OnePlus 9RT Review: Better Late Than Never


OnePlus 9RT The latest and most likely the last smartphone we’ll see in the company’s 9 series, and if you’re not excited about it, we don’t blame you. OnePlus phones’ ‘T’ refreshes usually bring minor improvements in design and performance. oneplus 7t ,Review) was an exception, but the 9RT is exactly that. As I have already done in my . highlighted in first impressions The updates on the phone mainly pertain to the design, SoC and the main rear camera. a. for the current owners of OnePlus 9RIt’s not a huge upgrade, but if you have an older OnePlus phone and have been waiting for the right time to switch, should you consider getting the 9RT? let’s find out.

OnePlus 9RT price in India

OnePlus 9RT is priced between 9R and 9R. It starts from Rs. 42,999 for 8GB RAM and 128GB storage in India, and Rs. 46,999 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which is the variant I’m testing today. Even if you don’t need 12GB of RAM, you might want to consider this variant as it has double the storage of the base variant and there is no microSD card slot.

The OnePlus 9RT is available in two colours, a Hacker Black and the more attractive Nano Silver. As always, there are a lot of cashback offers available at launch, depending on where you buy the phone, so you should be able to get a decent discount.

OnePlus 9RT Design

We covered the new design in our first impressions of the OnePlus 9RT, and after using this phone for almost a week, I believe the Hacker is about to get the Black version. The matte, sandstone-like finish for the glass back panel looks great and is easy to touch. It raises superficial marks if you run your fingernail over it, but these can be easily erased. The redesigned camera module looks good and matches well with the overall aesthetic of the phone. I think this is one of the best looking phones from OnePlus 8 Pro ,Review,

Despite weighing 198.5g, the OnePlus 9RT has a good hand feel. The rounded edges of the aluminum frame make it comfortable to hold. It has a relatively large 6.62-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and full-HD+ resolution, similar to the OnePlus 9R and oneplus 9 ,Review), but still misses out on LTPO-type panels that 9 Pro ,Review) uses it. Still it is a very good display and has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection just like the back panel. There is a slight change in hue (blue tone) on a white background when viewed off-axis display, but in most use cases, you’ll hardly notice it.

OnePlus 9RT looks good from all angles, especially in this hacker black finish

OnePlus hasn’t succumbed to the trend of reducing bundled accessories. The 9RT comes with a case, USB cable, and 65W charger in the box with stickers, among other things.

OnePlus 9RT Specifications and Software

The second major change is in the performance of the phone. The OnePlus 9RT uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC which makes it at par with the OnePlus 9. The really good news though is that it’s the only phone in the 9-series to support eight 5G bands, which makes it more future-proof. OnePlus also says that it has gone with three Wi-Fi antennas instead of the usual two for better stability while gaming. There’s also a new, larger vapor chamber cooling system that promises better heat dissipation. OnePlus has also tweaked the touch response of the 9RT’s screen, which can go up to 600Hz (up to 300Hz) in some games.

The 9RT still lacks the IP rating and wireless charging, which is a bit disappointing. Samsung offers these premium features with its FE series phones, and has been crushing it of late with aggressive pricing, especially for the older Galaxy S20 FE 5G which is still very relevant.

My unit of OnePlus 9RT came with OxygenOS 11.3, which is still based on Android 11. The next version, which is based on Android 12, is under development and should arrive in the form of an OTA update, but when that will happen is not known. Until then, you can expect the same experience from the 9RT as on any other recent OnePlus smartphone. The interface is lean with very little bloatware. You get Google’s SMS app as well as the stock dialer app, which supports call recording. There’s also plenty of customization for accent colors, fonts, and wallpapers.

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The OnePlus 9RT gets a good bump in processing power thanks to the Snapdragon 888 SoC

OnePlus 9RT performance and battery life

As a daily driver, the OnePlus 9RT was pretty reliable during the review period and offers the famous OnePlus experience – a sturdy body and fast software. The in-display fingerprint sensor is very quick at authentication, and navigates the phone’s menus quickly. Switching between apps was also smooth and never felt like I was stressing over this phone, no matter what I did.

Multimedia playback was good, with standard as well as HDR video rendered well. Streaming apps like Netflix were able to detect the HDR capability of the display. The stereo speakers sound great and the Dolby Atmos setting lets you choose from a bunch of different sound profiles. Thanks to the powerful SoC, the games also played well. Fortnite was fun to play and looked great with the graphics quality improving. The same thing happened for Call of Duty: Mobile. The display’s touch response was pretty good in general, while gaming, especially with competitive multiplayer games. The OnePlus 9RT also handled the heat very well, and the back of the phone remained slightly warm even after long gaming sessions.

