It also confirms a partnership with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad – 180-year-old – to improve hardware camera systems – something that has been leaked and previously hinted at.
So far, rumors have indicated the announcement of the OnePlus 9 Pro with a 1440-pixel curved screen, 120 Hz refresh rate, 45-watt fast charging and reverse wireless charging.
OnePlus’ reference to the series product launch appears to confirm the appearance of more than one device later this month.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said in a press release: I am confident that the OnePlus 9 series represents a major leap in our ability to offer a flagship premium camera with the best hardware and computing from OnePlus and the rich aesthetic knowledge from Hasselblad in traditional photography.
OnePlus recently shared a number of space-themed teasers that indirectly refer to a partnership with Hasselblad, who has provided NASA with cameras for use in space for decades, including the Hasselblad 500EL that landed on the moon.
The two companies have agreed a three-year deal to co-develop next-generation smartphone camera systems for future OnePlus flagship devices.
The upcoming OnePlus 9 series devices benefit from advanced color calibration jointly developed by the two companies, and users should expect more accurate and natural colors in photos captured with the OnePlus 9 Pro and beyond.
Given that Hasselblad deals almost exclusively with professional cameras, it might be natural that special attention will be given to the Hasselblad Pro mode.
In addition to typical features such as: direct control of ISO, focus, exposure time, and more, Hasselblad Pro mode also allows users to capture images as RAW files and work with an editing interface inspired by Hasselblad’s Phocus image-processing app.
OnePlus says: The Hasselblad-branded cameras provide improved HDR video recording, as well as support for 4K recording at 120 fps and 8K at 30 fps.
It is widely expected that the OnePlus 9 Pro will ship with four rear cameras, and the company has revealed some new details, so that the main lens of the phone uses the new Sony IMX789 sensor, and the company has also confirmed that its latest ultra-wide lens uses the so-called Freeform lens.