OnePlus 9 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro / Pro Max: Can OnePlus one-up Apple?

The wait is finally over. The latest true-blue flagship from the house of OnePlus is here. And from the looks of it, the OnePlus 9 Pro appears to be a winner, not solely based on the price-performance ratio, but also the upgrades it brings to the table, some of which happen to be at the top of the food chain. For example, you get blazing-fast 50W wireless charging, and a 65W charger in the retail package.

There is a ton to talk about, and it is clear what OnePlus is aiming for – the crown itself. In its path to glory is the iPhone 12 Pro duo, which has already established a solid reputation. Let’s check out how the two phones compared against each other in this OnePlus 9 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro / Pro Max comparison:

OnePlus 9 Pro iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
Display Size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3216
Pixel Density: 525 ppi
Refresh Rate: Smart 120Hz
Aspect Ratio: 20.1:9
Type: AMOLED with LTPO
sRGB, Display P3, 10-bit color
Corning Gorilla Glass
iPhone 12 Pro
6.1-inch OLED
2532×1170 pixels
460 ppi pixel densityiPhone 12 Pro Max
6.7-inch OLED
2778×1284 pixels
458ppi Pixel Density
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 A14 Bionic
RAM 8/12GB LPDDR5
Storage 128/256 GB UFS3.1 128/256/512 GB
Rear Cameras Main Camera
Sensor: Sony IMX789
Sensor Size: 1/1.43-inch
Megapixels: 48
Lens Quantity: 7P
OIS: Yes
EIS: Yes
Aperture: f/1.8Ultra-wide-angle camera
Sensor: IMX766
Sensor Size: 1/1.56-inch
Megapixels: 50
Lens Quantity: 7P
Aperture: f/2.2 Lens

Telephoto camera
Megapixels: 8MP
Pixel Size: 1.0 μm
Aperture: f/2.4
3x optical and 30x digital zoom

Macro camera
2MP

12MP Ultra Wide
ƒ/2.4 aperture
120° field of view12MP Wide camera
ƒ/1.6 aperture
OIS

12MP telephoto (iPhone 12 Pro)
ƒ/2.0
2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out & 4x optical zoom range
10x digital zoom
OIS

12MP telephoto (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
ƒ/2.2 aperture
2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out & 5x optical zoom range
12x digital zoom range
Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization

Front Camera Sensor: Sony IMX471
Megapixels: 16
Pixel Size: 1.0 μm
EIS: Yes
Autofocus: Fixed Focus
Aperture: f/2.4
12MP camera
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Battery 4500 mAh
Warp Charge 65T (10V/6.5A)
Warp Charge 50 Wireless (Input: 10V/6.5A, 20V/3.25A,
Output: 50W max)
Capacity unspecified
20W wired fast charging
MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W
Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W
Dimensions 163.2×73.6×8.7 mm iPhone 12 Pro
146.7×71.5×7.4 mmiPhone 12 Pro Max
160.8×78.1×7.4mm
Weight 197g grams 189 grams (iPhone 12 Pro)
228 grams (iPhone 12 Pro Max)

OnePlus 9 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro / Pro Max:  Design

An amalgam of glass and metal – this is what you get on both phones. OnePlus goes for gentler curves and a sloping screen, ensuring a more comfortable fit in your hands. The iPhone 12 Pro pair, on the other hand, opts for flat sides made from surgical-grade steel and a flat panel.

You may or may not like the curved display on the OnePlus offering, but it does look clean with those slim bezels and a clean screen profile. The iPhone 12 Pro and its Max sibling also have thin bezels, but that huge notch at the top is an eye-sore.

POCKETNOW ADVISORY: Whichever device you end up picking among the OnePlus 9 and Galaxy S21, we strongly advise putting a case on it, unless you like scratches ruining the look of your phone or costing you hundreds of dollars for a screen replacement. To save you the hassle, we’ve rounded up this great list of the best iPhone 12 Pro as well as the best cheap cases for 12 Pro Max, and will soon share a similar one for the OnePlus 9 Pro too.

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Coming to the color options, OnePlus 9 Pro will let you choose between three colors – Morning Mist with a glossy mirror finish, Pine Green with a dual-layer matte texture, and Stellar Black rocking a frosted matte glass texture. The iPhone 12 Pro and its Max variant are up for grabs in Silver, Graphite, Gold and Pacific Blue trims – all of which rock a matte finish.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro / Pro Max: Display

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes armed with a curved 6.7-inch QHD+ (3216×1440 pixels) display that translates to a pixel density of 525 PPI. The 6.1-inch display of the iPhone 12 Pro (2532×1170 pixels) offers a pixel density of 460 PPI, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 6.7-inch screen (2778×1284 pixels) display results in a pixel density of 458 PPI. The peak brightness output of the OnePlus 9 Pro’s AMOLED display is slightly higher at 1,300 nits, while the iPhone 12 Pro pair’s OLED panel maxes out at 1,200 nits.

