OnePlus Oneplus 9 5g Review
If you’re looking for a flagship Android smartphone at an affordable price, the Oneplus 9 5g is worth considering. It has a top-of-the-line display, high-quality hardware, and intelligent software.
It also offers a better camera experience thanks to its partnership with Hasselblad and Natural Color Calibration. It is designed to bring out the most detail possible from the primary and ultra-wide cameras.
The 6.55-inch AMOLED display on the OnePlus 9 5g is impressive. It comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, which makes switching between apps, scrolling social media, and gaming a smooth experience.
The screen also uses LTPO, changing its refresh rate dynamically depending on the displayed content. It also uses Hyper Touch, which sextuples the speed at which the screen communicates with the processor and reduces touch latency by 25-30ms.
Overall, the OnePlus 9 5g displays a bright, vibrant image free from noticeable color shifts or dithering. Its color accuracy is excellent, and the display renders mid-tones and skin tones with a very accurate sRGB mode.
The OnePlus 9 5g is an excellent device with outstanding performance, a stunning display, and a fantastic camera. However, it’s not immune to damage like a shattered screen or liquid damage, so you should protect your OnePlus 9 5g from these potential issues with a quality tempered glass screen protector.
The camera has long been the weak point of OnePlus smartphones. But this year’s partnership with premium camera brand Hasselblad seems to have improved things considerably.
The primary wide-angle sensor is a Sony IMX689 (up from IMX767 on the OnePlus 8 Pro) with a 48-megapixel resolution and 23mm equivalent lens. At the same time, the ultra-wide camera is also a Sony IMX689, but with a 50-megapixel resolution and 14mm equivalent f2.2 7P freeform lens. It doubles up as a macro camera, too.
The nightscape mode is excellent, too, especially if you’re shooting at low light. However, the photos themselves can be soft and lack definition at the top and bottom edges.
As is OnePlus’s norm, the OnePlus 9 5g has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, offering impressive performance. Day-to-day tasks are fast and responsive, while more demanding apps handle intensive work effortlessly.
It also supports the full range of Android 12 features, including Quick Settings. You can turn on gestures, which make navigation through the phone’s menus a breeze.
OnePlus also includes Hyper Touch, which increases touchscreen polling rates to 360Hz (typically 240Hz) for low-latency gaming experiences like Call of Duty Mobile or League of Legends. You’ll need to enable it in the settings, though.
One downside to the phone’s high-end hardware is that it aggressively downclocks its processing capabilities at lower battery levels to prolong its screen’s life. This can cause minor stuttering in certain apps, but it’s not too pronounced and shouldn’t be an issue for most users. Plus, the device gets three years of major Android updates and four years of security patches as part of OnePlus’s merger with OPPO.
The OnePlus 9 has a 4,500 mAh battery that lasts long in our tests. In Tom’s Guide’s 5G endurance test, which places a device under a series of repetitive web loads, the OnePlus 9 Pro averaged 10 hours and 40 minutes — more than enough to get through a day of moderate usage.
The 9 Pro also supports Warp Charge 65W, which can top up your battery from 0% to 100% in 29 minutes on wired charging or 45 minutes using wireless. This isn’t quite as snappy as the 125W rumored for the next OnePlus, but it’s still pretty impressive.
You can improve battery life by adjusting how much power individual apps use. OnePlus’s Battery Optimization page lets you see which apps are draining the most energy and enables you to restrict them to “Intelligent Control” or “Optimize” mode for better performance.
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