OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro review

23 mar. 2021
220 195 Vizionare

The OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 are here. There's a new screen, faster wireless charging, and big claims about the camera partnership with Hasselblad. Can it all measure up against the Galaxy S21 lineup? In this review, Dieter Bohn and Allison Johnson put each smartphone to the test.
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0:00 Introduction
1:24 OnePlus 9 Pro Specs
2:45 Design
4:23 Camera
7:42 OnePlus 9
8:27 OnePlus 9 vs. OnePlus 9 Pro
10:21 Screen
10:37 Battery & Charging
11:24 Software & UX
12:00 Conclusion
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  • Do you think the Pro is worth the extra cost?

    The VergeThe VergeAcum 24 Zile
    • No. Just get 8 pro

      Dante integraDante integraAcum 17 Zile
    • With the introduction of the Vivo X60 Pro+ days later what the point of the One Plus 9 Pro~....

      William SuWilliam SuAcum 18 Zile
    • @Animesh Hawladar well said Sir!

      DJ Salsero musicaDJ Salsero musicaAcum 20 Zile
    • The whole Hasselblad camera is a gimmick, I think that the price is way high then it should be

      Moran MonovichMoran MonovichAcum 22 Zile
    • No especially since the Vivo X60 Pro Plus is even cheaper and does everything better~

      William SuWilliam SuAcum 22 Zile
  • OnePlus doesn't have the same brand value as samsung or apple. So for OP to charge a $1000 is a bit absurd

    Aadithya krishnanAadithya krishnanAcum o Zi
  • Oneplus 9 pro seems a much better value for money smartphone as compared to Samsung S21 Ultra.Oneplus 9 pro camera looks decent enough plus you still don't have to spend $1000+ like in the case of Samsung S21 Ultra or iPhone Pro max.

    Medhavi DubeyMedhavi DubeyAcum 3 Zile
  • The oneplus 9 has allot more screen on time than the pro, and will only get better

    kevin Ikevin IAcum 5 Zile
  • Wait for the updates this will all change

    kevin Ikevin IAcum 5 Zile
  • This phone is extremelly buggie. Why you don't inform viewers?

    nnn nnnnnn nnnAcum 8 Zile
  • The non Telekom phones might not have an ip86 rating, but they are the exacty same. A rating costs, so it might've just come down to what they would've paid more in the end.

    MiksteR_RdYMiksteR_RdYAcum 9 Zile
  • 8657224254

    Lynn PowersLynn PowersAcum 10 Zile
  • The yearly advancements in smart phones is amazing. But I'm always grinding my teeth at what the manufactures miss. I am referring to features that could of (and should of) been many added years ago: #1: Put cameras at each end of the phone to take 3D stereoscopic photos. #2: Allow easy removal of all bloatware. #3: Multiple phone numbers 'with a standardized software interface' via dual-SIMs, eSIMs & SIP. ...I am sure many are yelling "these have already been added!!!" Hmm yes; but... ...dual-SIMs are nearly non-existent in USA, and I am also referring dual-active-SIMs support. ...SIP protocol was added early in Android OS; but buggy. Since then it was hidden, rather than fixed. ...also SIP needed it own dialer app; rather than a clean integration with the phone. #4: Allow root access. Lack of root access has led to 'rooting'; which is a far worse animal! ...obviously manufacturers and carriers do not this, do to either warranty or customer support concerns. ...but rather than encrypting the flash drive and disable writing the bootloader; ...I would have preferred a button-combo to restore the bootloader from ROM; which would then allow restoring the factory OS. ...(P.S. I would fine with signing away warranty and support in exchange for a 'root' password) (I'll shut up now)

    Kevin YorkKevin YorkAcum 10 Zile
  • Where is this widget drawer setting? I have op8 but with oxygen 11 but don't see that?

    pezdacandyboipezdacandyboiAcum 10 Zile
  • What if I just watch ROlabel really and text and a little social media world the battery last me this is the only question I have that's keeping me a little concerned if so I'll be switching from a s20 ultra

    Solar CjSolar CjAcum 11 Zile
  • Screw with confidence 🤣🤣🤣

    Ukrainian GuyUkrainian GuyAcum 12 Zile
  • I've you're tired of Samsung's massive bloatware, this is the phone.

    Kent PurdyKent PurdyAcum 12 Zile
  • Verge, you people are sick.

