If oneplus can deliver, and this year with the oneplus 9 pro i’m really paying attention to it. Because, with a starting price of 970, it just squeaks in there under that a thousand dollar price point, and you can see the price compared to the iphone 12 pro max and also the samsung galaxy s21 ultra that you’re definitely going to be saving some money. With this, but let’s see how that performance stacks up in this review, so first let’s talk about how this phone looks, and so they sent me this morning, miss color here – and this is a very glossy addition here and you can see as i get a little Bit closer here, the fingerprints on this thing get really really caked up there, so i think clean. It looks really good after you wipe it off, but those fingerprints definitely start to take away from the beautiful look and finish that this has. But you are not out of luck, because this phone is coming in two other colors and that’s, going to be forest, green and also stellar black, and these will be matte finishes, so they will be more resistance against fingerprints, but no matter which color you choose. This phone will be a very sleek phone to hold and i do like the way the camera module is laid out and more about the cameras in a little bit, but, on the right hand, side, you still have that very familiar volume controls toggle here that you Can slide up to go between ring silence and vibrate and then also at the bottom.
Usb c port and also you’ll find the sim card tray. But there is no micro sd card expansion at all, and this phone only weighs 197 grams, and i say only because compared to the big boy, s21 ultra that weighs 229 grams, you do feel that difference. So i do appreciate this phone having less weight as far as other flagships now easily. The best looking thing on this phone is going to be the 6.7 inch oled display, and this year it is going to be an ltpo display which all that technical stuff aside it’s, going to be able to allow you to get this great quality oled display with Higher refresh rates, but also cut down on battery consumption compared to the previous technology oneplus is saying is that this is going to be decreasing. The battery consumption by the display by up to 50 percent and the lower battery consumption is also due to their smart, 120 hertz refresh rate feature. So this means that it can run as fast as 120 hertz, but also drop all the way down to one hertz. Where you typically see 10, or so with a lot of other smartphones but being able to get down to one means it’s not going to be draining your battery as much and thankfully oneplus has toned down the curve of the screen so on the edge you’re. Not going to have as much of a drop off as you did with the eight pro and i’m, not mad at that at all, but man when it just comes down to how the screen looks.
I can give you all of that technical information like display made giving it an a plus rating and all that stuff. I just have to say that this is easily one of the best screens on a smartphone today, and i really can only compare it to like the galaxy s21 ultra as far as like brightness the quality, the color accuracy, it just looks great high refresh rate, looks Fantastic, no matter what you’re doing on it now it does have some kind of unique things to it. That kind of put it kind of separately from other competitors out there and that’s going to be due to like their vibrant, color effect pro, which is going to boost up your colors a little bit. Then also you have this motion. Graphics, smoothing feature that really only works with like youtube and netflix and a couple of other apps, but that will bump up the frame rate of the video that you’re watching to make things appear more. Smoother then also does have this ultra high video resolution mode, which uses ai to make the video look better, and for my fellow gamers out there, the nine pro does have a 240 hertz touch sampling rate now quickly. What that is is basically how fast the phone can recognize when you touch the screen with your finger. So basically you want this to be double the refresh rate of your phone to have some really good performance. So the fact that this is a 120 hertz display on this 9, pro 240 hertz for the touch sampling rate is great and for quick comparison.
The iphone 12 pro comes in at 120 hertz and the rog phone 5, which is a really dedicated gaming phone, comes in at a whopping 300 hertz, but oneplus also has something new. This year called hyper touch. Now this is rated at 360 hertz, but it’s, not the touch sampler rate, but i’m gon na read what oneplus sent me word for word, and they say that this hypertouch can increase the syncing speed between the display and the processor by up to six times, thereby Significantly, improving the screen, responsiveness when playing games, so basically i just have to take their word on it. So when i’m playing call of duty, it feels fast. But unless i have like a high speed camera, comparing you know different phones together to see where this hyper test comes into play. I really can’t tell you, you know how much more is it doing, but i trust oneplus on this and something else that i leave on all the time is the always on display, and this 9 pro does have the brightest version of this on any phone that I have right now, and so all of these little extra display features that i’m telling you that i leave on all the time i’m saying that, because this phone has fantastic battery life too, so you have a 4500mah battery inside of this phone, and one thing i Noticed is just look. I don’t pay attention to my screen on time and all that stuff, because that depends on if i’m playing call of duty all day or just watching youtube videos.
