OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 vs OnePlus 9R: What's the difference?

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(Pocket-lint) - OnePlus announced 4 devices connected 23 March 2021, including the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro and the OnePlus Watch. It besides revealed the OnePlus 9R successful India.

But precisely however bash they compare? We've spent immoderate clip investigating the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 to spot what they're similar arsenic good arsenic looking into details of the OnePlus 9R to spot however they stack up against each other.

You tin besides read our abstracted feature to spot however the OnePlus 9 bid compares to Samsung's Galaxy S21. We besides person a diagnostic connected how the OnePlus 9 Pro compares to the newer OnePlus 10 Pro.



  • 9 Pro: Curved display, punch-hole camera, rectangular camera housing, IP68
  • 9: Flat display, punch-hole camera, rectangular camera housing
  • 9R: Flat display, punch-hole camera, rectangular camera housing

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a curved display, a solid body and a metallic frame, portion the OnePlus 9 comes with a integrative frame, solid assemblage and a level display. The OnePlus 9R besides has a level display. 

What that means successful regular usage is that portion the 9 Pro is bigger than the regular OnePlus 9, it feels much comfy to clasp successful 1 hand. Those curves adhd the illusion of slimness. The integrative framework besides means the regular exemplary feels a spot little premium. 

On the flip side, having a flatter show connected the regular exemplary means it's a spot easier to usage successful immoderate situations due to the fact that you don't request to interest astir accidental touches portion gaming oregon utilizing the camera. 

All 3 travel with a punch spread beforehand camera positioned successful the near country of their displays, portion a rectangular camera lodging - similar the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus Nord - are connected the rear.

Two lenses are larger connected the rear camera for each 3 OnePlus 9 devices. Each with metallic rings astir them to springiness them a purposeful look. The modular OnePlus 9 has a triple rear camera, portion the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9R person a quad rear camera, though with antithetic lenses, arsenic we speech astir further down.

OnePlus 9 Pro besides features IP68 h2o and particulate resistance. The different 2 models bash not connection an authoritative waterproofing rating.

The OnePlus 9 Pro is the largest and heaviest of the 3 OnePlus 9 devices, measuring 163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm and weighing 197g, portion the OnePlus 9 measures 160 x 74.2 x 8.7mm and weighs 192g. The OnePlus 9R measures 161 x 74.1 x 8.4mm truthful it's astir the aforesaid size arsenic the OnePlus 9 but weighs 189g, making it fractionally lighter.


  • 9 Pro: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+, LTPO, 120Hz variable
  • 9: 6.55-inch, Full HD+, 120Hz
  • 9R: 6.55-inch, Full HD+, 120Hz

The OnePlus 9 Pro offers a 6.7-inch AMOLED show with LTPO that supports a adaptable refresh complaint of 1Hz to 120Hz. The OnePlus 9 has a 6.55-inch AMOLED show with a 120Hz refresh rate - which isn't adaptable - portion the OnePlus 9R has a 6.55-inch display, besides with a 120Hz refresh complaint that isn't variable.

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a Quad HD+ solution surface that delivers a pixel density of 525ppi, portion the OnePlus 9 and 9R person a Full HD+ solution for a pixel density of 402ppi.

The OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9 and 9R connection a highest brightness of 1300nits and enactment for HDR10+, similar the OnePlus 8T. As mentioned, the OnePlus 9 Pro sports a curved display, portion the 9 and 9R person level displays. All 3 devices person under-display fingerprint sensors.

When you enactment the Pro and regular exemplary side-by-side, you bash announcement a quality successful sharpness if you look closely. The Pro is decidedly the 1 with a crisper panel. However, they're precise akin erstwhile it comes to colour equilibrium and brightness. The non-Pro does person a wont of crushing blacks a spot to marque the surface consciousness a spot excessively contrasty astatine times. 

Hardware and specs

  • 9 Pro: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4500mAh
  • 9: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4500mAh
  • 9R: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4500mAh

The OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 tally connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, portion the OnePlus 9R runs connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870.

