OnePlus has officially announced that the OnePlus 9 series will arrive at the end of March. Here’s everything the company has confirmed so far.
In a large simultaneous news dump, OnePlus has confirmed the existence of the OnePlus 9 series and its long-awaited association with Hasselblad. The OnePlus 9 family of Android phones has been reported numerous times in various leaks / rumors, and as part of the OnePlus “Moonshot” announcement on March 8, the company confirmed some initial details ahead of the phones launch.
OnePlus generated a lot of hype around this Moonshot announcement, leading many people to believe that March 8 is when the new hardware will be unveiled. However, in typical OnePlus fashion, all that buildup was to make an announcement for an announcement. While that makes today’s news a bit less exciting, there is still a great deal of new information to go over.
The first is the first, Oneplus has confirmed that the “OnePlus 9 Series” will be officially released on March 23rd. While exact model names are not mentioned, this lines up with rumors that OnePlus has multiple OnePlus 9 variants in the works, with current rumors suggesting that there will be a OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and a budget. focused OnePlus 9R. Similar to what OnePlus did last year with the OnePlus 8T, it is bringing back The Lab program in which members of the OnePlus community can request the opportunity to review the OnePlus 9. Chosen members can try the OnePlus 9 sooner. anyone else and keep the phone, but in return they are expected to provide an in-depth review of the OnePlus forums. Applications are open right now on the OnePlus website, with OnePlus selecting participants based on their photography skills.
OnePlus confirms its partnership with Hasselblad
That fits very well with the other big announcement OnePlus made: your partnership with legendary camera brand Hasselblad. OnePlus will work with Hasselblad for the next three years to “Co-developing future generations of OnePlus flagship smartphone camera systems.” OnePlus says it has already been working with Hasselblad’s R&D team for months in an effort to “Reimagine and redefine the approach to color accuracy in OnePlus smartphones.” That’s a lot of marketing hyperbole, but OnePlus has started laying out some details of what users can expect from this whole partnership. Starting with the OnePlus 9 series, OnePlus promises more natural and realistic colors, a panoramic camera sensor with a 140-degree FoV, a free-form lens that aims to eliminate edge distortion on the ultra-wide camera, and T- lens technology that will allow faster autofocus for the front camera. Add that together with shooting in 12-bit RAW, “improved” HDR video recording and support for 4K at 120fps and 8K at 30fps, and OnePlus is painting an impressive picture ahead of the OnePlus 9 launch.
This all sounds really exciting to anyone who’s been hoping OnePlus would take photography seriously, but even with today’s news in mind, there’s still no way to know for sure if this partnership will pay off. Until people actually get their hands on the OnePlus 9 and can use the camera themselves, this is all just a marketing hype. It appears that OnePlus is doing legitimate work to make this partnership with Hasselblad as meaningful as possible, and with March 23 on the horizon, there isn’t much more to wait to know for sure how it will play out.
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