OnePlus got off to a very busy start until 2022. It just launched its latest flagship OnePlus 10 Pro smartphone in China. It will eventually be launched in India, along with other versions like the OnePlus 10 and 10R. But for now, Indian tech enthusiasts need to settle for the last hurray of the OnePlus 9RT 9 series.
This phone was launched in China in October 2021 and is currently being launched for India. So what is 9RT, and do you really need to care about it? If you’re familiar with the OnePlus”T’update, this is exactly what it is — the OnePlus 9R (review) with a new design and finish, a faster SoC, and a better primary camera. This was a mild upgrade and was expected as larger changes will only be made in the next generation. Surprisingly, the Premium OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro haven’t been updated. Either way, we’ve been playing with 9RT for a few days and so far we’re thinking about this.
The OnePlus 9RT comes in a bright red box that contains the usual accessory sets such as cases and chargers. It’s great to see a company that doesn’t blindly follow the unpopular trends in the smartphone industry and doesn’t throw away chargers. OnePlus claims to have spent a considerable amount of time completing the look and feel of the 9RT, which shows. The curved metal frame is very easy to hold and the smooth finish of the glass rear panel of the hacker black variant I have feels very luxurious. It has a soft luster when exposed to light and does not seem to attract fingerprints at all. OnePlus 9RT is also available in nanosilver finish.
This phone has a redesigned camera module with one less camera sensor compared to the 9R, but it’s not a real loss as all the functionality is still there. We’ll talk more about these later. The OnePlus 9RT’s display is slightly larger than the 6.62-inch 9R, but it’s still an AMOLED panel with Full HD + resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection.
The display is vibrant and the colors are punchy. There is an in-display fingerprint sensor that authenticates very quickly. The OnePlus 9RT has a regular set of buttons and ports, including an alert slider on the right. There’s a dual Nano-SIM tray at the bottom, but again there’s no microSD card slot.
Apart from the new rear panel design, the OnePlus 9RT is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. This is an upgrade from the Snapdragon 870 SoC on the 9R. This makes the 9RT comparable to the more expensive OnePlus 9 and 9Pro in terms of processing power. 9RT supports far more 5G bands (8 in total) than other 9 series models. This is excellent. There are two variations of the phones sold. One has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the other has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. OnePlus uses LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
Other features of the OnePlus 9RT are similar to what you’ve seen on the 9R. In particular, it is a stereo speaker with a battery capacity of 4,500mAh that supports Dolby Atmos, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, and 65W fast charging. The 9RT doesn’t have IP ratings, wireless charging, or even Hasselblad processing on the camera.
By the way, the OnePlus 9RT’s primary rear camera has been upgraded to the Sony IMX766 sensor. This is the same 50-megapixel sensor used for the OnePlus 9 and 9Pro ultra-wide cameras, but here it’s used for the primary camera. This camera has a different lens arrangement, optical stabilization, and a wider aperture of f / 1.8. The 9RT’s ultra-wide camera uses the same Sony IMX481 sensor as the 9R, with a 16-megapixel resolution and an f / 2.2 aperture. The third camera is a 2 megapixel macro shooter. The selfie camera hasn’t changed, and OnePlus still uses the 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor.
OnePlus 9RT ships with Oxygen OS 11, but it should be one of the first OnePlus devices to receive a stable Android 12 update with each release. The OnePlus 9RT also boasts Hyper Touch 2.0, which claims to increase the default 300Hz touch response rate to 600Hz when playing certain games. Another game-oriented feature is the addition of a third Wi-Fi antenna. OnePlus calls this the “Tri-eSport” antenna system and claims to have a more stable in-game internet connection. Of course, we will test all these claims during a full review.
OnePlus 9RT starts with Rs. The 8GB variant costs 42,999 and the price goes up to Rs. 46,999 for the 12GB variant. These are more acceptable bumps than the OnePlus 9R, considering what the 9RT offers. The OnePlus 9R will continue to sell until it’s out of stock, but the 9RT makes the OnePlus 9 almost obsolete. Also, if recent leaks are an issue, it’s important to remember that the OnePlus 10 series will be available in India not too far away. However, in terms of its appearance, OnePlus could stagger the launch of this year’s 10-series, with the Pro model first and the Vanilla OnePlus 10 or 10R later. This also explains why the 9RT is currently on the market.
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