The LAB - Oneplus 9 Pro review

  1. Ronin-hc
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Mar 27, 2021

    Ronin-hc , Mar 27, 2021 :
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    Firstly I would like to start off by thanking @Crystal Z. , @Eric X. , @dsmonteiro , and the entire team responsible for this wonderful experience. I am truly grateful for this amazing opportunity.


    When the OnePlus One launched all those years ago, back in the warm spring month of April 2014, there was a certain electricity that could be felt in the air. Here we had a young company that had set out to change all that was, about the world of smartphones. Offering high-end components paired with unmatched software fluidity, with relative affordability was what they chose as their winning strategy all those eons ago. Fast forward to today, almost 7 years and 8 generations later we probably have one question amongst many others in our minds about OnePlus. In a space which is so transient does it really suffice to just abide by the same formula? Or do you need so much more?
    It's what we shall try to answer here through this review of the OnePlus 9 pro.

    Before we begin, here's a rather brief introduction about me. I'm a student studying engineering. Alongside which I am also a hobbyist analog photographer, you can occasionally find me roaming the streets and markets with my fm2n, possibly with a small snack in hand. I also write from time to time about my experiences in the realm of analog photography on the site Casual Photophile. I found my fascination for electronics ever since I was gifted a PSP, remember those? It still blows my mind how it could literally play games off of an entire mini DVD and still fit in your hands. My fondness for smartphones found its way to me with my first phone, which allowed me to appreciate these mobile computers and has remained that way ever since. Did I mention I'm a huge foodie?
    My first OnePlus device was the OnePlus 7, with which I have had a vivid experience, with both good and bad instances. It taught me much of what I know about OnePlus. It allowed me to understand what the company truly strives for, which is its community of users, and pushing the envelope on what is possible further than before.

    So without me boring you all to death any further, let's get into it, literally. The review will be done in successive parts in this thread.


    The Grand Unveiling

    Style and composition

    Electrons and Protons

    Megapixels and Negatives

    A breath of Fresh air


    The Grand Unveiling:

    Arguably, half of what the actual experience is of an expensive product lies in how the presentation feels like. I always appreciated the initial days when OnePlus encased its phones in a clean and minimal white box.
    Having moved away from the white and red packaging to a more arguably striking red box for their last few devices (like the 8 series), OnePlus made quite a bold statement. A statement that left many like me puzzled. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a character-driven decision but, let's say red alone just isn't the color for me. As a result of which I found the box not too easy on the eyes.


    All of that has changed with the 9 series. OnePlus has decided to move back to its original two-tone palette, opting to go with black now instead of white. The result of which is a very clean looking and well-balanced package. Even the text from the previous boxes has been omitted in favor of a more understated but embossed title. This is followed by a rather tastefully done acknowledgment of their partnership with Hasselblad.


    Small things like the soft-touch finish or the svelte Hasselblad H adorning the side of the box add to the premium feel. The quality of materials alongside the fit and finish is unmatched. Even tinier details like the camera cut out on the underside of the top lid, show OnePlus embracing their camera-centric goals for this year. It's these things that count towards a good design.


    Opening the box feels like quite the experience with symphonies playing in the background as the top gently slides away. The phone is the first thing which is found (wrapped in a soft-touch plastic). Following this, you can lift up the cardboard inlay to reveal your charger and cable, thankfully still included in the enclosure. So that's it? No, not quite. Carefully tucked away in the inlay we can find all the documentation for the phone alongside a rather low profile gray (or slate color) TPU case, an invitation letter, and of course stickers.


    I have always loved the inclusion of the invitation letter, it is one that I find myself reading again and again from time to time. It's such a simple but elegant gesture that makes your users feel like they belong to a warm community. It instills an alacrity to learn more about the company's value drivers and is definitely a nice touch. As for the stickers, they always manage to decorate a multitude of surfaces in my life !


    The case included this time is quite different from the one I got with my OnePlus 7, it somehow feels rather flimsy and not very confidence-inspiring. Nonetheless, I'm glad that it is included in the box and is of a color that complements the device so well, at least according to me.