But i will tell you with all of this stuff on with my screen brightness set to around like 75. This phone was able to last me all day with no issues and that’s compared to other smartphones that have a bigger 5 000 milliamp hour battery. Inside of them, but when the time comes, when you do need to charge this 9 pro can get you from 0 to 100 real quick. So this has their warp charge 65, t that when you plug it in with the cable using the included adapter in the box, this can get you from zero to 100 on your battery in just 29 minutes, but hold up they ain’t done yet because wireless charging Is also faster with the new warp charge 50 wireless solution that can get you from zero to 100 in just 43 minutes, and so that’s fast, oh and oneplus is also releasing this new warp 50 wireless charger that will allow you to get the absolute fastest wireless Charging with this phone and the good thing about this dock, which costs 70 dollars so it’s a little bit of an investment, but it does also allow you to be able to charge your phone, whether it’s, vertical or horizontal. So that may be good if you want to watch video while you’re charging at the same time, but i did run into one issue because i do have it activated in the software. So when i am charging it activates, this cool colorful screen saver.
But when i was using this wireless dock it just could not activate it and it kept crashing on me. So hopefully they can fix that in a software update, oh and before i forget this phone does also support reverse wireless charging, so you can put some earbuds or another phone on the back of them to give them some extra charge. In a pinch, and now my fellow geeks let’s talk about the cameras, starting with the photos. First, so on the back, you have a quad camera set up and you have a telephoto camera that is pretty decent. It gives you three times optical zoom, and i like the quality that remains when you do zoom. In with that, then also you do have an ultra wide camera, which oneplus is pretty proud of, because they say this is one of the biggest to ever ship. On a smartphone and one of the best improvements this year for the ultrawide is that on the edges, they’ve done a really good job at trying to eliminate a lot of the distortion that sometimes happens, and so you can see with this comparison with the iphone 12 Pro you can still make out the lines and the the brick there on the oneplus 9 pro versus on the iphone 12 pro, where it’s a little bit blurred out. You can’t have that same type of detail there, but really the biggest improvement of the cameras is actually one plus this new partnership with hasselblad now hasselblad is a camera company and to keep everything kind of straight to the point.
Um they’re working with oneplus to get the most natural looking colors in a smartphone camera for oneplus, now dug up my oneplus a pro here and did some comparison, shots and honestly, i like them both in certain situations like i can see the difference in colors, but I think when it comes to like color science, a lot of it is just your personal opinion. Some people like the colors that come from like canon cameras and some of them, like the colors from sony cameras. I like them both – and that applies with these phones. Well, besides this one situation here where you can see the a pro easily delivered a better image than the nine pro, and i took multiple pictures here and i got the same results. So that was interesting, but in general, with the photos that i’ve been able to take with the nine pro, i do feel that they are more refined from the april from last year. But sometimes i do run into issues of inconsistency and you can see with these portrait mode photos that i took just mere seconds apart from each other, and you can see how different they look, and i also found this to happen with the front facing camera. When i did take these selfies here now, i did move a little bit over to the left for the other shot, but the lighting and everything was pretty much the same, but you can see these are two totally different, looking pictures, but when the 9 pro does Nail it like i took this photo, and this is using like an aperture 120d light that i have in front of me, but this looks really really really good.
So this phone is capable of some amazing pictures, but just in certain situations it just needs to get his batting average up just a little bit. Then, if you do want to go in an extra step, they do have a pro mode, and this has also been designed with hasselblad, to give you even more accurate colors than you can get with. Just like the regular camera mode and auto, oh – and i almost forgot that taking photos at night are better too, not just for those situations where you’re just trying to lift up the shadows, and you know bring in more light into the photo, but also how it Handles where you do have a decent amount of light like this bowling alley, but you want everything to kind of come together nicely and be more, even i think oneplus has designed this to be better this year, all right so now let’s talk video capabilities, so the First thing, i would say, is that i’m using the front facing camera right now, but i don’t like the fact that it can only do 1080p up to 60 frames per second, i would like to see that be at least 4k 30 in 2021, but the good Thing is that the built in microphones are actually solid. It has three built in and you can also use that with their audio zoom feature when you are pinching and zooming with the rear facing camera. The audio will also start to get louder as you get closer to your subject, but just in general, the 4k video looks nice and i kind of judge it by whether or not i would be fine using this phone to record product footage in a future youtube.
