According toOnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, the company’s first wearable, the OnePlus Watch, will be available on March 23rd, according to OnePlus. Today, however, CEO Pete Lau spoke with News18 about a previously unknown variant: the OnePlus 9R. This less expensive alternative has only been confirmed for the Indian market so far, focusing on price and gaming efficiency.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says that the company wants to “go much further” with the included software and design than it did with the OnePlus Nord. OnePlus’ Nord can be remembered as a mid-range phone available in Europe and India or as a budget phone that was released in the United States, depending on how closely you follow the business. It’s unclear which end of the price-to-performance continuum OnePlus aims for, though some of Lau’s comments say it’s closer to the mid-range.
Lau made many references to an emphasis on mobile gaming, including “immersive gaming buttons” in addition to smooth scrolling and other display tweaks. This handset, according to Lau, will be part of the flagship series, with “class-leading industrial design,” strong hardware, but at a more affordable price point. It will also have a 5G connection.
It is expected to be the cheapest phone in the OnePlus 9 lineup, but the company promises a flagship experience regardless.
The OnePlus 9R has no release date, and it was not reported to be unveiled at the March 23rd gathering. With OnePlus going straight to the Indian press for this launch, it appears that an exclusive release in that critical market is on the cards, at least for the time being.