OnePlus 9 Pro 5G Review

OnePlus 9 Pro price in India starts from 64,495. It is available on Tata Cliq at the lowest price in India till August 03, 2021. Take a look at the detailed specifications and features of the OnePlus 9 Pro.

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G Review
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G Review

Dubbed the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, the smartphones are among the first wave of Snapdragon 888-powered phones in the country. Now, as is the case with every other OnePlus launch, handsets have a lot riding on their shoulders, especially the OnePlus 9 Pro which costs over Rs 65K. So, in this review, let's find out if it is worth your Rs.



Sim Type

Dual Sim, GSM+GSM

Dual Sim


Sim Size

Nano+Nano SIM

Device Type




163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7 mm


197 g



Color Fluid AMOLED (16M)


Yes, with Multitouch


6.7 inches, 1440 x 3216 pixels, 120 Hz

Aspect Ratio



~525 PPI

Screen to Body Ratio

~ 90.8%

Glass Type

Corning Gorilla Glass 5


Hyper Touch, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Vibrant Color Effect Pro, Motion Graphics Smoothing, Ultra-high Video Resolution, Adaptive Display


Yes, Punch Hole



8 GB


128 GB

Storage Type

UFS 3.1

Card Slot














Yes, Dual Stand-By


Yes, with wifi-hotspot


Yes, v5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD


Yes, USB-C v3.1

USB Features

USB on-the-go, USB Charging

Wireless Charging

Yes, 50W



yes with A-GPS, Glonass, GLONASS, Beidou

Fingerprint Sensor

Yes, In-Display

Face Unlock



Accelerometer, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Sensor Core, Flick-detect Sensor, Front RGB Sensor

3.5mm Headphone Jack




Water Resistance


IP Rating


Dust Resistant


Extra Features

Alert Slider


Rear Camera

48 MP f/1.8 (Wide Angle)
50 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide)
8 MP f/2.4 (Telephoto )
2 MP f/2.4 (Monochrome ) with autofocus


Nightscape, Super Macro, UltraShot HDR, Smart Scene Recognition, Portrait mode, Pro mode, Panorama

Video Recording

8K @ 30fps UHD, 4K @ 120/30/60fps UHD


Yes, Dual LED

Front Camera

Punch Hole 16 MP f/2.4 with Autofocus and Screen Flash

Front Video Recording




Android v11


Qualcomm Snapdragon 888


2.84 GHz, Octa Core Processor

Core Details

1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.XX GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.XX GHz Kryo 680


Adreno 660

IP Rating





Yes, supports HTML5







MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265

FM Radio


Document Reader




Non-Removable Battery


4500 mAh, Li-Po Battery

Fast Charging

65W Fast Charging

Reverse Charging



The OnePlus 9 Pro is an expensive proposition, though the device still undercuts the competition and offers a lot of value in return. Those looking for a premium flagship phone under Rs 70,000 will love a lot about the latest entrant from OnePlus.


OnePlus has never shied away from experimenting with the design of its phones and over the years, the company has introduced some resplendent handsets, be it with the sandstone-crafted OnePlus One, or the Concept One, which packs its rear camera. packs. Pack. can hide. That said, OnePlus has streamlined its design ethos somewhat and the company's devices now follow a more mass-market approach.

The OnePlus 9 Pro also follows the same principle and hence, is made using a mix of glass and metal. Now, don't get me wrong - the phone looks gorgeous, especially in the Morning Mist tweet I sent it for review... I'm also a big fan of the smartphone's camera cutout and the chrome accents around the sensor that enhance it. The aesthetics of the OnePlus 9 Pro is even more so.

The handset's ergonomics should also be mentioned, and I rarely had to adjust my grip while using the phone as I could comfortably reach the edges of the screen. At the same time, the OnePlus 9 Pro isn't going to turn too many heads because at the end of the day, it looks like most, if not all, premium flagships.

Moving on, the smartphone offers a great in-hand feel, which is further enhanced by its chassis, which weighs just under 200 g (197 g), ensuring that the phone is used for day-to-day use. is made for use. designed for use. Can be lowered to the ground. Do not bend your wrist while doing this.

