This story was originally published 2021/03/08
2:21am PSTon Mar 8, 2021 and last updated 2021/03/15
4:10am PDTon Mar 15, 2021.
The cat is finally out of the bag — well, half out of the bag, shall we say. The OnePlus 9 series will be officially announced on March 23. As expected, the phones will benefit from a new three-year partnership between OnePlus and Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad. And yes, the previously-leaked images of the OnePlus 9 Pro were right on the money.
OnePlus hasn’t revealed a lot about the upcoming phones — in true OnePlus fashion, it’ll build hype by trickling out information leading up to the launch date — but we do know what to expect from the camera experience. The 9 series (and maybe even the rumored 9R) will feature a custom Sony IMX789 sensor with 12-bit RAW support. It’ll also be one of the first smartphones to shoot in [email protected] and the first OnePlus phone to support [email protected] natively.
Hasselblad’s role with respect to the 9 series will be limited to sensor calibration and color tuning. In fact, henceforth, all OnePlus phones will make use of a new color profile — Natural Color Calibration with Hasselblad.
Apart from the supposedly-improved cameras, the OnePlus 9 series is expected to feature flagship specs, including a 120Hz OLED display, Snapdragon 888, up to 12GB of RAM, and 65W fast charging with a charger included in the box.
This time around, we’re expecting to see more than just a pair of smartphones; the rumored 9R/9E and the Watch may also get screentime during the event. If you’re looking to catch the announcement, you can registered here. As always, OnePlus has also opened up applications for The Lab if you’re keen on being one of the first few people to check out the upcoming devices.
OnePlus 9 series colorways
In true OnePlus fashion, we’re getting to know more about the upcoming phones as get closer to the launch. The company now confirms that the 9 Pro’s colorway we saw in the launch teaser will be called the Morning Mist and that the 9 will be available in a lilac-looking colorway called Winter Mist.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) March 15, 2021
These aren’t the only colors we’ll be seeing. Recently leaked renders suggest that we’ll be looking at at least two other colors of both devices, including a sandstone-textured black. You can check them out here.