We've clearly got a little bias on the subject, but Android has a long and storied history filled with its own triumphs and pitfalls. It's been well over a decade now since that first HTC G1 landed, the inaugural Android smartphone, and things have changed drastically since then. Being "first" might make you think the G1 was the most influential Android phone — but was it, really?
The 2021 smartphone season is starting to pick up, and last week OnePlus released its 9 series of phones, following up on last year's OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8 series. If you were interested in either phone, then you've probably read our reviews for the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro by now and weighed your various options. So, we're curious to know if you are planning to get either.
OnePlus likes to shower its customers with goodies. The latest offer is an impressive one, at least if you're a premium buyer in the lucrative Indian market. There OnePlus is extending the benefits of its Red Cable Pro warranty and loyalty program: if you buy a OnePlus 9 Pro and activate the Red Cable Pro Life plan, you'll get an astonishing 6 terabytes of online cloud storage along with it.
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are now certified to pick up 5G on Verizon's network here in the US, and that includes mmWave support on the OnePlus 9 Pro and support for Verizon-based don't-call-it-an-MVNO Visible. At launch, the phones were LTE-only until Verizon finished its certification process, but we were told that the two phones would pick up full 5G support once big red had given the pair of phones their blessing — and that should make activation easier, too.
OnePlus finally brought Android 11 to the OnePlus 7T series earlier this week, and now, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro are following suit, as the company has announced on its community forum. The update adds all the goodies you would expect from OxygenOS 11, excluding the same feature that hasn't made the cut on the OnePlus 7T series just yet — the always-on ambient display.
The OnePlus Watch was just officially announced yesterday following a very on-brand drip-feed of leaks and teasers. At $159, it already looks like a strong value — but if you want an even stronger value, OnePlus has a voucher you can claim up until the day it launches to save 20 bucks.
OnePlus's newest pair of phones won't be available to the public until next Thursday, which gives the company plenty of time to squash some bugs in their software. Both the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are getting updates in advance of their official arrival in hopes of making each device a little more stable.
At nearly $1,000, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the most expensive smartphone the company has ever released, a far cry from the days of "flagship killers." It's a pretty good phone, even if it's held back by a mediocre camera and the threat of poor update support. Software isn't the only metric to weigh when upgrading to a new device — you also have to consider how your purchase will hold up in day-to-day use. Thankfully, the OnePlus 9 Pro's hardware is solid enough to endure even the most stressful of durability tests.
After months of rumors, the CEO of OnePlus officially confirmed the existence of the more budget-priced OnePlus 9R to the Indian press last week. Announced alongside the 9 and 9 Pro, the 9R is launching exclusively in India, starting at ₹39,999. That's equivalent to about $550 USD, and 20% less expensive than the base model of the OnePlus 9.