pocketnow oneplus 9 pro vs oneplus 8 pro

The new OnePlus flagship for 2021 is here. It sports better cameras, a Smart 120Hz refresh rate, faster charging and more. Hence, we compare it to 2020’s Pro flagship device. Here is a  OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro comparison to make sure you spend your money on the right device.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro: Specs

OnePlus 9 Pro OnePlus 8 Pro
Display 6.7” AMOLED with LTPO
1440 x 3216 at 525 ppi
Smart 120 Hz
sRGB, Display P3, 10-bit
color depth
6.78″ QHD+ Fluid AMOLED
(3168 x 1440 pixels)
HDR10+ support,
513PPI pixel density
120Hz refresh rate,
19.8:9 aspect ratio
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 865
Storage 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 128GB / 256GB
Cameras Rear: 48MP Sony IMX789 7P lens, OIS, EIS
50MP ultra-wide Sony IMX766
8MP telephoto
2MP monochrome

Front: 16MP Sony IMX471

Rear: 48MP Sony IMX689 sensor
48MP ultra-wide
8MP telephoto
5MP color filter camera

Front: 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor

Battery 4,500mAh
Warp Charge 65T
Warp Charge 50 Wireless
4510 mAh
Warp Charge 30 Wireless
Warp Charge 30T
Reverse charging
Weight 197 grams 199 grams
IP Rating IP68 IP68

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro

Design and Display

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes in three color options of Morning Mist, Forest Green and Steller Black. It weighs just under 200 grams at 197 grams. The device features a 6.7-inch AMOLED LTPO display that has a 1440 x 3216 pixel resolution at 525 PPI. The 20.1:9 aspect ratio screen lies under the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass. It supports sRGB, Display P3, and 10-bit color depth. You also get a Smart 120Hz refresh rate that can go down to 1Hz when needed.

By contrast, the OnePlus 8 Pro packs a 6.78-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display that comes with a 3168 x 1440 QHD+ resolution at 513 PPI and 19.8:9 aspect ratio. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate,. You also get support for sRGN, 10-bit color gamut, and Display P3. Further, the display is protected by 3D Corning Gorilla Glass.

OnePlus 9 Pro

Hardware and Battery

The OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC. It ticks alongside 8GB/12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You get an in-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone packs a dual-cell 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging tech (Warp Charge 65T). It also comes with support for 50W wireless charging! You get dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support.

The OnePlus 8 Pro, on the other hand, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, paired with the x55 5G modem and Adreno 650 GPU. It is equipped with 8GB / 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB / 256GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage. The smartphone packs a 4,510mAh battery that supports Warp Charge 30T as well as Warp Charge 30 wireless as opposed to 65W fast charging on the 9 Pro. You get dual stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, Noise cancellation support Audio 3D and Audio Zoom as well.

OnePlus 8 Pro camera


The OnePlus 9 Pro sports a quad rear camera setup that is led by a 48MP Sony IMX789 sensor with 7P lens, which supports OIS and EIS. It is accompanied by a 50MP Sony IMX766 7P Freeform lens. There is also an 8MP telephoto camera and a 2MP monochrome sensor. The smartphone can record 8K videos at 30fps and 4K at 30/60/120 FPS. Plus, there is a new Hasselblad camera mode instead of RAW mode.

The OnePlus 8 Pro (review) sports a quad rear camera setup: a 48MP Sony IMX689 sensor with OIS, EIS, 7P lens, 1.12 μm pixel size, and an f/1.7 aperture + an 8MP telephoto lens with OIS, 3X optical zoom, 30X digital zoom, and f/2.44 aperture + a 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 119.7-degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture + a 5MP color filter camera with an f/2.4 aperture. It can capture 4K video at 30/60 fps, 1080p video at 30/60 fps. On the front lies the same fixed-focus 16MP Sony IMX471 selfie shooter.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro: Price

With the OnePlus 9 Pro, the company is crossing the $1000-mark for the first time. The base variant costs $969, whereas the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model will set you back at $1069. The OnePlus 8 Pro was launched at an starting price of $899 but you can grab one right now for $699.

I’ve been associated with the tech industry since 2014 when I built my first blog. I’ve worked with Digit, one of India’s largest tech publications. As of now, I’m working as a News Editor at Pocketnow, where I get paid to use and write about cutting-edge tech. You can reach out to me at [email protected]

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