    Here is a list of everything that is included in the box –

    1. OnePlus 9 Pro

    2. Warp Charge 65t

    3. Red USB C to USB C cable

    4. Gray TPU case

    5. Invitation letter

    6. Quick start guide

    7. Safety Information

    8. SAR Values

    9. Stickers

    10. Red Cable Club membership card

    11. Sim Ejector tool

    Overall, this year the unboxing experience is clean, thoughtful and inviting without ever feeling too boisterous.

    That's it for now, watch this thread for future updates and the following parts. If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to help out. Till then, have a great day, stay safe and NEVER SETTLE !
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  2. Ronin-hc
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Mar 30, 2021

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    Style & Composition -

    Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful
    – John Maeda. said:

    They say above everything else in photography, an important aspect is composition. It is how you place your elements in your photograph and make them talk amongst each other that matters the most. Coincidently, it is also how I imagine great design to be, adding only the meaningful and subtracting those that are not.


    Coming to the phone, as we unwrap it carefully, something that immediately stands out is the striking mirror-like finish. OnePlus calls this “Morning Mist”, mimicking a calm, cold morning fog on a mirror. It is difficult to put into words but, it starts with a smooth gray color at the top and fades to a darker mirror-like finish at the bottom. Personally, the color is very soothing to look at and admire if and when you can keep it clean. I know many people who do not prefer a glossy design and, for those OnePlus has other colors such as the Stellar Black and Pine Green, both of which have a more understated matte finish. I always encase my phones anyway, hence this does not affect me much. Thankfully the included case is as mentioned before, complements the color of the phone, unlike a more generic transparent protector.

    The device itself has that same minimal-like thought flowing throughout its various elements. Starting with the display, we have something resembling a waterfall, with the glass gently falling off to the edges. I believe this is less aggressive than its previous generations which, had a more prominent drop-off. The in-display front camera cut out is towards the top left-hand side. Unlike many, I do not find this obtrusive at all, although that may be my lack of experience with mobile screens talking. The panel in itself often leaves me speechless in terms of its sheer size, fluidity, and touch responsiveness. Coming from a regular, flat 60 Hz unit, this is such a welcome change. Even though this has me using my phone that much more, I would not mind it for the time being, despite it chugging through the battery. There are a handful of modes available via software that can adjust the display to your liking. Color accuracy is admirable, with a 100% p3 color gamut supported out of the box. There are other aspects too, like HDR 10+ along with proper 10-bit color depth, which makes your casual Netflix binges quite theater-like, partnered with the Dolby powered stereo speaker set. The display remains beautiful outdoors as well, with a very respectable peak brightness. There is also the added safety of Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides, which may not be the latest and greatest but is more than enough to keep your phone safe from your kid’s hands.
    The aluminum rails which surround this display are a balancing act in itself. Make it too thick and, you have a bulky phone but make it too thin and, you will have thousands of shattered screens. OnePlus here has managed to hit the mark with much accuracy in this department. Moving to the choice of materials, I think aluminum is a much more robust choice than other things like stainless steel. On paper, it may sound like stainless steel is that much more durable but, that is certainly not the case. If you pick up any stainless steel phone which has had its fair share of time in the real world you'd find it riddled with minuscule scratches all over the surface. It is also far heavier than aluminum which makes the phone very un-wielding.


    On the right-hand side, you can find the famous alert slider and power button with the left housing the volume buttons. One peculiar thing I found is that the volume rockers are better dampened than the power key, I don’t know if this is a design choice or is isolated to just my device. Moving to the bottom we find our USB – C port flanked by the primary speaker grill, sim card tray, and microphone on each side.

    Talking about the experience of actually using the phone, elusive details like the in-hand feel and the weight distribution have been managed so well. The phone somehow feels lighter in hand than my previous OnePlus 7 which, is quite the shocker to me as that is both more compact and has a smaller battery. As an aspiring engineer, I appreciate the extensive thought process and all the brainstorming which may have taken place at OnePlus HQ all those many months ago.

