The OnePlus 9 series is almost upon us, and we’ve already been seeing a steady stream of leaked information trickling down the vine in recent weeks.
Much of the noise has surrounded the company’s new smartphone cameras—thanks to an interesting new partnership with Swedish camera manufacturers, Hasselblad.
In any case, the partnership is supposed to revamp the cameras on the OnePlus, including new software upgrades that will offer users a higher degree of control and flexibility. Of course, the series hasn’t even launched yet, but the Hasselblad-branded cameras on the upcoming OnePlus 9 series clearly has its appeal—you can even have a sneak peak at them here.
But promising partnerships aside, how much will Hasselblad’s input improve OnePlus’ decent-but-not-amazing cameras? One of the standards that users—and smartphone manufacturers themselves—have relied on when it comes to judging mobile photography is DxOMark, and its rankings/reviews. However, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has just announced on Weibo that the new OnePlus 9 series will not be sent to DxOMark’s labs for testing.
Now, this is a rather strange move, given the fact that many manufacturers use DxOMark’s reviews (if positive, of course) as marketing material for their devices. Lau didn’t actually reveal the reasoning behind the decision, but this might just be a slap in the face of DxOMark in solidarity with sister company Oppo, with a former VP at Oppo also previously criticising the camera specialists for comments on the Oppo Find X3 Pro.
As such, you’ll have to rely on… well, everyone else that’ll have their hands on a OnePlus 9 phone. Or, of course, you can find out how to buy one on launch day, which will be on the 23rd if March 2021. Besides Hasselblad-aided photography improvements, we’re also expecting to see a Snapdragon 888 under the hood, along with a 120Hz refresh rate on a 6.78″ QHD+ display.
Two models are expected, at least: the vanilla OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro. There’s also the possibility of an affordable model, the OnePlus 9R. Additionally, they’ve confirmed something very, very important: you’ll get a charger out of the box.
So, what do you think? Is OnePlus’ self-declared omission from DxOMark’s range of tests connected to the Oppo Find X3 Pro review?