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The OnePlus 9R just might prove to be the trump card in the really exciting lineup of phones that includes the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro. Since we got our hands on the world-exclusive OnePlus 9R, a phone specifically made for India and markets like India, last month, there has been undeniable excitement about its potential pricing. After all, as the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro continue to climb the price and premium charts, leaving quite a gap between the OnePlus Nord and now the OnePlus 9. That gap is now seamlessly filled in a way by the OnePlus 9R. , or the OnePlus 9R 5G as it is called. The OnePlus 9R in the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage spec costs Rs 39,999 while the 12GB + 256GB costs Rs 43,999.
That’s more like the OnePlus phones of the not-too-recent past, like the OnePlus 6T and the OnePlus 7, just to name a few. And more like the prices that many existing OnePlus owners looking to upgrade would really appreciate. And the OnePlus 9R also continues the tradition on the spec sheet. Don’t even think for a second of the OnePlus 9R as some sort of “Lite” phone or a relatively stripped-down to the basic OnePlus 9. In fact, this plays down the spec sheet very strongly, which is very much a OnePlus way of doing things. Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, which the company says is optimized for gaming on the OnePlus 9R. Your choices are between 8GB RAM and 12GB RAM, and in either avatar I wouldn’t really worry about the 8GB RAM option if that’s all your budget allows at the moment – it will be very powerful and very future proof. The OnePlus 9R lineup is pretty straightforward. Two variants, as we have already illustrated, and two color options to choose from. The Carbon Black is for those who prefer familiarity and don’t really want to upset the balance of colors in their lives. However, my choice would definitely be Lake Blue, the color you see pictured here.
Design is beautiful to say the least. This is very much a mix of glass and metal, unlike the polycarbonate with a glass-like finish that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870-powered version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE gets. Both have their pros and cons, mind you, but OnePlus really makes the choice easier for those who prefer glass on their back of their phone and metal on the frame. The OnePlus 9R also gets Corning Gorilla Glass on the back and I have to say that the Lake Blue color in particular is pretty good at keeping fingerprints and smudges from showing up as much as I honestly expected. The OnePlus 9R tips the scales at 189 grams. Hold this in your hand and you get the distinct feeling that this is a well built and premium phone. The OnePlus consistencies continue. Every time I use a OnePlus phone, I end up admiring the alert slider, which is still the highlight – it’s incredibly easy to switch the phone from Ring to Vibrate to Silent depending on what you need by simply hitting this physical button. key to use. No other Android phone seems to care about this enough to integrate, but trust me, you’ll get used to this in no time and then miss it on any other Android phone. It’s incredibly simple. You slide the switch without unlocking the phone, ideal if you’re about to drive or enter a meeting and don’t want to be disturbed. Mind you, it won’t get IP ratings for water and dust resistance.
The 6.55-inch screen is impressive not only for the kind of vibrancy it offers, but also for the fact that it’s the smallest of the three OnePlus 9 phones and yet you never feel that a little more screen space is better. would have been. At least I didn’t while browsing web pages, doing some reading in the Kindle app, spending time on Twitter, or even editing some photos. It has a resolution of 2400 x 1800 pixels and supports the refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is now commonplace with smartphones. All in all, this is what OnePlus calls the Fluid Display. It is incredibly bright and also quite lively, which you can of course control with the color settings in the menu. Like its more expensive siblings, this also has more brightness points, meaning automatic brightness changes are smoother and less noticeable. Colors look really sophisticated – my favorite has to be Display P3’s calibration settings, as I like this subdued vibrancy of colors the most. This screen doesn’t have the Comfort Tone option of the OnePlus 9 Pro, which basically adjusts the colors on the screen to match your ambient light to reduce eye strain. Yet the screen does not look out of place either: for example, you do not make that shocking transition from warm light around you to a relatively cool color tone display.
