We’ve been used to seeing new T-series flagship from OnePlus every year. But last year, the company changed this dropping the Pro and releasing just the OnePlus 8T. This year, we don’t even have a OnePlus 9T. Instead, it is launching a new variant for the third device in the lineup, the OnePlus 9T that launched as a “cost-effective” flagship. The biggest issue was the small availability limited to India and China. We don’t know if this will be addressed with the RT, but in terms of upgrades, it brings a lot more than we’ve expected.
The OnePlus 9R was a revamped 8T with the Snapdragon 870 chipset (replacing the 865), other than that it had the same screen, same camera, same battery. As we already alluded, the 9RT is different across the board save for the battery.
The OnePlus 9RT brings a larger 6.62-inch display, that leaves its predecessor’s 6.55-inch panel behind. The panel is a Samsung E4 AMOLED panel with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels of resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Moreover, it offers supports HDR 10+ and features sRGB and P3 color modes. Lastly, the screen offers a 120 Hz of refresh rate and a 600 Hz touch sampling rate for instant reactions. The device also comes with 4D haptic feedback to enhance gaming and three Wi-Fi antennas.
Next up is the chipset – a Snapdragon 888, of course. It can be configured with 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM (quad-channel), along with 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage (dual channel). Note that the 12 GB of RAM is available only with 256 GB storage.
The 9RT may be using the same chipset as the vanilla OnePlus 9, however its “Space Cooling” has a heat sink that is 59% larger. This increases the heat dissipation by 20%. The vanilla model was already pretty good at sustained performance, but this one should perform even better.
In the camera department, the OnePlus 9RT brings some major changes. The device has a 50 MP main camera which uses the same Sony IMX766 sensor as the 9 and 9 Pro. It’s a 1/1.56″ sensor with modern goodies like DOL-HDR and a bright f/1.8 aperture and can be binned 4 into 1. It also has Optical Image Stabilization but lacks 8K video recording.
The secondary camera is a 16 MP snapper with an f/2.2 lens. There is also a 2 MP macro camera. In the front-facing department, there is a 16 MP IMX571 sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 1080p video recording.
Other specifications remain largely unchanged. The device still features a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging support, a USB Type-C port, an in-display fingerprint scanner, dual stereo speakers, and OnePlus’ iconic alert slider. For wireless connectivity, the OnePlus 9RT offers 5G support, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.1.
Pricing & Availability
The OnePlus 9RT is set to go on pre-order in China later today, sales and shipping will kick off on the 19th (Tuesday). The prices start at CNY 3,300 ($510/€445/₹38,500). For international readers, this is more than the launch price of the vanilla OnePlus 9 (CNY 3,800 for an 8/128 GB phone), though that has fallen since then. The vanilla model was €700 in Europe.
OnePlus Buds Z2
The OnePlus Buds Z2 feature some noteworthy improvements over the original OnePlus Buds Z. The latest TWS earbuds feature larger 11mm dynamic drivers, active noise cancellation (ANC) support, and better battery life. While OnePlus hasn’t changed the design all that much, the earbuds do come in a new Obsidian Black colorway.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 offer Bluetooth 5.2 support, a triple microphone array, and an IP55 rating for water resistance. The earbuds are rated for 5 hours of continuous playback with ANC turned on and up to 7 hours with ANC off. With the charging case, the earbuds can last up to 27 hours on a single charge with ANC on and up to 35 hours with ANC off.
The earbuds also feature fast charging support, with OnePlus claiming that a quick 10-minute charge will add 5 hours of combined playback time.
Pricing & Availability
The OnePlus Buds Z2 will also go on sale in the region on October 19. The earbuds will also be available in two colorways — Obsidian Black and Pearl White. The earbuds will set you back RMB 499 (~$77).
At the moment, OnePlus hasn’t shared pricing and availability details for international markets. We’ll make sure to let you know as soon as the company reveals more information.