    Charles PCharles PAcum 12 Zile
  • iPhone §E

    Pamela HaddadPamela HaddadAcum 13 Zile
  • Watching on OnePlus 9 pro 😀

    Yogesh PYogesh PAcum 13 Zile
  • 65W fast charging out the box. Awesome. ... Funny how this is a differentiator nowadays.

    ThechainlardThechainlardAcum 14 Zile
  • Samsung has employed the bots strong this year

    GRD IIIGRD IIIAcum 14 Zile
  • I've watched several reviews of this phone and I have to say that the camera is just not good. When I see the comparisons, there is some weird processing going on with the OnePlus that I really don't like. Seems like they did too much. Sometimes less is more. I feel like OnePlus' move to market this as the amazing camera phone will just boost Samsung's sales when people realize that S21 Ultra is even better than this.

    RCmiesRCmiesAcum 14 Zile
  • No OIS? How is it gonna do good low light photos. Such an expensive phone should include” basic features” expected at that “price point”.

    Kartik PeddintiKartik PeddintiAcum 14 Zile
  • Thats why i switched after 10 years of android to the iphone. For that price, you just get more with an iphone.

    Stiggu LePetitStiggu LePetitAcum 15 Zile
  • Hey men, cool video. Can you tell us how OP9 is on Instagram photos or video? Is still a bad camera on instagram? The old ones were lake shake camera, that "android" way.

    Pedro AraújoPedro AraújoAcum 15 Zile
  • Oneplus 8 Pro for $699 and OP8 for $499 on the oneplus website seem like a much better deal. OP8 Pro can hold its own against the OP9 Pro

    Oscar CastroOscar CastroAcum 15 Zile
  • I like swiping down for widgets. Said no one ever apart from Dieter

    siddhartha vankadarasiddhartha vankadaraAcum 15 Zile
  • At this point Dieter is a national treasure!

    Anastasis B. MarinakisAnastasis B. MarinakisAcum 16 Zile
  • Great review, stop virtue signaling with the masks.

    Johnny HonaizerJohnny HonaizerAcum 16 Zile
  • buy an oneplus phone at $729 with plastic frame and no 5g rather than spending 200 more for a much much better future proofing seems sensible to you??

    Muskan SharmaMuskan SharmaAcum 16 Zile
  • Honestly some members of the verge team, like here, are better than the top tier techtubers. Kinda sad they got much fewer views.

    Shivam VashishtShivam VashishtAcum 17 Zile
  • Did I hear that OnePlus 9 doesn't have OIS? Honestly, that's a deal breaker. OnePlus 7t is their last no gimmick, great value smartphone.

    Vadiraj JoshiVadiraj JoshiAcum 17 Zile
    • Wtf are they doing 😆 700€ phone with no ois 💩💩😆 You can get pixel 4a 5g for 450$ with better camera in every possible way

      Dante integraDante integraAcum 17 Zile
  • Why no OIS in regular 9? It’s there in even midrange phones.

    Nirujan GunathasanNirujan GunathasanAcum 18 Zile
  • Booooo...good bye One Plus. You've survived long enough to become the establishment you originally fought

    Ethose CenterEthose CenterAcum 18 Zile
  • be advised the USA model only come with SINGLE SIM

    jimmie mccormackjimmie mccormackAcum 18 Zile
  • So interesting... never heard about hassleblad. 🤷‍♂️ and yet, suddenly all reviewers are saying how big this camera brand is 😄

    maxroman2010maxroman2010Acum 19 Zile
    • @Vadiraj Joshi yep. And what I’m saying is “no one ever mentioned them anywhere, and now this name is suddenly appearing everywhere and all reviewers and people suddenly know how great the brand is”. 😒 nvm. I feel like a parrot repeating the same thing again and again... A Lamborghini is an ultra high end car brand. Is there anyone who doesn’t know the name..? I haven’t met them. And, I, as a tech enthusiast (including photography) hear hassleblad for the first time. That’s why I’m surprised that everyone suddenly starts saying how amazing of a Brand they are.

      maxroman2010maxroman2010Acum 17 Zile
    • They're ultra high end brand.

