Gadget NewsOnePlus 9RT 5G hands-on review

DarylJanuary 14, 2022

Introduction

The OnePlus 9RT is the successor to last year’s OnePlus 9R. The 9RT, like its predecessor, is primarily an Asian device, first appearing in China and now in India.

The 9RT sits between the premium OnePlus smartphones, such as the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, and the more affordable Nord series. Nobody knows why OnePlus chose to launch these phones solely in Asia.

 

OnePlus 9RT hands-on review

The 9RT is a minor upgrade over the 9R, which was largely identical to the 8T. The main differences between this model and the 9R are an updated Snapdragon 888 processor and a new triple camera system on the back. The display has been slightly increased in size, and the phone now charges slightly faster. The overall product is very similar to last year’s OnePlus 9.

While none of this is particularly exciting, the OnePlus 9RT remains a reasonably well-specced smartphone for the price. It remains to be seen, however, whether it will work well in practise. So, putting aside our familiarity and preconceived notions about the device, we decided to give it a try.

OnePlus 9RT 5G specs at a glance:

 

    • Body: 162.2×74.6×8.3mm, 199g; Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, aluminum frame.
    • Display: 6.62″ AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 397ppi; Always-on display.
    • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
    • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
    • OS/Software: Android 11, ColorOS 12.
    • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.56”, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 16 MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 123˚, 1/3.6″, 1.0µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4.
    • Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.0µm.
    • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS.
    • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 65W, 100% in 29 min (advertised).
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC.

Unboxing

The OnePlus 9RT is packaged in typical OnePlus red packaging that is far taller than necessary. The smartphone is inside, along with a 65W power adapter and a red charging cable. The charger included with the 9RT is the same as the charger included with the 9R and Nord 2; it supports 65W Warp Charge with the proprietary cable but uses a USB-A connector, which means it does not support USB-PD fast charging for non-OnePlus devices.

 

OnePlus 9RT hands-on review

Aside from that, you also get a silicone case, which is entirely black and opaque this time around, as opposed to the previous clear or translucent models. Then there’s the standard paperwork, stickers, and SIM eject tool hidden inside a sleeve under the lid.

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