    Shifting our focus to the back (pun intended), we find the cut-out housing our quadruple-camera setup. The wide-angle gets the center stage, with the ultra-wide on the top and the remaining two sensors below. The laser autofocus module along, with the flash and a third microphone, find themselves towards the right. There's also the chic Hasselblad logo embellished on the module, which particularly as an analog photographer makes me giddy throughout. I mean just look at it, the award of the classiest camera module of the year, yes, please! The camera modules themselves, are surrounded by a metal ring, thanks to JerryRigEverything for testing that out. The rest of the back is smooth and oh so slippery which makes me treasure the case even more so.


    Coming to the case, it’s a simple TPU design with a raised lip around the camera and the corners of the screen. On the back, we have the OnePlus logo with a clean NEVER SETTLE motto. The buttons have enough feedback but, the section covering the volume rocker does tend to slip a little because of the lack of grip. There is a decent cut-out for the alert slider. As for actual drop protection, I would advise investing in a better case. You can always go the official OnePlus route and pick up a few from their site or pick up some after-market ones. I do have a preference for cases from name brands like Spigen or Rhinoshield, for just the added peace of mind.
    It is not all good though. Coming from a regular flat screen, I came across far too many accidental touches which are at times very annoying. Also, the alert slider in comparison to earlier iterations juts out a bit too much for my liking.
    The speaker, while is loud and clear with no distortions even at max volume, it is not exactly a stereo pair. Speaking in engineering terms, it is perhaps closer to a 2-way speaker than a true stereo pair. Let me explain, in a true stereo setup both speakers emit the same amount of volume with the same range of frequencies while in a 2-way speaker the higher frequencies are emitted via one unit, and the lower frequencies are taken care of by another unit. While in design the pair we have in our OnePlus 9 is not like this but the unit above the display is far quieter to have any proper stereo effect. Don’t take this in the wrong way, people coming from a single speaker device will feel the difference but as an audiophile, it’s hard to agree with this being a stereo pair. Never the less contextually, it is all a bit of nitpicking on my side in an otherwise flawless phone.
    Talking about the design and quality overall, this is perhaps the best OnePlus has done in its 7-year lineage. It is the culmination of all their efforts and learnings from the past which has finally delivered. The OnePlus 9 Pro, is through and through a flagship in terms of flair, which is no easy feat. It is evocative and is a very characterful device if, I do say so myself.
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  3. Ronin-hc
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 2, 2021

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    Protons and Electrons

    Let’s talk electricity, I have always been fascinated with electronics and have done my fair share of DIY ever since I was a kid. I even plugged in a 5v dc motor direct into a 230v ac outlet thinking it’ll run faster than the flash itself and, although there was a huge flash, it just wasn’t the kind I was expecting. Let’s not get into what transpired post that experiment. It’s a vast world of electrons and protons out there and, covering even a fraction of it, is beyond the scope of this article. So let’s focus ourselves on one variation, mainly the ones running through our smartphones.


    The OnePlus 9 pro is powered by a 4500mah twin cell battery unit and while the battery is quite big we have to remember that the hardware which is being powered is not merciful at all. The huge QHD panel is the prime suspect here. When switched to 120 Hz + QHD resolution, the battery lasts a maximum of 15 hrs. of standby with just under 5 hours of screen on time. Turning things down to 1080p is helpful at times. Personally, I have kept the phone on 1080p ever since and battery life is more tolerable.
    The display panel itself utilizes an LTPO tech which in theory can ramp the refresh rate up and down actively, changing from 1-120 Hz. How much difference does this make in real life? It’s hard to say. While the phone remains fluid and smooth throughout its usage the battery life roughly remains in the same ballpark. That is about half a day worth of use with aggressive usage (which includes a fair bit of gaming) and perhaps even a full day when used stringently (only casual browsing, phone calls, and social media consumption). One thing to remember is the phone is running an early build which could play a big role, expect the battery life to improve by a few margins as more and more software patches are sent out. That said, all of this doesn’t worry me at all, why you ask? Charging.