OnePlus has raced ahead to a 120Hz panel, while Apple’s best are still on 60Hz

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However, one area where the OnePlus 9 Pro leaves the iPhone 12 Pro duo far behind is the screen refresh rate. While the Apple devices are still stuck with a 60Hz screen, the OnePlus offering packs a 120Hz LTPO panel that can vary the refresh rate value between 1Hz and 120Hz depending on the content you’re watching on it. For example, while reading something, the refresh rate drops to 1Hz, watching movies will have it operating at 24Hz, and goes higher while gaming. Needless to say, this this approach saves battery life.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro / Pro Max: Internals

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The OnePlus 9 Pro relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, which is currently the most powerful SoC you can find inside an Android phone. It is paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max draw power from the A14 Bionic chip that is blazing fast too, but as usual, we don’t know the amount of RAM fitted inside the phone. However, you get to choose between the storage variants – 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

iPhone 12 Pro feels like a snail compared to the fast charging speeds of OnePlus 9 Pro

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But one department where the OnePlus leaves iPhone 12 Pro and its Max sibling far behind is charging capability. OnePlus 9 Pro supports 65W wired fast charging, which can fill the battery from 0-100% in just 29 minutes. Plus, you also get support for an insane 50W wireless charging that will fill the battery completely in just 43 minutes. And oh, OnePlus bundles the 65W charger in the retail box.

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The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have their wired charging capability capped at 20W, while MagSafe charging taps out at 15W. However, if you’re using a third-party Qi wireless charger, the output drops even lower to 7.5W. If you’re using a 20W charger – that Apple sells separately – you can get up to 50% charge in 30 minutes. And just in case you’re not aware, Apple doesn’t offer a charger in the retail package of iPhone 12 Pro and its Max version.

Cameras

Now, this is one area where OnePlus 9 Pro takes the lead in hardware department, while iPhone 12 Pro reigns supreme in the hardware department. The basic camera lens setup (wide + ultra-wide + telephoto) is shared across both phones, but the OnePlus 9 Pro also adds a monochrome camera to the mix, and its ultra-wide camera also doubles as a macro shooter with a 4cm range.

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Let’s talk hardware now. The OnePlus 9 Pro features a 48MP main snapper with the custom Sony IMX789 sensor that can capture 4K videos at an impressive 120fps and 8K videos at 30fps. Plus, it also supports 12-bit capture. There is a massive 50MP ultra-wide-angle snapper backed by the Sony IMX766 sensor and employs a Freeform lens that reduces distortion to as low as 1 percent.

OnePlus wins at camera hardware, iPhone 12 Pro pair reigns supreme when it comes to features

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You also get an optically-stabilized 8MP telephoto camera (3.3x optical and 30x digital zoom) and a 2MP monochrome camera. Selfie and video calling duties are handled by a 16MP front camera. The OnePlus phone allows 12-bit image capture, which is something photography aficionados will definitely appreciate.

OPPO Find X3 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Max

Coming to the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, they feature a trio of 12MP sensors for wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto photography. A key difference between the two phones is that the iPhone 12 Pro Max employs a better wide-angle camera, a longer-range telephoto lens, and superior sensor-shift image stabilization technology. Both the phones have a 12MP front camera. But it’s the capabilities of these cameras where the iPhone 12 Pro gets an upper hand.

OnePlus 9 Pro iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max
Nightscape, Super Macro,
UltraShot HDR, Smart Scene
Recognition, Portrait mode, Pro
mode, Panorama, Tilt-shift mode,
Focus Peaking, Cat/Dog Face
Focus, Raw file, Filters, Super
Stable, Video Nightscape, Video
HDR, Video Portrait, Focus
Tracking, Timelapse, Hyperlapse8K video at 30fps
4K video at 30/60/120fps
Super Slow Motion: 720p video at
480fps, 1080p video at 240fpsTime-Lapse: 1080p at 30fps, 4K at
30fps
Night mode portraits, Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control. Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key Mono)
Panorama (up to 63MP)
Night mode (Ultra Wide, Wide)
Deep Fusion (Ultra Wide, Wide, Telephoto)
Smart HDR 3
Apple ProRAW
Wide color capture for photos and Live PhotosHDR video with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps
4K video at 24/25/30/60 fps
1080p HD video at 25/30/60 fps
720p HD video at 30 fps
Slo-mo video for 1080p at 120/240 fps

The iPhone 12 Pro duo allows you to capture HDR videos with Dolby Vision at up to 60fps. Plus, you can watch edit them natively on your phone itself. A few other impressive tricks are Night mode Time-Lapse capture, Night mode Portrait shots, and support for a new image format called Apple ProRAW.

The latter combines the benefits of RAW capture with computational photography techniques such as Deep Fusion and Smart HDR 3. Even the front camera can capture 4K videos at 60fps and supports Dolby Vision HDR video recording at 30fps. And oh, the selfie camera also gets support for Night Mode and the proprietary Deep Fusion tech as well.

Pricing

The OnePlus 9 Pro costs $969 the base variant with 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. For the iPhone 12 Pro, you have to shell out a minimum $999. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have you spending north of $1,099 starting with the base 128GB storage variant.


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I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years now, having worked with names such as NDTV and Beebom in the past. Aside from covering the latest news, I’ve reviewed my fair share of devices ranging from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I also have interviewed tech execs and appeared as a host in YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets out there.