Battery life was also very good. The 4,500mAh battery lasted 20 hours and 16 minutes in our internal testing, which plays an HD video clip on loop until the phone is turned off. It has a much longer runtime than the Oneplus 9R or Managed 9, which is a good sign. With normal usage that involved a little bit of everything (gaming, calls, camera, social apps), I was easily getting from a full day to a day and a half on a single charge. Charging the battery is also very fast. The included Warp Charge 65T charger is capable of charging the battery from zero to full in less than 30 minutes.

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OnePlus 9RT may deliver flagship-level performance, but it misses out on some premium features like IP rating and wireless charging

OnePlus 9RT cameras

OnePlus 9RT has a better primary camera than 9R. It uses the 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor, which is also used as the ultra-wide camera on the 9 and 9 Pro. A special feature of this sensor is support for DOL-HDR, its hardware-level ability to automatically capture a high dynamic range video if your subject is shot against bright light. We also saw this feature in the primary camera of OnePlus 9 Pro. Low-light photo quality is also said to have improved.

Rest of the sensors are same as you get in 9R. These are 16-megapixel Sony IMX481-based ultra-wide camera, 2-megapixel macro camera and 16-megapixel selfie camera. The macro camera here has a lower resolution than the 9R, and the selfie camera is what OnePlus has been using for several generations, which it says is an average camera for stills with limited video capabilities (1080p video) only for recording ).

The camera app on the 9RT has been directly removed from sister company Oppo’s ColorOS. You get AI Scene Enhancement toggle, dual-view video recording and a Hi-Res mode that combines multiple frames shot by the main camera to give you 108-megapixel photos.

OnePlus 9RT Main Camera Sampler (Tap to see full size)

OnePlus 9RT Ultra-Wide Camera Sampler (Tap to See Full Size)

OnePlus 9RT Portrait Mode Camera Sampler (Tap to View Full Size)

When shooting during the day, the main camera did a good job of capturing details. If I had the AI ​​button enabled the colors would have looked a bit artificial. Images captured using Portrait mode were a bit hit or miss as unwanted parts of the subject turned out to be blurry at times. There’s only digital zoom up to 10X, but photos still came out great because the resolution is high enough to be cropped.

The ultra-wide camera offers a wider perspective but with a noticeable drop in quality. The macro camera takes passable photos in good light, but I didn’t bother with it in low light. The main camera took the best photos in low light even without Night Mode, but they took a heavily processed look as I zoomed in. The ultra-wide camera took very poor pictures in such light, and even with AI enabled, it wouldn’t automatically use night mode. The selfie camera takes decent selfies during the day but faces generally appeared soft and skin tone was not the best.

OnePlus 9RT Low-Light Main Camera Sampler (Tap to See Full Size)

OnePlus 9RT low-light ultra-wide camera sample (tap to see full size)

OnePlus 9RT Selfie Camera Sampler (Tap to See Full Size)

OnePlus 9RT 4K can shoot videos up to 60fps. In favorable lighting, video quality is good and videos stabilize well. The DOL-HDR feature was useful when shooting backlit subjects as it maintained exposure on the subject very well, although highlights in the background were a bit blown out. Video quality in low light was a bit disappointing, with some graininess and jitter when moving, as a side-effect of the stabilization.


OnePlus 9RT Makes another dependable powerhouse of smartphones. It is beautifully crafted and delivers excellent performance with great battery life. The main camera is a nice improvement over the 9R, but the rest of them aren’t very good, especially in low light. 9RT effectively makes OnePlus 9R and even oneplus 9 obsolete. Unless there’s a huge price drop on the 9R, there’s no reason to even consider that phone.

While the OnePlus 9RT offers a better value than the OnePlus 9, it is still a bit pricey in my opinion. OnePlus has launched this refresh very late in India, and phones such as Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G, realme gt And Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Offer better value for money this time. If you are looking to wait for the OnePlus 10 series to arrive in India before pulling the trigger, it might be a longer wait than we thought. So far, OnePlus has only announced 10 ProSo no one can tell when the 9RT’s replacement will actually arrive.

The OnePlus 9RT is a solid flagship that needs a few thousand bucks off its current asking price to be a good deal. If you can’t wait, Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung have equally attractive offers at better prices.