It is worth noting that this time the frame of the phone is more rounded, which makes it easier to hold the handset. The back of the phone gets a bit blurry, though the company has come up with a sleekly designed matte gray case that keeps your OCD at bay.

On the OnePlus 9 Pro Plus, you can expect all the usual niceties from a premium OnePlus flagship including a handy alert slider that will allow you to switch sound profiles on the fly and IP68 certification, which you use to use the phone. Will keep you at ease Keep you away from the pool or your shower.

That said, unlike some recent flagships, the OnePlus 9 Pro doesn't use Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and instead, comes with 3D Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. As a result, if you hate protective cases and want to use your phone without one, the OnePlus 9 Pro might not prove as sturdy as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (Review).

The OnePlus 9 Pro offers a tactile volume rocker on the left-hand spine along with a USB Type-C port on the bottom for data transfer and charging. The smartphone also comes with dual stereo speakers, which is quite disappointing for me, but it seems to have defied the notion of bringing back the same headphone jack as the Asus ROG Phone 5 (first impression) - with a similar look. Niche gaming phone with a more radical design.

OnePlus 9 Pro Smartphone Although overall, the OnePlus 9 Pro checks a lot of boxes in the design department and I don't think users will be put off by its aesthetics anytime soon.


From time to time, OnePlus has been scrutinized for offering sub-par cameras with its other power-packed phones. In the past, buyers and critics could justify the lack of flagship-level cameras on OnePlus' offerings due to the handset's relatively affordable prices.

However, seeing as how OnePlus is now positioning its phones in the premium segment, the onus is on the brand to deliver a top-tier, camera-focused phone. Thankfully, it's been a long time coming but the OnePlus 9 Pro is just that - a remarkable camera phone that impresses in most if not all scenarios.

To do this, the company has not only used new imaging sensors in the OnePlus 9 Pro smartphone, but they have also partnered with camera-giant Hasselblad to improve the color science of the smartphone. The company calls it "Natural Color Calibration with Hasselblad", which aims to bring more natural-looking colors to photos taken with the OnePlus 9 Pro smartphone.

And, it works exactly as advertised as the OnePlus 9 Pro produced excellent detailed shots with accurate colors out of the word. The camera setup on the phone includes a 48MP Sony IMX 789 sensor that works with a 50MP Sony IMX 766 ultra-wide-angle lens, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a 2MP monochrome sensor. For selfies, the device uses a 16MP, Sony IMX 471 sensor.

Now, as mentioned earlier, the 48MP main sensor on the OnePlus 9 Pro clicks phenomenal pictures during the day. The OnePlus 9 Pro In fact, when pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the shots of the OnePlus 9 Pro were (if not better) than those offered by the Korean giant. Take for example this shot of the parking lot and here, you can immediately tell that the image of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is showing the sky rising saturation with the leaves of the trees.

However, the OnePlus 9 Pro renders the scene as it is and on a close crop, the image is too long, which I managed to snap with the S21 Ultra 5G. Be it the texture of the white building or the definition around the leaves, the OnePlus 9 Pro has taken everyone by surprise and clicked a more attractive picture.

Similarly, the smartphone also produced a more color-accurate image than the OnePlus 8 Pro (Review). Comparing the images of the two phones in this next slider, you'll notice that the details in the two shots are more or less identical, with the OnePlus 8 Pro tweaked to make the contrast a bit dramatic. The same is evident when you look at the color of the leaves in the background or the pink color of the building.

Lastly, the OnePlus 9 Pro has a great primary sensor that can easily go toe-to-toe against the usual heavyweights in the industry. Photos were taken with the phone's 48MP sensor stand out with detail, displaying excellent dynamic range and showcasing rich, natural colors, ensuring you don't have to click an image twice.

On the other hand, there is still some work to be done and the company could benefit immensely by fine-tuning the output of photographs involving human subjects. As things stand, skin tone is nominally beautified.

Moving on, the ultra-wide-angle sensor of the smartphone is also phenomenal. In fact, the OnePlus 9 Pro probably has the best ultra-wide angle sensor ever. The company has employed a Freeform lens, which corrects incoming light to reduce distortion around the edges of the frame due to its unique curves. In short, the sensor will be able to more efficiently correct spherical aberrations such as the fish-eye effect.

