I think this is the phone we were asking for. I mean don’t. Get me wrong. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want all the hardware on the 9 pro, but the price is kind of steep and if the implementation still doesn’t add up, the 9 might just be the right amount of everything. Now what’s interesting is that i think the dynamics of the flagship killer have changed a lot see back. In 2014, the oneplus one selling point was flagship specs for a crazy price for contacts that same year, you could buy two of these oneplus phones for the price of an iphone 6. or if you want to really compare apples to apples, two and spare change of Those specs on a galaxy s5 so of course, oneplus went viral. It challenged the establishment and smartphone pricing marketing and the concept of value. It was proof that a good enough product at a no brainer price could make every competitor look bad and that’s with minimal marketing. Spend and less certifications. The problem is when the business case is so good that the big kids ended up following to quote the dark knight you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain right now. Every single flagship maker has their own flagship killer and for a price that’s caught up with the yearly price bumps from oneplus it’s, come to the point where the difference is so minimal that if the price can’t save you, the implementation better be as lunar as all The hype in the marketing i’m heimer rivera with pocket erwin.
This is our review of the oneplus 9.. Maybe the reason why i’m so optimistic about the oneplus 9 is because it received a lot more improvements when compared to, for example, the 8t than the 9 pro did versus the 8 pro, even if the price tag is nearly matched by competitors in many ways that Are unique to oneplus? This is sort of a better value, for example, while apple and samsung killed the charger or sami switched a polycarbonate back or google is using a mid ranger chip to keep its price down. Oneplus took a couple of steps forward and a step back, and i know you want to know the bad news first. Well, the frame will fool anyone into looking and feeling like metal, but it’s. Actually, a fiberglass reinforced, polymer, aka plastic. I can’t tell you much about durability, but so far, so good it’s, actually contributing to a lighter, feel that’s protected by gorilla glass, 5 on the front and the back. I just wish they didn’t send us the reflective black model that’s another nightmare to film. It might handle fingerprints better, but i can’t even show the hasselblad logo on the cutout without juggling what’s good. Is that it follows on the 9 pro’s design language, meaning that the camera cutout looks more like a 60s classic that wobbles less on a table. It improves on the 9 pro by offering a flat display. It might not be the same ltpo variable refresh rate, but the 6.
5 inch oled is still capable of 120 hertz at full. Hd plus supports 1100 nits of brightness, the p3 color gamut and hdr 10 plus colors are vibrant. Viewing angles are great, like seriously nothing to envy from the pro model. It supports the new qualcomm acoustic platform for improved wireless audio and dolby atmos on its dual firing. Speakers mainly because, even if both devices are rocking same story on the inside with the latest qualcomm snapdragon 888, but it beats last year’s model in giving you the fastest ram and storage at higher capacities. Based on how much you’re willing to spend. We have the latest wi fi and bluetooth and the same 4500 milliamp hour battery of the pro model, with support for the same warp charge 65 t that by the way, also comes in the box. This would also be the first non pro oneplus to support qi. Wireless charging, which is not as fast as the pro at 15 watts but welcomed it also doesn’t, include an ingress protection rating, but, judging by the fact that the t mobile variant will include it, we’re confident that the splash proof claims will do more than that. Now. Another step back from competitors is that this would be the only phone at this price range that does not support millimeter wave 5g if you’re the kind that cycles through phones once a year, you’ll be fine, but those of you looking to play the long game. You might want to think twice now, given the current state of the infrastructure.
I can’t say that i’ve missed it, though, with pretty good performance and day to day use on t mobile’s 5g, where data speeds have been fast and reliable and phone calls are loud and clear, it’s also what i would call an all day phone with pretty good Battery performance, even with moderate, to heavy use. Now i did notice that some of your comments on my nine pro review claim that we barely touched on oxygen os, but guys that’s, because oneplus didn’t either. I don’t think that much change from their android 11 update when we covered it back with the ats review and that’s. Actually great. It still is my favorite skin. Even making stock android look bad. You get the google feed at the left of the launcher. You get the power menu with the power button, a choice for the oneplus shelf of widgets, with a swipe down or the notification shade. You get reading mode, zen mode, gaming, performance updates and the stupid little things that i care about. Like hiding notifications on the lock screen until my face is detected or locking applications with the on screen, fingerprint scanner or even the three way, mute slider for quick access that i love it’s, that oneplus grasp on software that enables its performance and battery life all while Being silky smooth with all of the added refresh rate and by the way, also while doing a really good job at software updates more on that in a sec, thing is if oneplus is willing to invest millions of dollars in a three year.
