The OnePlus 9 the series will be unveiled on March 23rd along with the company’s first smartwatch called the OnePlus Watch.
Originally, we only expected to hear about the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro smartphones, but a new development confirms that there will be a third smartphone that will share the scene that will be cheaper than the other two – OnePlus 9R.
In a recent interview, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed the existence of OnePlus 9R and talked about how it will be an India-exclusive unit for now, with the aim of touching one more price point with the series. Interestingly, this first official mention of the affordable flagship came only recently, and the company has not revealed much else either.
On March 23, OnePlus is hosting a global launch event for its next series of devices. This is almost a month earlier than the company̵
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 OnePlus 9 series – both in terms of specifications and price. Here’s everything we know and what we want to see on the OnePlus 9R.
Get to the point
- What is it? A new affordable flagship from OnePlus
- When is it out? Possibly March 23, but in India
- How much will it cost? Unclear right now
OnePlus 9R release date and price
OnePlus 9R is confirmed to share the stage with the other products on March 23. For now, it looks like it will be an India-exclusive entity, as there is no mention of global accessibility yet.
The only real information we have is that it will be cheaper than the rest of the OnePlus 9 series.
Given that OnePlus’ flagship flagship starts at over Rs 40,000 (about $ 550, £ 400, AU $ 700), and it’s already North below Rs 30,000, we expect the price of OnePlus 9R to be in the middle, around Rs 35,000 -marken. The company has not had many offers in this area in recent years, since it has shifted its focus to the more premium offers.
OnePlus 9R is unlikely to reach other markets, but it is not a guarantor, and we may see the company bring its cheaper smartphone to places like the US, UK and Australia in the future.
OnePlus 9R specifications and features
In the interview, it was confirmed that the OnePlus 9R will be a 5G device. Knowing that it is a flagship, which limits the choice of chipset to either Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, Snapdragon 870 or last year’s Snapdragon 865.
To keep costs low without compromising performance, we expect the OnePlus 9R 5G to be powered by Snapdragon 870 chipset – a new platform that the company had confirmed that it will use in the near future.
For the ignorant, there is a new chipset that was announced earlier this year as an upgrade to the Snapdragon 865, but with a higher clock speed of 3.2 GHz.
A teaser on Amazon.in shows the OnePlus 9R with physical shoulder triggers, which not only confirms that it may be a gaming phone, but also suggests that the company will launch dedicated accessories at some point.
We assume that the OnePlus 9R retains the 120Hz AMOLED screen, which is suitable for gamers. A large battery and fast charge are also expected to make the cut. It remains to be seen whether it gets a Hasselblad camera upgrade as a sibling or not.
Little is really known about the OnePlus 9R, and we expect to hear much more about the upcoming handset at the company’s March 23 launch.
What we want to see
A larger battery
OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are confirmed to pack in a 4500 mAh battery. Since the OnePlus 9R will be a gaming phone where ergonomics can take the back seat, we hope to see a bigger battery inside
65W fast charge
Newer OnePlus devices are among the fastest charging smartphones available, taking about 30 minutes to fully charge. We would like to see that 65W charging also makes it the OnePlus 9R.
With OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, OnePlus collaborates with Hasselblad to improve the camera experience. With the 9R as a kind of gaming device, 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.