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OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro: Everything worth knowing about the new phones coming today

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will both be announced today. Here’s everything we know already about the OnePlus 9, including leaked specs and features. 

While we’re excited about OnePlus’ recent focus on making more affordable phones like the OnePlus Nord, as with every year, we look forward to seeing what the company will deliver with its flagship line.

This year the range is expected to include the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro and possibly even the OnePlus 9R, which could be a cheaper version of the phone to take one the best mid-range phones. It is also expected that OnePlus will reveal the OnePlus Watch.

Scroll down to discover everything we know about the OnePlus 9 series so far, including information about the release date, specs, camera, display and more.

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OnePlus 9 release date – Launch event confirmed

After many months of rumours, and earlier than expected release dates for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, OnePlus has confirmed the date we’ll see the OnePlus 9 launch.

The launch will come on March 23 at 2 PM GMT – that’s today. Like all launches currently, the event will stream online. We’ll bring you live coverage of the event right here on this page.

OnePlus 9 Pro Design – official images revealed early

  • Full details of the Pro model’s design have revealed
  • Morning Mist colour scheme
  • Glass finish

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau isn’t waiting until March 23 to reveal the OnePlus 9 Pro. He’s revealed a series of official images that show off a Morning Mist shade of the high-end flagship phone.

“At first glance it may appear simple. But the more you look at it, the more you see its beauty is in how it reflects the world around you. This is the #OnePlus9Pro Morning Mist,” Lau wrote in a tweet on March 15.

Lau said this particular glass finish takes 30 steps and 25 days to perfect. Further tweets allowed us to see the shade up against a charcoal surface and it does look super swanky. The images also show the front of the phone, which appears to have an impressive screen-to-body ratio.


OnePlus 9 Camera – Collaboration with Hasselblad for the OnePlus 9 camera

  • Hasselblad partnership
  • Sony IMX789 sensor, with 12-bit RAW support

Along with confirmation of the launch date, OnePlus also confirmed the previous speculation that it would be partnering with Hasselblad for the camera system on the new phone.

OnePlus has announced a three-year deal with Hasselblad to ‘co-develop’ future camera systems for OnePlus devices. The first phone that will come as part of this deal will be the OnePlus 9.

“OnePlus has always prioritized a premium user experience over everything else. Beginning in 2021, we are making a concerted effort to significantly improve the smartphone camera experience for our users, with the expertise of a truly legendary partner in Hasselblad,” said Pete Lau, Founder and CEO of OnePlus. “With OnePlus’ top-of-the-line hardware and computational photography and Hasselblad’s rich aesthetic knowledge in traditional photography, I am confident that the OnePlus 9 Series will be a major leap forward in our ability to deliver a premium, flagship camera.”

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OnePlus has also delved a little deeper into what this partnership will include. This includes advanced colour calibration to ensure snaps shot with the camera have natural hues. There will also be a Hasselblad Pro Mode with a new UI based on the brand’s image processing software.

In terms of actual camera specs, we know the OnePlus 9 series will use a custom Sony IMX789 sensor, with 12-bit RAW support. You’ll also be able to record HDR video and 4K at 120fps.

Will the OnePlus 9 be one of the best camera phones around? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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OnePlus 9 Specs and Features – a familiar screen and the OnePlus 9 ‘Lite’

  • OnePlus 9 Pro screen specs confirmed
  • The Pro model has an LTPO screen and adaptive 120Hz
  • Other models a possibility

An alleged listing on the Geekbench benchmarking app has been found showing a device reported to be the OnePlus 9 Pro packing 8GB RAM and the Snapdragon 888. OnePlus has always used high-end Qualcomm chips so this news comes as no surprise.

There has also been talk of a OnePlus 9 ‘Lite’. Despite its name, rumour has it the baby in the OnePlus 9 family could pack the powerful Snapdragon 865 processor found in the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro.

According to Android Central, the OnePlus 9 Lite will arrive alongside the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro early this year, offering a cheaper option to those happy to settle for last year’s chipset. The device will also reportedly boast a 90 or 120Hz AMOLED screen and 65W fast charging.

As far as the OnePlus 9’s display is concerned, we could be in for something very familiar. According to Weibo tipster Digital Chat Station, the OnePlus 9 could boast the same 6.55-inch, 120Hz AMOLED screen as the OnePlus 8T.

The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, will have a far higher-end panel. OnePlus has confirmed the Pro model will pack a QHD+, 10 bit colour depth and LTPO for adaptive refresh rates.

In January, reliable leakster Max Jamboor took to Voice to report that the OnePlus 9 Pro will come kitted with 45W wireless charging. This is a big jump from the 30W wireless charging offered by the 8 Pro, which is already capable of charging up to 50% in under 30 minutes.

Jambor later hinted in a tweet that the 9 and the 9 Pro will pack a 4500mAh battery and confirmed that the phones will come with chargers in the box. We previously saw a 4510mAh battery in the OnePlus 8 Pro, but this time it looks as though the base model will be getting a sizable battery, too.

We found the 8 Pro‘s battery life varied depending on how you use it. The phone was able to provide between 5 and 6 hours of power with the screen at 120Hz/1080p, or 4 to 5 hours with the display dialled up to QHD+, but could be stretched out by turning down the display settings.

In terms of RAM, rumours so far have suggested the Pro model at least will pack 12GB of the stuff which should put it up there with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. While we’d still say 8GB is more than enough, OnePlus is known for pushing RAM levels up and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if there was a 16GB option too.

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