For a company that promises its customers “Never settle” if they buy its products, OnePlus is happy to embrace the idea of reducing features and specifications to keep prices low. After offering only one smartphone at a time for years, we now have a very clearly layered range with four current models plus previous generations that are still on sale. OnePlus 9R has so far been released only in India and is a direct reaction to the rising prices of OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. So, has the company found a good balance between options and costs and what does this say about the more expensive 9 series? Here’s a quick first look.
OnePlus promises that although OnePlus 9R costing less than its siblings, it offers the same design and still delivers power from a leading class. It is prices starting from Rs. 39 999 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and there is also an option with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage at a price of Rs. 43,999. It will be available in Lake Blue, which has a smooth, glossy finish, and Mirror Black, which has a matte texture.
The front and back are made of Gorning Glass by Corning and you have the feeling that this is a relatively premium phone. The glass on the back is curved on the side, and the corners are also well rounded, which makes this phone comfortable enough in the hand. However, my Lake Lake appliance feels a bit slippery and absorbs quite light stains. Weighing 189 grams and 8.4 mm thick, this phone is quite comfortable to hold and use. However, do not expect an IP rating.
The big shot on the back of the camera has a metallic texture and stands out a bit. Interestingly, with four visible lenses, the OnePlus 9R looks more like a OnePlus 9 Pro (Review) from his closer brother, OnePlus 9 (Review). However, the cameras themselves are not that complicated; you get a 48-megapixel main camera with OIS, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. There is no Hasselblad branding everywhere.
The screen has a diagonal of 6.55 inches diagonally and has a full-HD + resolution with a maximum resolution of 120Hz. There is no mention of HDR. You get a 16-megapixel front camera in a relatively large hole in the upper left corner, plus a fingerprint sensor in the display.
Under the hood OnePlus has gone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC which is a step down from the current flagship Snapdragon 888, but still extremely high class. This should be more than enough to handle the current games and can give this phone an advantage over the previous generation flagships at a discount. OnePlus says it used a sophisticated cooling system with multiple temperature sensors, so we’ll have to see if the back panel heats up during games.
It has a 4500mAh battery, which looks a bit small, but we will fully test the battery life when we review the OnePlus 9R in its entirety. Supports 65W fast charging and a suitable adapter is included in the box. There is no wireless charging, which is unfortunate. You get Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX HD, NFC, multiple navigation systems, haptic vibration and stereo speakers. OnePlus uses UFS 3.1 for faster storage, but no microSD expansion card slot. The warning slider on the right remains a unique touch for the brand, allowing you to quickly switch between sound profiles.
OnePlus continues to develop its OxygenOS user interface for Android 11 and this is one of the biggest selling points of the brand. You’ll find many small touches, including a clean design, personalized navigation gestures, a constantly on display, a privacy balance mode, and many customization options.
In terms of pricing, OnePlus has probably found a balance that many fans of the brand will be willing to pay. Interestingly, the OnePlus 8T remains on sale for Rs for now. 3000 more for the same options. There are some other interesting options, such as the new one I live the X60 series,, Oppo Reno 5 series,, Mi 10T seriesand some of Samsung’s older S-Series models. The value of the OnePlus 9R will depend on its performance, camera quality, software and ease of use, which we’ll cover in detail in our full review, so stay tuned for Gadgets 360.