OnePlus has introduced an official launch date for its subsequent telephones: the OnePlus 9 collection might be formally introduced on March 23rd at 10AM ET. It’s additionally confirming a partnership with Swedish digicam maker Hasselblad to enhance the units’ digicam methods — one thing that’s been leaked and hinted at beforehand.
Rumors so far have pointed to the announcement of a OnePlus 9 Professional with curved 1440p 120Hz show, 45W fast charging, and reverse wi-fi charging. OnePlus’ reference to the “series” product launch would appear to verify a couple of gadget debuting later this month. There’s additionally affirmation of 5G, which isn’t stunning on this yr of our lord 2021.
As for the Hasselblad partnership, particulars aren’t tremendous promising. The 2 corporations have agreed to a three-year deal to “co-develop the next generation of smartphone camera systems for future OnePlus flagship devices.” That features the upcoming 9-series units. For a begin, the businesses declare to have tweaked the cameras’ colour copy to look extra pure.
The 9-series will even use a brand new Sony IMX789 sensor and provide 12-bit RAW picture seize, which the Samsung S21 Extremely and iPhone 12 Professional and Professional Max additionally embody. That’s a pleasant step ahead to seize and retain this massive quantity of information, and it’s useful for post-processing.
However a normal RAW file — even one which’s 12-bit — nonetheless misses out on the advantages of computational images that you just’ll take pleasure in taking an everyday JPEG picture with the native digicam app. It might be even higher to supply one thing like Apple’s ProRAW, which mixes the advantages of these computational strategies and RAW picture seize. That doesn’t appear to be what OnePlus is describing right here, however we’ve reached out to ask and can replace this story accordingly.
It’s truthful to deal with this Hasselblad partnership with some skepticism. OnePlus is way from the primary smartphone producer to partner with a legacy camera brand, and outcomes from earlier partnerships haven’t amounted to much. This isn’t even Hasselblad’s first partnership with a telephone producer. The corporate beforehand loaned its name to a MotoMod that was roughly simply an underwhelming point-and-shoot digicam. On this case, at the least, the outcomes of this three way partnership will go into the telephone itself — not on one thing that attaches to it.