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OnePlus 9RT first impressions: Another signature OnePlus device for you

OnePlus 9RT has finally made its way to the Indian market after some delay. With a familiar design and price that reminds you of a typical OnePlus device. Additionally, the OnePlus 9RT sits in the mid-price segment, a category the company once led in India with almost no competition. But things have changed, and the 9RT is likely the company’s last smartphone before the OnePlus and Oppo merger begins to take shape this year.

I only spent a few days with the OnePlus 9RT and in this post I will share my first impressions of the device.

OnePlus devices in 2021 have a distinct design, which means you may recognize them as a OnePlus device. While it might be good for the brand to have consistent consumer recall, it might be bad for some consumers. Imagine you bought the OnePlus 9 Pro and from a distance it still looks like the OnePlus 9R or OnePlus 9RT which are available at lower prices. This is where I think OnePlus got it slightly wrong. But I’m glad the OnePlus 10 Pro changes everything and looks different and stands out from the OnePlus 9 series phones.

Long story short, the OnePlus 9RT looks familiar and chances are you’ll be confused. Because it will remind you of the OnePlus 9R, OnePlus Nord 2 and OnePlus 9. And, to some extent, even the OnePlus 9 Pro. Again, this has its benefits, but how consumers will take to it, only time will tell.

OnePlus 9RT: a familiar package, to some extent

Besides looking familiar like other recently launched OnePlus devices, the OnePlus 9RT also looks solid. The frosted glass design looks premium and the smooth touch feel enhances the overall user experience of the 9RT. OnePlus launched the 9RT in Nano Silver and Hacker Black colors. We got the latter and it looks stunning.

From a distance, the 9RT gave a textured appearance on the back that reminded me of the OnePlus One. The front panel is identical to some OnePlus devices we’ve seen in 2021. The 9RT’s 6.62-inch AMOLED display is bright and I liked it. The OnePlus 9RT’s screen is also bigger than what we’ve seen on the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9R so far.

The OnePlus 9RT’s screen falls between the 6.7-inches seen on the OnePlus 9 Pro and the 6.55-inches seen on the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9R.

Just like other OnePlus devices available in India, the OnePlus 9RT runs on the OxygenOS 11 version based on Android 11. We have talked about the OxygenOS UI in detail in my OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 reviews. There’s no massive upgrade seen on the 9RT that we want to talk about here.

Powered by the flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the OnePlus 9RT is a solid device when it comes to performance. However, we want to reserve our verdict on the 9RT’s performance until we spend more time with the device and run some more tests and games. The company also claims that the OnePlus 9RT comes with its larger liquid cooling system, which should come in handy during extended hours of gaming.

Just like other OnePlus devices launched in 2021, the OnePlus 9RT also packs a 4,500mAh battery which is the same capacity we saw on the OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9R, and OnePlus Nord 2. For charging fast, it supports Warp Charge 65T, which can fully charge a phone in less than 30 minutes.

The cameras are a big upgrade on the OnePlus 9RT. The phone gets a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with optical image stabilization. There’s a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. OnePlus has also improved the 9RT’s LED module which now uses a dual-LED flash. The OnePlus 9RT offers a long list of camera features, including multiple autofocus, 4K video, 1080p video, super slow motion, time-lapse, nightscape, portrait mode, ultra -res, double sight, etc. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 camera sensor with EIS.

In the short time I’ve had with the 9RT, I haven’t been able to test the cameras much. So stay tuned for our in-depth review where we’ll put the OnePlus 9RT through our various tests.

OnePlus 9RT: first thoughts

The OnePlus 9RT is a solid entry from the company under Rs 50,000. It comes up against the recently unveiled Galaxy S21 FE which is available at a slightly higher price. What is going in favor of 9RT? Well, it was the design, performance, battery and camera that looked promising in the first tests. However, I would recommend waiting a week for our full OnePlus 9RT review.

At a starting price of Rs 42,999, the OnePlus 9RT is surely a fitting upgrade for OnePlus enthusiasts and should appeal to most users in this price segment – be it a power user or someone who needs an all-rounder.

Stay tuned to India Today Tech for our in-depth review.