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OnePlus 9 Pro 5G - A killer flagship or over hyped smartphone?

Updated: May 1, 2021

OnePlus is definitely a great company which manufactures amazing smartphones with innovative ideas. It's recent smartphone OnePlus 9 Pro 5G proves OnePlus tagline - Never Settle. We can say that OnePlus 9 Pro is the smartphone from the company which is like the complete package.

It gives great performance, an amazing flagship experience with camera-giant Hasselblad's camera setup. This is a handset that can genuinely compete with the other flagship smartphones from the biggest brands.

However, it also comes with a high-end price tag, and the OnePlus 9 Pro is an expensive smartphone but it is also a value for money smartphone.

OnePlus 9 Pro release date, price and availability

The OnePlus 9 Pro was unveiled in a virtual event on March 23, 2021. The OnePlus 9 Pro is OnePlus' most expensive phone to date. It starts at Rs. 64,999 for the base 8GB RAM model. The price of the 12GB RAM model rises to Rs. 69,999. We've been using the smartphone for a while now, and this is our verdict.


The OnePlus 9 Pro has a stunning and eye-catching design. If you've owned a OnePlus phone since the OnePlus 7, you won't be surprised by the design. It's made of glass, but it has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layer on both the front and back. The OnePlus logo is prominently displayed in the center. The overall design is clean and elegant.

It has a premium appearance and feels like a flagship smartphone when you hold it. Morning Mist (the silver shade pictured throughout this review), Forest Green, and Stellar Black are the three colours available on the OnePlus 9 Pro's glass back. The power button is located on the right edge of the smartphone, and the alert slider is located above it. The USB type-C charging port, SIM card tray, and two-spot speaker grills are all located on the bottom edge.

The volume control button is located on the left side of the OnePlus 9 Pro. The button placements are both aesthetic and ergonomic. They're easy to use with just one hand.

However, keep in mind that this isn't a small phone: it measures 163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm and weighs 197g, which is about average for a phone of this size.

The camera bump on the OnePlus 9 Pro has been reduced in size compared to previous models, but it still protrudes from the back of the phone. The Hasselblad logo, as well as four shooters, are emblazoned on the camera.

It includes a curved display. The curve is subtle, and accidental touches have no effect on usability. The hole punch cutout in the top left corner adds to the overall display experience, and it looks great from every angle.