OnePlus 9 review: Is this phone still worth buying in 2022?

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November 2021

Editor’s note, January 12: oneplus 10 pro Just released in China, and we’re still learning about OnePlus’ 2022 phone line. But if you’re considering the OnePlus 9, know that even though it’s not the best-performing phone in the lineup, it still has great specs all around and comes at a price that makes it a purchase on a budget. Makes a solid choice for anyone who wants to. and despite the delay android 12 rollout In December, the OnePlus 9 is now available OxygenOS 12, which is based on the latest Google operating system. That balance of features and price has earned it a Nerdshala Editors’ Choice award. Here’s our updated review.

When I reviewed the OnePlus 9 last year, I said it was one of the best and more affordable phones you can buy. Its excellent performance, great battery life, good camera and super fast charging mean it’s better than it’s worth oneplus 9 pro brother. That’s why it earned that coveted Nerdshala Editors’ Choice award.

But since then we have seen such phones launch google pixel 6, which earned rave reviews thanks to its great camera, sleek Android 12 interface, and good overall performance. And at $599, the Pixel 6 costs the same as the OnePlus 9. Undoubtedly the biggest competition from the OnePlus 9 today, the Pixel is the better choice if you want the neat features of Android 12 and a better main camera.

Sure, Google’s Tensor processor promises improvements in AI, but we haven’t seen much of that yet. The OnePlus 9’s top-end Qualcomm chip makes it an absolute powerhouse, while its strong battery life and stellar fast charging make it excellent when it comes to power issues. That said, the aluminum and glass design of the Pixel 6 feels more premium than that of the OnePlus 9. Plus, the Pixel comes with an IP68 rating for waterproofing – something that the OnePlus 9 didn’t find.

Then there’s the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, which also performed well in our review and offers a number of high-end features at a more reasonable price than the flagship S21. But it’s still priced at $700, making the OnePlus 9 a more affordable option for cash-strapped buyers. And don’t forget the coming Galaxy S22, which is expected to happen in February. While it is likely to pack some awesome features, we expect it to be priced significantly higher than the OnePlus 9, so it’s not worth waiting for the launch if cost is a concern.

From its fast-paced performance to its great battery, the OnePlus 9 has strong features that make it an excellent everyday phone for 2022. Sure, it might not have some overly shiny elements or bleeding-edge mobile technology such as Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or iphone 13 pro, but its more acceptable price tag makes it one of the best midrange handsets to consider.


oneplus 9


  • supercharged processor
  • great battery life
  • Incredible Fast Charging
  • affordable price

do not like it

  • no official waterproofing
  • Camera is good for the money, but not great

Here are five reasons why this is the best OnePlus phone to buy right now.

better battery life

The OnePlus 9 has the same size battery as its 9 Pro sibling, yet I found it to have much better battery life. Why is it like this? It’s probably about the screen. At 6.55 inches and 2,400×1,080 pixels, it’s slightly smaller and with a lower resolution than the 9 Pro. This means there are fewer pixels to light, so there’s less drain on the battery. It lasted an impressive 23 hours on our rundown tests, which puts it on par with the S21 Ultra and a laugh in front of the 15 hours the 9 Pro achieved.

And don’t worry about that low resolution – I honestly can’t tell the difference between the two screens, and it’s not something you’ll notice 99% of the times.

Incredible Fast Charging

If you manage to run out of battery and find yourself running low in the afternoon, the OnePlus 9 has the same 65-watt fast charging as the Pro. It’s amazing and shockingly quick — it can go from empty to full in about 30 minutes. This is great for those occasions when you forgot to charge and just need to give it a quick top up before heading out.

What’s even better is that a 65-watt fast charger comes in the box, so there’s no need to scour Amazon to find third parties that are compatible. It also supports wireless charging, though it doesn’t have the fast 50-watt wireless charging of the 9 Pro. Personally, I don’t think it’s much of a disadvantage, but it’s worth keeping in mind.


power overwhelming

I fully expected the OnePlus 9 to have a lower-end processor than the Pro, but no, it’s packing the exact same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, which is an absolute powerhouse. Gaming, photo editing, video streaming – all handled without any hassle. Really, there’s nothing I can really throw at it that slowed it down.

It’s a pleasure to use it for your everyday tasks too, thanks to the 120Hz screen refresh rate and clean and easy-to-use android 11-based software — you’ll find both features in the 9 Pro as well.


nice camera

I argued with the 9 Pro that its camera is great, but it doesn’t with the Galaxy S21 Ultra or the iPhone 12 Pro Max. While the same is true on the OnePlus 9, this phone isn’t trying to compete with the absolute elite of the smartphone world, so I can be too forgiving here.

That said, there is some compromise on the camera from the Pro version. For example, it has no optical zoom, so you’ll be using standard and super-wide lenses, and the main camera has a physically smaller sensor. For most shots you probably won’t be able to tell the difference, as it can take some really beautiful photos with exposure and lots of detail. The colors on the camera of the OnePlus 9 can sometimes look more muted than those on the 9 Pro, but there are a variety of built-in color filters to choose from if you want to give things a punchier look.


This outdoor scene is bright and full of detail.


And it’s the same story along this wide coast in Edinburgh.


Switching to the super-wide lens, it’s clear that it captured a lot of the scene, but it still has great exposure control, with a well-balanced sky and plenty of detail in the shadows.


Shot with the standard lens, the scene has beautiful, natural-looking colors and lots of detail in bright highlights of the sky and more shadowy areas.


Rich, warm tones in this leafy scene.


A new panorama mode emulates Hasselblad’s X-Pan wide format film cameras. It’s a fun feature, though it essentially just crops your images in the middle, which you can do yourself in an app like Snapseed.


Night mode is fine, though certainly not stellar. I’ve seen better results from similarly priced phones, such as the Pixel 5. That’s good enough, but if photography at night is your priority, look elsewhere.


You can take photos in Night Mode even with a super-wide lens, though the results aren’t great.

Night mode works well (in standard zoom anyway) and selfies from the front camera are sharp and well exposed. Overall, it’s a great camera for all your daily snaps, but if you want the best images around you, you’ll need to look further up the limit.

attractive design

I love the classy design of the 9 Pro, and the standard OnePlus 9 has similar visual appeal. The glossy back and metallic aging is a neat camera unit – and I love the purple-blue tone on my review model, too. Its screen doesn’t curve as well at the edges as the Pro and overall it feels more midrange than high-end, but is that really a reason to spend the extra? For me, it’s a perfectly good trade-off.

There’s also no official waterproofing, and while OnePlus believes it can still fend off a spilled drink or two, be extra careful the next time you’re around clumsy friends carrying beer. It’s best to stay.


This is one of the very few compromises you have to consider when debating the OnePlus 9 vs OnePlus 9 Pro. This thing is cheap, it’s just as powerful, it has a good camera for most of your daily snaps and has a battery that struggles more.

In short, it’s a great phone doing everything that won’t break the bank. That’s why I think this is the best OnePlus phone to buy right now.

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