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OnePlus 9 review: a good high-spec smartphone at a good price | Smart phones

The OnePlus 9 offers the same superior performance, a stylish experience and a long battery life as the company’s best phone, but with a few corners cut to bring the price down to £ 200.

The £ 629 phone looks almost identical to its more expensive sibling, the £ 829 OnePlus 9 Pro. It has a slightly smaller screen that’s flat rather than curved on the sides, and the edge of the phone is plastic, not plastic. metal, but the rest is indeed a copy, which is good.

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The back of the phone is curved for a better grip. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The 6.55-inch OLED screen is bright, colorful, and attractive, with its 120Hz refresh rate keeping animations and scrolling super smooth. The screen has an FHD + resolution, which makes it slightly less sharp than the QHD + screen on the 9 Pro, but is in line with Samsung competitors and others.


  • Main screen: 6.55 inch FHD + OLED (402ppi) 120Hz

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

  • RAM: 8 or 12 GB of RAM

  • Storage: 128 or 256 GB

  • Operating system: Oxygen OS 11.2 based on Android 11

  • Camera: Triple rear: 48 MP wide, 50 MP ultra wide, 2 MP monochrome; 16MP front

  • Connectivity: 5G, dual nano sim, USB-C, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 (AAC, aptX / HD, LDAC) and location

  • Waterproof: none

  • Dimensions: 160 x 74.2 x 8.7 mm

  • Weight: 192g

Fast, smooth and super fast charging

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The phone charges from dead to 100% in just 34 minutes, reaching 50% in 14 minutes with the included 65W adapter. It also has 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The OnePlus 9 has the top chip available for Android devices, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 processor, with at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It matches the 9 Pro for speed and smooth experience, making it one of the fastest feeling phones available.

It also has very good battery life, it only needs to be charged every other night. It lasts just under 47 hours with the screen used for 5.5 hours in various applications, meaning a single charge lasts from 7 a.m. M. From the first day until at least 5 a.m. M. From the third day.


OnePlus says the battery should last 1,000 full charge cycles while maintaining at least 80% of its original capacity. The battery can be replaced and the smartphone generally repairable by OnePlus in the UK.

The company offers an exchange program for your own phones and rival models. He did not comment on the use of recycled materials on his smartphones. OnePlus does not publish environmental impact assessments, but published a sustainability report in 2019.

Oxygen OS 11.2

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The in-display fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate, making it one of the best available. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The 9 ships with the latest version of OnePlus’ Oxygen OS, which is one of the most refined and bloat-free west-facing versions of Android 11 available. It’s fast, slick, and easy to use, with a good number of customization options that aren’t overwhelming.

OnePlus offers software support for three years from launch, including two years of Android version updates and then one more year of security updates every two months. Samsung offers four years and Apple offers five for their respective phones, so OnePlus still has work to do.


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The camera app has simple point-and-shoot modes and ‘Hasselblad Pro’ with manual control. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

On the back of the phone there are three Hasselblad-Brand cameras, including a 48MP main and 50MP ultra-wide, plus a 2MP “monochrome” camera that can be safely ignored.

The 50MP ultra-wide camera is the same as the one equipped with the 9 Pro, making it one of the best available, taking good images in a variety of light levels and supporting Nightscape and other special modes.

The 48MP main camera is different from the 9 Pro in that it lacks some of the more advanced technologies. However, the captured images are very similar, generally well exposed and balanced, but a bit too sharp when enlarged to full size. Low-light performance was solid, although a bit more prone to hand shake, as the camera lacks optical image stabilization, while the dedicated Nightscape mode works well. There’s a nice macro mode and some fun camera effects to play with along with the “Hasselblad Pro” mode for extensive manual control similar to a DSLR camera.

There is no optical zoom, which means that anything magnified beyond 3x with digital zoom is lacking in detail. The 16MP fixed focus selfie camera took some great looking photos in good lighting, but it was a bit soft on details when viewed at full size and lacks a dedicated low-light mode. Video captured up to 8K at 30 frames per second was good too.

Overall, the camera is generally good for the money, but the lack of optical zoom and its tendency to focus images too much is a bit disappointing.


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The alert slider on the side of the phone toggles between silent, vibrate, and ring. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian
  • Call quality and 5G performance on Three were excellent.

  • The screen is covered with the oldest Gorilla Glass 5, not the latest, significantly more resistant to breakage. Gorilla Glass Victus.

  • The phone comes with a pre-installed screen protector and a nice clear rubber sleeve in the box.


The OnePlus 9 costs £ 629 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or £ 729 with 12GB and 256GB.

For comparison, the OnePlus 9 Pro has a RRP of £ 829, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra costs £ 1,149, the Galaxy S21 + costs £ 949 and the Xiaomi Mi 11 costs £ 749.


The OnePlus 9 has taken the company to its “upstart” roots, offering a top-notch experience for far less money than its premium smartphone rivals.

But to do so, the company has taken shortcuts that it hadn’t resorted to in the past, such as using plastic instead of metal for the phone’s frame, and yet it’s still asking for £ 30 more than last year’s excellent OnePlus 8. . makes all 9 a good value, but not quite the bargain that previous iterations were known for.

There are still few rivals priced below £ 650 that offer the combination of speed and slick experience, big screen, solid camera, and good software that you get with the OnePlus 9. But with just three years of software support, there are phones that offer. equally excellent experiences. and better long-term value from rivals Samsung and others for just a little more.

Pros: super stylish, long battery, superior performance, good 120Hz screen, good software, fast charging, fast fingerprint scanner, alert slider, good camera, lower cost.

Cons: only three years of software support, the camera may over-focus images, no optical zoom, the screen glass is not the strongest available, no water resistance rating, plastic frame.

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The selfie camera pokes out through a small hole at the top left of the screen. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

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