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OnePlus 9 Pro Hands-On: Refinement Is The Key

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The OnePlus 9 Pro launched today, and I’ve been using it since last week. The review is coming in the near future, but before that, here’s our OnePlus 9 Pro hands-on coverage. I’ve had some time to check out the phone, and to form an initial opinion.

So, if you’ve used the OnePlus 8 Pro, this phone won’t feel all that much different. The two devices have a similar weight to them, and they’re also quite similar when it comes to overall dimensions.

The OnePlus 9 Pro hands-on experience has been quite positive thus far

What you will notice, though, is that the display is less curved on the OnePlus 9 Pro, and that’s something I do appreciate. The phone is, once again, made out of metal and glass, and I’ve received the “Morning Mist” variant for review.

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This is the top-of-the-line OnePlus 9 Pro model, with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, this variant does come with a reflective glass on the back, as it’s silver-colored.

Fingerprints and smudges found their way onto this phone’s back rather quickly. I do use a case with the phone, which is included in the retail box, by the way. So, fingerprints are not much of an issue if you’re planning on doing the same thing.

The phone came with a nice rubber case

The OnePlus 9 Pro does ship with a nice rubber case, which is gray-colored. You can see in the gallery below the article. It feels nicer than your regular silicone case which ships with the OnePlus 9.

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It’s nice of OnePlus to include a case in the retail box, that’s for sure. The phone also comes with a 65W charger included, which is also commendable, as several smartphone OEMs stopped including chargers with their flagship offerings.

If you like larger phones, chances are you’ll like this handset

The OnePlus 9 Pro feels really good in the hand, as long as you don’t mind larger phones. I’ve noticed that the top part of the smartphone is a bit heavier than the bottom one, probably due to the phone’s camera setup. There are five cameras included in the top part, and two of them are quite large.

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Speaking of which, there are four cameras included on the back, and you’ll also notice the Hasselblad branding back there. OnePlus partnered with Hasselblad here, and the company mostly helped with the color science of photos. That is noticeable in camera samples, though we’ll talk more about that in a separate post.

The phone’s bezels are quite thin, while a display camera hole sits in the top-left corner. I got used to display camera holes, so it doesn’t bother me all that much, but your feelings may be different.

OxygenOS is as good as ever

All in all, I’ve enjoyed using the phone thus far. The design is really good, premium, while the software experience has been more than good thus far. I always have a good time with OxygenOS, as it’s clean, fast, and filled with useful features.

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On the OnePlus 9 Pro, OxygenOS is more responsive than ever. That 6.7-inch LTPO display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate has a really high touch sampling rate, and it’s just a joy to use, to say the least.

We’ll talk more about the device in our full review, which is coming soon. It has been a great experience thus far, though that was to be expected. Top-of-the-line specs, great performance, extremely fast charging, premium build, and so on. The OnePlus 9 Pro tries to deliver on basically all fronts.

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