    The thing is, in our fast-paced lives, the charging technology matters just as equally if not more than the actual battery life itself. You’re bound to run out of charge sooner or later and that’s where your charging solution comes into play. If you have to wait hours on end for your tiny 10-watt charger to juice up the big hungry batteries then all the time saved in battery life means naught.


    OnePlus is no stranger to fast charging, ever since the inception of their dash charger in the OnePlus 3, they have pushed further and further with what is capable in the world of wired charging. I still remember the days when OnePlus advertised the OnePlus 5 and the primary focus was on a student’s life, starting out with just a quick charge before classes. Years later the concept hasn’t changed, in fact, it has just gotten better. With the 65-watt charger included in the box (I still don’t believe that reviewers have to actually mention this as a perk in 2021 just because of one company) certainly, new possibilities have been unlocked, at least for me. Before we go any further let’s talk numbers, 5/10%-100% is reached in under 30 minutes flat, which is bonkers. What is even more surprising is the superfast wireless charging, which I haven’t been able to test, although I can imagine the numbers to be very similar. A very respectable 50-60% is reached within 15-20 mins of charge, which under careful use can get you through the day. This is like a godsend, not just for students but for working professionals alike.


    An exclusive cameo!

    For me, the numbers do sound cool but, it’s the technology underneath which really tickles my brain. Remember the twin cell setup we talked about? Turns out with a single unit, your charging capacity caps out after a while, no matter how much wattage you throw at it. Larger cells can accept wattage at a faster rate but the ones inside your phone are limited in both dimensions and heat output. How do you solve this? Of course by adding another cell in parallel. A combined total of 4500mah is reached only, now you can charge that much faster because you’re using it in parallel. Then there is the tech which goes in the charger unit itself. Can you imagine 65 watts? Inside that tiny dense package? My laptop charger is 65 watts and is much bigger with a thick wire ending in a three-pin setup, bulky to say the least. The warp charger unit itself is roughly the same size as the previous dash charger, only 30g heavier. The amount of performance upgrade you get for that measly 30 g is unreal.


    Excuse my cats, they're increasingly bedazzled by all things fast

    Talking about the longevity of the battery cell, I can’t say much. I have had the device for only 5-6 days now and, it is far too little to comment on the effects. There is a helpful mode included within the software which optimizes the charging speed based on your usage scenarios and automatically adjusts the charging speed. Say, for example, you charge your phone daily in the night, the software can ramp down the charging at those times to preserve battery health.

    While it is a well-known fact that the battery does deteriorate over time with fast charging, I have yet to see any tangible effects on my OnePlus 7 which is almost 2 years old now. Safe to say that even the OnePlus 9 pro will continue charging fast for years to come. It’s so confidence-inspiring to see that a company still believes in the future of fast charging and is not out there to fool people into spending big money on fancy but useless hardware like magnets. Overall while the battery life itself may not be the strongest suit of the OnePlus 9 Pro, it definitely makes up for it through its mind-boggling charging solutions.

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  4. Ronin-hc
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 4, 2021

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    Megapixels and Negatives

    It’s no secret that the camera is the main highlight of this year. Earlier this year when OnePlus dedicated much of its efforts towards showcasing its collaboration with Hasselblad, a lot of expectations were garnered both in the minds of critics and fans alike. What people forgot intermittently was to keep their suppositions in due check and in line with reality. There was a sudden requirement for the OnePlus 9 Pro to come on stage and beat every possible mobile camera system to date. Whether it succeeded or not is what we shall try to find out in this section.


    For me personally, the whole experience was a bit of a mixed bag, to be very honest. On one hand was the sheer excitement as an analog photographer, seeing Hasselblad in the limelight alongside one of my favorite technology companies but on the flip side, there was the skepticism that finds itself whispering in my ears from time to time. So I approach this section with the same mélange of beliefs and criticism.

