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OnePlus 9RT Review in Five Minutes

The OnePlus 9RT features significant upgrades over its predecessor, making it a contender for best flagship killer in India.

January 14, 2022 / 05:32 PM IST
The OnePlus 9RT has officially been unveiled in India. The OnePlus 9RT’s price in India is set at Rs for the base model and Rs for the top-end model. The handset brings a ton of improvements over last year’s OnePlus 9R, while not going overboard on the price. On the specs sheet, the OnePlus 9RT looks like a solid upgrade over the OnePlus 9R. So let’s take a first look at the OnePlus 9RT and see how it fares in the real world.
The OnePlus 9RT has officially been unveiled in India. The OnePlus 9RT’s price in India is set at Rs 42,999 for the base model and Rs 46,999 for the top-end model. The handset brings a ton of improvements over last year’s OnePlus 9R, while not going overboard on the price. On the specs sheet, the OnePlus 9RT looks like a solid upgrade over the OnePlus 9R. So let’s take a first look at the OnePlus 9RT and see how it fares in the real world.
The OnePlus 9RT follows the design language of its predecessor with a flat screen and the rectangular camera layout on the back. OnePlus has also added a glass back and an aluminium frame to give the 9RT a more premium look and feel. Additionally, the rounded edges make it rather easy to grip the phone. On the sides, you get the traditional OnePlus slider as well as the power and volume buttons. The OnePlus 9RT also packs a dual-speaker system.
The OnePlus 9RT follows the design language of its predecessor with a flat screen and a rectangular camera layout on the back. OnePlus has also added a glass back and an aluminium frame to give the 9RT a more premium look and feel. Additionally, the rounded edges make it rather easy to grip the phone. On the sides, you get the traditional OnePlus slider as well as the power and volume buttons. The OnePlus 9RT also packs a dual-speaker system.
In terms of the finish, the OnePlus 9RT is offered in Nano Silver and Hacker Black colours. Our black model had a matte finish with ceramic glazed texture on the back that look really neat. It also resulted in a back panel that was smooth to the touch, almost too smooth. The glazed textured finish also leaks into the camera island, while the frame has a standard black colour. I also found that the rear panel was resistant to fingerprint smudges.
In terms of the finish, the OnePlus 9RT is offered in Nano Silver and Hacker Black colours. Our black model had a matte finish with ceramic glazed texture on the back that look really neat. It also resulted in a back panel that was smooth to the touch, almost too smooth. The glazed textured finish also leaks into the camera island, while the frame has a standard black colour. I also found that the rear panel was resistant to fingerprint smudges.
The OnePlus 9RT is little over 8 mm thick and weighs nearly 200 grams, which did put it on the heave side. OnePlus has included a case in the box in case that back panel for an added layer of protection, but it does take away from the aesthetics. The build quality of the OnePlus 9RT certainly felt premium, while the unique finish added a touch of style to a phone that felt very comfortable to use.
The OnePlus 9RT is a little over 8 mm thick and weighs nearly 200 grams, which did put it on the heave side. OnePlus has included a case in the box in case that back panel for an added layer of protection, but it does take away from the aesthetics. The build quality of the OnePlus 9RT certainly felt premium, while the unique finish added a touch of style to a phone that felt very comfortable to use.
OnePlus hasn’t skimped out on the display here. The phone opts for a 6.62-inch E4 OLED panel from Samsung with an FHD+ (2400 × 1080 pixels) resolution. The screen features a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz (or up to 600Hz when gaming), which makes for a rather smooth gaming and navigation experience. The screen’s 20:9 aspect ratio also makes consuming entertainment on it rather comfortable.
OnePlus hasn’t skimped out on the display here. The phone opts for a 6.62-inch E4 OLED panel from Samsung with an FHD+ (2400 × 1080 pixels) resolution. The screen features a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz (or up to 600Hz when gaming), which makes for a rather smooth gaming and navigation experience. The screen’s 20:9 aspect ratio also makes consuming entertainment on it rather comfortable.