The OnePlus 9R is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chip. The chipmaker claims that this is no less than 12.6% faster than its predecessor. Your RAM options are 8GB and 12GB, and depending on which one you choose, you’ll get 128GB and 256GB of storage. You should be pretty well aware of the future-proof aspect, even with 8GB of RAM as I mentioned, while 12GB gives you a lot more bandwidth if you really plan on doing heavy multitasking or gaming on the OnePlus 9R. Yes, the 12 GB RAM option is available for a little more money, and if it’s possible at all, definitely stretch that extra and get more RAM. Difficult to counter that. Also helping the OnePlus 9R is the really fast UFS 3.1 storage standard, which offers really fast data read and write speeds, which all translate into really slick app performance. Then there’s the TurboBoost 3.0 feature, which uses RAM compression and uses the fast storage as virtual RAM to give you more space to leave more apps open in the background. For starters, you’ll have fantastic amounts of performance headroom available anyway, whether it’s 8GB RAM or 12GB RAM. But this gives you that assurance that the system knows when to intervene, if necessary. There’s also a lot of focus on gaming, with features like the 240Hz touch sampling rate, the Pro Gaming Mode that removes the distraction and annoying notifications and also takes advantage of the Dolby Atmos audio. A little bit of F1 Racing gaming downloaded from the Play Store, and the OnePlus 9R showed the slightest degree of lukewarmness on the back panel, a far cry from the really hot back panels that many other phones end up with in the tiniest window when gaming.
OxygenOS remains incredibly intuitive to use, silky smooth and easy to look at too. There’s no real visual change compared to the last few iterations of OxygenOS, which is great because it’s already the cleanest and best looking Android customization this side of pure Android itself. It’s been all about subtle tweaks and improvements for a while, and that evolutionary strategy works pretty well. The fonts, layout, and generously left white spaces (or black spaces if you’re in dark mode) really put a smile on your face. It has similar glitches that I also observed with the OnePlus 9 Pro. In the Gallery app, for example, there’s still no option for auto-enhance edits – many users prefer that, and it’s something that flagship phones usually have. When you crop an image with the editing tools in the Gallery, the edges are so thick that you can’t really make a fine adjustment with the cropping unless you’re really lucky. Still, Oxygen OS in the OnePlus 9R solves the Gboard and Microsoft Edge issue I had pointed out with the OnePlus 9 Pro and the OnePlus 9 – this phone doesn’t show the same delay in keyboard response when called in the Edge browser .
The OnePlus 9R has the Warp Charge 65 charging technology, while the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have the even faster Warp Charge 65T. Yet it is also mighty fast. Look at these numbers: fully discharged to 58% in about 15 minutes and fully discharged to 100% in 39 minutes. That’s just 10 minutes more than the Warp Charge 65T. In short, you don’t have to wait for the 4500 mAh battery to charge. No wireless charging support, as might be expected, and that’s not a shortcoming in my book. It’s good to have the wireless charging option, but not a deal breaker if it’s not on the menu.
Cameras are quite an interesting proposition on the OnePlus 9R. You get a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 wide-angle sensor, a 16-megapixel Sony IMX481 ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 5-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. This quad-camera setup, at least on paper, really flexes its muscles, even if there isn’t the Hasselblad branding on this one. Still, I have to say from the outset that the OnePlus 9R’s photography experience as it stands now, even before an Oxygen OS update or a camera performance optimization update has rolled out, is surprisingly good. Out-of-the-box performance hasn’t been the strong point of OnePlus cameras, often over the years, but that’s changed for the better. Daytime photos and good light are very well detailed and I really like the sharpness displayed. It is not exaggerated or downplayed to hide other shortcomings, for there are none that are visible. Colors come out nicely, without standing out unnaturally. Frames are sharp and details are not lost in the shadows. Still, I’m most impressed with the low-light performance. Without the Nightscape mode, the OnePlus 9R picked out nice low-light photos and lit them nicely, with really good colors and no distortion or noise. The same frame in Nightscape, of course, made it even more brilliant. But the real surprise has to be the fact that without the night mode and in 2X optical zoom, there was absolutely no loss of detail or color accuracy. My conclusion for the OnePlus 9R camera is that while there’s no direct Hasselblad involvement in this camera setup, lessons from elsewhere make all the difference where it really matters. The only niggle I noticed with the OnePlus 9R’s cameras is zooming in and out while recording videos – it’s not as smooth as it should be and is often visible when we review the video file.
The last word: I really can’t find any flaws, honestly not
The OnePlus 9R is impressive, extraordinarily impressive, in every way. I tried my best, but it was almost impossible to point out any real flaws with the OnePlus 9R. I really haven’t found any deal breakers. It looks really cool, feels premium to hold and use, even though it’s the most affordable phone in the OnePlus 9 series, the performance is top notch to match a promised flagship experience, robust battery life with fast charging. and cameras that deliver really good pictures in all lighting conditions. There has almost always been a really competent OnePlus phone priced at Rs 40,000 to choose from, and the OnePlus 9R just about delivers.
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