OnePlus announced the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9, but exactly how do they compare? We’ve spent some time testing the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 to figure out how they stack up against each other. We wanted to figure out which phone is right for you.
9 Pro: Curved display, punch-hole camera, rectangular camera housing, IP68
9: Flat display, punch-hole camera, rectangular camera housing
The OnePlus 9 Pro has a curved display, a glass body and a metal frame, while the OnePlus 9 comes with a plastic frame, glass body and a flat display.
What that means in daily use is that while the 9 Pro is bigger than the regular OnePlus 9, it feels more comfortable to hold in one hand. Those curve add the illusion of slimness. The plastic frame also means the regular model feels a bit less premium.
Having said that, in the case, you can’t tell the difference and I prefer the flat display over the curved. It’s more durable and never catches any glare.
OnePlus 9 Pro also features IP68 water and dust resistance. The other two models do not offer an official waterproofing rating.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is the largest and heaviest of the three OnePlus 9 devices, measuring 163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm and weighing 197g, while the OnePlus 9 measures 160 x 74.2 x 8.7mm and weighs 192g.
9 Pro: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+, LTPO, 120Hz variable
9: 6.55-inch, Full HD+, 120Hz
The OnePlus 9 Pro offers a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with LTPO that supports a variable refresh rate of 1Hz to 120Hz. The OnePlus 9 has a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate – which isn’t variable.
The OnePlus 9 Pro has a Quad HD+ resolution screen that delivers a pixel density of 525ppi, while the OnePlus 9 has a Full HD+ resolution for a pixel density of 402ppi.
The OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9 offer a peak brightness of 1300nits and support for HDR10+ and have under-display fingerprint sensor which is fast and reliable.
When you put the Pro and regular model side-by-side, you do notice a difference in sharpness if you look closely. You do have to look closely, the panel quality on the 9 is quite good as well. They’re very similar when it comes to colour balance and brightness. The advantage of the 9 Pro is the LTPO which is a technology that we’ll start to see in all smartphones in the future. If you’re planning on keeping your phone a while and watch a lot of video on your phone, this could be the one feature that’s worth the upgrade.
Hardware and specs
9 Pro: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4500mAh
9: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4500mAh
The OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset.
In terms of RAM, the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 come in 8GB and 12GB options with storage options of 128GB and 256GB.
Both Pro and regular model feel as fast and responsive as each other in daily use, so you’ll never have to worry about games or apps taking ages to load, or animations on screen responding slowly to gestures.
Real life battery longevity is similar too, 4-5 hours of screen time. Both phones would often get to bed time with between 30% left over.
The OnePlus 9 Pro and 9 have 4500mAh battery capacities and support 65W fast charging. Wireless charging is available on both though only 15W on the 9 and 50W in the Pro.
That speedy charging means battery anxiety never happens with the 9 and 9 Pro. When the battery empties on either you only need to plug it in for half an hour and it’s fully charged again.
9 Pro: Quad camera, Hasselblad partnership
9: Triple camera, Hasselblad partnership
The OnePlus 9 Pro offers a quad rear camera, while the OnePlus 9 has at triple rear camera. Both have the Hasselblad partnership, which involves colour tuning and sensor calibration.
The OnePlus 9’s triple camera is made up of a 48-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 50-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with f/2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor.
The OnePlus 9 Pro also offers a 48-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture but it’s a custom Sony IMX789 sensor and it supports optical image stabilisation (OIS), while the 9 has a Sony IMX689 sensor and no OIS. A 50-megapixel ultra wide sensor is also on board the 9 Pro, along with a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, but it also adds an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture.
In daily experience – when it played nice – the Pro did have the better cameras. We did notice that the colour balance between the ultrawide and primary lenses didn’t always match well, while the zoom camera delivered mushy shots lacking in detail even at its lowest zoom setting. As always, we’ll return to the camera review after an update, OnePlus always goes through the reviews and updates to fix reviewer complaints.
The two main cameras on the OnePlus 9 were much more aligned when it came to colour reproduction and the 2x digital zoom on the main camera was more reliable.
OnePlus 9 Pro 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage in Morning Mist and Stellar Black ins 899EUR and with 12GB of RAM and 256GB Storage with the extra color option of Pine Green for 999EUR.
The OnePlus 9 with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage in Artic White and Astral Black is 699EUR, with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in Astral Black and Winter Mist it’s 799EUR
Which is right for you?
OnePlus has created two more compelling devices in the OnePlus 9 Pro and the OnePlus 9.
The processor is the same, which is good for the longevity of the handset and the features you get in the Pro might not matter to your average smartphone user.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is without doubt the better phone of the two. It’s got a superior screen, a stepped up camera, and a more premium design (which you won’t able to tell once you throw on a case), and it’s all in a package that isn’t much bigger or heavier.
However, for those looking to spend less, the OnePlus 9 still gives you top notch performance and a solid camera. The 9 lacks a telephoto lens, which is all honesty isn’t that good on the 9 Pro. The camera’s aren’t that far apart and you might be someone who loves to zoom, it’s a nice option to have, but it’s grainy on the 9 Pro, so the added feature it’s not a positive in my books.
The big differences are the speed of the wireless charging, which isn’t a huge deal and the display technology. If you are someone who does watch a lot of Netflix on your phone and you’re planning on keeping this handset for two or more years, then consider the 9 Pro. Read up on the LTPO display here, if your someone who really does need the best display around, then the 9 Pro is the phone for you.
If you’re looking for a high end smartphone with a solid camera, all day battery life, wireless charging and a great display (but not the best) then save your money. Personally if I had to choose I would go for the 9, but the 9 Pro is what I’m carrying because of the LTPO display. I’m making this choice because I am someone who needed to have the latest technology in their pocket. Long term I need to form opinions about the long term value that LTPO brings to the market. I’m not what average smartphone user can say the same.
If we’re being honest as a reviewer, the differences only become readily apparent when you use these two phones side by side, which most people simply won’t be in a position to do.