Is OnePlus 9R the best phone under Rs. 40,000?


The price of OnePlus 9R in India starts at Rs. 39,999. The latest OnePlus phone comes alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The OnePlus 9R is designed to deliver a flagship-like experience but at a lower price point than the OnePlus 9. When we look at the specifications of the OnePlus 9R, the phone has some similarities to the OnePlus 9. It comes with a full-HD. + OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate as well as a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 main camera sensor. The OnePlus 9R is also one of the few phones based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC. In this episode of Orbital, Jamshed Avari, editor-in-chief of Gadgets 360, and Ali Pardiwala, the in-house OnePlus expert, join host Akhil Arora to discuss the OnePlus 9R.

The OnePlus 9R is a smartphone with a unique positioning in the company’s portfolio. It sits between the OnePlus North and the OnePlus 9. At the same time, the phone has some similarities with last year’s OnePlus 8T.

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Against the more expensive OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9R has a Snapdragon 870 SoC over the Snapdragon 888 found elsewhere. This brings slightly lower processor cores and graphics performance. Wi-Fi 6E is also something you won’t get on the OnePlus 9R, which is available on the OnePlus 9 or OnePlus 9 Pro. Additionally, the cheaper OnePlus model lacks the Hasselblad branding that you’ll see on the premium OnePlus flagships of 2021.

That said, the OnePlus 9R might be a better option if you don’t care about the high-end chipset or the high-end camera marketing.

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For the second half of this week’s Orbital episode, we’re talking about the new OnePlus Watch. Host Akhil is joined by Gadgets 360 reviewer Aditya Shenoy and smartwatch enthusiast Shubham Raheja to discuss the OnePlus watch.

The highly anticipated OnePlus Watch launched alongside the OnePlus 9 series phones last month. But rather than running on Google’s WearOS as you might expect, the OnePlus Watch uses a real-time operating system (RTOS). It doesn’t offer any customization, although you can add separate watch faces.

OnePlus provided a basic user interface on the OnePlus watch that works similarly to WearOS and Samsung’s Tizen operating system. The smartwatch also doesn’t include a dedicated app store. However, you can get some features and faces directly from the connected OnePlus Health app.

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We also explain how the presence of the proprietary software helps the OnePlus Watch offer better battery life compared to the competition. It also includes support for fast charging and a list of features focused on health and fitness. But it’s important to note that you shouldn’t choose the OnePlus Watch at this time if you have an iPhone as your primary device. It is because the smartwatch does not work with iOS.

That’s it for this week’s episode of Orbital. Listen to the full discussion by following the Gadgets 360 podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. Please rate us and leave a comment.

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