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The Lab - OnePlus 9 Review

  1. goyalakshat14
    Cupcake Apr 3, 2021

    goyalakshat14 , Apr 3, 2021 :
    Hey @TheBlitz7 Great review and very detailed. One small question, given the choice between oneplus 9 vs oneplus 8t which would you recommend if the price difference is of $150 and preference is battery, performance, camera in that order.
     

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  2. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 3, 2021

    TheBlitz7 , Apr 3, 2021 :
    Hello @goyalakshat14 , thank you!

    For me the battery on the 8T is better compared to the 9 right now. I think OnePlus will improve battery life as with all their new models.

    Performance feels about the same as the 8T, didn't notice anything drastically faster or slower on the 9. The 9 has the latest Snapdragon 888, so this is also future-proof.

    However, the camera on the 9 is much better than the 8T. Sharp pictures and videos in combination with natural colours from Hasselblad and the ultra-wide is so much better than the 8T. If you have any questions, let me know!
     

  3. meatandy
    Oreo Apr 3, 2021

    meatandy , Apr 3, 2021 :
    What device did you use previous to this 9 and would you feel it was a justified upgrade from that?
     

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  4. goyalakshat14
    Cupcake Apr 4, 2021

    goyalakshat14 , Apr 4, 2021 :
    Currently how much better is oneplus 8t's battery life? Also many people on reddit are complaining that there is heating issue at 4k 60, did you face anything like that?
     
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  5. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 4, 2021

    TheBlitz7 , Apr 4, 2021 :
    Before the 9 I used an OnePlus 8T.

    Of course, the 9 has the latest and greatest tech on-board. The camera of the 9 is much better than the 8T, the colours are great, sharpness is good and the ultra-wide is amazing. The low-light performance also is amazing for such a small device.

    The phone feels smooth and the 9 also feels somewhat faster with little things like face unlock and the fingerprint scanner. The battery life dissapoints me a bit as with the 8T I got 8-9 hours of SoT and with the 9 only 6 hours tops. I think OnePlus can improve this with updates.

    The display on the 9 looks great. It's very smooth and has accurate colours, which are not too vibrant and in combination with the stereo speakers it delivers an amazing viewing experience.

    As a person who likes to take photos on-the-go without carrying a DSLR, I think this is a great phone. For me it's a justified upgrade to have a complete package in your pocket: great camera, great screen, great speakers, blazing fast charging and fast performance with the Snapdragon 888.
     

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  6. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 4, 2021

    TheBlitz7 , Apr 4, 2021 :
    I get between 8-9 hours of SoT on the 8T, on the 9 currently 6 hours tops. I think OnePlus will improve this with future updates.

    I didn't had heating problems during recording. I had the screen and camera app open for an hour and filmed a bit in 4K 60FPS but no heating issue. The cold weather could play a part in this, though.
     

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  7. [email protected]
    Cupcake Apr 8, 2021

  8. angch
    Froyo Apr 8, 2021

    angch , Apr 8, 2021 :
    @TheBlitz7 thank you for this great and comprehensive review! Not many people are reviewing the vanilla OP9 so extensively, ignoring a part of target consumers. Not everyone needs a pro version :blush: I would love to see more in depth reviews on the OP9 by others.

    One point that is making me a bit worried, is the lack of OIS in combination with low light photos. To be frank, I don't plan to participate in any photography contest so I am not looking for top of the line, but at this price point I would expect an OIS, and I do enjoy good low-light photos. That being said, I am not sure how much really the OIS contributes, and how much SW post-processing of the image does.

    In your experience, how does this phone (rear cameras) compare in low-light photos without OIS, to phones that have an OIS (e.g. the 8T)?
     

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  9. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 8, 2021

    TheBlitz7 , Apr 8, 2021 :
    Thank you and good question! I'll post some low-light indoor shots later in this thread!
     
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  10. angch
    Froyo Apr 8, 2021

    angch , Apr 8, 2021 :
    Thank you for your response! Also outdoors, what is your experience with low light photography with the OP9? Do you also have the OP9 pro? How big is the difference between them in this use case?
     

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  11. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 8, 2021

    TheBlitz7 , Apr 8, 2021 :
    Unfortunately, I don't have the OP9 Pro, but I can compare it to another phone to see the details when zooming in.
     

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  12. G_parag_sharma_fHHT
    Cupcake Apr 11, 2021


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  13. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 13, 2021

    TheBlitz7 , Apr 13, 2021 :
    Sorry for the delay.

    I took some shots with the 9 and the 8T and the difference is quite big. The 8T seems to struggle with focussing and lighting whereas the 9 produces sharp and bright images in the same lighting conditions even without OIS. All pictures are taken with the Nightscape mode. The OnePlus 9 has impressive white balance and natural colours, comparable to real life.

    Keep in mind the room was completely dark, only some light coming through my shutters.

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  14. Pulak Pandey
    Cupcake Apr 13, 2021


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  15. angch
    Froyo Apr 13, 2021

    angch , Apr 13, 2021 :
    @TheBlitz7 wow thank you so much for the shots, sincerely! You have been great at responding to everyone here :) They look great for the phone not having OIS. What is this dark ring of shadow in the OP 8T ultra wide photos, so weird...
     

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  16. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 13, 2021

    TheBlitz7 , Apr 13, 2021 :
    Happy to help! :)

    I also find it weird. I wiped the lens multiple times thinking it was faulty but in normal daylight the "ring" is completely gone, so I'm not sure what it is exactly.

    I'll upload some outdoor nightscape shots when I get the chance to shoot some pictures when it's dark.
     

  17. Gurugs2727
    Cupcake Apr 18, 2021


  18. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 20, 2021

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    TheBlitz7 , Apr 20, 2021 :
    Showcase Movie
    I made a little showcase video of the OnePlus 9.

    Check it out below:

     
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  19. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 28, 2021

    TheBlitz7 , Apr 28, 2021 :
    Are you running the latest update?
     

  20. TheBlitz7
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Apr 28, 2021

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    TheBlitz7 , Apr 28, 2021 :
    After the updates
    OnePlus released multiple updates after the initial review I wrote.

    The battery life drastically improved. I'm now getting around 6 hours SoT, before the updates I only managed to squeeze around 5 hours out of the battery!

    The phone in general, the fingerprint scanner and face unlock are still as fast as on day one.

    One thing that is noticeable is the camera quality. The images are sharp but not over-sharpened, which is better than before. The colours are more natural it seems, whereas before some colours were a little dull. In some shots I noticed White Balance inconsistency when switching cameras, but in other scenarios it wasn't visible. I hope OnePlus fixes this in future updates.

    Here are some sample shots after the updates:

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    The Ultra-Wide camera captures sharp but not over-sharpened images

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    The OnePlus 9 handles light and darker areas well. The clouds are captured in great detail without blowing out the shadows in other areas
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    Some visible White-Balance inconsistency

    Do I still recommend this device?
    Yes, I do! The OnePlus 9 is, in my opinion, a complete allrounder and OnePlus keeps improving the experience for the user with software updates!
     

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