OnePlus 9R Review: Another Little Flagship For Very Reasonable


Whether it is based on configuration materials or design standards, we can see that the two “exit” machine emperors OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, are moving upwards, and the sales of the entire network in 10 seconds have exceeded 300 million. It signified that it has indeed escaped from the niche and achieved the purpose of “out of the circle”-not only is it well-known among the niche player groups, but it also has become a new player recognized both inside and outside the circle.

It is worth mentioning that OnePlus did not give up its long-standing basic game because of its high-strength play. Since the beginning of the OnePlus 3, OnePlus has always been known for building flagship killers within 3,000 yuan. It is also the most familiar interval for old users of the OnePlus. It has formed the basic disk over time.

The starting price of the OnePlus 9 has reached 3799 yuan, leaving a blank for the previous basic disk. The task of filling the gap this time is filled by the protagonist of this evaluation-OnePlus 9R. Next is our detailed evaluation experience of the OnePlus 9R.

Design & Appearance

In terms of appearance, every mobile phone of OnePlus has never made people worry about it regardless of its positioning. The OnePlus 9R this time only has two colours: Black Island and Blue Islet, and what we got is Blue Islet. Light up the screen, you can see that the design of the hole-digging screen is adopted.

The details of digging holes in the upper left corner are basically the same as those of the previous generation OnePlus 8T. Flagship package, leaving a rather narrow chin.

The weight of the OnePlus 9R is controlled at 189g, the thickness is as thin as 8.4mm, and the grip feels good. It also uses a metal middle frame. Simultaneously, the middle frame antenna breakpoint plastic adopts the same colour design as the body, which enhances the overall colour matching. Consistency.

Today’s mobile phone design is becoming more and more homogeneous; the appearance details of the body part can best reflect the manufacturer’s degree of care for a product. OnePlus 9R pays a lot of attention to details, especially the back cover’s colour and texture.

On the blue island colour body, it uses OnePlus’s original “diffuse texture” process, which keeps the gloss and does not easily show fingerprints, and the hand feels delicate.

It is worth mentioning that the back of the OnePlus 9R actually uses a combination of two different materials, a glass battery cover and a metal camera decoration. Still, due to the same colour treatment, the two are visually integrated.

Hardware & Performance

To distinguish it from its own machine king, the OnePlus 9R uses a combination of Snapdragon 870+UFS 3.0 storage, which are all our old friends, so that I won’t repeat them here and directly perform running scores and game tests. The monitoring software shows that the 12G version of the OnePlus 9R in the author’s hand uses LPDRR5 memory


The Snapdragon 870 and the Snapdragon 865 have the same architecture. The CPU cores used by the OnePlus 9R are also 1+3+4 architectures, but the super-large core frequency of the Snapdragon 870 is up to 3.2GHz, which is higher than that of the Snapdragon 865+. Compared with the Snapdragon 865, it is 360MHz higher than the Snapdragon 865. The remaining large and mid-core cores remain unchanged and are still 2.42GHz and 1.80GHz, respectively.

According to the test results of other models by Fast Technology in the past, the Snapdragon 870 equipped in OnePlus 9R, as the ultra-large core ultra-overclocked version of the Snapdragon 865, has the most obvious improvement in CPU single-core performance. Still, it is compared with the Snapdragon 865 Plus. The difference is not big.


In terms of GPU, the graphics core frequency of the Adreno 650 GPU of the Snapdragon 870 is similar to that of the Snapdragon 865 Plus. Both are improved based on the Snapdragon 865 587MHz, Adreno 650 GPU@670MHz, which is compared with the Snapdragon 865 graphics rendering speed. It’s about 10% faster.

In the GFXbench test, the Snapdragon 870 equipped with OnePlus 9R in the Aztec ruins Vulkan 1080p/conventional off-screen result of 63FPS as an example, compared with Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865 Plus, the results can exceed about 13% and 3%, respectively. Due to the same GPU, the gap between the Snapdragon 865Plus and the Snapdragon 870 is not large, but the latter’s advantages are more obvious.

Master Lu

Master Lu’s running score is between the Snapdragon 888 model and the Snapdragon 865 model.

Flash test

Typical dual-channel UFS 3.0 flash memory

Game Test

1. “Peace Elite.”

“Peace Elite” is currently a relatively popular mobile shooting game on the market, which has higher frame rate requirements. Due to software restrictions, the 90-frame and 120-frame high-brush mode cannot be turned on for the time being to ensure smooth image quality; the limit 60 frame rate is turned on for gaming.

There is no pressure to deal with 60 frames of “Peace Elite”.

2. “The Original God.”

