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8.3/10
Informr score
The OnePlus 9 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 51 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Offering outstanding performance, eye-catching and durable design, the latest software, and display that hits nearly all the important marks, the OnePlus 9 might not be quite as budget-friendly as previous models, but its still far more affordable than its similarly specced competitors.

What's good

  • Good battery life
  • Insane charging speed
  • Fast, smooth performance
  • 120Hz refresh rate

What's bad

  • Cannot expand storage
  • No IP rating

The OnePlus 9 is the little brother to the OnePlus 9 Pro, offering most of the experience at a lower price point. Does it make the right compromises as a budget-friendly option? Or are you better off looking elsewhere?

Design

OnePlus likes to make big phones, and the OnePlus 9 is no exception. Reviewers were that OnePlus dropped the curved glass from the previous model. They said this change prevented a lot of the accidental screen touch issues from earlier phones. Unfortunately, reviewers also found the camera bump on the top-left corner of the back of the phone caused unavoidable wobble and instability. Still, a protective case might help with this.

Display

The 120Hz high refresh rate display was a highlight for reviewers. However, that’s becoming increasingly common in new phones. However, even without the refresh rate perks, reviewers found the 6.55-inch display bright, responsive, and excellent for everything from video watching and gaming to checking emails and reading ebooks.

Performance

The OnePlus 9 is powerful too. Reviewers said that the phone continued to run great performance, no matter how much they put it through. No doubt, the refresh rate helps with that as well. Reviewers were overall very happy with the performance of the OnePlus 9.

Software & Storage

OnePlus 9 runs on Android 11 along with a OnePlus UI which makes it minimal while providing additional organization to the standard software. Reviewers were disappointed about the lack of a MicroSD slot for storage expansion. So be sure that you pick a model with enough internal storage to meet your needs for a few years unless you’re a frequent upgrader or don’t mind relying on cloud storage.

Cameras

OnePlus had made improvements to their camera setup on this phone, much to the delight of reviewers. Even without the telephoto lens, there was plenty more to explore. Reduced wide-angle lens distortion, better color accuracy, and sharper detail were all mentioned with reviewers finding the phone plenty capable if not still falling a bit short of top-tier phone options.

Battery Life

Battery life was decidedly average. However, reviewers found the 65T charger could charge the phone to 100% in about half an hour. This is virtually unheard of, even on other phones with fast charging. If you’re less worried about speed, you can also take advantage of wireless charging to keep things topped off.

Audio

If you enjoy watching media or playing games, the front-firing stereo speakers won’t muffle when holding your phone in a landscape position. While they won’t beat most decent Bluetooth speakers or headphones, reviewers found the speakers were quite loud and performed well.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.55-inch AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128/256GB of storage
  • 48MP rear/ 16MP selfie camera
  • 4500mAh battery

Bottom Line

Despite the myriad of smartphone options out there today, the OnePlus 9 makes its case very well. If you’re looking for a premium feeling phone without a premium price tag, the OnePlus 9 is definitely one to consider.

Tom’s Guide says, “The OnePlus 9 doesn’t have all the features of the OnePlus 9 Pro, but it’s a great phone with a lower price that matches up well against other Android flagships.”

The Verge states, “The OnePlus 9 checks all the boxes required of a 2021 flagship phone: Snapdragon 888 processor, great high-refresh screen, good battery performance, and cameras aplenty. You’ll get top-of-the-line performance for ... less than the other base model flagships. That in itself is a great reason to consider the OnePlus 9.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.55"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

With an overall score of 115, the OnePlus 9 occupies a mid-table position in our Premium ranking. Compared to similarly priced devices, the OnePlus 9 is a little behind pace setters like the Apple iPhone 12 (122), Google Pixel 5 (120) and Xiaomi Mi 11 (120), achieving a score closer to the Samsung G...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
DxOMark

The OnePlus 9 isn’t a standout in audio at this price point, but it’s not bad either. It achieves average or slightly above average results in most use cases and below average in only a few instances, like recording artifacts and the spatial attribute for both recording and playback. In produced rou...

- Chris Welsch, DxOMark
Gadgetbyte

OnePlus 9 is an underwhelming entry in the company's latest '9' series of smartphones. While it does bring a flagship-grade Snapdragon 888 chipset and a pretty decent design and display, the phone majorly misses out on other critical aspects like cameras. Some of the critical features missing on thi...

- Pratima Adhikari, Gadgetbyte
Android Guys

We were fans of the scrappy upstart brand and the whole "Never Settle" attitude that OnePlus started out with some years back. It has gone through an occasional rough patch but we've come to respect it and look forward to its big releases.The OnePlus 9 builds on an increasingly strong line of device...

- Scott Webster, Android Guys
G Style Magazine

OnePlus never really fails on giving you a great smartphone encounter especially for Android. Processing power is top notch and identical on both giving you a speedy experience and 120Hz displays always look good.  So, when it comes down to which Series 9 phone it is all about premiums and pricing....

- Jason Million, G Style Magazine


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


OnePlus 9 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. OnePlus's suggested retail price is $729.00. You can compare 9 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the OnePlus 9 user manual here.


OnePlus backs up the 9 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 9 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact OnePlus support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find OnePlus's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.55"

The OnePlus 9's screen size is 6.55 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4500 mAh battery.

OnePlus 9 Specs

Overview
Release date March 26, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8/12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Arctic Sky, Astral Black, Winter Mist
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16 x 7.42 x 0.87 cm (6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 192 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6.55 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass, 120Hz refresh rate
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (50 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

Dual-SIM variant available on other regions.

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