OnePlus has revealed its latest phones today, but there’s not much about them the internet doesn’t already know thanks to the numerous leaks and teasers. The OnePlus 9 Pro is the flagship OP phone, and the OnePlus 9 is a slightly more budget-oriented version of the phone. While the OnePlus 9 Pro is almost a thousand bucks, the OnePlus 9 is more than $200 less expensive. OnePlus is also finally talking about its long-rumored smartwatch, but it doesn’t run Wear OS.
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have a lot in common. They both run Android 11 with the latest Snapdragon 888, they’ve got OP’s trademark alert slider, 65W charging, 8 or 12 GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of storage, and there’s no headphone jack (sorry).
Priced at $969, the OnePlus Pro has a 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED at 1440×3216. This is a new type of LTPO display that can vary its refresh rate anywhere between 1 and 120Hz to save power. It’s also got a new camera array consisting of a 48MP main, 50MP ultrawide, 8MP telephoto, and 2MP monochrome. OnePlus says it worked with Hasselblad to tune the camera experience and make colors more accurate.
The OnePlus 9 is a little smaller at 6.55-inches, but the price tag is much smaller: $729. Perhaps the biggest change is the use of plastic for the frame instead of aluminum as on the Pro. The display is a conventional 120Hz OLED at 1080×2400, and the camera array is a bit different, though. The primary sensor is still 48MP, but it’s an older model that doesn’t collect as much light. There’s also no telephoto camera.
Both these phones support OnePlus’s latest charging technology, which continues to be the fastest available in the US. Warp Charge 65T can take your phone from zero to 75 percent in about 20 minutes, which is amazing. You have to use OP’s proprietary charging hardware, but the phones also go 45W over USB-PD. If wires aren’t your thing, OnePlus has also made wireless charging faster. The Warp 50 dock, as the name implies, can charge the OnePlus 9 Pro at 50W. That’s faster than the wired charging for any other US phone. The OnePlus 9 doesn’t have Warp 50, but it can do regular 15W Qi wireless charging.
You can pre-order the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro today, and they’ll ship Friday. You won’t be able to get the new OnePlus smartwatch yet, though. This wearable, which runs a RTOS platform similar to Fitbit’s, will last a week on a charge and costs $159. It pairs with any modern Android phone, allowing you to check notifications, track workouts, and more. This device launches on April 14th.
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