To “squeeze” the performance and heat dissipation capacity of the OnePlus 9R, we chose an open-world game “, Yuan Shen”, that connects Android, iOS and PC to test the machine. As for how “destroyed” the phone is in this game. You can look at our previous four flagship platforms of “Yuan Shen” Helping to understand.

In the following test, we reduced the brightness to 50% for OnePlus 9R, used silently, the picture quality was “extremely high quality”, the motion blur was turned off, and the room temperature was about 25°C during the test.

  • 10 minutes of the game, the average frame rate can reach about 50 frames
  • The highest CPU core temperature is around 73℃, and the average is around 60℃


For a long time, users have said that “buying a mobile phone means buying a screen”, which is enough to see how important the screen is, and screens of different qualities can bring completely different user experiences. A good screen has become a major feature since the OnePlus 7 series. This time the OnePlus 9R is equipped with a 2.5D straight screen with a comprehensive quality second only to its own phone king, and even passed the DisplayMate A+ authoritative certification, HDR10+ display standard and SGS screen eye protection certification.

Also, the machine comes with 120Hz, 8192-level automatic brightness adjustment and other features, with a maximum touch screen sampling rate of 240Hz and an average JNCD of 0.3. Judging from the book parameters only, the screen performance of the OnePlus 9R has reached the current first-class level.

At the beginning of the experience, the straight screen design xis the easiest to perceive. There are no exaggerated large curvature arcs on both sides. Users who like to play games do not need to worry about misoperation caused by accidental touch on the edge of the screen. Of course, this screen is not a completely flat straight screen, but a 2.5D straight screen.

Therefore, if you observe, you will find that the edges of the screen of the OnePlus 9R actually have a slight curvature. The main significance is to improve the experience of sliding from the edge of the screen to the centre of the screen, and the body feel is smoother. Compared with a flat-screen on edge, the transition is smoother, especially with the ultra-high refresh rate of 120Hz and the rounded shape of the middle frame; the entire operating link is like a peerless cloud.

It is worth mentioning that the OnePlus 9R follows the design of the front and rear dual light sensors of the previous generation OnePlus 8T and also has the 8192 level brightness adjustment that may be the highest among Android phones, so far. This is equivalent to allowing the mobile phone to have a larger brightness gradient adjustment range, and the screen can be adjusted to the most suitable brightness at the moment as the external light changes, bringing a comfortable screen look and feel.

To put it simply, it is sensitive to maintain extremely high visibility under strong light; when the lights are turned off at night and lying in bed and looking at the phone, the screen brightness is automatically reduced to an appropriate level to reduce eye pain. Regardless of the light illuminance, the screen brightness can be smoothed at any time, bringing a soft visual experience, avoiding the flickering and dimming conditions, which is a very detailed improvement.

Regarding the comparison between the 60Hz refresh rate and the 120Hz high refresh rate, we have shown it many times before. Whether it is usually watching videos, refreshing pictures and texts, slow-playing the entire operation process, you can find that 60Hz display terminals are prone to smear. A 120Hz display device such as the OnePlus 9R can indeed bring a smoother operating experience, especially with a 240Hz touch sampling rate and a stronger hand feel, and content switching is also relatively simple and neat.

What is worthy of recognition is that each screen of the OnePlus 9R has been professionally calibrated at the factory, and the average JNCD is approximately equal to 0.3. The JNCD here is a method of weighing the colour accuracy. It is generally used to reflect the colour shift level. The smaller the value, the smaller the colour shift, the more accurate the colour display, and the more realistic the effect seen by the naked eye. The average JNCD of the OnePlus 9R reached 0.3, while the OnePlus 9 Pro, regarded as the emperor of the screen, was also 0.3.

From this point of view, based on the same stringent and high-standard colour performance, the same 8192 brightness adjustment, and the same 120Hz high refresh rate, the screen of the OnePlus 9R can actually be regarded as the FHD of the OnePlus 9 Pro. LTPO, non-E4 substrate “youth” straight screen version.

Also, the flexible screen material is made into a straight screen so that the screen module of the OnePlus 9R is lighter than the hard screen, which is why the OnePlus 9R maintains a thin and light form among the Snapdragon 870 models.

UI experience

The road of OnePlus’ mobile phone system can be described as “ups and downs” and “turning rounds”.

In fact, the first-generation product of OnePlus does not use the ROM developed by itself but adapts ColorOS in China and CM overseas. Perhaps it shows the outside world that OnePlus is not a mobile phone manufacturer that can only do hardware. Soon after its establishment, it began to prepare its own ROM team. It has the hydrogen OS and Oxygen OS that everyone knows later, serving the domestic And overseas users.

