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OnePlus launches the OnePlus 9R as a throwback to its earlier value-oriented performance devices

The OnePlus 9R. (Source: OnePlus)
The OnePlus 9R. (Source: OnePlus)
OnePlus launched the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro hours ago. Completing the OnePlus 9 series, however, is the OnePlus 9R, a performance-oriented, bang-for-buck device exclusive to the Indian market.
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Today, OnePlus launched its latest lineup of premium smartphones in the form of the OnePlus 9 series, alongside a new wearable, the OnePlus Watch. While the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro may be the stars of the show, the company launched a third device, the OnePlus 9R, exclusively for the Indian market.

The OnePlus 9R sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. That puts it at the same size as the vanilla OnePlus 9 but smaller than the 6.7-inch OnePlus 9 Pro. Under the hood of the OnePlus 9R is a Snapdragon 870, supported by upwards of 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Camera-wise, the OnePlus 9R sports a quad-cam setup at the back. In typical fashion, it's a rather disappointing array comprised of a 48 MP main camera, a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5 MP macro shooter, and a 2 MP monochrome lens. Even more disappointing is the fact that the main camera is the Sony IMX586, a sensor used on the two-year-old OnePlus 7. OIS is present, though, thankfully. Nestled in a hole punch at the top left corner of the OnePlus 9R is a 16 MP Sony IMX471.

Some other important features of the OnePlus 9R include 65 W fast-charging, stereo speakers, and a total lack of a 3.5mm jack.

The OnePlus 9R is aimed squarely at the demographic seeking as much performance for as little as possible, and it shows. The 9R offers lackluster camera hardware but makes up for it with a solid display, a sizeable 4500 mAh battery, and a solid CPU in the Snapdragon 870.

The OnePlus 9R with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB bears a price tag of Rs 39,999. That's a massive Rs 10,000 less than the base OnePlus 9. Equipping the 9R with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage will see that figure jump to Rs 43,999, however. The device is available in Carbon Black and Lake Blue.

Buy the OnePlus 8 Pro on Amazon now for just US$699.

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Ricci Rox, 2021-03-23 (Update: 2021-03-23)