OnePlus Announces 9 Series Smartphones, OnePlus Watch

Posted on March 23, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile, Wearables with 7 Comments

Today, OnePlus announced the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro smartphones and the firm’s first ever smartwatch, the OnePlus Watch.

“The OnePlus 9 Series represents a key milestone for OnePlus flagship smartphones,” OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau says. “Co-developed with Hasselblad, the new Hasselblad Camera for Mobile will give users the ability to capture their own iconic moments with more accurate colors and premium image quality. Together with the new OnePlus Watch, our latest flagship smartphone series offers a burdenless user experience with even the smallest detail tailored to challenge the smartphone industry and empower our Community through premium technology.”

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro both sport a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage, depending on the configuration. Each supports Warp Charge 65T wired charging, which can charge the phones from 1 percent to 100 percent in just 29 minutes using the bundled charger. Each also supports Warp Charge 50 wireless charging, which can charge the phones from 1 percent to 100 percent in just 43 minutes.

The OnePlus 9 starts at $829 and comes in Astral Black, Winter Mist, and Stellar Black color choices (though that third color is not available in North America). It provides a 6.55-inch 2400 x 1080 120 Hz Fluid Display, which supports 60 120 Hz refresh rates. It has a three-lens camera system with a 48 MP main lens, a 50 MP ultra-wide lens, and a dedicated monochrome lens that works with the main lens for what OnePlus says are “detailed and layered black and white photos.” There is a second microphone near the camera lenses for a feature called audio zoom.

The OnePlus 9 Pro starts at $969 and comes in Morning Mist and Pine Green color choices. It provides a new 6.7-inch 1440 x 3216 Fluid Display 2.0, which is based on a new generation of LTPO material and optimized to automatically switch between 1 and 120 Hz depending on the content being viewed. It has a four-lens camera system with the same main, ultra-wide, and monochrome lenses found on the OnePlus 9, plus an 8 MP telephoto lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) and 30X digital zoom. There are a laser focus and two additional microphones on the rear for audio zoom, and the camera system can shoot 4K video at 120 fps.

In both cases, OnePlus worked with Hasselblad to optimize the color performance of the camera systems, dramatically lower the distortion of ultra-wide shots, and create a new Pro shooting mode that foregoes computational photography and provides more authentic colors for post-editing. There’s also a new Auto mode that provides a color style based on Hasselblad, which OnePlus says is a more natural and rich color look.

Additionally, OnePlus announced the OnePlus Watch, the company’s first wearable. The OnePlus Watch features a round 46 mm case, 2.5D curved glass on the front, and deep integration with your smartphone’s notifications, phone, music playback, and photo functionality. It comes with 4 GB of storage—2 of which are available for use—and is compatible with Bluetooth earbuds. It can also be used as a remote control for the OnePlus-TV.

The OnePlus Watch sports IP68 water and dust resistance, GPS, blood oxygen saturation monitoring, stress detection, breathing training, rapid heart rate alerts, and sedentary reminders, and it supports over 110 different types of workouts. There’s a new OnePlus Health app for Android as well.

OnePlus Watch is available in two models, Classic, which costs $159 and uses a stainless-steel case, and Cobalt Limited Edition, which utilizes a unique cobalt alloy case and sapphire glass for enhanced brightness and exceptional scratch resistance. (Pricing is unclear at this time.) Each provides up to two weeks of battery life with continuous use and each supports fast charging: A full day of power in just 5 minutes or a week of life in just 20 minutes.

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will be available for preorder on March 26, and the handsets will be available for sale starting April 2. A new Warp Charge 50 wireless charger will also be available on April 2. And the OnePlus Watch will be available on April 14.

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