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OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro launched: Hasselblad 8K camera steals the show

Prices start at Rs 39,999 for the OnePlus 9R


With the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus has put its best foot forward on the camera department. At the company’s launch event for its two flagship smartphones, the Hasselblad cameras stole the show, as the company touted what promises to be one of the best photography gear packed into an Android smartphone yet.

For gear heads, the new OnePlus 9 Pro offers a host of features including a 50MP ultra-wide camera, a 48MP main camera with a Sony IMX789 sensor (which the company touts as one of the biggest-ever on a smartphone) capable of shooting in 12-bit RAW, with Natural Color Calibration with Hasselblad, capability to shoot in 8K 30fps and 4K 120fps.  There is also a monochrome sensor. The phone itself has a 6.7” 2K-resolution curved 120Hz display that supports sRGB.

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, supporting 65T WarpCharge. OnePlus is also touting a new “Hypertouch” technology to improve touch response time in gaming. A new “LTPO” system automatically adjusts the display’s refresh rate between 1-120hz to reduce power consumption by up to 50 per cent in some cases.

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes in three colours, “Stellar Black”, “Morning Mist” and “Pine Green”.

Also announced was the 6.5” OnePlus 9, which also packs a 120Hz fluid AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 888, a 48MP Sony IMX689 sensor as the main cam and a 50MP IMX766 as the ultra-wide. It also supports Warp Charge 65T, which can charge the 4,500mAh battery to 100 per cent in under half an hour. Unlike the OnePlus 9 Pro, the OnePlus 9 has a flat display.

The cheapest offering is the OnePlus 9R, which packs a regular 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, a Snapdragon 870 and a 6.55” 120hz Fluid display.

The OnePlus 9 Pro will retail at Rs 64,999 for the 8+128GB version and Rs 69,999 for the 12+256GB version, while the OnePlus 9 will sell for Rs 49,999 for the 8_128GB version and Rs 54,999 for the 12+256GB version. In addition, the OnePlus 9R 5G will start at Rs 39,999.

Another highlight was the company’s first premium smartwatch: The OnePlus Watch.

Made of stainless steel, it comes in Moonlight Silver and Midnight Black. The watch packs a 1.39” AMOLED display with 329ppi. Features include blood oxygen level monitoring, 50 watch faces, 110 workout modes, stress-level monitoring and an IP68 rating.

The OnePlus Watch will sell for Rs 16,999.