      Vadiraj JoshiVadiraj JoshiAcum 17 Zile
  • Interesting... I felt the same about the haptics of my Oneplus 5t

    maxroman2010maxroman2010Acum 19 Zile
  • OnePlus 9 has no OIS, Uses Poly-Carbonate frame. OIS is a deal breaker for me

    Chriss MartinChriss MartinAcum 19 Zile
    • Strange feature to omit. There is literally no point picking OnePlus 9 over samsung s20fe or even OnePlus previous years offerings.

      Vadiraj JoshiVadiraj JoshiAcum 17 Zile
  • The jump cuts at the specs section really wasn’t pleasant

    Andi PalmerAndi PalmerAcum 19 Zile
  • What exactly did Hasselblad do here? It seems all they did was send OnePlus an email saying “turn down the colours a bit and make the shutter button orange”.

    whatever nevermindwhatever nevermindAcum 20 Zile
  • Who else is watching this on their Note 8 thinking about an upgrade to something different....?...

    DJ Salsero musicaDJ Salsero musicaAcum 20 Zile
  • is this the channel that made that awesome computer?

    Not JackNot JackAcum 20 Zile
  • I still use my OnePlus 3T which I bought for $439 but I think it's time to upgrade... finally. These new prices though!

    timburadatimburadaAcum 20 Zile
    • I'm in the same boat with my OnePlus 3. I will never give so much money for a phone like OP9 and Pro. Time to buy from previous/used models from the market. Crazy world, crazy prices, 0 innovation, overhyped cameras - i was a big fan of OP, but i'm finished with this brand.

      RMinderRMinderAcum 19 Zile
  • One thing that frustrates me about phone reviews, very few talk about the most important aspect. That's connectivity or rather the antenna. What really made OnePlus popular was the dual antenna which allowed for better connectivity and better speeds by taking advantage of how cell towers actually work. Unfortunately, since the OnePlus 6, that is never really talked about anymore, can't seem to find out if OnePlus still uses a dual antenna anymore. Can't find much on Google about it or in the phone specs. The OnePlus 6 antenna was it's big selling point, which the company promoted hard as the thing that set it apart from other devices, but it hasn't been mentioned in their promos for later devices.

    Clint LewisClint LewisAcum 20 Zile
  • In US limited, elsewhere still limited. It isn't easy to find these phones and prices aren't good either. So it's just good for watching review, I guess. If for this price, as an Android user I would still go for an iphone🙄 But just to keep competition in order to get another phone for a better deal, this brand should still be alive.

    A AbA AbAcum 20 Zile
  • I have been an avid fan of One Plus phones and have been since the One Plus 3. I currently have a One Plus 6T. I just purchased a One Plus 9 and am very excited to receive it. I even got my friend hooked as she doesn't care about all the features so I purchase her a One Plus Nord N100 phone. The phones are solid, and is the only phones I will ever buy.

    vr2k8vr2k8Acum 20 Zile
  • Allison did a great job, I can't wait to see more of her on this channel :)

    Catalin SoaitaCatalin SoaitaAcum 20 Zile
  • Is the Facebook bloatware installed non removable on these phones?

    Ruud van der PolRuud van der PolAcum 21 o Zi
  • Plastic back with a metal frame > glass back with a plastic frame.

    Ryan NRyan NAcum 21 o Zi
  • Allison sounds like a really pleasant person. Would love to hang out with her! ;-)

    thrashGr00vethrashGr00veAcum 21 o Zi
  • $970 for this is tragic. This is a $800 phone all day

    Tyler DowdTyler DowdAcum 21 o Zi
  • I think it’s better than SamSung.

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Ninja Nerd Student #69Acum 21 o Zi
  • I'm on the fence of using my jump to trade in my 7t pro 5g for the 9

    Stephen RoachStephen RoachAcum 21 o Zi
  • Soooo, a phone?

    Goodeus MaximusGoodeus MaximusAcum 22 Zile
  • I would buy s20fe any day rather buying op9

    Nipun GautamNipun GautamAcum 22 Zile
  • Is it Friday yet?

    Julius TanJulius TanAcum 22 Zile
  • Will there be a oneplus 9t?

    Mc leeanMc leeanAcum 22 Zile
  • Hi, somehow I want to help and support my husband so anyone who can search his channel: "Massal Art" watch the videos and subscribe, thank you very much. :)

    Quezia VieiraQuezia VieiraAcum 22 Zile
  • Both phones look great. Thanks for the review. 5G not working on ATT isn't a deal breaker since some areas are getting 5G at slower speeds than 4G. Go figure. 50W wireless charging, dual sim etc...very nice! I'll have to do some comparing with the top Xiaomi phones.

    suberizedwrxsuberizedwrxAcum 22 Zile
  • The verge still exists? Day ruined.

