The OnePlus 9R is one of the more affordable OnePlus models. Unfortunately, getting your hand on one may be harder than you think, at least for now…
OnePlus 9R: Release Date
The OnePlus 9R is the cheapest of the OnePlus 9 series and is due to be released on April 14th. The catch? It will only be available in India, meaning the rest of us will either have to find a workaround or wait and see if they eventually release it elsewhere, if you want to get your hands on one. If you can’t wait to see if that happens, you can pick up a device from the OnePlus Nord range, or even the OnePlus 8T, which has a fair bit in common with the new OnePlus 9R.
As we stated above, the OnePlus 9R will only be available in India initially, with a price tag of Rs 40,000 (roughly $550 / £400 / AU$725) for the base version (8GB RAM and 128GB storage). If you want a little more, you can get a OnePlus 9R with additional RAM and storage for Rs 44,000 (around $600 / £440 / AU$800). This will net you 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Design, Display, and Camera
The OnePlus 9R, like the others in the OnePlus 9 range, brings nothing to the table to revolutionize the smartphone market in terms of design. It has a gorilla glass back, a metal frame, and a punch-hole camera at the top-left corner. Like we’ve seen with many recent mobile devices, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack. Size-wise, it’s 161 x 74.1 x 8.4mm x 189g and is available in two colors – Lake Blue and Carbon Black. If you’re after any degree of waterproofing, you’ll need to purchase one of the other two in the OnePlus 9 range. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether that’s a deal-breaker!
The screen is 6.55-inch 1080 x 2400 Fluid AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and 402 pixels per inch. If that sounds familiar, it’s because those are the same screen specs as the standard OnePlus 9. Bargain!
The main camera on the OnePlus 9 is a quad-lens snapper, 48MP f/1.7. It also boasts a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP monochrome sensor. Video quality is 4K, 1080p in slow-motion, and can also be filmed with the 16MP camera on the front.
So what does this mean? Well, although the OnePlus 9R was not available for testing, we can assume it will perform in a similar way to the OnePlus 8T, or the OnePlus 9 standard, which both performs to a satisfactory level, but struggle a little in low light and can occasionally produce muddy images.
Performance and Battery
The OnePlus 9R runs on the Snapdragon 870 chipset, which is not bad by any means, but not up to the standards of the rest of the OnePlus range, which runs on the Snapdragon 888. This may not come as a surprise, as this is the most affordable of the three models. If you’re wondering how the Snapdragon 870 chipset performs, it is similar to the MotoG100.
According to AnTuTu benchmarking test, the Snapdragon 870 chip scored 679860, which puts it nearly in line with the Snapdragon 865+ and 888.
The OnePlus 9R supports 5G, which is great news. Although, as it is initially available only in India, 5G is not known to be widely supported there. It runs on Android 11, the same as the rest of the OnePlus 9 series, and does not have a micro SD slot to support additional storage, which also seems to be becoming more standard in recent mobile devices entering the market.
The battery on the OnePlus 9R is stated to charge from 0% to 100% in 39 minutes, but it does not support the super-fast wireless charging that we see in the other OnePlus 9 models. The battery is 4,500mAh with 65W charging.
From what we can tell so far, the OnePlus 9R is shaping up to be a device to keep your eye on. Once it releases, and we start to see some user reviews trickle in from India, we should have a better idea of how it stacks up against the other two devices in the OnePlus 9 range. It looks to be a fairly good device for the price tag, although the lack of waterproofing, Snapdragon 888, and the MicroSD slot are certain things to take into consideration if you are to get the chance to purchase one for yourself. Check back for more information when the device is officially launched!