The OnePlus 9 Pro is likely to be one of the most powerful phones of early next year, but a benchmark suggests that while its chipset probably won’t disappoint, its RAM might, at least slightly.
The listing mentions a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chipset, which isn’t currently used in any phones but is likely to power a large number of Android flagships next year, and is exactly the chipset we expect for the OnePlus 9 range.
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So far so good, but there are some concerns. For one thing, the RAM is only listed as 8GB. That isn’t totally surprising given that the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8T both come in 8GB configurations, but they also both come in 12GB versions, and while the OnePlus 9 Pro surely will as well, it’s arguably about time that became the standard, especially with some phones now offering 16GB.
The other potential issue is the scores achieved by the OnePlus 9 Pro on this benchmark. It has a single-core score of 1,122, which is very good – it beats any current Android device, though still sits below the iPhone 12 range. But its multi-core score of 2,733 is actually lower than a few Android phones, including the OnePlus 8 range.
That said, we wouldn’t worry too much about this, as assuming the benchmark is even genuine (which there’s always a chance it isn’t), it will have been run on non-final hardware. The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro aren’t likely to land until around April, so the company has plenty of time to keep tweaking them.
For what it’s worth, GizmoChina notes that a Weibo user by the name of ‘@肥威’ dug deeper into the benchmark, revealing that the chipset has four cores clocked at 1.80Ghz, three at 2.42GHz, and a prime core clocked at 2.84Ghz.
That speedy prime core is probably responsible for the high single-core result, so we just hope the other cores hold up by the time the phone is finished.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.