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OnePlus announces a Chinese launch for the 9R in April 2021

OnePlus announces a new 9R launch. (Source: Weibo)
OnePlus announces a new 9R launch. (Source: Weibo)
The OnePlus 9R was originally presented as a "gaming" alternative variant of the OEM's latest flagship Android smartphone series that was exclusive to India. However, the company has now announced that it is to be available in China as well. The Snapdragon 870-powered device will debut in its new market in mid-April 2021.
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OnePlus caused intrigue among leakers thanks to hints of a third variant for its flagship 9 series in 2021, whereas the OEM normally launches a maximum of 2 phones at once. The 9R was indeed this predicted departure from the norm, although it debuted in only 1 market - India - on its line's May 2021 launch. Now, however, its maker has announced that it will soon gain a second region to sell in.

OnePlus has indeed set the 9R's introduction to China on April 15, 2021 at 14:00 Beijing time (08:00 CET). Then again, it has yet to drop any hints as to the smartphone's price in its new market. Currently, it costs INR 39,999 (~US$537) for an 8GB RAM SKU, or 43,999 (~$590) for one with 12GB of RAM.

The  9R is the only one of its series to run on the Snapdragon 870 SoC. Otherwise, it is a hotchpotch of premium OnePlus specs and features. It has the 9's flat 120Hz FHD AMOLED flat screen, yet has the rear-camera OIS the vanilla model lacks. 

As for those cameras, the 9R has four where the 9 has three. Then again, the former has the same main shooter as the ex-flagship OnePlus 7. Then again, both have the same 65W wired charging speed that is a major hallmark of its brand. Therefore, it may do well in China, where its OEM has already become quite popular.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04- 9 (Update: 2021-04- 9)