OnePlus 9 Review - So Close Yet so Far from a Full-Fledged Flagship. 10

OnePlus 9 Review – So Close Yet so Far from a Full-Fledged Flagship.

OnePlus 9 Pro is an amazing smartphone, you can read its review here, but along with the OnePlus also released the regular vanilla OnePlus 9, and for some, it may even be a better choice than the OnePlus 9 Pro, due to its price to performance ratio, it has flagship-grade specs, but it’s just not there, like it so close yet so far that it hurts.
If the Review had to done in one sentence than it would be: “So close yet so far form an actual flagship, it just hurts seeing it like this”.
And for those who want a full here is it is.

OnePlus 9 Detailed Specifications

SpecificationsOnePlus 9
Display6.55” Fluid AMOLED Display
FHD+(1080 x 2400 Pixels)
20:9 Aspect Ratio
402 PPI
HDR10+ certified
120Hz refresh rate support
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 888
Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPUAdreno 660
Memory8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM
Storage128/256GB UFS3.1 Storage
Camera48 MP, f/1.8,(Wide Lens), omnidirectional PDAF
50 MP, f/2.2,(Ultrawide Lens),
2 MP, f/2.4, (Monochrome Sensor)
Front Camera16 MP, f/2.4, (wide)
Video Recording[email protected],
[email protected]/60/120fps,
[email protected]/60/240fps
65-W Fast Charging
15-W Fast Wireless Charging
ConnectivityWifi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
Headphone JackNo.


Design and Build Quality

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Design is the same as that of the 9 Pro, no difference, only the back has a full glass type glossy finish.

The Build Quality is also not that different, front and back protected by corning gorilla glass 5, but the frame is made of plastic, and may feel cheap in hand.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

OnePLus 9 has a 6.55” Fluid AMOLED Display, with a native resolution of FHD+(1080 x 2400 Pixels), an aspect ratio of 20:9, with 402 PPI pixel density, its HDR10+ certified, with a refresh rate of 120Hz, a peak brightness of 1100nits all this protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

The OnePlus 9 is powered by the most powerful Android SoC out there, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.
Its an Octa-core SoC with 1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680 cores, and is coupled with Adreno 660 GPU.
As we have already seen its performance in smartphones like S21 ultra and Mi 11, there is nothing much to say, other than that, that its the best android SoC out there.

Memory and Storage

Rating: 5 out of 5.

OnePlus 9 has 2 memory options, 8/12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and two storage options 128/256GB of UFS3.1 Storage.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This time OnePlus has collaborated with Hasselblad to tone their camera software, and that be easily seen in its color reproduction, but other than that their not much to say about the Hasselblad toning in the camera setup.
It has a triple-camera setup
48 MP, f/1.8,(Wide Lens), omnidirectional PDAF
50 MP, f/2.2,(Ultrawide Lens),
2 MP, f/2.4, (Monochrome Sensor)

Video Recording Options Include
[email protected],
[email protected]/60/120fps,
[email protected]/60/240fps

For Selfies it has a 16 MP, f/2.4, (wide).

The Shots from the Primary lens are good, the images are sharp, has lots to details, with amazing natural blur.
The Shots form ultrawide lens are amazing, and can probably be terms as the best ultrawide shots from a smartphone, and in some cases it gives even better shots than the primary lens.
There is a bit of issue with the Camera shutter speed, its a bit slow, but can be fixed with software updates.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

It has 4500mAh battery with 65-W wired charging and 15-W wireless charging support.
It can last you for day.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

It has a Great Audio Setup, the volumes are loud, with good vocal details.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

It has an Under-Display fingerprint sensor. it’s pretty good.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

There is WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and Dual 5G(Both NSA and Sub-6GHz bands) options


Rating: 5 out of 5.

OxygenOS running on top of Android 11.


IP-68 Water and Dust resistant.

OnePlus 9 Price in India and Where to buy from.

8GB+128GB: ₹ 49,999
12GB+256GB: ₹ 54,999


The Price difference between the base model of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro is ₹15,000, and for that money, in terms of raw CPU/GPU/Storage performance you are not losing anything, in terms of the camera also you are not losing anything that significant, obviously, there is a loss of 3X telephoto camera but very fewer people use, the biggest loss is the build quality, from a metal body to plastic body, and much weaker haptics other than that there is not much difference between the 9 and 9 Pro if only the 9 had a better build quality is would have been a much, much better choice than the OnePlus 9 Pro.

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