OnePlus smartphones aren't as easy to recommend as they used to be, and the OnePlus 9 is no different. There are a few compromises when compared to its more expensive sibling — the frame is polycarbonate, the primary camera doesn't have OIS, there's no telephoto sensor or IP68 certification, and it doesn't offer the same 50W wireless charging.
OnePlus's latest flagships have been on sale for well over a month now, and it's safe to say that opinions are split on each device. While both the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro feature excellent displays and fast performance, our reviews have each offered critiques of buggy software and mixed camera quality, making it difficult to recommend either phone wholeheartedly. A new system update has arrived for the two devices, and while it won't provide fixes for every flaw, it does deliver a couple of necessary changes.
Mobile phones may seem cramped for watching full-length movies, but they’re still (very) popular among Netflix users, as is evident from its billion-plus Play Store downloads. That’s why the streaming giant keeps an up-to-date list of devices that can offer you the best streaming experience for its app. It isn’t at all surprising that the new OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are now also compatible with Netflix's streaming standards, along with a bunch of other phones from Oppo and Sharp.
There was a time not that long ago that OnePlus phones were a guaranteed excellent value. That's no longer the case as the company has increasingly focused on flagship devices and carrier partnerships, pushing the cost of some devices over $1,000. Still, that doesn't mean OnePlus is incapable of delivering a good value anymore. The new OnePlus 9 is only $729, which is more than two Benjamins less than the OnePlus 9 Pro. It's even cheaper than the OnePlus 8T it replaces, which is a welcome reversal of trends.
After introducing its brand-new store app to the US and Canada shortly before launching the OnePlus 9 series, OnePlus has expanded the application to Europe, as it announced in a blog post. After a short exclusive beta phase that forced you to download the app manually from the manufacturer's website, it's now available in the Play Store for European, too.
OnePlus's latest flagships have had a bit of a rough launch. Reviews for both devices have been relatively positive, but an overhyped partnership with Hasselblad and the lack of timely updates have slowed the company's momentum. Meanwhile, reports that the OnePlus 9 Pro is prone to overheating have made any post-launch software version critical to improving the device. A new update is now making its way to both phones, but early reports suggest that this might not be the fix users were hoping to get.
Not long ago, Google lacked an alternative to Apple's wireless peer-to-peer file transfer system, AirDrop — another factor along with iMessage that keeps users within Apple's walled garden. This led smartphone companies to come up with their own file sharing solutions, such as OnePlus with its own File Dash. Now that Google has added Nearby Share to Android, OnePlus is letting go of its home-grown alternative.
Following weeks of hype, OnePlus finally debuted its OnePlus 9 series last month. If you're not looking to splurge almost a grand on the OnePlus 9 Pro (probably a good call), you might have your sights set on its cheaper sibling, the OnePlus 9. Surprisingly, it's priced lower than its predecessor at launch (at least in the US) and it arguably comes without any significant sacrifices. However, the OnePlus 8T has received a timely price cut and is now available for just $599 on the OnePlus store — $130 lower than the OnePlus 9.
This raises the important question of whether it's really worth spending more money on the newer flagship.
We just gave the Samsung Galaxy S21 our "Most Wanted" award, but OnePlus started selling a worthy competitor this week: The OnePlus 9. Both phones are pretty similar in size, hardware, and price, with their own advantages and disadvantages, so deciding between the two might be a bit difficult. But we're here to help and will guide you through the nuances and differences in this post.