OnePlus 9R Review: OnePlus 9R Price in India is 39,999 as of 21st April 2021. Read the full review to know detailed OnePlus 9R specs and read our Verdict.
OnePlus developed its brand name around “flagship killers” offering almost all of the flagship-class phones’ features and specifications at half the price or less. In recent years, flagships at rates of Rs. 1, 00,000 are regularly introduced, and OnePlus has held a rate with the initial prices of Rs. 49,999 and Rs. 64,999. The latest OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro were launched, making them genuinely top level. The OnePlus 9R responds to rising prices and attempts to meet those who are looking for something new in contrast to the OnePlus 9 (Review) and OnePlus 9 Pro, without mind (Review). Interestingly, the OnePlus 9R reflects the previous generation OnePlus 8T (Review) on the inside although it appears like its siblings.
So, is the OnePlus 9R a decent phone for its Rs.39,999 start price, or do you have too many compromises to deal with? What does this say more interestingly for the capital intensive OnePlus 9? Let’s find out.
The OnePlus 9R looks from a distance much like its siblings, the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. The distinctive design feature of this generation is the shape and design of the camera module, which is typical in all three versions. The only feature that is absent in this scenario is Hasselblad branding. You will also see that the 9R has four cameras, like the 9 Pro, whereas the OnePlus 9 just has three.
The OnePlus 9R body is constructed of metal and not polycarbonate. The front and back are also made of Corning Gorilla glass. Two colors are available: Lake Blue and Carbon Black. There’s a big “Never Settle” brand logo in the plastic case that you get. The rear glass panel is curved on the sides and does not stick too much to the camera module. The big screen has very small edges and in the upper left corner, the front camera is integrated. We easily used OnePlus 9R even with one hand, the 9R is really very simple to use. The weight is 189g and the thickness is 8.4mm.
On the right, there is a button with a tiny position and the OnePlus alert slider, which enables the device to be silent or the vibration to be disabled quickly. To the left are the volume keys. The top is empty, a speaker at the bottom, a USB Type-C port, and a Nano tray. No IP rating is available. Overall, this is a slick, futuristic phone design.
The main difference between the OnePlus 9R and 8T is that the processor 9R has Snapdragon 870SoC and 8T has Snapdragon 865+ previous flagships. Checking the specs reveals the 870s are a little faster, but still the Wi-Fi 6E is surprisingly reduced. You also get a 6.5-inch full-HD+ 120-Hz fluid AMOLED screen and HDR10+, which are the same design as the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 9 screens. It is made of Gorilla Glass with its built-in fingerprint sensor. The always ON display mode is still in place, but it does not stay ON all the time until you enable it.
You can pick from 8GB of RAM with a capacity of 128GB or 12GB of RAM with a capacity of 256GB. This is the same simple basic UFS 3.1 storage for higher-end versions. It also includes Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC. Except for a barometer, you get all of the sensors you would expect.
The battery capacity is 4500mAh. The OnePlus 9R supports quick charging of 65W, but for some purpose, the adapter which is included in the package is an old-style plug with a type-A port, not the type-C edition with the rest of the OnePlus 9 series and even the 8T. Wireless charging isn’t available. Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos tuning, a haptic vibration engine, and 240Hz touch sampling rate are other little touches.
In the past, we praised the OxygenOS app of OnePlus and it is still rich with a low-key look. This is version 11.1 that operates on Android 11, but at the time of the testing, I was shocked that no security patch upgrade was made after February 2021. Some structural elements, such as the placement of elements in big displays, are clearly influenced by Samsung’s OneUI. Netflix, which cannot be uninstalled surprisingly, is the only preloaded third-party application. You can also see several recommendations for trying out different OnePlus services, including the cloud storage and consumer loyalty program.
A Hidden Space function allows you to encrypt those applications with passwords. Work-Life Balance mode allows you to identify various notification behaviors based on daytime, GPS position, and/or nearby name of the Wi-Fi point. Two different applications may also be run, lock apps can be launched by swiping the fingerprint sensor, the always-on display can be customized.
