Wed. Oct 20th, 2021

OnePlus 9 Pro could feature a Hasselblad camera system as shown-off in new leaked images. OnePlus 9 series is rumoured to launch by mid-March but OnePlus is yet to reveal an official date. The timing of this latest leak is interesting as we are just a few weeks away from the purported launch date. Some new real-life images allegedly of the OnePlus 9 Pro prototype have surfaced that indicated the presence of a Hasselblad camera system.

Popular consumer technology YouTuber Dave Lee (Dave2D) posted a video titled “an early look at the OnePlus 9 Pro. I think.” in which he reveals a bunch of images of the upcoming flagship phone. Dave received these images from an anonymous user on his Discord server that seems different from all the leaks so far.

“There were no other photos on the Internet of a OnePlus 9 Pro that had this kind of camera array,” Dave says in the video after having gone through all the previous OnePlus 9 leaks. The new images indicate that OnePlus is working with Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad for the upcoming OnePlus 9 series. This in no way ensures if the photography capabilities offered by the upcoming OnePlus 9 series will improve by leaps and bounds but at least there’s some hope.

The images posted by Dave show off the OnePlus 9 Pro with a curved-screen and a quad-camera setup on the back. The camera module has the Hasselblad branding with two large and small lenses. The display has a punch-hole notch cutout for the selfie camera with the screen having a QHD+ (3120×1440 pixels) resolution and 120Hz high refresh rate. Interestingly, the About Phone page on the phone does not reveals the processor details and interestingly has 11GB RAM with 256GB storage.

The pictures of the camera app also reveal a 3.3x zoom and a tilt-shift mode. Another interesting thing about the phone’s design is that the metal frame is cut around the power button and alert slider which is different from the design of previous OnePlus phones. Usually, the power key and the alert slider are tucked away neatly but this time it looks like either the phone has a thin profile or that the buttons are bigger than normal.

Previous leaks have hinted that OnePlus might collaborate with Leica for improving the cameras on the upcoming OnePlus 9 series. However, the new images point to Hasselblad which has earlier worked with Motorola to design the True Zoom Moto Mod. While the camera mod wasn’t that successful, it remains to be seen what OnePlus and Hasselblad’s collaboration brings out.


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