Major OnePlus 9 Pro 5G hands-on leak reveals Hasselblad camera partnership

Major OnePlus 9 Pro 5G hands-on leak reveals Hasselblad camera partnership
Leaked OnePlus 9 Pro 5G prototype unit

Around two months after PhoneArena showed you exclusive hands-on photos of the vanilla OnePlus 9, YouTuber Dave2D has obtained live images of a prototype OnePlus 9 Pro.

The OnePlus 9 Pro will have Hasselblad-branded cameras

Falling in line with earlier leaks, the hands-on photos of the OnePlus 9 Pro show off an updated camera design that houses the main sensor, an ultra-wide alternative, and two other snappers.

One of these seems to be a telephoto camera that supports 3.3x optical zoom, although that weird number could be down to early software and the final product might use a 3x lens. The fourth camera is a bit more mysterious — it might be either a depth sensor, a macro camera, or another color filter. 

The camera layout is completed by an LED flash and what appears to be a laser autofocus system. Perhaps the most interesting detail with regards to the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G’s camera module is the branding, though.

Nokia and Sony have partnered up with ZEISS on their cameras in the past and Huawei has had a deal with Leica for quite some time. OnePlus, it turns out, is developing its next-generation smartphone cameras with Hasselblad.

The partnership has been confirmed by tipsters Max Jambor and Max Weinbach, who both seem enthusiastic about it, but whether there's a significant bump in camera output quality that puts OnePlus on par with Samsung and others will remain to be seen.

OnePlus has confirmed that it’s investing heavily in mobile photography, but the ZEISS and Leica pacts of the past have been rather lackluster.

There's a 120Hz curved-edge punch-hole display too

Turning the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G prototype over reveals a curved-edge display with the usual affair — that's slim bezels, a thicker chin, and a small punch hole in the top-left corner for the selfie camera.

Per the leaked photos, the included display supports a Quad-HD+ resolution and runs at 120Hz as standard, but there is a basic 60Hz refresh rate option for those of you looking to extend battery life as much as possible.

Speaking of battery life, previously leaked information has confirmed that OnePlus’ next flagship will support 45W wireless charging and 65W wired charging. Unfortunately, there's no word on the battery cell's capacity yet. 

Specs-wise, the prototype OnePlus 9 Pro unit rocks 256GB of internal storage coupled with 11GB of RAM per the Settings app. That’s likely down to the pre-release software, though, and the real number could be 12GB.

As for the chipset, OnePlus has confirmed that it’ll soon be launching at least one phone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 on board and the OnePlus 9 Pro is almost certainly that device.

All of this is coupled with an updated frame that continues to house the all-important Alert Slider but seems thinner than usual. Just like the OnePlus 9 Pro, the 2021 flagship is set to offer an IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

OnePlus 9 Pro announcement, release date, price

The premium OnePlus 9 Pro is scheduled to be announced at some point next month. It'll be accompanied by the standard OnePlus 9, which's also powered by the Snapdragon 888, and the affordable OnePlus 9E flagship, which should use the new Snapdragon 870

Shipments are likely to start shortly after the unveiling event in Europe. In the United States, a similar launch timeline is expected, although the flagship should be available both unlocked and at T-Mobile. Whether OnePlus and Verizon are extending their partnership is unclear. 

Little is known about the price, but an $899 starting price seems about right.

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