Video maybe i’m walking around and i think oh that might be a good shot, but i don’t have my main camera. Would i be fine using this 9 pro and the answer is yes, i think the quality is there. 4K looks excellent sharpness. Is there sometimes it’s a little too contrasty, but for the most part i think the video looks good and then they also have little things like portrait mode video, if you want to get some nice background, blur it’s kind of cool to play around with, and for My other night owls out there this does have their nightscape 2.0 video mode, and this allows you to really brighten up a nighttime shot and it’s not going to be the sharpest quality. But you can definitely get a lot more light in your footage, but they also do have a super stable mode, which you can see the difference in stabilization. You lose a little background blur, but you do get some really good stable footage, but there are two highlight features for video this year and the first one is going to be that this can record 4k video up to 120 frames per second, so most phones can Do 4k 60, but this 4k 120 allows you to slow down your footage to get some really nice dreamy shots without having to use the dedicated, slow motion mode and lose quality, and then the second thing is going to be that this can record 8k video at 30 frames per second now like that it is 30 instead of the 20 frames per second like you get on samsung galaxy devices.
So that fits better in my timeline, because i mostly record in either 30 or 60 frames per second, but the 8k looks good and the one benefit of ak is that if you do want to kind of crop into your video, when you are editing it later, You’Re not going to lose a lot of quality because you have more information to work with instead of like 4k, which still looks great, but you’ll just lose a little bit more compared to ak. Also, i can say that this has the best stabilization and autofocus from a smartphone that’s recording ak and also the 9 pro doesn’t seem like it’s struggling at all when i am recording and that snapdragon 888 is definitely coming in play there. But overall, video capabilities on this 9 pro i’m really happy with it and so now we’re at the point of the review, where we’re just kind of tying everything together with the general performance of the phone um, this phone is running their oxygen os 11 and running On top of android and it’s great, i know some people don’t really like this new adaptation for oneplus software, but i don’t mind it. The only thing i had an issue with was when you swipe down from the middle of the screen by default. It brings down their toolbox. I quickly switch that back over to bring down the notification panel and also to one thing with the notification panel, when you start to adjust the brightness you’ll start to feel a little bit of a vibration effect, and this is taking advantage of the new haptic motor That’S inside of this 9 pro, which they say is going to help with games as well, you can kind of feel the vibration and stuff.
I really didn’t feel any improvement. When i was playing the games, i was but i like, where they actually instituted it in the software when you do get a little bit of feedback and something else with gaming is that they do have a better, improved vapor chamber inside of here. So that’s going to help, keep the heat down and i did notice it got a little bit warm up towards the camera module. On the back when i was playing call of duty for like an hour and a half um, but it wasn’t really anything bad, and this 9 pro does have an upgraded dual stereo speaker system when compared to the 8 pro, i did notice that it did at Least sound louder, so i do appreciate that upgrade Music okay, so you might notice that i am wearing a different shirt right now: that’s, because i’m reshooting this outro, because the first one went way too long now, i’m, just trying to keep it straight to the point. So look this 9 pro is a really good phone all around like with the battery life, the charging speeds, the display, the specs, the software performance and oneplus is also promising two major android updates and also three years of security updates, which for android phones. This is as close as we can get to ios updates um but yeah. I like a lot about this phone, but the expectations are really high for oneplus right now, not only because of this hasselblad partnership that they announced, but also too, because the days of this phone are over.
Now, with this phone i was like okay, look. The price is so much lower than its competitors that i didn’t expect every single feature of this phone to compete with other phones as much, but with this one because the price is going up. I am expecting that of this and alongside this hasselblad partnership, and the good thing about expectation is that if somebody expects greatness out of you, that means that they believe that you can actually deliver on that. So right now the ball is in one pluses court we’ll see how they do but i’m going to be paying close attention to this hasselblad camera partnership over the next couple of years to see how far it can go so anyway. These are my thoughts about the oneplus 9 pro. What do you think about it? Leave your comment down below subscribe to this channel.