OnePlus 9R is the 3rd member of the OnePlus 9 family which includes the OnePlus 9 Pro and the regular OnePlus 9 both with the Hasselblad camera promise.The OnePlus 9R does not boast of any such partnership with Hasselblad and hence the price is also reasonable starting from ₹39999.
Yes it is the new OnePlus phone but is it worth buying?The pricing and specifications make the phone look more sensible than the Pro version but just a name doesn’t change a phone.Yes the OnePlus 9R is an upgraded version of the OnePlus8T.I had never expected such a thing from OnePlus.
There are minute differences the most prominent being the colours and the camera module but internal specifications are identical. Let’s have a look at the specifications and then you can decide.
Barring the camera module on the back the OnePlus 9R is identical to the OnePlus 8T.It feels premium and is flatscreened.The front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the frame is aluminium. There is no certification for water or dust resistance. The dimensions of the phone are 161×74.1×8.4mm.It weighs 189g.
OnePlus was written on the back of the OnePlus 8T but it is no more present in the OnePlus 9R. The logo has also been darkened. The camera module is built in the same design as those of the other OnePlus 9 series devices.
As I have said earlier OnePlus delivers perhaps the second best display panels after Samsung. OnePlus 9R is no exception and sports a 6.55″ Fluid Amoled display with maximum 120Hz refresh rate. It supports 2400×1080 resolution and the aspect ratio is 20:9.Yes always on display is also present.
To give you a reminder the display specs are exactly similar to that of the OnePlus 8T.
The OnePlus 9R runs Android 11 out of the box which is topped over by the excellent Oxygen OS latest version. Speaking of OnePlus phones one needs to mention the Oxygen OS and I have done so before.I still believe with its similarities to stock Android and the minimal customisation the company did it was and still is one of the best software skins.But the recent updates are annoying me a little.Bloatwares are increasing. Maximum of them are Google apps but still I loved the cleaner versions more.
Under the hood is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset, obviously 5G supportive. It runs on 7nm technology and has a maximum clock speed of 3.2GHz.The OnePlus 8T runs on Snapdragon 865+.So those of you who may think that this is a huge difference you are mistaken.Except for the maximum clock speed the chipsets are identical. Yes this will affect the benchmark scores and inevitably the OnePlus 9R will score more but the difference is not too much.I can even guarantee most of you won’t realize even a slightest difference in daily use.
The phone comes in two RAM variants of 8GB and 12GB with on board storage of 128GB and 256GB respectively. There is a 8/256GB version also.
No Hasselblad partnership in the OnePlus 9R meaning the problems of the OnePlus 8 series persists.The rear camera module looks similar to that of the OnePlus 9 phones but the lenses are identical to that of the OnePlus 8T.
The rear has a quad camera module with a primary 48MP f/1.7 wide sensor ,PDAF and OIS. It is followed by a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor with 123° field of view, a 5MP f/2.4 macro lens and a 2MP f/2.4 monochrome lens for black and white images. Maximum 4K videos @30/60fps can be captured.
On the front is a punch hole 16MP f/2.2 lens which can shoot videos of [email protected] .
Both front and rear cameras use gyro EIS for video stabilisation.
The fingerprint sensor is under display optical.The response time is very fast. Face unlock is there which does a fine job. The regulation pattern and password unlock retain there place.
Stereo speakers with dolby atmos is present and as you may have expected no 3.5mm audio jack. You can use USB Type C headphones though.
OnePlus 9R is powered by a 4500mAH battery with a whopping 65W fast charging support. Don’t be afraid the charger is provided in the box.The battery and charging capabilities are yet again similar to the OnePlus 8T.
The phone comes in two colour variations- Carbon Black and Lake Blue.
The base model of the OnePlus 9R i.e the 8/128GB version is priced at ₹39,999. OnePlus 9R is available only in India at this moment and there is no speculation of its launching elsewhere. So clearly the company has made the phone for Indian customers only.This is good but I am still worried because it is an upgraded version of the OnePlus 8T. There was no need.
If you don’t have the OnePlus 8T then surely you can go for the OnePlus 9R but if you have one there’s no point in upgrading.
Anyways what are your thoughts?Please let me know in comments.