Hydrogen OS is more than just OnePlus’ “own child”. It also raised the banner of reviving Material Design when the vulgar “Apple-like” was rampant in the Android camp. Google-style card design and large colour blocks were integrated into it to form The beautiful scenery unique to domestic Android phones.

Due to the young age, the completion of hydrogen OS was really not high when it started. Later, after the function was gradually improved, it was actually different from the mainstream system UI. Still, it provided a high degree of freedom (no bloated pre-installed, unlockable, Feel free to flash the phone), which has won the enthusiasm of many geeks and gave them free space to toss. A high degree of smoothness and simplicity has always been an advantage.

The memorable early hydrogen OS

However, as mentioned at the beginning of the article, OnePlus’s size and popularity are getting bigger and bigger. The user population that needs to be served is definitely no longer limited to the group of enthusiasts in the past. How do you take care of most of the game consoles? , Tossing the general public who knows nothing is the challenge and problem they have to face.

Hydrogen OS has indeed made a lot of efforts-the latest hydrogen OS 11 has kept up with the small window mode played with the mainstream UI for a long time and has also incorporated popular voice assistants. However, today it is not possible to call out the small window vertically. It can call out the small window during horizontal screen game or video and only supports QQ and WeChat.

The style of the information screen display is limited, and mainstream theme stores have not yet seen it. For ordinary users, it may be difficult to imagine that a 2021 system UI cannot organize desktop icons in batches and calls for a long-term “screen recognition”. No.

Of course, this is not a problem for the old users who accompany OnePlus. When you really need it, you can unlock and flash all kinds of plug-ins, change the desktop launcher, and use niche applications as alternatives.

To consider from another perspective, when many novice users choose OnePlus for quality, word of mouth, and hardware, they find that the system and the mainstream UI are so far apart that they are very uncomfortable. Will, they choose OnePlus for the next mobile phone??

Therefore, OnePlus, which is in urgent need of going out of the circle, relies on the unique advantages of the Ouga system and embraces its “old love” ColorOS again is the best choice.

Experience ColorOS 11 for OnePlus

At the UI level, the ColorOS on OnePlus still retains its own characteristics, such as the sliding damping and vibration motor tuning familiar to OnePlus users and a new OnePlus unique style added to the clock style. The default colour system for the global colour scheme is OnePlus has customized accent colour rules (for example, the icon of the system setting interface retains the classic red colour of OnePlus), and the desktop layout also continues the OnePlus style (5 columns and 6 rows). Both static and dynamic wallpapers are customized by OnePlus. The notification sounds are replaced with the OnePlus style.

This allows the old users of OnePlus to transition to this time without too much separation and strangeness. The negative one-screen Breeno Quick View turns off the daily recommended information flow by default, which can also be regarded as a tribute to the pure hydrogen OS.

In the new system, OnePlus finally got more free “personalized settings”. The customization content includes customising many dimensions such as wallpaper, theme, screen display, icon style, fingerprint style, font display, etc. The theme store China provides many personalized options such as theme wallpapers, fonts, ringtones, and various art+ wallpapers with full texture, which are not available in the past OnePlus phones.

Regarding the screen style, the new system allows users to create exclusive screen styles by hand drawing, choosing different line styles, graphic shapes, and colours, and using their own ideas to create.

Because it is based on ColorOS, it also enjoys the convenience of switching App’s full screen, small window and mini window with one-click “Shanda Window” and can perform multitasking at will. Users can quickly launch tools and applications in the smart sidebar and drag them gently to split the application screen. When the social application messages pop up, they can directly click the floating window to reply.

The fully integrated Breeno intelligent assistant brings complete five modules of voice, screen recognition, quick view, driving, and sleep to OnePlus, covering all aspects.

Also, in the game scene, users can choose their favourite performance mode and customize their performance experience and preferences. There are three modes to choose from: low power consumption, balanced, and e-sports. The colour display of the game screen can even be adjusted according to the actual situation and personal preference.


Except for the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, which are rare to customize the sensor, the image module of traditional OnePlus mobile phones has always been conservative. It is used to polish multiple generations with the same combination to ensure maturity, such as The OnePlus 6T with IMX519 used to tie a lot of stackers with Pixel2 in DxO.

The same is true for the imaging system of the OnePlus 9R, which is the same as the previous OnePlus 8T, using the IMX586 main camera + 16 million pixels ultra-wide-angle + macro lens + black and white filter combination.

Counting from the OnePlus 7 series, the IMX586 sensor has been used in OnePlus mobile phones. It has been continuously polished for more than two generations so far, and OnePlus has been very proficient in its use. Next, let’s take a look at the sample.

