Unfortunately, the words, excitement and middle ground seldom go together, so this year, oneplus put another name on the. Only part of its new phones that sticks out to see whether that hump lives up to the hype of the 180 year old brand name etched upon it. I drove 700 miles to the mountains of north carolina. So i could point this hasselblad at this hasselblad, a near perfect replica of one of the most important cameras of all time, the one that brought us photos from the moon Music before we hit the road let’s get acquainted with the phone itself. Actually, there are two the lower end. Oneplus 9 here makes enough sacrifices that i chose to focus solely on the flagship model, but even the pro bears some confusing compromises. After several generations of appealing and fingerprint resistant satin finishes, oneplus has reverted to glossy glass. For some reason, while the morning mist color is striking and gives the phone an appropriately lunar gradient that gorilla glass, 5 is just too slippery for my taste, so while i’d normally save this for the end of the video, the fact is that, as soon as i Unboxed my review unit, i gave it the dbrand treatment. Dbrand is my sponsor, of course, and they’re excited about the relaunch of their robot camo skins. But to tell you the truth, i prefer the simple black leather for this one, which plays just perfectly with the stylized camera module to evoke that old world late 60s.
Aesthetic debrand your device at the link in the description. Let’S talk, feature updates. Real quick oneplus has played to its core strengths to make this phone a very useful travel companion, not in terms of endurance, necessarily given moderate to heavy use, it’s an all day phone and nothing more, but warp charging lives up to its name like never before the 65 watt, brick and trademark red cable took my review unit from one percent to 40 in 15 minutes and 75 in 30. that’s, almost 40 percent faster charging speed than both the samsung galaxy s21 ultra and the iphone 12 pro max, and neither of those comes with A charger in the box oneplus also bumped up wireless charging speeds with the warp charge dock, getting me from zero to 70 percent in a half hour and a full charge in 50 minutes this year. The cable is removable from the stand nice, but the stand. Doesn’T come with its own power, brick, not so nice, still a small price to pay for the fastest charging available on a phone for the us market, especially as we slowly get back to traveling and might only have time for a quick hotel room top up between Outings another thing that comes in handy when you’re back out in the real world display brightness it’s been boosted to a stated max of 1300 nits here and while it is bright, it’s still beaten by the s21 ultra in north carolina’s, brilliant springtime, sun.
The display can refresh at up to 120 hertz, which makes it feel as fluid under my fingers as that rog phone i tested a couple weeks back despite the gaming phone’s display technically being faster, but while oneplus has also boosted the syncing speed between processor and display To make gaming more responsive games need to be updated to take advantage of that and honestly, if you care enough about mobile gaming, that it factors into your phone buying, you’re, probably gon na, prefer something like the rog phone anyway. The last display tweak i’ll talk about is equal parts, cheers and jeers see, oneplus wanted to make a curved display, but it also wanted to avoid those false touches that curved edges have become known for so it reduced the curve, radius and implemented software to prevent miss Touches – and it works very well too well, actually, because when typing in portrait orientation, i find that gboard consistently misses or delays key presses from the edges of the panel. Maybe a software update can correct this and this typo hopefully, but as any reviewer worth his title, will tell you. You’Ve got ta, buy based on what’s on the device at review time, not based on promises of future improvements, and when you combine this with oneplus, typically anemic haptic feedback, it just makes for a phone. I really don’t enjoy typing on otherwise it’s the oneplus. You expect speedy software fast, fingerprint serviceable speakers and clear calls.
The big changes are in the cameras, so let’s hop into a road trip review vehicle with friend of the channel david amell, set a course for moon mountain and put him to the test Music 10 and a half hours now we’re in asheville north carolina. First thing: we do second thing we do and then we go to sleep so we can see some moon and stuff, but first coffee, Laughter, 700 miles 11 hours and one overnight stop. In asheville later we found ourselves in the north carolina workshop of one. Mr cole rise you’ve seen his work, even if you never realized it. He designed the original logo for instagram and several of the app’s early filters, one of which still bears his name. These days, cole’s pursuits are more astronomical. He’S spent over five years. Completing this a near perfect replica of the camera that gave us some of humanity’s most important photos: the hasselblad 500 el, that neil armstrong and buzz aldrin used on the surface of the moon. Cole’S replica is accurate, not just down to the serial numbers, not just down to the number of screws holding each access panel in place, but to the threading on those screws. Every modification nasa and hasselblad made to assure the camera would function in. Space has been recreated too. The reflective aluminum paint used to protect the camera from the moon’s 260 degree daytime temperature, the shutter mechanism that makes the same sound on earth as it would have on the moon.