OnePlus 9 Pro In practice, I noticed that images from the OnePlus 9 Pro's wide-angle sensor were actually loaded with more detail and were also less sensitive around the edges of the OnePlus 9 Pro. There's a noticeable color temperature disparity when switching from the main lens to the wide-angle shooter, but despite that, I think the OnePlus 9 Pro deserves a pat on the back here.

Unfortunately, the smartphone's telephoto sensor is still rough around the edges (no pun intended) and the 3.3x optical zoom makes the subject too soft for my liking. Plus, under less than ideal conditions, you'll notice a lot of noise in the images as well.

Thankfully in the OnePlus 9 Pro smartphone, the macros snapped by the ultra-wide angle lens look beautiful and I'm positive that with moderately steady hands and a little patience, you'll be able to get some phenomenal close-ups of flowers. Will be, etc.

OnePlus 9 Pro Smartphone In terms of low-light photography, the OnePlus 9 Pro managed to impress me yet again with this phone. Images taken with the Nightscape feature enabled a somewhat lower lens to shine through, producing a brighter, more detailed scene.

The selfie camera also did a good job and when it took pictures with great detail, my complexion was a bit off. But, rest assured, the front-shooter will be enough for all your Instagram and Snapchat needs.

Biometrics and Audio

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor that works like a charm and the unit offered excellent accuracy during my time with the phone. That said, the point of contact of the fingerprint sensor on the screen is placed a little low for my liking. Thankfully, the company's excellent facial unlock technology nailed it, which immediately brought me to my home screen.

For audio, the OnePlus 9 Pro offers a decent set of stereo speakers that will be enough to consume content on the go. The pairing comes through quite loud and the audio output has decent depth as well. You'll also find Qualcomm's WCD9385 DAC with the phone, which debuted with the OnePlus 8 Pro and Snapdragon 865 platform. During my testing, I could comfortably play 24-bit FLAC on the OnePlus 9 Pro, so no complaints here.


OnePlus has been slowly improving the displays of its phones and last year, the company offered a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate technology. Well, this year, the company is launching the OnePlus 9 Pro with a 6.7-inch, QHD+ AMOLED display that refreshes at 120Hz OnePlus 9 Pro. Well, here's the kicker - this year's model's screen backing is made using LTPO technology which allows the smartphone to 'smartly' adjust the display refresh rate to improve battery life.

In fact, according to OnePlus, the 9 Pro's panel can reduce the screen's power consumption by up to 50 percent, making it more battery-efficient than traditional LTPS screens. This allows the phone to lower its refresh rate to 1Hz for static content (viewing photos or reading text), and dial it down to 24Hz for movies and 120Hz for scrolling through UI and gaming.

The display is curved on both sides, which can do wonders for the aesthetics of the phone, though generally makes the smartphone more vulnerable to accidental touches as well. That's why I prefer to use a flat-screen phone, but where credit is due, the OnePlus 9 Pro's display didn't touch any ghosts during my time there.

Not only that, as the screen is also HDR10+ certified, offers the native 10-bit color depth, and has a peak-brightness of 1,300nits. Unsurprisingly, these compelling glasses translate into an immersive experience for the user and I enjoyed watching my favorite shows and movies on the phone, thanks to the panel's excellent colors and wide viewing angles. What's more, the display's smooth refresh rate also makes scrubbing through challenging PDFs a fun chore.

That said, I find the animation of text in the Settings menu (when you search for something) and even in the multitasking tray a bit annoying. I contacted fellow industry professionals asking if they are facing the same issue and so far it seems that the problem is different only for my unit. I will update you on the same once I have more details to share, let's talk about the performance of the phone.


OnePlus made a name for itself by offering high-performance phones for a fraction of the price of the iPhone or the latest Galaxy S-series flagships. On that note, the company's OnePlus 9 Pro follows the same philosophy and is the first phone in the country to ship with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 processor, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 256GB built-in, non-stop. . works with. -Expandable, UFS 3.1 storage. Naturally, apps and games blow up on the phone and I did not face any performance-related issues with the device.