The display gets quite bright, offering up to 1,300 nits of brightness, so starring at the screen under direct sunlight won’t be an issue. The panel also offers a 100 percent DCI-P3 wide colour gamut coverage and HDR10+ support. Additionally, the display emits 15 percent less blue light, consumes 15 percent less power, and upscales picture quality for content in lower resolution. Overall, the display here is top-notch, it may not be as good as a premium smartphone, but it is certainly one of the best in the segment.
The display gets quite bright, offering up to 1,300 nits of brightness, so starring at the screen under direct sunlight won’t be an issue. The panel also offers a 100 percent DCI-P3 wide colour gamut coverage and HDR10+ support. Additionally, the display emits 15 percent less blue light, consumes 15 percent less power, and upscales picture quality for content in lower resolution. Overall, the display here is top-notch, it may not be as good as a premium smartphone, but it is certainly one of the best in the segment.
The one area where the OnePlus 9RT doesn’t comprise is ‘performance’. The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 888 chipset, which is the same chip used on the OnePlus 9 (Review) and OnePlus 9 Pro (Review). The chip is further paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Additionally, the OnePlus 9RT also comes with improved cooling, delivering a vapour chamber that is 59 percent larger than that of the OnePlus 9 Pro. So, how does this translate to real-world performance?
The one area where the OnePlus 9RT doesn’t comprise is ‘performance’. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, which is the same chip used on the OnePlus 9 (Review) and OnePlus 9 Pro (Review). The chip is further paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Additionally, the OnePlus 9RT also comes with improved cooling, delivering a vapour chamber that is 59 percent larger than that of the OnePlus 9 Pro. So, how does this translate to real-world performance?
In Geekbench 5, the OnePlus 9RT managed a single-core score of 912 points and a multi-core score of 3337 points. The two games we tested on the OnePlus 9RT included Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends. Both games ran smoothly on their highest settings, while the smooth display felt gave me a slight edge in Call of Duty: Mobile. I ran Call of Duty: Mobile for around 30 minutes, but the phone remained cool throughout the duration. I will say this though, the Geekbench scores posted by the OnePlus 9 Pro were slightly higher than that of the OnePlus 9RT. However, there’s no doubt that the performance here is top-notch.
In Geekbench 5, the OnePlus 9RT managed a single-core score of 912 points and a multi-core score of 3337 points. The two games we tested on the OnePlus 9RT included Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends. Both games ran smoothly on their highest settings, while the smooth display felt gave me a slight edge in Call of Duty: Mobile. I ran Call of Duty: Mobile for around 30 minutes, but the phone remained cool throughout the duration. I will say this though, the Geekbench scores posted by the OnePlus 9 Pro were slightly higher than that of the OnePlus 9RT. However, there’s no doubt that the performance here is top-notch.
When it comes to optics, the OnePlus 9RT gets a triple-camera setup on the back. The setup features a 50 MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor with OIS, a 16 MP ultrawide lens, and a 2 MP macro lens. On the front, the OnePlus 9RT opts for a 16 MP Sony IMX471 sensor for selfies. In terms of video, the OnePlus 9RT can capture 4K and 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, although it is limited to 1080p at 30fps on the front camera.
When it comes to optics, the OnePlus 9RT gets a triple-camera setup on the back. The setup features a 50 MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor with OIS, a 16 MP ultrawide lens, and a 2 MP macro lens. On the front, the OnePlus 9RT opts for a 16 MP Sony IMX471 sensor for selfies. In terms of video, the OnePlus 9RT can capture 4K and 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, although it is limited to 1080p at 30fps on the front camera.
The main camera on the OnePlus 9RT is a much-needed upgrade over its predecessor. The Sony IMX766 sensor captures photos with good dynamic range and accurate colours during the day. Images taken on the primary camera were sharp and didn’t appear to be oversaturated.
The main camera on the OnePlus 9RT is a much-needed upgrade over its predecessor. The Sony IMX766 sensor captures photos with a good dynamic range and accurate colours during the day. Images taken on the primary camera were sharp and didn’t appear to be oversaturated.
