OnePlus has officially launched its latest flagship range. The 2021 smartphone line up consists of the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro and – in some locations – the OnePlus 9R.
The OnePlus 9R is the most affordable of the three phones, but as an India and China-exclusive it hasn’t seen the same attention here that the 9 and the 9 Pro have.
Here’s everything you need to know about the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9R, including how much they cost, and how much they compare when it comes to the display, camera and performance.
Price and availability – How much do they cost?
The OnePlus 9 has been positioned above the OnePlus 9R and below the OnePlus 9 Pro in the new lineup. The phone is available in two configurations – US $729 (~SGD $982) for 8GB RAM/128GB storage or US $829 (~SGD $1116) for 12GB RAM/256GB storage – and can be ordered today.
The OnePlus 9R is the cheapest member of the OnePlus 9 family, costing just US $550 (~SGD $738) in India where it’ll launch in April. The phone boasts up to 12GB RAM/256GB storage and will also be available in China from mid-April. However, we don’t expect the 9R to arrive in Singapore anytime soon, so the OnePlus 9 might be easier to get your hands on if you’re ready to upgrade.
Design and display – Similar screens
There’s a small difference in weight, with the OnePlus 9 tipping the scales at 192g and the 9R at 189g. However, the most obvious way the designs differ is in colour.
The OnePlus 9 is available in three colours – 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
The OnePlus 9’s triple-camera setup includes:
The OnePlus 9 does away with the macro lens and, while the shots are still sometimes over-processed, we were generally impressed with the Hasselblad camera. The Auto mode offers fast shutter and autofocus speeds for moving subjects and the ultra-wide sensor is great for capturing detailed landscapes.
Both phones feature 16MP selfie cameras and support 4K video recording at 60fps.
Performance – Improved performance all round, but no wireless charging for the 9R
Of course, it’s difficult to compare the performance of the two phone’s when we haven’t gotten our hands on the 9R just yet. However, we found the OnePlus 9 to stand on par with the more expensive 9 Pro, performance-wise. The phone can handle demanding games at highest settings with no issues, has a robust cooling system and could handle editing large RAW files with ease.
As far as battery is concerned, the OnePlus 9 is kitted with a 4500mAh battery and supports Qi wireless charging and OnePlus’ own Warp Charge 65T fast-charging technology.
While the OnePlus 9R features the same 4500mAh battery and support for fast-charge as its pricier siblings, it lacks support for wireless charging. If you’re not a fan of cables, you might prefer the convenience of the standard OnePlus 9.
OnePlus 9R vs OnePlus 9 – Early verdict
It’s difficult to draw a verdict on these two OnePlus 9 phones, as the 9R’s limited availability makes it significantly harder to get your hands on.
However with ~$200 SGD between the models, it’s definitely worth comparing them. If you’re wanting to save some cash and don’t mind missing out on Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, a 50MP ultra-wide camera and wireless charging, you should look into the OnePlus 9R. The phone has a similar display to 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 equipped and easier to order in Singapore, all still without breaking the bank like many of its flagship rivals.
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