    (Unfortunately for me, as soon as I received the phone I had to go in a two-week quarantine for having come in direct contact with our dear friend who’s quite famous by now. Please bear with me as I try to navigate this section from the confines of my mother’s garden.)

    Before we get started, we have to address what exactly is color science. You see above everything else, what color really is that, it’s subjective. There is no right or wrong in the science of colors, just you and your preferences alone. That’s why most photographers have a preference for brands, it mostly boils down to their perception of good color. Hasselblad as a company has committed much of its time working with artists perfecting their vision for good color. The iconic Swedish company has spent a better part of the last two decades working towards a more honest presentation of those tonalities which make up most of our natural world. This isn’t necessarily the best or even appealing to many out there and that’s what I think gets lost in the mix of all the comparisons.

    As a photographer, the following sections are what I believe go be essentials in any camera system and it’s where the makings of any great photograph begin.

    Perceptions and Flexibility

    Before we can converse about the inherent qualities let’s talk about the hardware. The phone comes with mainly three different focal lengths which allow you to exercise your creativity in terms of perception and composition. The main sensor is a 48MP Sony imx789 wide-angle with an aperture of f1.8 which is used for everyday photographs. It does have both OIS and EIS along with an equivalent of 23mm field of view.


    Regular Wide Angle

    Following which we have an ultra-wide, with another top-of-the-line Sony sensor, a 50MP IMX766 with an effective aperture of f2.2. It also comes with OIS and has an effective field of view of a 14mm lens on a full-frame. This Ultra-wide is also paired with what OnePlus calls a freeform lens, it basically helps in cutting out lateral distortion in the photographs also known as barrel distortion. This Wide angle has also an added benefit of being capable of macro shots which definitely makes things fun from time to time.


    Ultra Wide Angle

    Apart from this we also have an 8MP 3.3x telephoto on board which is good but not at the level of the main cameras. It does work in a pinch when you absolutely need it but I would personally prefer moving with my feet and utilizing the main cameras as much as possible.


    All these options are truly fantastic and for the most part, are quite well implemented. It allows for a more diverse shooting experience without worrying about quality too much.

    Colors –

    It’s the main highlight and the part where Hasselblad and OnePlus came together to try and deliver something unique. From the get-go, the colors from the auto mode in the OnePlus 9 pro are vibrant and quite life-like. The perception of reds and greens is quite matched with what I observe myself. This in the past has been a weak point in OnePlus and I’m glad to report they’re on the right path. Under Challenging conditions as well the colors hold up and don’t get washed out. Right away we can see the Natural color calibration at work.




    Under Artficial lighting the colors look just as good!

    White Balance consistency as a topic is something where I feel more work needs to be put in. The sensors themselves are truly extraordinary and Sony has a done an amazing job in bringing a lot of commendable performance to the table. That said the ultra-wide and the wide still have some conflict between themselves with regards to white balance. The ultra-wide-angle does prefer a more warm tonal range than the rest of the sensors. The gap widens much further when we bring the telephoto into context. This I believe will take some calibration on OnePlus’ side to truly get it right, but nonetheless completely possible.


    As we move to the Pro mode there is a dramatic shift in tonal capacities. To my eye the Pro mode, more often than not tries to overexpose the highlights which results in the colors looking slightly washed out. This is a rather peculiar aspect that I couldn’t bring myself to explain well quite yet. This can be curbed by manually adjusting the settings but even when equally matched the whites are a bit of a hit or a miss in the pro mode.


    Auto Mode


    Pro Mode (Notice the over-exposed concrete elevations around the water)

    Moving to the monochrome sensor, it’s something I would like to explain well first before talking about it further. Many people have pointed out how a 2MP monochrome sensor even compares to the main 48mp sensor. The thing is the photo you take is still captured by the 48MP sensor assisted alongside the monochrome sensor. So why does this make sense? Why not just take a normal photo and convert it later to b&w? My answer to that is, a monochrome sensor in itself is better suited to capture certain colors beyond our visual spectrum and even generic color RGB sensors. The grey tones it assigns to these certain areas are what give it that unique look. Take, for example, the far more expensive Leica m10 monochrome, why would anyone pay so much for a camera that just shoots b&w? It’s because the look it renders is unlike any other. It’s why I love shooting B&W film from time to time because the looks are unique.