0.6x (ultra-wide angle)

1x (main camera)

It can be seen that there is no obvious difference in colour and white balance between the ultra-wide-angle imaging and the main photo sample. The imaging maintains a high consistency. Simultaneously, the wide viewing angle of 123° is also the widest ultra-wide angle of OnePlus so far, with both high-definition picture quality and Broaden your horizons.

2x (main camera crop)

Thanks to the long-term polishing of the main camera of IMX586, the optimization of the night scene mode algorithm has become more and more mature. By the generation of the OnePlus 9R, the changes have been substantial, especially the performance of dark scenes is far better than before.

Regular mode

Night scene mode


OnePlus 9R is equipped with a 4500 mAh battery, supports 65W wired fast charging, and comes with the original charger.

Next, we will conduct a simple test of its battery life through online videos and mobile games.

I use the Bilibili client to play online barrage videos with 30% volume and 75% brightness. According to the monitored current information, it can be estimated that the online video battery life of the OnePlus 9R under test conditions can reach about 10.3 hours. The machine is dual-cell, and the test is for single-cell data).

The author entered the “Peace Elite” training field at 30% sound volume and 75% brightness and turned on the smooth + limit frame rate. According to the monitored current information, it can be estimated that the game life of the OnePlus 9R under test conditions can reach about 5.8 hours. OnePlus 9R comes with a 65W original charger, and it takes 35 minutes to charge from 1% to 100%.

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From the perspective of an old user of OnePlus, the author’s early mission of hydrogen OS and the sudden return of ColorOS is still a bit unacceptable; However, I heard it before; I just waited for the boots to land.

Hydrogen OS is the “pro son” of OnePlus and a partner who has attracted countless enthusiasts like the author to enter the world of robotics. It is gradually getting to know OnePlus, understanding Android, feeling the beauty of Material Design, and escaping the clichés. Interesting niche habitat.

In any case, we have to accept that OnePlus is no longer a niche plaything, and the users it serves have long been beyond the tossing enthusiasts. Therefore, the mission of Hydrogen OS has been completed. OnePlus, which is increasingly “breaking the circle”, needs a mobile phone system UI that can take care of the masses of users to accompany it to the second half. It is also in the Oga system, and at the same time, it is still the “old love” “ColorOS couldn’t be more suitable.

From our experience, based on the OnePlus 9R, the bottom layer of the ColorOS system customized by the OnePlus is almost completely irrelevant to the past. It has nothing to retain and embraces all the features and functions of the latter. The theme store and knowledge that were once missing Smart functions such as screens, multi-task collaborative interaction, etc., are all available overnight. Some functions are not bad. Since then, there is no difference between the system level and the head manufacturer.

Either because of feelings or to retain its own characteristics, the ColorOS customized by OnePlus leaves the sliding damping and vibration motor adjustments familiar to the old users of OnePlus on the UI level, and a new one unique to OnePlus is added to the clock style. Style, the default colour system of global colour matching is the accent colour rules customized by OnePlus, and the desktop layout also continues the OnePlus style (5 columns and 6 rows). Static and dynamic wallpapers are all OnePlus customized wallpapers. Mobile phones, text messages, and notification sounds are all replaced by the OnePlus OnePlus style makes the transition between old and new not separate.

Before OnePlus invested in screens, most users’ awareness of screens was limited to relatively one-sided indicators such as resolution, excitation brightness under illumination, and pixel density. After OnePlus continues to enter the screens, users’ vision is getting bigger and bigger, and a high refresh rate has gradually become an indispensable option for some users. And what users may start to realize next is the impact of colour accuracy, automatic brightness adjustment, and more indicators on the experience of the mobile phone screen.

OnePlus 9R, a 120Hz direct screen with high specifications, has reached the industry’s top-level in terms of colour accuracy, especially the average value and automatic brightness adjustment of the emperor OnePlus 9 Pro JNCD, which will surely become a new round of education market and education. A new template and weapon for users.

In other respects, the OnePlus 9R has the blessing of 65W wired fast charging, and the 4500 mAh battery can recover from 1% to 100% within 35 minutes. The configuration of the Snapdragon 870 platform + UFS 3.0 flash memory defends the basic performance of OnePlus. Plate. The imaging system is still the orthodox flagship style of OnePlus-the emphasis on experience is far greater than the parameters of piling up paper. The IMX586 has been polished out in the hands of OnePlus to produce even better results than in the past. The software algorithm is still the competitiveness of OnePlus.

In general, the OnePlus 9R is an orthodox model that reinforces its advantageous fields. It is also an all-around flagship with a screen known for its strengths and has no regrets. It is quite attractive.


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