    Kyle SKyle SAcum 22 Zile
    • hm?

      Center-SchmockCenter-SchmockAcum 20 Zile
  • No OIS on the regular model at that price? That seems.... odd.

    Tarik BhattiTarik BhattiAcum 22 Zile
  • One plus 9 back is plastic or glass ???

    charchit patelcharchit patelAcum 22 Zile
  • Video production quality 🤩😍🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    Abhishek YadavAbhishek YadavAcum 22 Zile
  • Too much money

    Joe SmithJoe SmithAcum 22 Zile
  • One plus phones has always been about "value for money" kinda deal rivaling flagships in a very cheap price. They seem to be moving away from that. If we want to buy phone with flagship-money, we all know we have better options than OnePlus.

    Pratik ThakarePratik ThakareAcum 22 Zile
  • I didn't know verge has even fewer views than short circuit...

    Jiaju ChenJiaju ChenAcum 22 Zile
  • Aye I love the 2 in 1 review! Also loved to hear and see Allison, she delivered the info in a calm measure. Overall love the reviewers!

    Cliff GerardoCliff GerardoAcum 22 Zile
  • Why the heck ain't anyone talking about the new Chrome 89 update !? It's a a huge jump in browsing!

    PaperRomanPaperRomanAcum 22 Zile
  • no one cares about the 2 mp monochrome.

    AryanoAryanoAcum 22 Zile
  • I could've sworn I heard a reviewer say that the regular OnePlus9 had a plastic back and railings

    pleasantcrewpleasantcrewAcum 22 Zile
  • I'm fine with xiaomi note 9, I'll upgrade to poco x3 NFC soon, but one day I will get OPO soon (not too far future).

    Moses FreitzbergMoses FreitzbergAcum 22 Zile
  • Still not getting Android 11 on my oneplus 7 pro. Need to consider the software update cycles when buying oneplus. Other than that the new Oneplus 9 series is dope

    Shijia ShuShijia ShuAcum 23 Zile
  • OnePlus 9 Pro 😍 ... My my OnePlus, how fast you've grown up!

    Dino RodriguezDino RodriguezAcum 23 Zile
  • Watching on my s21 ultra.... And I'm thinking I made the right call 2 months ago...👍👍

    Weekend WarriorWeekend WarriorAcum 23 Zile
  • Great review!! one thing I was missing - what about software updates??

    Yuval LapidothYuval LapidothAcum 23 Zile
  • $1000 for a phone without personality? No thanks

    Kevin PingenetKevin PingenetAcum 23 Zile
  • 9:30 Yes but the oneplus 9 has a plastic frame which gives it worse structural integrity compared to the s21's aluminium frame.

    King AeroKing AeroAcum 23 Zile
  • Will OP9 PRO run PUBG mobile at 90 fps? (EUROPE)

    B LeeB LeeAcum 23 Zile
  • Go for the Nord (if you can get it - you sneering snobs...)

    Matrix UKMatrix UKAcum 23 Zile
  • The color tuning itself stop me from getting it.

    zc mzc mAcum 23 Zile
  • request for reveiwing Huawei P20 pro genuine leather limited edition, there is info about it in GSM Arena but it is very rare phone!!

    Tania SusantiTania SusantiAcum 23 Zile
  • best specs description ever 1:26, but next time just hang a list for the people that bother and pause the video for watch it XD

    Francisco S.Francisco S.Acum 23 Zile
  • Great video guys!

    Jman thegiantsfanJman thegiantsfanAcum 23 Zile
  • Some reviewers are saying that the back panel is glass , some saying its plastic ? What's is that thing?

    Akansh kumarAkansh kumarAcum 23 Zile
  • 👁️👄👁️

    Jevon SimsJevon SimsAcum 23 Zile
  • The One+ 9Pro is a very good phone, but not in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S 21Ultra. Maybe,one day ,one + will take the crown away from Samsung but that time hasn't come yet.

    Wesley MaloneyWesley MaloneyAcum 23 Zile
  • And that's exactly the reason why I don't wanna buy op9 pro: WHERE IS MY GOD DAMN KITCHEN SINK?

