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Insane OnePlus 9 Pro 5G charging times put to the test, America's fastest wired or wireless


UPDATE: The charging speeds that we deduced based on the rumors below were just confirmed with actual OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro measurements, and then some. The Verge clocked 43 minutes of 0-100% wireless charging with the OnePlus-supplied 50W charger, and 29 minutes from zero to hero with the 65W brick in the box, both veritable records for a phone you’ll be able to buy on US carriers.

The upcoming OnePlus 9 series is shaping up to be a rather remarkable value, and not only because the phones will feature custom-made cameras developed in partnership with Sony and Hasselblad

To these, we’d have to add the groundbreaking 6.7″ 5Hz-120Hz variable refresh rate display with HDR10+ certification from our Find X3 Pro review that will probably make its way into the OnePlus 9 series as well, if the OnePlus 8 Pro history is any indication.

OnePlus 9 Pro battery charging speeds

Given that the rumor mill is expecting the OnePlus 9 Pro to take most of its hardware cues from the Oppo Find X3 Pro – its brother from another mother – the tip for 50W wireless charging speed is rather surprising, as the X3 Pro can be charged at “only” 30W wirelessly.
The OnePlus 9 Pro has to set itself apart somehow, though, so it’s not hard to imagine that the company may have souped up its charging-sans-cable speeds to record highs, while keeping the fast-enough 65W brick from the 8T intact. 
The Find X3 Pro, however, implements newer software and charging chemistry to achieve even faster fill-ups than its predecessor the X2 Pro that also shipped with ultrafast 65W charging. We measured the jaw-dropping 29 minutes of fast charging getting the X3 Pro’s 4500mAh battery to full from a depleted state, and the company says its 30W wireless charger will do the same for 80 minutes.

While those numbers are already extremely impressive, we can expect the under-half-hour speeds to be replicated on the 9 Pro, while 50W wireless charging support should be able to top the 9 Pro up for a much shorter time. Probably not twice as fast, yet, looking at the 50W wireless abilities of the Mi 10 Ultra that bring its 4500mAh battery to a boil for 40-50 minutes flat, it’s not out of the 9 Pro may be able to achieve the same feat. Certainly at under an hour, which would be breathtaking.

OnePlus 9 Pro charging speeds for the same 4500mAh battery capacity:

  • 29 minutes wired charging with the stock 65W brick in the OnePlus 9 Pro box
  • ~50 minutes wireless charging with a separate OnePlus 50W charger
These numbers would make OnePlus 9 Pro the fastest-charging phone you can buy in the US, and then some. Those speeds are twice faster than what the Galaxy S21 Ultra is offering, and four times faster than the speed you can charge an iPhone 12 Pro Max with, for instance, wired or wireless, ushering in the era where range anxiety with your phone won’t be an issue. After all, you can spend ten minutes to restore half of your OnePlus 9 Pro battery capacity anywhere, can’t you?

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