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New & Refurbished OnePlus 9T

The headlines might be all about Apple and Samsung, but OnePlus has been quietly getting high-end phones right for years. Witness the OnePlus 9, a powerful, feature-packed flagship with stunning cameras. Read More...

    • Internal memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
    • Size: 160 x 74.2 x 8.7 mm
    • Weight: 192 g
    • Display: 6.55 inches, Fluid AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1100 nits (peak)
    • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio
    • RAM: 8GB, 12GB
    • Battery: Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
    • Operating System: Android 11, upgradable to Android 12, OxygenOS 12
    • CPU: Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
    • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
    • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
    • Primary camera: 48 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide),50 MP, f/2.2, 14mm (ultrawide), 2 MP, f/2.4
    • Secondary camera: 16 MP, f/2.4, (wide)
    • Video: 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS
    • Connectivity: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, SBAS, NFC Yes, USB USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
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Why buy a OnePlus 9?

  • Cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Great performance
  • Very fast charging

Not convinced? Try one of these alternatives to a OnePlus 9:

  • OnePlus 9 Pro - slightly better, doesn’t cost much more
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 - a very close match
  • Google Pixel 6a - Newer, cheaper, but more basic in some ways

OnePlus has developed quite a habit of offering flagship, Samsung-rivalling Android phones for less than you’d spend on the nearest Galaxy S-series equivalent. The OnePlus 9 is a great example. Launched in March 2021 and closely matching the Galaxy S21, the OnePlus 9 manages to match or outperform its South Korean rival on most key tests. Yet it cost less on launch, and it remains cheaper to pick up a second-hand OnePlus 9.

What’s so good about this phone? It’s got a cracking screen with 120Hz refresh rate, cameras co-developed with Hasselblad, a high-end Snapdragon 888 chip, and a big 4,500mAh battery. Those are the headlines, but let’s look at the details that make this a serious alternative to a Samsung Galaxy S21.

Design

It’s impossible to avoid this phone’s similarity to the Samsung Galaxy S21. While it’s significantly bigger, largely thanks to its 6.55” display, from the front it looks almost as though it was designed alongside its South Korean rival. The OnePlus 9 has a flat screen with minimal bezels, punctuated only by a small, top-centre camera cutout.

The OnePlus 9 has three rear cameras, with the main wide-angle unit getting a 48 megapixel (MP) sensor measuring about 1.8cm across. This large sensor helps it capture lots of light, enhancing indoor and night performance. There’s also a 50MP ultrawide camera with a 14mm lens, and a 2MP depth camera that doubles up as a dedicated black and white snapper. This phone has an unusually highly specified front camera, boasting 16 megapixels, and offering electronic image stabilisation.

Camera

Earlier OnePlus phones were sometimes criticised for their underwhelming cameras, but the OnePlus 9 has no such weakness. The Chinese company teamed up with photography legend Hasselblad, who helped develop a far more competitive camera system with a particular focus on accurate colour reproduction.

The OnePlus 9 has three rear cameras, with the main wide-angle unit getting a 48 megapixel (MP) sensor measuring about 1.8cm across. This large sensor helps it capture lots of light, enhancing indoor and night performance. There’s also a 50MP ultrawide camera with a 14mm lens, and a 2MP depth camera that doubles up as a dedicated black and white snapper. This phone has an unusually highly specified front camera, boasting 16 megapixels and offering electronic image stabilisation.

Video

With a 48MP main camera and 50MP ultrawide, it’s no surprise that the OnePlus can shoot ultra-crisp 8K video with its rear cameras - but only at up to 30 frames per second (fps). It’ll shoot 4K or 1,080p HD at up to 60fps, and even offers 480fps slo-mo if you don’t mind being limited to 720p resolution. Despite the front camera’s high 16MP resolution, though, it only shoots up to 1,080p video.

Despite the front camera’s high 16MP resolution, though, it only shoots up to 1,080p video. We’re not sure why it can’t offer 4k, given that only requires slightly more than eight megapixels.

Display

This phone’s 6.55” screen is significantly bigger than the 6.2” screen on the Samsung Galaxy S21 - it’s nearer to the iPhone 13 Pro Max (6.7”) than the iPhone 13 (6.1”). And while the basic iPhone 13 still makes do with only a 60Hz refresh rate, the OnePlus 9 can go up to 120Hz for smoother animations and better gaming.

This screen’s 1,080x2,400 resolution is a little low given its size. Although it has a pixel depth of 402 pixels per inch (ppi), some other similarly sized phones manage 1,440x3,200 or thereabouts. It’s still a very crisp, large display, though. Again, working with Hasselblad has helped OnePlus calibrate it for extremely accurate colour reproduction. You can’t see it, but there’s also an under-screen fingerprint sensor, which helps keep the phone clutter-free.

Processor

The OnePlus 9 packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor. Although that’s a generation old now, it’s still towards the quickest end of the processors you’ll find in an Android phone. It’s paired with either 8GB or 12GB of fast LPDDR5 RAM, depending on whether you get 128GB or 256GB of storage.

As you’d expect, the OnePlus 9 supports wireless charging, but it also has a truly excellent 65W ‘Warp Charge’ feature. This allows around three times the 20-25W maximum charge rate found on other contemporary phones such as the iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy S21, and means you can recover the phone to 80% charge in less than 30 minutes.

Battery

This phone comes with a decent 4,500mAh battery, and generally performs very well in battery life tests - it’ll comfortably make it through all but the most demanding days between charges.

As you’d expect, the OnePlus 9 supports wireless charging, but it also has a truly excellent 65W ‘Warp Charge’ feature. This allows around three times the 20-25W maximum charge rate found on other contemporary phones such as the iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy S21, and means you can recover the phone to 80% charge in less than 30 minutes.

Colours and options

You can get the OnePlus 9 in one of three colours: Arctic Sky, Astral Black or Winter Mist - a kind of soft, metallic lilac. As we mentioned, it’s available with 128GB or 256GB of storage. This is one of few modern phones to come with a charger in the box, which supports the 65W Warp Charge feature.

Unusually, you also get a case and screen protector - we wish all phones came with the latter. This may mean you don’t need to bother with a third-party case at all, but if you want one, you can find the usual range available online.


9T FAQs

It’s already out! The OnePlus 9 launched in March 2021.
OnePlus will sell you a 128GB SIM-free OnePlus 9 for £629, or the 256GB version for £729. Of course, you can buy a OnePlus 9 for less at Mozillion!
This is a complicated one. In some markets, with some carriers, the OnePlus 9 is sold with an IP water protection rating. It’s generally sold without one, though, meaning it hasn’t been certified. Our understanding is that it will resist minor spills and splashes, but as always it’s best to avoid them.
Yes, it offers a choice between 60 and 120Hz.

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