❤ OnePlus 9r



Reviewing the OnePlus 9R feels like a deja vu. Except it’s not just a fleeting feeling. We have reviewed this phone before. Back then it was known as the OnePlus 8T.






It’s not often that we see a manufacturer launch pretty much the same phone twice in a row, but that appears to be the case here. Calling the OnePlus 9R similar to the OnePlus 8T would be an understatement. For all intents and purposes, they are almost exactly the same phone.





OnePlus 9R specs at a glance :

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46
5G bands 78 SA/NSA
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps, 5G
LAUNCH Announced 2021, March 23
Status Available. Released 2021, April 14
BODY Dimensions 161 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm (6.34 x 2.92 x 0.33 in)
Weight 189 g (6.67 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type Fluid AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+
Size 6.55 inches, 103.6 cm2 (~86.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Always-on display
PLATFORM OS Android 10, upgradable to Android 13, OxygenOS 13
Chipset Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Adreno 650
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
UFS 3.1
MAIN CAMERA Quad 48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
16 MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (monochrome)
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Single 16 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.0µm
Features Auto-HDR
Video 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Positioning GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (G1), BDS (B1), GALILEO (E1+E5a)
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1, OTG
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
Charging 65W wired, 1-100% in 39 min (advertised)
MISC Colors Carbon Black, Lake Blue
Models LE2101, LE2100
Price $ 323.40 / ₹ 28,899

Disclaimer. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.

Okay, there are a few differences. Perhaps the most important one is the fact that the OnePlus 9R is currently exclusive to India, with no announced plans to release it elsewhere. Also, the OnePlus 9R is launching at a lower price than the OnePlus 8T did, starting at INR 39,999 versus the INR 43,999 of the OnePlus 8T.

The other differences are less meaningful. The OnePlus 9R runs on the new Snapdragon 870 instead of the 865. Calling it “new” is greatly exaggerating the situation, as it is essentially the same part as the 865 but with an overclock on the CPU and GPU. And finally, the OnePlus 9R has also received a slight facelift and comes in two new color options.

Is that enough for the OnePlus 9R to be a separate phone? We’ll just have to find out.


The OnePlus 9R comes with a fairly standard OnePlus packaging, consisting of the phone, charger, cable, and a clear silicone case. The packaging is identical to the OnePlus 8T, except for one major difference.





Both the OnePlus 9R and 8T claim to come with the Warp Charge 65 charger, but they are not the same models. The OnePlus 8T comes with WC065A21GB in India, while the OnePlus 9R comes with WC065B22GB. The difference is that while both can send 65W of power to a compatible OnePlus device, the OnePlus 8T charger can also send up to 45W to a USB-Power Delivery (PD) and Programmable Power Supply (PPS) compatible devices.



OnePlus 8T charger on the left and OnePlus 9R charger on the right



On the other hand, the OnePlus 9R charger will fall back to standard 10W charging when connected to a non-OnePlus device. It also has a standard USB-A port, unlike the USB-C port on the 8T charger, which is necessary to support USB PD. This doesn’t change anything for charging the OnePlus 9R itself. Still, if you also intend to use the charger for other devices around you, especially USB PD devices, then the OnePlus 9R charger isn’t going to be anywhere as good as the OnePlus 8T’s charger.


The OnePlus 9R faces some pretty severe competition, including some from other BBK brands.

The toughest competition comes from the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. This phone has a 108MP camera, Snapdragon 865, 144Hz LCD, and a 5000mAh battery and costs less than the OnePlus 9R in India. Then there’s the Mi 10T, which swaps out the 108MP camera with a still fairly impressive 64MP one and costs even less.

Next is the Samsung Galaxy A72. Samsung doesn’t try as hard in the specs department, with a relatively tame 90Hz display and Snapdragon 720G but it does have a 64MP main camera, a proper telephoto camera, and a 5000mAh battery. It’s also a fair bit cheaper than the 9R.

The older Galaxy S20 FE 5G is still quite a good option. It’s a bit more expensive than the OnePlus 9R but it does have all the bells and whistles, including a 120Hz AMOLED display, an impressive triple camera system, Snapdragon 865, and a 4500mAh battery.

Finally, there’s the Realme X7 Pro 5G. This phone is a lot cheaper than the OnePlus 9R but has a surprisingly similar spec sheet, including a 120Hz AMOLED display, MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset that is fairly close in performance to the Snapdragon 870, 64MP main rear camera, and 65W fast charging.


The OnePlus 9R is an unusually lazy product, so much so that we are left wondering why OnePlus didn’t just drop the price on the 8T and continue selling it. It’s like showing up to the class with the same homework two days in a row and expecting the teacher to not notice.

It’s not that the OnePlus 9R is a bad product; we thought the 8T was quite good overall and being largely the same phone, the OnePlus 9R is also a good smartphone for most users. However, it doesn’t exactly push the needle forward in terms of innovation, technology, or even value.





Yes, the 9R is cheaper now than what the 8T launched for in India but after six months, that is to be expected. In the meantime, the competition has gotten much more aggressive and many of them are now better value.

Of course, OnePlus still holds an advantage in terms of the software experience over its rivals. It’s something that one can only experience first-hand and not something that can be quantified on a spec sheet. However, the company has continued to push the limits of what the users might find annoying in terms of promotional content by masquerading it as value-added services. The whole host of features that were added over the course of a couple of years also tend to be quite nagging and attention-hungry. These may seem like small things, especially if you are coming from other manufacturers but when your entire brand is built on a reputation for clean and distraction-free software, it will always be the little thing that breaks the camel’s back.

As lazy as it is, we do still recommend the OnePlus 9R for buyers in India as it is still a more robust complete package compared to some of its rivals. However, there’s some good competition out there right now and you can’t really go wrong with any of it.


  • Premium build quality and finish
  • Great display performance
  • Excellent UI performance
  • Good main camera performance in daylight
  • Blazing fast charging speeds
  • Great stereo loudspeakers
  • Relatively clean and well-designed software


  • No water and dust resistance rating
  • Mediocre ultra-wide and macro camera
  • Useless monochrome camera
  • Outdated front camera
  • Minor annoyances in software
  • Most games locked to 60Hz