In presumption of RAM, the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 travel successful 8GB and 12GB options with retention options of 128GB and 256GB, portion the OnePlus 9R has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 

Both Pro and regular models consciousness arsenic accelerated and responsive arsenic each different successful regular use, truthful you'll ne'er person to interest astir games oregon apps taking ages to load, oregon animations connected the screens responding dilatory to gestures. 

Real beingness artillery longevity is akin too, with some the Pro and regular models easy making it done a day, adjacent with 3-4 hours of surface time. Both phones would often get to furniture clip with betwixt 30-40 per cent spare. 

The OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9R person 4500mAh artillery capacities and each 3 enactment 65W accelerated charging. Wireless charging is besides supported connected the 9 and 9 Pro, though lone 15W connected the 9 and 50W successful the Pro. It isn't offered connected the 9R.

That speedy charging means artillery anxiousness ne'er happens with the 9 and 9 Pro. When the artillery empties connected either you lone request to plug it successful for fractional an hr and it's afloat charged again. 


  • 9 Pro: Quad camera, Hasselblad partnership
  • 9: Triple camera, Hasselblad partnership
  • 9R: Quad camera

The OnePlus 9 Pro offers a quad rear camera, portion the OnePlus 9 has astatine triple rear camera. Both person the Hasselblad partnership, which involves colour tuning and sensor calibration.

The OnePlus 9's triple camera is made up of a 48-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 50-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with f/2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor.

The OnePlus 9 Pro besides offers a 48-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture but it's a customized Sony IMX789 sensor and it supports optical representation stabilisation (OIS), portion the 9 has a Sony IMX689 sensor and nary OIS. A 50-megapixel ultra wide sensor is besides connected committee the 9 Pro, on with a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, but it besides adds an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture.

In regular acquisition - erstwhile it played bully - the Pro had the amended cameras, but results were truthful inconsistent it wasn't ever great. The colour equilibrium betwixt the ultrawide and superior lenses didn't ever lucifer good astatine all, portion the zoom camera delivered mushy shots lacking successful item adjacent astatine its lowest zoom setting. 

The 2 main cameras connected the OnePlus 9 were overmuch much aligned erstwhile it came to colour reproduction and the 2x integer zoom connected the main camera was much reliable. 

The OnePlus 9R besides has a quad camera, similar the 9 Pro, but it has the aforesaid specs arsenic the OnePlus 8T. That means there's a 48-megapixel main camera, 16-megapixel ultra wide space camera, 5-megapixel macro camera and 2-megapixel monochrome lens.

As mentioned, each 3 OnePlus 9 devices person a punch spread beforehand camera. The 9 and 9 Pro person a 16-megapixel snapper connected the front.



  • 9 Pro: From £829
  • 9: From £629
  • 9R: 39,000 rupees, India only

The OnePlus 9 started astatine £629 successful the UK erstwhile it archetypal launched for the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of retention model. The 12GB of RAM and 256GB of retention exemplary outgo £729 successful the UK, making it much costly than what the OnePlus 8 started astatine erstwhile it archetypal launched, costing $699 successful the US and £599 successful the UK.

The OnePlus 9 Pro started astatine £829 successful the UK for the 8GB RAM and 128GB of retention model, with the 12GB RAM and 256GB retention exemplary costing £929. This excessively is much costly than the 8 Pro, which started astatine $899 successful the US and £799 successful the UK erstwhile it archetypal arrived. 

The OnePlus 9R has lone been disposable successful India. It outgo 39,999 rupees, which is astir £390. 


The OnePlus 9 Pro offers a larger, curved display, adaptable refresh rate, much susceptible camera, metallic framework and waterproofing implicit the regular OnePlus 9. It besides has faster wireless charging support, but you wage rather a spot other for those features compared to the regular OnePlus 9.

When you see the camera show and however galore important features are conscionable arsenic bully connected the regular OnePlus 9, it doesn't look omniscient to walk the extra. At least, not until the institution solves its camera problems. 

The OnePlus 9R is lone disposable successful India, but it offers the aforesaid show and artillery arsenic the regular OnePlus 9. It doesn't person the Hasselblad concern and it has a somewhat little processor, but different it offers immoderate large specs nether its hood for the price.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.

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