The ultrawide camera on the OnePlus 9RT was surprisingly good, delivering good dynamic range and still maintaining nice detail in shots. It isn’t the best ultrawide sensor you’ll find, but OnePlus’ algorithms do a pretty good job here.
The ultrawide camera on the OnePlus 9RT was surprisingly good, delivering good dynamic range and still maintaining nice detail in shots. It isn’t the best ultrawide sensor you’ll find, but OnePlus’ algorithms do a pretty good job here.
Here’s a 100 MP photo taken on the phone’s Hi-Res mode.
Here’s a 100 MP photo taken on the phone’s Hi-Res mode.
I defaulted to Night Mode in lowlight and the results here not bad. The images don’t seem over exposed and the noise almost seems non-existent.
I defaulted to Night Mode in low light and the results here are not bad. The images don’t seem overexposed and the noise almost seems non-existent.
Here’s a sample of Night mode on the ultrawide camera, which actually makes a significant difference.
Here’s a sample of Night mode on the ultrawide camera, which actually makes a significant difference.
I still have to put the OnePlus 9RT’s macro and selfie cameras to the test, but my first impressions of them were average. We will also dive into video performance in our full review of the OnePlus 9RT. For what it’s worth, the OnePlus 9RT offers a solid upgrade in camera performance over the OnePlus 9R. I don’t think this is a flagship camera, but in comes pretty damn close in some areas.
I still have to put the OnePlus 9RT’s macro and selfie cameras to the test, but my first impressions of them were average. We will also dive into video performance in our full review of the OnePlus 9RT. For what it’s worth, the OnePlus 9RT offers a solid upgrade in camera performance over the OnePlus 9R. I don’t think this is a flagship camera, but it comes pretty damn close in some areas.
The OnePlus 9RT has a pretty sizeable 4,500 mAh battery that can easily get you through a full day of usage and some to take into the next day. I’ve not fully tested how long this battery can last, but if it does get over, you’ll be pleased to know that the phone will fully charge up in around 40 minutes.
The OnePlus 9RT has a pretty sizeable 4,500 mAh battery that can easily get you through a full day of usage and some to take into the next day. I’ve not fully tested how long this battery can last, but if it does get over, you’ll be pleased to know that the phone will fully charge up in around 40 minutes.
Thankfully, the OnePlus 9RT in India continues to use OxygenOS as opposed to ColorOS. Disappointingly, the OnePlus 9RT is running OxygenOS based on Android 11, rather than on Android 12 out-of-the-box. OxgenOS comes with a bunch of pre-loaded OnePlus apps as well as some favourites like the always-on display, Zen Mode, and more importantly, the interface is still relatively bloatware-free.
Thankfully, the OnePlus 9RT in India continues to use OxygenOS as opposed to ColorOS. Disappointingly, the OnePlus 9RT is running OxygenOS based on Android 11, rather than on Android 12 out-of-the-box. OxgenOS comes with a bunch of pre-loaded OnePlus apps as well as some favourites like the always-on display, Zen Mode, and more importantly, the interface is still relatively bloatware-free.
For a starting price of Rs , the OnePlus 9RT seems well worth the price. The phone offers excellent performance, consistent cameras, a vibrant display, good software, and a reliable battery. OnePlus has also got the design and build spot-on here. I will go into more details about the handset in the full review, but my first impressions of the OnePlus 9RT were very positive. I think the OnePlus 9RT is very reminiscent of past flagship killers from OnePlus and will give India’s current crop of flagship killers a good run for their money.
For a starting price of Rs 42,999, the OnePlus 9RT seems well worth the price. The phone offers excellent performance, consistent cameras, a vibrant display, good software, and a reliable battery. OnePlus has also got the design and build spot-on here. I will go into more details about the handset in the full review, but my first impressions of the OnePlus 9RT were very positive. I think the OnePlus 9RT is very reminiscent of past flagship killers from OnePlus and will give India’s current crop of flagship killers a good run for their money.
Carlsen Martin
first published: Jan 14, 2022 05:30 pm
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