To give you a better picture, the smartphone scored over 6,97,000 in Antutu, which is the highest on any smartphone app I've tested. The visual remains unchanged in Androbench and Geekbench as well, with the phone crossing the mark of 3,500 for multi-core and over 1,100 for single-core tests.

As far as gaming is concerned, I can comfortably play games like Call of Duty Mobile and Genshin Impact on the phone in the highest presets. And, if you want to play something else, I believe the handset will be able to play it even at the best possible settings due to its superb hardware.

What's more, the smartphone dissipates heat well and during my review period, I never noticed that the phone is too hot to touch. In line with this, my gaming experience on the phone was absolutely excellent as games launched quickly, ran smoothly and the device offered a comfortable in-hand grip with a relatively spacious and accommodating display.

Software and Battery Life

As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, OnePlus recently rolled out a massive visual overhaul to OxygenOS. For the most part, the company hasn't shied away from providing a near-stock Android experience, although the menus now look quite different. That said, OxygenOS still retains the number one spot on my list as it is one of the few custom skins to offer excellent customization features from the word go.

So, be it styling your phone with a shiny new third-party icon pack, or revamping the clock style for your Always On Display, the OnePlus 9 Pro can do it all. OnePlus also offers a number of cool changes, including a secret safe to keep your nefarious world-dominance plans safe, as well as a great Reading Mode, which converts the display to black and white to reduce eye strain. Does.

OxygenOS has always been instrumental in bringing potential buyers to the doorsteps of OnePlus. While the new UI comes across as a bit polarizing, I still rate it highly as it offers slick animations, useful features, and most importantly, it is not affected by any intrusive ads.

Unfortunately, that's all I can say about the phone's battery life and despite the 4,500mAh capacity cell, the OnePlus 9 Pro struggled to see me through the end of a heavy workday. Now, keep in mind that I had the display resolution set to Full HD+ and despite that, I was barely getting five hours of screen time with the phone.

Now, it might have something to do with the brand new Snapdragon 888 processor and I have reached out to the brand for more details regarding the same. Thankfully, the saving grace of the OnePlus 9 Pro is that the handset supports 65W charging which allowed me to fully power up the phone in just 30 minutes. You can also charge the phone wirelessly as the handset comes with the company's Warp Charge 50 Wireless, which should top up the phone in 43 minutes via the proprietary wireless charging dock.

Final Verdict

The OnePlus 9 Pro is the company's most ambitious smartphone to date and is surprisingly quite expensive as well. The handset starts at Rs 64,999 for the 8GB/128GB variant, with the 12GB RAM model with 256GB storage priced at Rs 70K. It goes without saying that OnePlus' pricing for its latest phone won't sit well with some potential buyers. After all, the company continued to dominate the country by offering the VFM flagship to budget-savvy buyers.

OnePlus 9 Pro Smartphone Well, while I am not denying that the OnePlus 9 Pro is an expensive proposition, I believe the smartphone justifies its price. In fact, taking a look at the competition, which includes the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus, you'll see that the OnePlus 9 Pro offers a higher-resolution display, a faster processor, and very fast wired and wireless charging.

Lest I forget, the company has made tremendous strides in the camera department as well and the OnePlus 9 Pro clicks just as good (if not better) pictures as the Samsung Galaxy S21 duo. Despite this, the price of the base variant of the OnePlus 9 Pro is still thousands of rupees less than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus.

Obviously, buyers need to look no further than the OnePlus 9, or the ASUS ROG Phone 5 for phones with serviceable cameras and Snapdragon 888 processors in the market. However, be aware that you will miss out on the IP rating. , as well as wireless charging, among other things. All things considered, with the launch of the OnePlus 9 Pro, the OnePlus is sailing in unknown waters.

While I cannot comment on the success of the phone in the Indian market yet, I can recommend it to potential buyers who have a budget of Rs 65-70K. For the price, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a good option and is only held back by its sub-par battery life. Also, the smartphone excels in every department and I get the green signal accordingly.