If there were any air to conduct it, that is satisfying and the lens which was specially modified to ensure fidelity all the way to the edges of the frame. That was important because this camera wasn’t just for posterity in 1969, before terrain mapping, lasers and other modern sensors hyper accurate cameras like this were the only way to measure the height of lunar features like distant mountains and again this replicates almost everything about that original. The only way you’d be able to see a more accurate version of this camera would be to literally go to the moon that’s, where the original was left in order to save weight for the astronauts return flight to earth. Now, why did i travel half the eastern seaboard to see this replica because all the engineering that went into the original all the painstaking work that ensured the astronauts could safely and reliably capture photos from the moon? That took massive effort and expertise on the part of nasa and hasselblad and by partnering with hasselblad oneplus is hoping you’ll associate its camera with that lunar legacy as well. Does it earn that equivalent well it’s about dinner time, so let’s head to one margarita, inn michael fisher, for the short answer, not really look it’s, not that these cameras are a disaster or anything. You saw the footage from the road trip in asheville and cole’s workshop. It can be great there’s, even a kind of unintentional parallel with the moon camera.
Remember that lens modification that made sure the image at the edge of the frame was accurate. Well, oneplus used a similar approach on its freeform lens, the lens on the wide angle camera to prevent distortion at the edges of the frame, something earlier models did but needed to do through software. The phone’s wide angle, camera also offers less color variation and similar resolution to the primary pretty good stuff, it’s, also great, to have the option of shooting 4k 120 for those slo mo opportunities. The few hasselblad touches that did make it into the software like the distinctive orange button and the custom leaf. Shutter sound, i like them too, and focus peaking in pro mode is a nice bonus, as is the addition of the privacy alert light when the selfie camera is activated. However, that front camera itself is nothing special name: a common shortfall like poor, low light performance or poor, dynamic range or a narrow field of view and they’re. All here, there’s no fun bonus microscope as there is on this phone’s cousin oppo’s find x3 there’s. No enhanced zoom, like you, find on samsung’s s21 ultra the low light performance lags behind that phone and apple’s iphone 12 pro max. The device seems more prone to overheating, while recording video than most and the focus assistant that’s supposed to help you take better close ups. It does that, but in the process it basically breaks the camera’s qr code scanner, something that will drive you crazy when you’re trying to call up a restaurant menu mere minutes before the kitchen closes now let’s stay real.
Okay, most smartphone cameras face similar shortfalls it’s. True it’s, just that oneplus made such a big deal about this new hasselblad initiative and, like i anticipated in my licensing editorial earlier this month, this first attempt really doesn’t. Do anything special oneplus says: hasselblad will have more input into the next device that companies co develop, including hardware at some point, and i genuinely look forward to seeing that the oneplus 9 pro goes on sale april, 2nd for a starting price of 969 us dollars or 1069 for the trim scene in this review that puts it within spitting distance of the galaxy s21 ultra and iphone 12 pro max, and for the first time i got ta say i don’t think oneplus has done enough to justify that kind of pricing. Proximity. The nine pro is a fine phone more attractive than most with some compelling features, but the camera is just okay. I’Ve always been able to follow that up by saying, but you know what it’s a substantial amount cheaper well, this time unless you get a new line or do a trade in at t mobile, that price difference is almost negligible. So for me this particular moonshot falls. A little bit short folks, this review was produced on the road with vo recorded in an asheville hotel room, so i hope you’ll forgive the varied audio quality. This time around. I hope you get a chance to visit asheville as well. To paraphrase clint from lgr it’s, a bizarre blend of portland, mid atlantic and the south, and i really dig it special thanks to colerides for giving david and me special access to his workshop of wonders.
If you want to know more about the moon, camera david is planning on publishing an in depth interview video on his new channel. I will post that, as well as a link to cole’s website below all profits from cole store go to charity by the way, which i think is pretty great disclosure. This review was produced following 12 days with a oneplus 9 pro review sample provided by oneplus, but as always, the company had no editorial input into this video. It provided no compensation in exchange for its production and it didn’t receive an early preview either. The opinions contained here in are mine and mine alone. Please subscribe to the mr mobile on youtube if that’s the kind of video you’d like to see more of until next time, thanks for watching and if you decide to hit the road this spring remember to do it safely and mask up when you’re around others.