The OnePlus 9 series has been unveiled alongside the company’s first smartwatch, called the OnePlus Watch. We saw both the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro, but there’s one more handset still to come – the OnePlus 9R.
In a recent interview, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed the existence of the OnePlus 9R and talked about how it will be an India-exclusive device for now, aiming to touch one more price point with the series. Interestingly, this first official mention of the affordable flagship came only recently, and the company hasn’t revealed much else either.
We’d expected to get a closer look at the OnePlus 9R on March 23 at the OnePlus 9 launch event, but that wasn’t to be, so we’re still waiting for the full unveiling.
Since OnePlus already has a series of budget smartphones in the Nord family, we expect the upcoming OnePlus 9R to sit between the Nord and the OnePlus 9 series — in terms of specifications as well as the price. Here’s everything we know and what we want to see on the OnePlus 9R.
The OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and OnePlus Watch have all been announced, but the OnePlus 9R wasn’t present, so we’re still waiting for it.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A new affordable flagship from OnePlus
- When it is out? Probably soon, but likely only in India
- How much will it cost? Unclear right now
OnePlus 9R release date and price
The OnePlus 9R is confirmed to exist, but oddly it wasn’t unveiled along with the rest of the OnePlus 9 range. For now, it looks like it will be an India-exclusive device as there’s no mention of global availability just yet, but even there we don’t know when it will be announced or released.
The only real bit of information we have is that it will be cheaper than the rest of the OnePlus 9 series.
Considering that OnePlus’ main line of flagships start at over Rs 40,000 (about $550, £400, AU$700), and there’s already the Nord under Rs 30,000, we expect the OnePlus 9R’s price to be in the middle, around the Rs 35,000 mark. The company has not had a lot of offerings in this space in recent years as it has shifted focus to the more premium offerings.
The OnePlus 9R is unlikely to make its way to other markets, but that isn’t a guarantee and it may be we see the company bring its cheaper smartphone to places like the US, UK and Australia in the future.
OnePlus 9R specs and features
In the interview, it was confirmed that the OnePlus 9R will be a 5G device. Knowing that it is a flagship, that narrows down the choice of chipset to either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the Snapdragon 870 or last year’s Snapdragon 865.
To keep the costs low without skimping on the performance, we expect the OnePlus 9R 5G to be powered by the Snapdragon 870 chipset — a new platform that the company had confirmed it will be adopting in the near future.
For those unaware, it is a new chipset that was announced earlier this year as an upgrade to the Snapdragon 865, but with a higher clock speed of 3.2GHz.
A teaser on Amazon.in shows the OnePlus 9R with physical shoulder triggers, which not only reaffirms that it could be a gaming phone, but also suggests that the company will launch dedicated accessories at some point.
We presume the OnePlus 9R will retain the 120Hz AMOLED display, catering to gamers. A big battery and fast charging are also expected to make the cut. It remains to be seen if it gets a Hasselblad camera upgrade like its siblings or not.
Little is truly known about the OnePlus 9R, and we expect to hear much more about the upcoming handset soon.
What we want to see
A larger battery
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are confirmed to pack in a 4,500mAh battery. Since the OnePlus 9R will be a gaming phone where ergonomics can take a backseat, we hope to see a larger battery inside
65W fast charging
Recent OnePlus devices are amongst the faster-charging smartphones available, taking just about 30 minutes for a full charge. We would like to see 65W charging make it to the OnePlus 9R as well.
With the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, the OnePlus is teaming up with Hasselblad to improve the camera experience. With the 9R being a gaming device of sorts, our expectations are not too high. However, it would be nice if it would at least offer the same photography hardware as the OnePlus 8 Pro, and not go lower.