com. I’m Sascha Segan. I’m, here with Steven Winkelman, and we have the OnePlus 9 Pro here. OnePlus 9 Pro the latest flagship phone from OnePlus.. I should probably take it out of the case shouldn’t I Yeah definitely. Yeah. Okay., So let me pop it out of the case. Get the nice mirrored finish., So shiny. And, of course, the biggest news and the biggest thing about the OnePlus 9 Pro. Let me see if I can get the logo to show up on my camera., Not quite …. Oh yeah yeah. There, it goes. Hasselblad., Hassle, …, And I can see that’s funny. I can see Steven’s reflection., So it is the it is the phone with the Hasselblad camera. And Steven you tested the camera.. Is it Hassel bad or is it Hassle, good, It’s, Hassle, …, it’s, Hassel, pretty good.? I think, for the most part you know like with these types of phones. Typically, this one does have a special wide angle lens that like reduces distortion., And we did notice that because that’s like one of my biggest pet peeves. But we’ll, also see that in other phones too, because it’s just a Sony lens that they’re putting in.. But with these partnerships, it’s, usually just color science and color tuning that’s like adjusted., And it does a really good job of that. It’s, not perfect, but I think it’s. Definitely. I think it definitely completes with flagships. Like the color. Science is really good.. The wide angle is definitely the best we’ve seen.
And the other stuff is fine.. Now I think we also have to look at it in context of OnePlus phones in the past and how OnePlus phones have always been. You know fast and smooth and fun. And the cameras haven’t been quite up to Samsung, standards. Yeah. And like does this get OnePlus? Does this make OnePlus on par with Samsung and Apple in terms of cameras? I think it gets them close.. I don’t think it gets them exactly there.. I think that you know the the macro lens is actually pretty decent, even though it’s not like the most true macro lens, you know It’s, basically just blowing up. You know it’s it’s, not my favorite, but it actually takes a decent shot. Night mode works pretty well for the most part. On the front facing phone it’s, not the best, but it’s it’s miles ahead of what we’ve seen from them before. And it stands out in Certain ways like every flagship does. I mean like it’s, not like, I don’t, think anyone’s going to ever mistake it for like a Huawei quality like you know, flagship camera, but it’s definitely up there with like a Sony, or you know, maybe even maybe even an iPhone I’D say., Okay, well, yeah. I really liked. I really liked the ultra wide and I really liked the the way the ultra wide doesn’t distort at the edges nearly as much as even my Samsung S21 does.. So I definitely.
I definitely thought that was a plus. Yeah. And I think I think the problem is people have gotten so used to that distortion that now they don’t like it. When they don’t see it. Like I was seeing, people talk on Twitter like quotMaybe I’m wrong, but I don’t …. I liked distortion.quot I’m, like you like, seeing a brick wall that goes like … Like … Yeah exactly., No, like you’ve, just gotten used to it not being great., And I, like, I think, that’s, where it really shines. At. Like the wide angle. Camera is really good and we really put it through the paces because I wanted like even like. I was messaging you over the weekend before we published this review about making sure you took the photo in a certain way and it wasn’t cropped. And like just to make sure that we like covered all our bases, and you could see like. I tend to be very nitpicky when I look at them, but like you could see them without even blowing them up between the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the OnePlus 9 Pro. You could see distortion on that Galaxy S21 on a wall which was pretty interesting. Yeah. And now with in terms of its other features. It’S it’s pretty much a OnePlus, and that is pretty good. I’Ve got to say. We’ve got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in here. There’s. Two models: an 8 128 and a 12 256. It comes in this mirrored backing and a matte, green.
And I’ve got to say I like the matte green more because you can already see my fingerprints on this thing. Yeah.. I can see them from here. Yeah. You can see the fingerprints in the camera. That’s why I put the carbon fiber case on it. And it’s, why you should get the matte green? If, if that is an option for you., I mean, unless you like, to use your phone as a mirror like. I can totally like – I guess, if I was you know, doing my mascara or something in my phone without my camera, I don’t I don’t know. I’m, trying to find a use for this mirrored finish and I’m, not really finding it. But yeah.. Otherwise, as you were using it, what were you curious about, Or what were you curious about when I was checking it out from my side? Well, I was going to say so that’s like one of the biggies.. What do you think What else other than the camera stands out about this compared to other OnePlus phones? ‘Cause? I never like. I just recently started working with OnePlus products. So like it from like the other ones. I’Ve tried like in comparison. There seems to be a couple of things different but I’m wondering if there’s any other like standout features. You’Ve noticed on this phone that you didn’t really see on other phones.. So I would say that what the big advantage of OnePlus phones in general for me is that OnePlus phones always feel consistently fast.
. That is just something that OnePlus has focused on for years.. Their Android skin is relatively clean and elegant.. They have very little bloatware and everything is focused around speed. And I ran this. This processor pumper app called CPU Throttling, which I’m showing here right now., And it showed that, yes, it does better than last year’s phones when it comes to being able to maintain maximum speed over time, which is something that’s really important for, for instance, high end gamers.. How’S it do with battery life. That is the big problem with the OnePlus, with the OnePlus 9 Pro in my mind., So it’s fast.. I also want to mention that it is the first OnePlus series to support the new C band 5G, which is going to be a big deal next year and if you’re buying your phone for two three years, that should be really important to you.. So that’s that’s a big plus over last year’s phones, the C band., But in terms of battery life yeah it is, it was definitely behind the S21 Ultra and it was behind some of its competitors.. But I wonder how much of that is the structure of our battery test with the the way we run a continuous video, because OnePlus has said that one of their big battery optimizations is slowing down the screen when you’re looking at static content., And so our battery Test does not look at static, content. And so I’m wondering how much that is a factor.
