For a corporation that assures its customers that they can “Never Settle” if they purchase its products, OnePlus has been able to accept the concept of reducing features and configurations in order to keep costs down. After years of only selling one handset at a time, we now have a very distinctly stratified lineup of four new models and older models still available. The OnePlus 9R is currently only available in India and is a direct response to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro’s rising prices. So, has the business struck a reasonable balance between performance and price, and what does this mean for the more expensive 9 series? Here’s a short overview.
OnePlus claims that, despite the fact that the OnePlus 9R is less expensive than its siblings, it has the same architecture and offers flagship-class performance. It has an entry price of Rs. 39,999 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and a higher price of Rs. 43,999 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Lake Blue, which has a sleek, shiny finish, and Carbon Black, which has a frosted texture, will be available.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass covers the front and back, giving the impression that this is a higher-end handset. The back glass is angled on the edges, and the corners are also neatly squared, making this phone easy to hold. My Lake Blue machine, on the other hand, feels a little slick and quickly gathers up smudges. This handset is very easy to grip and use, weighing 189g and measuring 8.4mm in thickness. However, don’t hold your breath for an IP ranking.
The big camera hump on the back of the phone has a shiny finish and protrudes slightly. With four visible lenses, the OnePlus 9R resembles the OnePlus 9 Pro (Review) rather than its younger sister, the OnePlus 9 (Review) (Review). The cameras themselves aren’t nearly as advanced, with 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 are no Hasselblad logos to be seen.
The computer is 6.55 inches diagonally and has a full-HD+ display with a top resolution of 120 frames per second. HDR isn’t mentioned at all. A 16-megapixel front camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor are housed in a comparatively wide hole in the upper left corner.
OnePlus has chosen Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC as its processor, which is a step down from the recent flagship Snapdragon 888 but still really high-end. This could be more than enough for today’s sports, and it might give this phone an advantage over cheaper previous-generation flagships. We’ll have to see how the back panel gets hot when gaming, as OnePlus claims it has used an elaborate cooling mechanism with various temperature sensors.
The 4500mAh battery seems to be on the small side, but we’ll put it to the test when we analyse the OnePlus 9R. It supports 65W rapid charging and comes with a matching adapter in the pack. Wireless charging is not available, which is unfortunate. Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX HD, NFC, various navigation systems, haptic vibration, and stereo speakers are among the features. For quicker backup, OnePlus has used UFS 3.1, but there is no microSD card port. The Warning Slider on the right, which allows you to easily swap between sound profiles, is also a special touch for the company.
OnePlus’ OxygenOS UI for Android 11 is still being developed, and it’s one of the company’s biggest selling points. A crisp interface, custom navigation movements, an always-on monitor, a work-life balance mode, and plenty of customisation opportunities are among the many features.
In terms of cost, OnePlus is likely to have struck a happy medium that many OnePlus fans would be able to pay for. It’s worth noting that the OnePlus 8T is still available for Rs. 3,000 more for the same configurations. Other interesting options include the recent Vivo X60 series, Oppo Reno 5 series, Xiaomi Mi 10T series, and some older Samsung S-series models. The importance of the OnePlus 9R will be determined by its performance, camera quality, features, and ease of use, all of which we will discuss in depth in our full review, so stay tuned to Gadgets 360.