[i2pc pros_icon=”icon icon-plus-5″ cons_icon=”icon icon-minus-3″ show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]High-quality metal housing USB-C via USB 3.1
Very good AMOLED display with 120 Hertz
System performance leaves nothing to be desired
Solid battery life,
Rapid charging speed
Good main, selfie, and UWW camera
[/i2pros][i2cons]No jack connection
The fingerprint sensor spins in sunlight
Image processing is too aggressive[/i2cons][/i2pc]
In addition to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, the Oppo subsidiary in India offers another exciting model: the OnePlus 9R. This is a slightly modified 8T that is about the same price as the OnePlus Nord 2 that is available in this country.
I have been using the smartphone continuously for several weeks, and in this test report, I will answer the question of whether the import is actually worthwhile. This is supported by the system, which is available completely in Bangladesh, and the complete coverage of mobile radio frequencies, which enables use in Bangladesh without restrictions.
The OnePlus 9R weighs 189 grams and measures 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 millimeters. It comes in two color options: Carbon Black and Lake Blue, which we tested here. The back is made of metal, with a matte black that is surprisingly resistant to fingerprints and grease streaks.
The minimalist design is also striking. Apart from the OnePlus logo in the middle, the manufacturer only places a medium-sized camera element with four lenses protruding 1.2 millimeters from the body and an LED flash in the upper left corner.
The frame is also made of aluminum, but it doesn’t merge seamlessly with the back. This small blemish is only noticeable on very close inspection and is completely irrelevant in everyday life. The volume rocker is on the left, while the on/off switch and the ribbed notification slider are on the right.
All keys have an excellent pressure point and are easy to find, even in total darkness. Discrete antenna strips above and below should ensure better radio reception. The SIM slot for two Nano SIM cards is located next to the USB-C port (3.1)and one of the two speakers on the bottom of the OnePlus 9R. Only one USB 2.0 cable is included in the scope of delivery.
That leaves us with a look at the front. This is dominated by a 6.55-inch screen, which even at the bottom almost reaches the frame of the case. The corners are rounded, and the design appears almost symmetrical if it weren’t for the punch hole placed at the top left. The frame around the camera lens is very narrow, and the interruption is not negatively noticeable during use.
By the way, the panel is protected by Gorilla Glass—the manufacturer owes us more detailed information about the version number. The earcup above the screen acts as a second speaker, enabling stereo sound. The sound quality is solid-bass is mostly missing, but even at high volume, distortions appear.
I really like the case of the OnePlus 9R. The metal back is not too slippery and provides excellent haptics. The buttons are all easy to use, and the display glass on the front makes a stable impression. Overall, I really have nothing to complain about, except maybe the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack. Compared to the direct competition from Sony or Samsung, an IP certification would also be commendable.
By the way, you can unlock the OnePlus 9R with the fingerprint sensor integrated into the display. This spreads over a large area but sits a bit too high for my taste. Also, the sensor only recognizes my fingerprint in strong sunlight about six times out of ten. There are no such problems under cloudy skies or indoors. A face recognition solution is also integrated.
Also in the red box are a Chinese power plug (65 watts), a red cable from USB-A to USB-C (2.0), a transparent protective cover, a needle for removing the SIM slot, and some OnePlus stickers. The China Shops also include an adapter for EU sockets.
OnePlus uses a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with 2400 x 1080 pixels. This results in around 402 pixels per inch, which corresponds to an average value in this price range and is sufficient for a completely sharp display. On top of that, however, there’s 120 Hertz—that’s a nice touch that other brands withhold from their mid-range models.
Widevine Level 1 is also supported by the China version; content from Netflix and other streaming services is therefore played in high resolution. The screen calibration can be adjusted through six presets and, additionally, through two almost infinitely variable sliders. There is no option for DC dimming in the settings.
In practice, I really liked the display. The high refresh rate underlines the fast overall impression of the operating system. The 120Hz can, of course, also be reduced to 60Hz. Otherwise, the 120Hz mode is always dynamic and switches to 60Hz if 120Hz would not add any value (e.g. with YouTube videos).
The colors aren’t overly exaggerated or gaudy, the contrasts are excellent, and the maximum brightness is also impressive. We measured around 900 lux on a completely white image, although even higher maximum brightness levels are possible in some areas. However, these reserves are only activated in automatic mode and in very strong sunlight.
I also think the informative and chic always-on display is great. I chose to display the time, date, day of the week, battery level, and recent notifications. The current weather and appointments from the Google calendar are also displayed on the AOD half an hour before the start.
To prevent burn-in, the elements occasionally wander across the screen. Otherwise, we are dealing with a typical OLED panel: strong contrasts, perfect black value, and excellent viewing angles. There is little room for improvement there.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 works in the OnePlus 9R. The chip was introduced a good year and a half ago and, with good cooling, offers slightly more performance than the Snapdragon 865 (Plus), which powers the OnePlus 8T, among others.
The eight processor cores are divided into three clusters: Cortex-A77 with 3.2 GHz (1x), Cortex-A77 with 2.42 GHz (3x), and Cortex-A55 with 1.8 GHz (4x). An Adreno 650 (670 MHz clock frequency) is on board for games and other graphically demanding tasks.
The good to very good benchmark results match my own everyday experience. Also, thanks to the rather slim Oxygen OS, all apps start in no time at all; there are no stutters or delays. Even within apps, everything runs smoothly, which also applies to games and processor-intensive applications such as video editing.
Performance is at a very high level—compared to high-end models like the Xiaomi Mi 11, future security is probably the only aspect that has to be rated as worse here.
The 3D performance is also impressive. Casual games run smoothly and start up quickly; loading times occur only in more powerful games such as Real Racing and Asphalt.If you mainly use your smartphone for gaming, you are certainly better off with a model designed for this purpose.