    How useful is this in a smartphone? Well, that question is still up for debate. Arguably, people using the phone aren’t really looking for those special b&w photos and would be much happier with a simpler filter on top of a normal photo.

    Dynamic Range

    Talking about dynamic range and low light performance, this is really where the new hardware starts to flex its newly acquired muscles. Under what be considered very challenging situations, the OnePlus 9 pro handles beautifully. In the past companies have tried to curb this problem via software, but I believe there’s only so much fooling physics. The fact at the end of the day is bigger sensors are irrefutably better. The large sensor (1/1.43 inch) underneath the wide angle, paired along with some very cool technology can handle the shadows and highlights without compromises. Things like Digital Overlap HDR (DOL-HDR), unlike staggered HDR, can capture several photos of varying exposures simultaneously. This ensures that you have only the best shot at all times. These accolades are extended towards both the main sensors, namely the Ultra-wide and wide-angle. Both performing just as well in varied situations.


    An Example of extreme conditions. This may look simple but is incredibly difficult with the backlit sun. Retaining so much detail in the shadow is truly a herculean task.


    Here's another example taken on the ultra wide angle. Say hello to the evevning sun!

    There’s another advantage to large sensors and bigger apertures, and that is low light performance. Lowlight performance mainly is dictated by two things, one is larger apertures and the second is pixel size. The first one has been quite good in mobile smartphone photography for a while now, we have seen apertures as low as f1.6 which is quite remarkable but the second half has not been possible until now. Pixel size is usually measured in micrometers and it basically translates to how much real state each pixel in your 12mp sensor truly has. More real state equates to better low light performance. This Id argue is so important, that even though the OnePlus 9 pro has a dedicated night mode, the photo taken on auto outperforms the former. Yes, overall brightness is a little low but the amount of detail you get instead is shocking, to say the least.



    Taken On Auto Mode

    Coming to the Night-Mode itself, there seems to be very slight problem with the software trying to overexpose a little bit. This results in slightly blurrier photos when compared to the auto mode. It’s a tiny difference and one that can be easily fixed. On a general note, the night mode on the OnePlus 9 pro is commendable. (Take into consideration that the photos presented above and below are taken in absolute darkness ie there is absolutely no light source near the subject)


    Taken on Night Mode

    Moving to sharpness is where I have a gripe with the OnePlus 9 Pro camera system. The photos coming out of the phone have a very visible amount of artifacts around sharp edges and text. This is slightly improved when switching over to the pro mode but then the previously addressed issues around white balancing make themselves known. On outdoor scenes the sharpening can be observed near tree leaves, there’s just too much going on here. While the difference is small, it makes a world of difference in making the photos appear true to life. Unless zoomed in, this does work to make the photo look relatively sharp but the resulting photo looks very noisy and grainy.


    Notice the text, there is a fair bit of oversharpening going on here.

    While I understand the thought process behind this, I’m very confident when I say that they went a tad overboard with this. OnePlus’ camera software team definitely has their work cut out for them and I hope they’re can fix this as soon as possible. For now it seems that the regular wide angle in auto mode is the worst hit by this. Apart from this small overlook the photos coming out of the phone have plenty of detail and definition.


    Software and Controls

    Finally, we move to the software, the topic that both excites me and at times is the source of my disappointment. Talking about the good stuff, the UI feels clean and fluid, with well-thought-out controls and adjustments. Video functions are found towards the left-hand side while photography controls occupy the right. The best part is this order can be rearranged and be made to suit you the best. The option to do this lies in the settings under custom modes which can be accessed through the auto mode.


    In auto mode itself, there are handy tools to aid you to take better photos of your friends and families. There is also a filter button should you fancy some creative takes on a scene or even take that monochrome sensor for a spin.


