OnePlus will be formally announcing the 9 and 9 Pro phones, a smartwatch, and a blazing fast wireless charger on March 23rd — but why wait? OnePlus definitely isn’t: it’s been spoiling its own announcements non-stop on Twitter, YouTube, and even right here at The Verge. One day the CEO will tweet out which processor the phone will use; the next, the company will just upload pictures of the phone from multiple angles! If you haven’t been keeping up, we’ve compiled all the… leaks? mini-announcements? in one place.
Confirmed by OnePlus
OnePlus has been in the habit lately of trying to build up suspense for its events, which is why you see it and its executives just tweeting out information about the phones. Here’s what we’ve learned from them:
There will be at least two phones
- The OnePlus 9
- The OnePlus 9 Pro, which will have a bigger camera and probably a bigger, better display
There’s also a third, less expensive phone coming
There were rumors of a cheaper third phone, which OnePlus has now confirmed will be called the 9R. At the moment, the company has only confirmed that the phone will be sold in India, and that it will feature 5G. It’s also unclear if it will be announced at the March 23rd event, or if it will be coming later.
Chargers? In the box
The Pro will have 50W wireless charging
OnePlus has let The Verge try the 9 Pro’s 50W wireless charging, and it is indeed fast, charging the phone from 1 to 100% in 43 minutes. If you prefer charging with a cable, both the Pro and regular 9 will support 65W wired charging as well.
OnePlus has already shown off the design
Input has a collection of all the images that OnePlus has posted of the 9 Pro on Twitter, and there’s not a ton left to the imagination. It does, in fact, look like a smartphone, with USB-C port on the bottom, and a camera bump.
OnePlus is focusing on cameras
We know that the legendary camera company Hasselblad will be working on providing “color expertise” for the phones’ cameras. OnePlus has been dropping subtle hints about the collaboration, like centering its marketing material around the moon (when Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they took Hasselblad cameras), and releasing pictures of the phones, which have the word “Hasselblad” written on the camera modules. And having a Hasselblad section on the phone’s launch page. Okay, maybe it’s not so subtle.
When it comes to the capabilities of those cameras, we can look at an interview Pete Lau did with TechRadar. He talks about the phones working with Sony to make a custom IMX789 sensor (something he’s also tweeted about), and mentions that they will be capable of shooting 4K at 120FPS.
What the camera capabilities of the 9 Pro versus the regular 9 are will probably have to wait for the official announcement — but the pictures released by OnePlus show that the Pro seems to have four cameras, where the regular only has three. As with past OnePlus phones, at least one of the cameras will be an ultra-wide.
Of course, the phones will be 5G-capable
The OnePlus 8 series had 5G, and the 9 series will too, as indicated by the “5G” superscript on OnePlus’s announcement images.
— Unbox Therapy (@UnboxTherapy) March 19, 2021
There will be a smartwatch launched as well
OnePlus has already revealed an image of the device, and confirmed that it won’t be running Google’s Wear OS. It also seems that all the specs for the watch have been leaked, though those aren’t officially confirmed by OnePlus.
The phones will use the Snapdragon 888
What we know about the displays
Pete Lau also tweeted out most of the details about the 9 Pro’s display:
Just the rundown: LTPOQHD+ Smart 120Hz Native 10-bit color depth (1.07 billion colors)1300 nitsMEMCHDR10+
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 16, 2021
LTPO displays can run at different refresh rates depending on the content being displayed, meaning that the OnePlus 9 screens should be able to sip power when displaying static images, but still provide smooth animations at 120Hz when you’re actually using the phone. PCMag has already seen in-depth testing results from the Pro’s screen, showing its power usage, and 360Hz touch-polling rate, which should lead to improved responsiveness.
Also new to the Pro is a 10-bit display which should, in theory, show colors more accurately. Otherwise, it’s packing many of the same features as the screen on the OnePlus 8 Pro, which is not a complaint. Oh, unless you don’t like big screens — according to PC Magazine, the Pro’s display is 6.7 inches, the same size as an iPhone Pro Max or Galaxy Note 20.
We’ve officially seen the Pro’s Morning Mist (silver) and regular OnePlus 9’s Winter Mist (purple) colors, but…
Left to the Imagination (and leaks)
… there have also been leaks showing off other colors, like a forest green on the Pro, and a blue for the regular OnePlus 9. And, of course, there are black versions of each phone as well (I anxiously await to see if OnePlus makes a big deal about it in the presentation).
The Regular 9 will have a (slightly) smaller screen than the Pro
While OnePlus officially shared the Pro’s screen size with PC Magazine, the details of the regular 9 weren’t mentioned. Slashleaks rumors that it’ll be 6.55 inches, and have a slightly lower resolution of 1080 x 2400, as opposed to the 1440 x 3216 reported for the Pro by PC Magazine.
It seems that OnePlus and its CEO are going to be posting more details on Twitter during the lead-up to the event, but at this point it seems like we’ve got a good outline of what the phones will be like. Now, it’s just waiting until the 23rd, at 10AM ET, to have the details filled in.
Update March 19th, 3:03PM ET: Moved the budget OnePlus 9R from the rumored section to the known section, as it has been confirmed by OnePlus. Also added the smartwatch reveal.
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