If you play a round in between, you don’t have to worry about anything with the OnePlus 9R. Incidentally, the main memory ensures fast multitasking – either eight or twelve gigabytes are available. The internal memory of the UFS 3.1 measures 128 gigabytes or 256 gigabytes and is very fast at 1,600 MB/s (read) or 700 MB/s (write). The working memory comes to 19 GB/s.
OnePlus installs a quad camera on the back and a single selfie camera:
The camera app of the OnePlus 9R starts quickly and is clearly structured. The mode can be selected below. Above is the quick selection for different zoom levels. Right next to it, various image filters can be selected, including the monochrome mode, for which an additional sensor was installed.
However, the results do not differ from the software filters of other smartphones that do not have the appropriate hardware installed. OnePlus places the self-timing, flash, resolution, and aspect ratio settings in the top bar.
The images of the OnePlus 9R appear colorful without drifting into a comic look. Overall, the color reproduction is excellent, even if the white balance mostly prefers warm colors. This makes the pictures look summery and gives them a look that puts you in a good mood when you look at them.
The image sharpness is high, albeit a bit too artificial depending on the shot. The software clearly approaches the raw recordings and enhances structures and the level of detail, which often leads to over-sharpened images.
The HDR mode is addressed in almost every recording situation and often provides unrealistic dynamics, which, however, look very appealing on the smartphone display. I prefer a more realistic look, but I’m probably in the minority with that.
The strong yellow cast in night shots is a definite negative. As soon as there is an artificial light source somewhere in the picture, the OnePlus 9R dips the entire photo in a yellowish mush. This is neither pretty nor close to the actual situation.
My impression of the main camera also runs through the images of the ultra-wide-angle camera. The HDR effect ensures excellent dynamics; the image sharpness is high-sometimes too high-and the colors are lively and mostly shifted towards the warm.
The relatively high resolution of 16 megapixels for an ultra-wide-angle camera is undoubtedly noticeable, but the software still takes the pictures again and spoils them in part by sharpening them too much.
Overall, I would still rate the secondary camera as good.
Macro shots with the OnePlus 9R are successful in good lighting conditions. The high level of detail and the appealing colors make the images come alive. In fact, I don’t use such lenses in everyday life, which is why I can’t show a large number of example images and impressions here.
The selfies of the OnePlus 9R look warm, and the skin tones are appealing. In bad light, these shots shake because of the mediocre electronic stabilization. The portrait shots with the main camera shine with good edge recognition, which is only completely off the mark in a few cases. Unfortunately, images of this type are associated with a double crop.
Videos are recorded at a maximum of 4K at 60 frames per second. In full HD, even 240 frames per second are possible in slow motion mode-in HD 480 frames per second. Unfortunately, only videos with 30 frames per second are stabilized – the ultra-wide-angle camera only supports this frame rate anyway.
Switching between the camera sensors is possible at 4K 30FPS during recording. The sound quality during the video recording is perfectly fine. The image quality is also convincing. The front camera is also stabilized again. The recording is limited to full HD 30FPS for selfie videos.
OnePlus installs a SIM slot with two slots in the 9R. However, only nano SIM cards are recognized—memory expansion is therefore not possible. With up to 256 gigabytes of memory, that’s not a big problem for me personally.
LTE, including band 20, and 5G, including band 78, which is important in Bangladesh, are on board and have also worked perfectly in practice.
2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
CDMA 800 / 1900 & TD-SCDMA
3G: HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100
4G: LTE: B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
5G: NSA: N41, 78, 79
5G: SA: N1, 3, 41, 78, 79
During a trip to the Czech Republic, the OnePlus 9R even dialed into the local 5G network. In addition, there is Bluetooth 5.1, including aptX adaptive, NFC, and, of course, GPS. Satellites of the systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou & NaviC, including dual GPS, are supported. I tested Google Pay and it worked perfectly.
The reception quality is good, but not quite as good as on my Mi 10 Lite 5G and Xperia 1 III. This is probably due to the metal back. In everyday life, however, the differences are only minimal and should not be a decisive criterion for the purchase. WiFi 6 is also installed and ensures high speeds and great stability in combination with my Xiaomi router.
To a certain extent, I used the smartphone continuously in the worst-case scenario. That means continuously active always-on display, 120 Hertz, and 5G mobile communications. Nonetheless, I’ve always managed to get through the day; usually, I had about 20% to 35% of the day left.I wouldn’t have made it through two full days with these settings. This is only possible if you limit your screen time a bit and do it without the high refresh rate. Thanks to the extremely fast charging process, I didn’t find this necessary – the OnePlus 9R recharges in around 40 minutes anyway.
OnePlus lives up to its old motto: “flagship killers” should be excellently equipped smartphones at a significantly lower price than other manufacturers offer corresponding devices.
Thanks to the grandiose OLED display with 120 Hertz, the rapid system speed, and the strong battery life in combination with fast charging, the OnePlus 9R fits into this category. Almost traditionally, the cameras are good, but not on a par with the elite—Google, Xiaomi, Samsung.
The OnePlus 9R is available on almost all important frequency bands in Bangladesh, and the Oxygen OS, which is available entirely in Bangladesh, makes the OnePlus 9R a perfect import candidate. The overall package, which is almost incorrigible for this price, with some exciting features on top (notification slider, good update support, USB-C 3.1), only allows for a very high rating.
So if you’re looking for a smartphone for around 37,000 Tk and don’t shy away from importing it from China, you’ll find one of the best options currently in the OnePlus 9R.
The alternative to the OnePlus 9R is, of course, the OnePlus Nord 2, which is also available in this country. The Nord has a better main camera and costs a little less, but you get “only” 90Hz and a slightly slower Mediatek processor.