OnePlus has announced a pair of new smartphones co-developed with Hasselblad. The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro smartphones incorporate Hasselblad Camera for Mobile, promising significantly improved photographic capabilities.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is the company's new flagship smartphone, and its new camera specs are accordingly impressive. Thanks to Natural Color Calibration, the exclusive Hasselblad Camera for Mobile promises strong performance, especially when considering color, thanks to Natural Color Calibration. OnePlus writes, 'The ultra-flagship camera blends the technological excellence of OnePlus and the legacy of Hasselblad. With the OnePlus 9 Pro, taking your best shot is now effortless.'
Hasselblad, its ambassadors, and OnePlus worked together to create what OnePlus promises is industry-leading color performance in the smartphone category. OnePlus states that users can expect true-to-life color and natural skin tones. It's an ambitious promise, to be sure.
Hasselblad's involvement includes more than significantly improved color rendering. The included pro photo mode includes a new user interface based on Hasselblad's Phocus software. There are accompanying editing tools included in the new camera mode.
In terms of camera specs, the OnePlus 9 Pro has a 48MP primary camera. The camera uses a Sony IMX789 image sensor, which is 1/1.43". The F1.8 lens, which includes optical image stabilization, delivers a field of view equivalent to a 23mm lens on a full-frame camera. The main camera is joined by a 50MP Ultra-wide camera and an 8MP telephoto camera. The Ultra-wide camera uses a 1/1.56" Sony IMX766 image sensor. The 14mm lens has a maximum aperture of F2.2. The telephoto camera has a 77mm equivalent focal length, F2.4 aperture and optical image stabilization.
The ultra-wide camera uses what OnePlus calls a 'Freeform' lens. The lens uses precise curves to reduce distortion, allowing OnePlus to refer to the ultra-wide lens is rectilinear. The lens can focus as close as 4cm, allowing for macro capabilities.
There's a fourth (or third, in the case of the OnePlus 9) camera, too, a 2MP monochrome camera. This camera adds additional detail to black and white images captured with other cameras on the phone.
The OnePlus 9 Pro can capture 12-bit RAW images, shoot with dual native ISO, record HDR images, and the camera system promises fast and accurate autofocus. In terms of video features, the OnePlus 9 Pro can shoot 8K video, plus 4K video at up to 120 frames per second.
While OnePlus itself is placing significant focus on the OnePlus 9 Pro's photographic capabilities, there's more to discuss. The 5G-capable OnePlus 9 Pro has a 6.7" display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display, unlike the OnePlus 9's display, has a variable refresh rate. The smartphone also supports wireless charging, something the OnePlus 9 doesn't do, and unlike the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro has an IP68 water resistance rating.
However, the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro share some features as well. The 5G smartphones use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Each device also includes the same storage and RAM specs, with 128GB or 256GB storage and 8GB or 12GB of RAM. Each device also includes the same 16MP Sony IMX471 front-facing camera.
In terms of camera specs, the OnePlus 9 lacks the rear telephoto camera of its larger sibling. The OnePlus 9's primary rear camera, while offering the same 23mm equivalent focal length and F1.8 aperture, uses an older 48MP IMX689 image sensor. In terms of its ultra-wide camera, the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro use the same sensor and lens.
The One Plus 9 is slightly smaller as well, given its 6.55" display. The resulting difference in weight between the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro is a mere 5 grams. And in terms of overall size, there's very little separating the devices. The OnePlus 9 is 160mm tall and 74.2mm wide. The OnePlus 9 Pro is slightly taller at 163.2mm but slightly narrower at 73.6mm. Each phone, built using an aluminum frame, is only 8.7mm thick.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is available in two colors, Morning Mist and Pine Green. The OnePlus 9 comes in Astral Black and Winter Mist. Currently, only global prices are available. The OnePlus 9 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage starts at US $969 (~SGD $1304). The 256GB model comes with 12GB RAM and costs $1,069 (~SGD $1439). The OnePlus 9 comes in the same configurations for $729 (~SGD $982) and $829 (~SGD $1116), respectively.