    Peter HuangPeter HuangAcum 23 Zile
  • It is a good phone as usual but when people stress on the point that it has "Focus peaking feature" - wait what ?? Have you guys used Xiaomi Mi A1 from 2017?? 🙄

    maheshprabhakaranphotographymaheshprabhakaranphotographyAcum 23 Zile
  • I actually think the 9 and 9pro difference justified by their price. Unlike the Samsung S21 series, which obviously target to drive all customers to buy the S21 Ultra. For that reason, it comes out with players like 1plus to make flagship phones targeted to steal the S21 and S21+ price range market.

    StefanStefanAcum 23 Zile
  • It's time to jump into oneplus ownership. I've enjoyed iPhones for the last 3 years and now it's time to return to android. Never getting a Samsung again after how bad the Note 8 was.

    Mr Babangoh's Service Charge CollectorMr Babangoh's Service Charge CollectorAcum 23 Zile
  • And I'm sorry $729 with the top of the line processor is not a mid-range phone that told me everything I needed to know right there these people obviously have no clue what they're talking about I won't be watching them or reading what they write anymore cuz they obviously cannot be trusted

    Jeff FinchumJeff FinchumAcum 23 Zile
  • I'm sorry but these cameras are just as good if not better in many scenarios then either the s21 Ultra and especially the iPhone 12 Pro Max the only area I would have given the iPhone and edge was in video before now that is even doubtful and the iPhone sticks more to the natural colors but with the hasselblad color tuning the one plus pro even matches or exceeds that now and most of these reviewers including XDA who's way much more experienced and thorough have praised this phone as being fantastic and by far the best phone one plus has ever made so the reviewers that are saying otherwise and a lot of these aspects are just let's be honest here just completely uneducated or biased or both

    Jeff FinchumJeff FinchumAcum 23 Zile
    • 😆😆 dude iPhone video is much better than OnePlus.

      Dante integraDante integraAcum 17 Zile
  • Actually, where I live I see S21 Ultra for the same price and cheaper than OP9 Pro. iPhone 12 Pro Max is the same or little bit more expensive. Bottom line: OnePlus is screwed itself again. The last good phone they made was OP6.

    Владимир БязровВладимир БязровAcum 23 Zile
  • What I find interesting is that Samsung people (no shade to those people btw) always love to say how greedy Apple is for the prices they come up with. But then at the same time Samsung blatantly puts ads on their $2000 cutting edge phones. If that's not the definition of greedy then I don't what is.

    JRAF 1JRAF 1Acum 23 Zile
  • These two sound like CNN hosts. Biased opinions. One of the worst reviews on the planet.

    JDLJDLAcum 23 Zile
  • I love my iPhone, but if I were to go Android, it would definitely be this phone over an S21. Couldn't say that 2/3 years ago. Only downside compared to an S21/+/Ultra is the telephoto.

    Evan NakagawaEvan NakagawaAcum 23 Zile
  • i switched from ios to the Galaxy S9+ and have been really happy with the android experience, but spent way too much time trying to customize OneUI to look more like stock. With Nova launcher you can get it pretty good, but i really like the idea of going to oxygen OS. While this phone seems a tad underwhelming, it's a great screen, competitive camera, and better OS than Samsung has to offer. What else is there to even consider? I'd kind of like to mess with a Redmi Note Pro and see if it's really that much worse in quality at this point.

    Trent ReeseTrent ReeseAcum 23 Zile
    • Iphone Apple 🤮🤢

      Gianna Dior ManuelFerraraGianna Dior ManuelFerraraAcum 15 Zile
  • Better in depth look and testing than MKBHD. Less opinion, more facts.

    Aniket ModiAniket ModiAcum 23 Zile
  • i sick of new phones 🤮

    KabayanTayoKabayanTayoAcum 23 Zile
  • Nice to see a new face on the verge😄 excited to see more of her on the channel

    Robert GossRobert GossAcum 23 Zile
  • all im thinking: HoW muCH Is ThIs THiNg ?!?!

    TimiTimiAcum 23 Zile
  • Why you had to edit the specifications part in this way

    Aman VermaAman VermaAcum 23 Zile
  • The 8T is a better buy than either of there, either 600 with bestbuy or 375 on tmobile with virtually the same specs

    Patrick WilliamsPatrick WilliamsAcum 23 Zile