-constraints aside, there’s no other reason to recommend the 9R over its higher-end siblings though. The 9R is the cheapest of the lot, but that’s the only thing going for it. Even then, the standard 9 seems to offer more bang for your buck.