OnePlus today officially unveiled its flagship smartphones OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The real highlight of both models was the Hassleblad camera – made under the supervision of the specialists of the Swedish company. However, there are plenty of other innovations.
OnePlus 9 in terms of design is noticeably different from the models OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 8 – the vertical camera has been replaced with a block shifted to the left, similar to some Honor and Samsung models. The OnePlus 9 has a curved display with a metal frame, while the OnePlus 9 has a flat screen with a carbon fiber reinforced polymer frame. The coating on it creates a feeling of metal, but this is just a feeling, not real metal.
The younger model has a 6.55-inch AMOLED flat screen with Full HD + resolution with a frame rate of 120 Hz. The older model has a screen not only larger – 6.7 inches, but also with a higher QHD + resolution. This panel is manufactured using LTPO technology and supports frame rate adjustment in the range from 1 to 120 Hz. Both smartphones support HDR10 +.
Both OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. LPDDR5 RAM – 8 or 12 GB, UFS 3.1 flash memory – 128 or 256 GB. There is no SSD like in the Black Shark 4 presented today.
The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro support dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and Wi-Fi 6, and are equipped with stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. The operating system is Android 11 with OxygenOS 11. The smartphones are backed by a two-year warranty, two major Android updates (Android 12 and Android 13) and three years of security updates.
Both models are equipped with 4500 mAh batteries with support for Warp Charge 65T fast charging with a capacity of 65 W. The real surprise was the support for wireless charging in the basic OnePlus 9 (in the European and US versions) – according to rumors, such a system should have been only in the OnePlus 9 Pro. The wireless charging power of the OnePlus 9 is 15W, the OnePlus 9 Pro is 50W.
And now about the cameras – in comparison with their predecessors, they really have become better. Needless to say, the OnePlus 9 Pro has the best set of sensors and lenses.
The main module of the main camera of this model is represented by a 48 megapixel Sony IMX789 sensor and an F / 1.8 aperture lens with optical stabilization. This module can capture RAW images with 12-bit color representation and record 4K video at 120 fps or 8K at 30 fps.
The second module is represented by a Sony IMX766 sensor with a resolution of 50 MP optical format 1 / 1.56 inches and an ultra-wide-angle FreeForm lens – photos taken with it should do without distortion at the edges of the frame. Unusually, the same module is responsible for shooting in macro mode. True, the focusing distance is too big here – 4 cm.
There is no periscope module, but there is an 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens providing 3.3x optical zoom and 30x hybrid zoom. Of course, this module provides optical stabilization. And finally, the fourth module is a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, which, in conjunction with the main module, allows you to take high-quality black and white photos.
The camera app also came with some innovations. For example, there is a Hasselblad Pro mode that mirrors the Hasselbald camera interface. There is also a special Nightscape night mode.
The OnePlus 9 camera is simpler. The module with optical zoom is excluded from the design, and instead of the latest Sony IMX789 sensor, a simpler module is used – Sony IMX689, but also 48-megapixel, with support for 12 bit RAW and optical stabilization. But this camera no longer supports 4K video recording at 120 fps, the maximum is 60 fps.
As for the front cameras, both use 16MP HDR-capable sensors.
Pre-orders for the OnePlus 9 will start on March 26, with real sales starting on April 2. The prices have already been announced, and immediately for the markets of the USA, Europe and India. We are interested in European ones. The base OnePlus 9 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash is priced at 700 euros in Europe, the version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash is 800 euros. OnePlus 9 Pro with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory is priced at 900 euros, and for the top-end OnePlus 9 Pro with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory they ask for exactly 1000 euros.
Xiaomi is preparing a super-cheap Redmi A1 smartphone, and it will be a global model
Xiaomi will launch a very affordable smartphone under the Redmi brand. The novelty will be called Redmi A1, and it has already appeared in the databases of various regulators and industry groups (IMEI, FCC, TUV Rheinland), as well as in the Geekbench 5 database. Thanks to this, there are already some technical details about the device.
Redmi A1 has part numbers 220733SL, 220733SG and 220733SPI – these nomenclature differences indicate that the device will be sold in different countries and regions. Based on Geekbench data, the Redmi A1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 SoC with a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and runs Android 12. According to the FCC database, the Redmi A1 is 164.67mm long and 75mm wide. .56 mm.
There is speculation that Redmi A1 will be released under another Xiaomi brand – Poco. It’s just not yet clear when the official premiere of the novelty will take place.
Folding smartphone Xiaomi Mix Fold has fallen in price in China to the level of Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Xiaomi has launched the next generation of its foldable smartphone, the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2. Pre-orders have already begun to be accepted in China. Meanwhile, the first generation of Xiaomi Mix Fold has fallen in price to a record level.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is priced starting at $1,335. The first generation is now available in China for $1,038 with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. For so much, the device is now offered on the JD.com site. At the same price, you can buy a flagship, but standard Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone in the maximum configuration.
Recall, Xiaomi Mix Fold debuted in the spring of 2021. Features include an 8.01-inch 2480 x 1860 pixel flexible AMOLED panel, a 6.52-inch 2520 x 840-pixel AMOLED external screen, a triple rear camera (108, 13 and 8 MP), Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash memory, NFC, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, two rechargeable batteries with a total capacity of 5020 mAh with support for 67 W charging.
Still, this is not the reason for the rise in price: the iPhone 14 Pro will receive at least 128 GB of permanent memory, despite the price increase
The network has new data about future models of the iPhone 14 Pro. It is reported that the new items will receive in the minimum configuration only 128 GB of permanent memory, although earlier it was said about a minimum of 256 GB. However, prices will be higher.
Haitong International analyst Jeff Pu suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max models will still have the same storage capacity as the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max. That is, we are talking about options for 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB.
Apple plans to assemble 91 million iPhone 14s in the second half of 2022, which is more than the iPhone 13 assembly in the same period last year. Then the company was able to collect 84 million pieces.
And Ming-Chi Kuo said that the iPhone 14 Pro models will be more expensive. The iPhone 14 Pro is rumored to be priced at $1,099 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will cost $1,199, although this has yet to be officially confirmed.
As for the older models of smartphones, they are credited with cutouts instead of “monobrows”, A16 processors and a new purple color. Perhaps the increase in prices will be affected just by the use of a more powerful and expensive processor, as well as RAM.
Apple augmented reality glasses are expected to appear in 2024. Jeff Pu believes that they will appear at the end of 2024.
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