    It’s in the pro mode where things start to come to life, at least for me, somewhat. It offers a host of controls such as white balance, ISO performance, shutter speed, and even a focus wheel. Paired with the focus peaking which has been included this time around, you can achieve critical focus very easily. However, I found the included laser autofocus sensor does its job quite well, even with lowlight scenes. There are also options to shoot in RAW, should you need that extra color information.
    There is also a very handy histogram along with a digital level, allowing to quickly compose correctly on the go.

    Diving even deeper into the settings you can find settings for ultra-shot HDR, scene recognition, and many other things.



    Talking about the smaller issues, one very peculiar thing which plagues most of the camera system is the overheating warning which comes on more often than not and has been very frustrating. This is reportedly a known issue and rests assured that the engineering team is working on a solution as we speak. Fingers crossed it arrives sooner than later. There is also the sharpening issue I have previously discussed along with a more niche problem regarding shutter lag. The latter being the most known out of any other.

    My general take on the software is that frankly, it has quite a journey in front of it before it can truly start making proper use of the extremely capable hardware that underpins this very phone.

    Overview and final thoughts –

    In a brief, the camera system has potential and a lot of it. The hardware OnePlus has chosen to go along with this year is fantastic, unmatched even. It’s the software where all the ailments start to take form. Now, this is definitely fixable, in-fact in the last week or so I have received as many as 3 software updates all of which aim to improve the shortcomings on the camera front. To put things into context, I think OnePlus has quite a winner on their hands this year. From the actual hardware itself to the efforts spent behind calibration and bringing the whole package together. The small issues with regards to exposure consistency, over-sharpening, and white balance are all things that are handled by the software, which gives me hope. A hope that things in fact can and will get much better.

    Here are a few more samples, I was able to capture in and around my home. These have been processed a little so I have decided to include them here separately. Apart from these select few, none of the photos have been retouched.





    We have yet another Cameo!

    Side Note -

    As a staple in most studios, the colors out of a Hasselblad camera are most suited towards natural skin tones and portraits. This is true for the tuning available on the OnePlus 9 Pro as well. Now, I’m hardly qualified as a portrait photographer, only taking the occasional pictures of my family. My fellow lab reviewer @Kurt_Paris is a far more talented photographer with regards to portraiture and I urge you to check his review for more insight in this section.

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    OnePlus Accessory Tester Mar 29, 2021

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    KaranRIyer , Mar 29, 2021 :
    Nice shots man 👍

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  14. Ronin-hc
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Mar 30, 2021

    Ronin-hc , Mar 30, 2021 :

    Thank you so much ! Really glad that you like them. In terms of my setup I just use my Nikon D750 along with the regular 50mm f1.8. I don't color grade too much, just some small adjustments here and there in Lightroom. It's just nature doing most of the heavy lifting !

    Kind regards
    Hemant C.

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    MosheG1 , Mar 30, 2021 :
    Very impressive! Can't wait to see what you do next!

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  16. Ronin-hc
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Mar 30, 2021

    Ronin-hc , Mar 30, 2021 :
    Thank you so much for your kind words everyone ! It means a lot...

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  17. Ronin-hc
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Mar 30, 2021

    Ronin-hc , Mar 30, 2021 :
    Thank you so much Sir ! Have a great day !

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  18. Ronin-hc
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Mar 30, 2021

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  19. meatandy
    Oreo Mar 30, 2021

    meatandy , Mar 30, 2021 :
    I can't understand why OnePlus would put a silly putty colored case over a beautiful device.

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  20. Helder_DAlmeida
    Marshmallow Mar 30, 2021

  21. MosheG1
    The Lab - OnePlus 8 Pro Reviewer Mar 30, 2021

    MosheG1 , Mar 30, 2021 :
    I personally like it over the clear one from the 8 pro, although the 7 pro clear one was the best

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  22. KaranRIyer
    KitKat Mar 30, 2021

    KaranRIyer , Mar 30, 2021 :
    The clear one wears out over time with yellow tint... i guess thats why they decided to give an opaque one. But i agree clear cases depict the back of phone which is generally preferred...

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