OnePlus has officially launched its latest flagship range. The 2021 smartphone line includes OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro and – in some places – OnePlus 9R.
The OnePlus 9R is the cheapest of the three phones, but has not received the same attention as the one India and China-exclusive that the 9 and 9 Pro have.
Here is all you need to know about the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9R, including how much they cost and how they compare to the display, camera and performance.
If you are in the market for a new phone, make sure to check out our roundup of the best phones, the best Android phones, and the best mid-range phones (which the OnePlus 9 already tops).
Price and Availability – How much do they cost?
The OnePlus 9 is ranked above the OnePlus 9R and below the OnePlus 9 Pro in the new lineup. The phone is available at £ 629 / $ 729 for 8GB RAM / 128GB storage and £ 729 / £ 729 for 12GB RAM / 256GB storage – and can be ordered today.
The OnePlus 9R is the cheapest member of the OnePlus 9 family, which costs just (40,000 (550 £ 400 / $ 550) in India where it will launch in April. This phone claims 12GB of RAM / 256GB of storage and will be available in April. Will also be available in China from mid-September. However, we do not expect the 9R to arrive in the UK or US any time soon, so the OnePlus 9 may be easier to get your hands on if you are ready to upgrade.
Design and display – same screen
- Both these phones have same display with 120Hz refresh
- Various color options and weight
OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9R pack similar screens. Both phones feature a 6.55-inch OLED display with a 1080p resolution, HDR10 + support, and 120Hz refresh rates. Both phones also have a fingerprint sensor below the display.
There is little difference in weight, with the OnePlus 9 scaling at 192g and the 9R at 189g. However, in the most obvious way the design is different in color.
The OnePlus 9 is available in three colors – Winter Mist, Arctic Sky and Astral Black – while the 9R is available in just two, Lake Blue and Carbon Black.
Camera – A New Hasselblad Partnership
- Different camera differences between the two
- OnePlus 9R has 8T macro camera
This time, OnePlus has “co-engineered” the OnePlus 9 rear camera with Hasslablad. There is no Hasslblad branding on the OnePlus 9R.
OnePlus 9’s triple-camera setup includes:
- A 48MP (f / 1.8) wide angle sensor with EIS
- 50MP Ultra Wide Angle Sensor
- A 2MP monochrome sensor
OnePlus 9R’s quad-camera setup includes:
- A 48MP (f / 1.7) main sensor
- 16MP Ultra Wide Sensor
- 5MP macro sensor
- A 2MP monochrome sensor
The 9R setup is the same as that found in last year’s flagship OnePlus 8T. We found the 8T camera to be good, but it fell short when compared with rivals. The shots were over-processed and at times the colors looked unnatural. We also noted that the macro sensor felt slightly artificial.
The OnePlus 9 does away with the macro lens and, while shots are still sometimes over-processed, we were generally impressed with the Hasselblad camera. Auto mode provides fast shutter and autofocus speeds for moving subjects and the ultra-wide sensor is great for capturing wide landscapes.
Both phones have a 16MP selfie camera and it supports 4K video recording at 60fps.
Performance – Better performance all round, but no wireless charging for the 9R
- Both should be very capable devices
- OnePlus is targeting 9R on gamers
- Both feature 8-series Qualcomm chipsets.
The OnePlus 9 is powered by Qualcomm’s 2021 Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, while the 9R features the Snapdragon 870 5G. Both processors are an improvement over the 8T’s Snapdragon 865.
Of course, it is difficult to compare the performance of the two phones, when we have not yet put our hands on the 9R. However, we found the OnePlus 9 to be at par with the more expensive 9 Pro, performance-wise. The phone can handle game demands at the highest settings without problems, has a robust cooling system and can easily be able to edit large RAW files.
You can read more about our experience with OnePlus 9 – and take a look at the benchmark scores in our full OnePlus 9 review.
As far as the battery is concerned, the OnePlus 9 is equipped with a 4500mAh battery and it supports Qi wireless charging and OnePlus’ own War Charge 65T fast charging technology.
While the OnePlus 9R has the same 4500mAh battery and its pricier siblings support for fast-charge, it lacks support for wireless charging. If you are not a fan of the cable, you may prefer the feature of the standard OnePlus 9.
OnePlus 9R vs OnePlus 9 – Early Decision
It is difficult to decide on these two OnePlus 9 phones, as the limited availability of the 9R makes it very difficult to get your hands on.
Although with £ 230- £ 330 between models, it is definitely worth comparing them. If you do not wish to save some cash missing from Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, 50MP ultra wide camera and wireless charging, then you should pay attention to the OnePlus 9R. The phone has the same display as the OnePlus 9 and is a step above the 8T in terms of performance.
On the other hand, if you’re happy to spend a bit more on the latest specs, the OnePlus 9 is better and easier to order in the UK, all still without breaking the bank like many of its major rivals.