As seen in various leaks over the last few months, the new OnePlus 9 series includes three devices – the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro, and the OnePlus 9R. While the OnePlus nine and OnePlus 9 Pro are global devices available in all regions where OnePlus has a presence, the OnePlus 9R is limited to the Indian market. The Morning Mist finish, which we saw in various leaks over the last few months, shimmers from silver to black; the Pine Green variant offers a double-layer matte finish that gives the device a softer feel. The Stellar Black variant has a frosted matte glass that resembles the classic OnePlus Sandstone finish. The Winter Mist variant has a gradient refraction effect that lights up the device in different shades of purple, the Arctic Sky variant has a cool blue finish with a matte glass, and the Astral Black finish has a glossy glass on top of a matte black film that offers a minimal look.
The OnePlus 9 Pro also comes in three nature-inspired color options – Morning Mist, Pine Green, and Stellar Black. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max features excellent specs across the board, from its 120Hz display to its 108MP main camera. Perhaps this is something Xiaomi will eventually roll out to Redmi devices, but it seems unfair to have software features like these but withhold them from users with cheaper handsets. Unlike the OnePlus eight series devices, the latest OnePlus flagships feature rectangular camera islands in the top left corner of the back panel. The home screen supports having a Google Discover panel on the far left with the option for a drawer to show the app launcher. Once again, the official IP rating has been left out.
Both phones have a curved back that merges seamlessly with the slim frame, but the OnePlus nine features a flat display while the OnePlus 9 Pro packs a curved one. On the other hand, the Pro variant packs a quad-camera setup with a dual-LED flash and Hasselblad branding. On the OnePlus 9, the camera module houses a triple camera setup with a dual-LED flash and Hasselblad branding. The devices look pretty much like the OnePlus eight series, except for the new camera module and the back panel finishes. The OnePlus 9 series follows the same Burdenless Design philosophy as a couple of older OnePlus devices but with a few refinements. The ultra-wide-angle camera doesn’t offer the same kind of quality, but you can capture a very wide field of view which could help when shooting tricky compositions.