, And I don’t really have an answer for that. And I’m wondering how much people use static content.. You know what I mean Like. If you’re I mean, if you’re reading, but most people are using social media for video and you know or streaming stuff. So it’s like it might help with some, but I think it’s probably going to balance out in the end.. I don’t know. There’s something else exciting about this. One too right, It’s going to be one of the first ones to hit more than one or more than T Mobile correct. Well, so last year OnePlus officially came … was officially sold by Verizon.. The OnePlus 8 was officially sold by Verizon last year. And it doesn’t look like these are going to be officially sold by Verizon, but at least it’s certified by Verizon. And I’ve already seen the MVNO US Mobile.. You know US Mobile they’re, really scrappy.. They are doing a 250 promo if you bring one over to US Mobile and I think it’s on their Verizon network., So OnePlus seems to still be working. The software out with Verizon. There’s, like some icons, that aren’t fixed and, like some things about the the band firmware doesn’t, seem quite baked.. So I would really give you give it a month or two before deciding whether or not to use this on Verizon. On T Mobile, it’s great though., I mean it’s, not quite an S21 Ultra, but it’s. Definitely in the league.
– And I guess, like the other question, I have because it’s something I with this one. I didn’t test it because I don’t test it unless I’m reviewing a phone.. What was the fingerprint sensor like, Because I always skip that if I’m not actually reviewing a product, I just leave it turned off.. Is it … ’cause it’s, an ultraso, … or it’s an in display. Yeah it’s an in display … Or is it like the typical It’s, the newer in display ultrasonic and it’s fine. Okay.? You know it’s it’s it’s, not it’s …. None of these in display fingerprint sensors have for me been up to the level of reliability and quality of a physical fingerprint sensor., But it definitely doesn’t it’s it’s, definitely not a minus in terms of against other in display fingerprint sensor, phones. That’s, the thing.. Oh, you know what else we should talk about. Let’S talk about …, so battery life may not be the best on Earth, but like what’s, going on with charging ‘Cause, I know charging things is a big deal. And I remember getting a wireless charger that I sent … with one of our review units. to another. One of our staffers for them to test., So tell me all about that. Yeah.. I can’t believe we didn’t talk about the charging.. That actually is a great way to finish this up., So this guy has …. I actually have the charger right here.. It is 65 watt, wired charging and then 50 watt wireless charging.
, Yeah. What’d. You say: That’s a MacBook Pro wireless charger. Like that’s what … they’re 65 watts. Yeah but it’s, but I think in PD mode, so for a MacBook for a MacBook or some other device. It will not quite charge at 65 watts.. Oh okay., Like this, is a proprietary, OnePlus technology.. I think I’ll have to look back in the story but ’cause I don’t quite remember, but I think it charges at like 40 watts under PD mode, but but it charges …. So this charges the phone up to full in under 40 minutes., But what’s crazy, is how fast the wireless charging works. It has this proprietary 50 watt wireless charger, which is you know it charges the phone up to full in well under an hour. It’s like high Speed wired charging but it’s a wireless charger., It’s kind of amazing.. Can you tell me a little bit about pricing and availability? I don’t usually like to talk a lot about money, but especially for accessories like that. Like that’s, something like we’ve not really seen anywhere else.. So like, can you give me a little bit of an idea about pricing availability for the phone and like that charger? Is it going to be just web only or will carriers have it or will T Mobile? Have it Yeah.? I don’t know if T Mobile is going to sell the charger.. I actually have a … I’ve got the pricing notice right, here.
I’m, going to I’m going to make sure that I read it out so that I get it right., But the so. The wireless charger is 69.99 from OnePlus. And then of course, a wired charger comes with the phone which you can’t count on with phones nowadays, anyway. The phone itself. The 8 128 is 969.. The 12 256 is 1069., So these are flagship prices. You know You can get …, They ain’t cheap, anymore.. They ain’t cheap anymore.. You can get your! You can get your 250 discount with US Mobile.. I mean, if you’re willing to willing to take a flyer on an MVNO. But and then of course you know, T Mobile will have payment. Plans., Yeah. Cool awesome., It’s, …, it’s, a very exciting phone.. I really liked it.. I really liked the cameras. It’s just something different. Like it’s. Like you know, we look at a lot of very similar phones and this one is ambitious.. I mean like it’s like something that like breaks, the monotony. I know. And OnePlus actually just won our Readers’ Choice. Award for the fourth year in a row that our … it’s, the big reader survey we do every year, thousands of readers and OnePlus fans are the most fervent.. They are the you know they are the most intense about saying that they love this manufacturer.. They love their phones. And that really says a lot about about phones like the OnePlus 9 Pro.. So we have our full review of the OnePlus 9 Pro and its little brother, the OnePlus 9 up on PCMag.
com right now.. They both get very good reviews.. They don’t quite get Editors’ Choice because the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is still a little better in a couple of different ways. Battery life. Radio stuff like that.. Still, though these are excellent phones, especially if you’re not into that heavy Samsung skin and the Samsung bloatware.. And you should definitely check them. Out. Thanks, so much. It’s been fun. Yeah. Thank you too. Okay, everyone. Thanks a lot for watching this video.. If you like, PCMag, please like and subscribe., And of course we will have more coverage on PCMag.com.