Is the OnePlus 9R the best OnePlus phone to buy – even more than the OnePlus 9?


The price of the OnePlus 9R in India starts at Rs. 39,999. The latest OnePlus phone comes alongside OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The OnePlus 9R is designed to offer a flagship experience, but at a lower cost than the OnePlus 9. Looking at the OnePlus 9R configurations, the phone offers some similarities to the OnePlus 9. It comes with a full-HD + OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 camera sensor. The OnePlus 9R is also one of the few phones based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC. In this Orbital episode, Gadgets 360 evaluates journalist Jamshed Avar and in-house OnePlus expert Ali Pardiwala along with host Akhil Arora to discuss the OnePlus 9R.

OnePlus 9R is a uniquely placed smartphone in the company’s portfolio. It’s sitting OnePlus Nord and OnePlus 9. At the same time, the phone has some similarities with last year OnePlus 8T.

OnePlus 9R Review: A small update with a new coat of paint

Against the more expensive OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9R has Snapdragon 870 SoC over Snapdragon 888 can be found elsewhere. This brings slightly weaker CPU cores and graphics performance. Wi-Fi 6E is also something you don’t get from the OnePlus 9R, which is available on OnePlus 9 or OnePlus 9 Pro. In addition, cheaper OnePlus model is missing Hasselblad the brand you see on the first-class OnePlus flagships of 2021.

Having said that, the OnePlus 9R may be a better option if you don’t care about a high-end chipset or premium camera marketing.

In the second half of this week’s Orbital episode, we’re talking about something new OnePlus watch. In addition to host Akhil, Gadget 360 inspector Aditya Shenoy and smart watch enthusiast Shubham Raheja will discuss OnePlus Watch.

The long awaited OnePlus Watch was was launched last month alongside the OnePlus 9 series phones. But rather than run on Google WearOS as you might expect, the OnePlus Watch uses real time operating system (RTOS). This does not provide customizations, although you can add some separate clock faces.

OnePlus has provided a OnePlus Watch interface that works in a similar way to WearOS and Samsung Tizen operating system. The smartwatch also does not include a separate app store. However, you can get some features and clock surfaces directly from the connected OnePlus Health app.

OnePlus Watch First Impressions: It’s time

We’re also talking about how the presence of proprietary software helps OnePlus Watch provide better battery life during competition. It also has fast download support and a list of features that focus on health and fitness. But it’s important to note that you shouldn’t choose OnePlus Watch right now if you have iPhone as the primary device. That’s because the smartwatch doesn’t work iOS.

That’s all for this week’s episode Orbital. Listen to the full conversation by following the Gadgets 360 podcast available at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotifyand you can get your podcast from anywhere. Rate us and leave a review.

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