No doubt that the OnePlus 9R was snappy in daily use. The combination of high-end SOC and 120 Hz refresh rate allows the user interface to be very smooth and sensitive. Apps load quickly, transitions are smooth and the OnePlus 9R has the impression of being a high-end device.
Of course, the screen is sharp and bright. The camera hole is a little bigger than I wished, but it is not too annoying due to its position and style. The videos look fine, deep black. There are many configurations for the screen calibration profile, and if you like saturated, vibrant colors or more balanced, accurate reproduction can be selected. The sound from the bottom speaker and earpiece is not completely balanced, but you still hear a good stereo.
Games work smoothly and with Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty Mobile, I had no performance or graphic quality problems. I noticed, though, that these games have also been limited to 60fps with no absolute 120Hz refresh rate. After around 10 minutes, I found that the rear panel and the top of the metal frame got a little warm. In our HD video loop test, the OnePlus 9R ran for 15 hours, 49 minutes. The refresh rate of 120Hz was successfully achieved over a complete day of use. You should be able to play games or watch films for a few hours daily with no battery life concerns.
OnePlus says that in just 15 minutes you will charge up to 58 percent. It took me 30 minutes to reach 64% and it took about 50 minutes to reach 100% with the bundling charger, without turning the phone on.
The Sony IMX586 sensor is used for the main camera. The main camera is a 48-megapixel f/1.7 aperture and optical stabilization. You also have a 16-megapixel wide sensor, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and 2-megapixel monochrome camera. But it’s not actually easier to have four cameras than the three on OnePlus 9. The software is easily adaptable and most controls can be accessed via the OxygenOS camera. There are no exotic camera modes to play with beyond Pro, Panorama, and Nightscape, but two Cyberpunk 2077 filters are available to continue the OnePlus game association.
The daytime images were crisp and informative, most of which showed decent exposure maintained. On the sloppy hand, the colors are a bit more than super-saturated and unnatural reproduction of color. The phone locks the focus quickly and in close-ups, you can get a dramatic blurring background. However, objects at a distance appeared to be somewhat weaker. The camera at the wide-angle captures a very wide field of view but the prospects are severely distorted. Portrait mode is very effective in managing performance. When it comes to detail and definition, the camera is indeed remarkably good at delivering extremely usable images.
At night, a lot depends on the amount of light around you. You can get some really good results with a bit of artificial light, and even Nightscape mode can have a significant impact. The wide camera is of no use in the dark, even while Nightscape mode can be used, it won’t do much. Although you sacrifice quality as you expand it a lot and often end up with a motion blur if you don’t stand still, the primary camera will catch nice transitions and noise can be controlled. Daytime selfies were all right, with a good reproduction of skin tone. In the evening, the 16-megapixel front camera fought a little and the shooting was full of noise.
Even in the daylight, the video performance was great. It is also possible to shoot 4K wide-angle video at up to 4K 60fps. In the middle of the recordings, you will change between the main and wide-angle camera. At 4K, the colors and video were somewhat overstated. At 1080p, stabilization is decent, but some jerky action can be expected when the wide-angle camera is used. Overall, the colors and details are decent. At night, video stabilization in 1080p and 4K causes a judery effect. The wide-angle camera is not as effective again, although it will operate if ambient light exists.
This OnePlus 9R is somewhat overheated compared to the OnePlus 8T, which would have made it even more exciting than it is due to a bigger price cut. It looks slick and contemporary and quick to deal with. If you play or just have the everyday tasks completed, the output is superb. OxygenOS tends to function seamlessly and is a successful overall experience. For this price range, the cameras are as you might expect, the battery life is good and the charge is quick.
Unfortunately, the buyers get nothing modern or interesting. OnePlus can expand the boundaries to have innovative and improved goods at any price range, but what you get for your money is about the same as before. The additional cameras may not offer any added benefit and honestly, a lot of people actually will think that a 30,000 phone, like OnePlus Nord, is almost as satisfactory.