Partnership with hasselblad, i’m sure it’s, not just to strap a logo at the back of the camera. We do know that the hardware collaboration will not happen until the future, but there is some tuning here and as for hardware, this phone is no slouch. I mean the ultra wide is the same sensor as the 9 pro, which is currently best in class, and then the primary sensor is the same one that we praised on last year’s. 8. Pro sure we lose the telephoto but there’s enough hardware on the primary to pull a good amount of digital crop, also, i’m, glad that i held off on this review. As so far we’ve received two major software updates with camera improvements. It almost makes me want to revisit the 9 pro, because i have noticed some far better results during this review. I still feel that the hasselblad partnership is in the way of better shots, but now not as much as before, like during the day as expected. Photos are great, we see great color saturation and some pretty good natural depth of field from the primary unless you want to use the ultra wide as a macro, which i also love, because, given the large size of both sensors natural bokeh is possible from either i’d Even say that switching focal lengths even up to 2x digital is pretty good in most scenarios, though that is, as far as i would go as the light starts to get dim.
I noticed that the grain from the 9 pro is now more subtle. Providing more natural results that still have some punch and contrast. The only problem that remains is that, since the camera slows the shutter to pull in more light, good detail is hard to achieve, or sometimes you think that you got the shot. But you didn’t in low light. This actually forces you to use nightscape, because every other way detail just won’t be easy to capture. Unless you have a very steady hand anyway, portraits and selfies do look pretty awesome after the software updates, with some insane color reproduction and computational depth of field. I just wish that selfies weren’t fix focused to help with the lack of detail in most scenarios. Now one thing to praise is that at this price this is one of only few phones to be capable of recording 8k video, and we also have 4k up to 60 frames per second. Electronic stabilization is pretty good in most cases, so long as light is helping out but i’m still not a fan of the sharpening in the resulting footage that’s. What i would call good enough, but sadly that is not the way that i feel about selfie video. I hate coming back to the price, but in this range the iphones and galaxies can do 4k just fine, while this phone can barely do 1080p and also notice that play of blowing out dynamic range and then achieving it like yeah, there is still a lot to Be done in this camera tuning to conclude i’m gon na reference.
Another of my favorite scenes of the dark knight rises where bane is fighting batman, not for the punches, but for the words victory has defeated you in our briefing. We were told about how the 2020 product portfolio worked, how it resulted in 163 growth. So hey i don’t blame any company for considering that what’s not broken should not be fixed. The problem is that back then, it all made sense for the price, but this year’s increments make that tough. The oneplus 9 is technically a better value if we were to blindly measure the spec sheet features and most of the software. But the problem is that the camera still doesn’t reflect it and as much as you want to downplay its importance, oneplus does not with its investment in hasselblad, where we clearly have the hardware, but the software still needs tuning. I seriously feel that hasselblad should have been the one paying oneplus for this partnership and not the other way around, because oppo’s find x3 pro was able to achieve wonders with the same ultrawide sensor without any extra branding and hey. I understand the importance of marketing perception. If you price your product too low, it can lead to people thinking that it’s cheap instead of affordable, which are two very different things. It makes sense to price your phone below the competition, but not too low. The problem is that now the price can’t save you. If the implementation doesn’t match the other competitors, so sure you save a couple of bucks, if you pick the oneplus 9 and if you’re a fan, i have no problem in recommending it, as this is probably the best flagship killer the company has ever made.
I just wish that they would have priced it just a bit lower a change in any of the digits would have made any of its competitors less compelling because, sadly, for the first time ever, those phones seem like a better value for this price bracket to convince Anyone to not pay a few extra bucks for a galaxy s21 or an iphone 12 overall oneplus 9 is harder now than ever before. Let us know what you think about the oneplus 9 in the comments down below and while you’re at it follow us on social media and subscribe to our channel for more videos like this one. You can also follow me on my personal handles to see me struggle to film this phone and do so over and over again, because it’s so reflective, but anyways. Please give this video a thumbs up if you liked what you saw i’m jaime rivera thanks.